Unite News http://www.google.co.uk/ The latest stories Unite. en-gb Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:32:57 GMT Copyright (C) www.rippleffect.com 15 Another ‘secretive’ mega shake-up of the NHS is being carried out by stealth, warns Unite Unite said that the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans for England heralded yet another NHS reconfiguration which could see closures of local hospitals and A&E departments http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/another-secretive-mega-shake-up-of-the-nhs-is-being-carried-out-by-stealth-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28856 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:22:28 -0000 Unite urges government to ‘fast forward’ Heathrow third runway Commenting, Unite London and Eastern regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “The government’s approval for a third runway at Heathrow is welcome news, but it needs to fast forward the final decision and construction of the project." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-government-to-fast-forward-heathrow-third-runway/default.aspx tcm:11-28833 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:34 -0000 Post Office managers to strike on 31 October over closure of pension fund 736 managers will be striking for 24 hours from 03:00 on 31 October, along with the Communication Workers Union (CWU), in the dispute embracing pensions, job losses and the franchising of Crown post offices http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-office-managers-to-strike-on-31-october-over-closure-of-pension-fund/default.aspx tcm:11-28817 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Plans to close Leicester children’s heart centre ‘a scandal’, says Unite A protest meeting and march will be held in Leicester on Saturday (29 October) to stop the moves which will see the East Midlands lose this facility – it performs about 300 operations a year on children born with heart defects. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/plans-to-close-childrens-heart-centre-in-leicester-a-scandal/default.aspx tcm:11-28808 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:48:15 -0000 Gatwick workers to vote in strike ballot over pensions Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL) stands accused of blatant opportunism over the closure of its final salary pension scheme as Unite serves notice that it will begin balloting its 1,800 members for strike action and action short of strike from next week Friday (28 October). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gatwick-workers-to-vote-in-strike-ballot-over-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-28789 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:09:48 -0000 Historic cider brands saved for Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, says Unite Today the union revealed Brothers Drinks would be taking over the production of such brands as Blackthorn and Olde English lines at the cider mill http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/historic-cider-brands-saved-for-shepton-mallet-cider-mill-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28786 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:02:45 -0000 Industrial strategy urgently needed as 221 Yeovil GKN helicopter jobs set to be lost Unite said Theresa May’s much-trumpeted industrial strategy needs ‘flesh put on the bones double quick’, otherwise thousands of skilled manufacturing jobs across the UK could be at risk http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/industrial-strategy-urgently-needed-as-221-yeovil-gkn-helicopter-jobs-set-to-be-lost/default.aspx tcm:11-28772 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:29 -0000 Unite members at equality watchdog to strike over ‘swingeing’ cuts Unite members will be joining colleagues from PCS in the 24-hour stoppage, which comes following a mismanaged restructuring exercise with the continued threat of compulsory redundancies. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-equality-watchdog-to-strike-over-swingeing-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-28793 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:15:29 -0000 Work to rule and strikes loom as cable maker drags its feet over pay The dispute comes amid mounting frustration among workers at the profitable site over a ‘paltry’ 1 per cent one year pay offer and bosses’ seeming unwillingness to sit down and swiftly resolve the dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/work-to-rule-and-strikes-loom-as-cable-maker-drags-its-feet-over-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-28778 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:38:42 -0000 Baggage chaos threatens at four UK airports, as Scandinavian firm pulls out Christmas travel disruption is on the cards at four UK airports, unless Scandinavian baggage carrier Aviator, which is closing its operations on 30 November, manages to transfer about 1,700 staff to other handlers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/baggage-chaos-threatens-at-four-uk-airports-as-scandinavian-firm-pulls-out/default.aspx tcm:11-28768 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Honeywell staff hold consultative ballot over ‘pathetic’ pension changes Unite started balloting its 1,100 members across the UK today in a consultative ballot for industrial action - the ballot closes on 31 October http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/honeywell-staff-hold-consultative-ballot-over-pension-changes/default.aspx tcm:11-28745 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:34:42 -0000 Unite members urge prime minister to be bold and back Heathrow expansion Unite backs Heathrow expansion and is calling on the government to commit to using domestic manufacturers and steel to maximise the economic dividend and secure decent, well paid jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-urge-prime-minister-to-be-bold-and-back-heathrow-expansion/default.aspx tcm:11-28723 Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:15:29 -0000 ‘Wall of silence’ on Yeovil GKN helicopter jobs ‘a disgrace’, says Unite The union has written to GKN Aerostructures EO John Pritchard asking him to explain the reasoning for the redundancies amongst the 300-strong workforce and even the possible closure of the site http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/wall-of-silence-on-yeovil-gkn-helicopter-jobs-a-disgrace-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28717 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite members at equality watchdog overwhelmingly back industrial action Unite is warning that the latest round of cuts will lead to less support for victims of discrimination and undermine the EHRC’s ability to effectively challenge hate crime at a time when it’s on the rise. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-equality-watchdog-overwhelmingly-back-industrial-action/default.aspx tcm:11-28719 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:45:42 -0000 Strike by award winning CityJet cabin crew set to take off Business flyers using London’s City airport face severe disruption when cabin crew working for CityJet strike for five days, starting on 20 October, in a dispute over proposed pay cuts of up to 50 per cent http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-by-award-winning-cityjet-cabin-crew-set-to-take-off/default.aspx tcm:11-28715 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:37:00 -0000 Workers should not become collateral damage in Tesco standoff with Unilever “It is in everyone’s interests to resolve the situation quickly and is not helped by politicians feeding the hysteria with promises of boycotting British goods.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-should-not-become-collateral-damage-in-tesco-standoff-with-unilever/default.aspx tcm:11-28706 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite calls on London bus operator to enter talks to avoid 48-hour strike Commenting Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said: “Unite had hoped that we could have resolved this dispute with Tower Transit in talks through Acas. It appears that Tower Transit don’t share that desire though." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-london-bus-operator-to-enter-talks-to-avoid-48-hour-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-28696 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:07:46 -0000 Acceleration of final pension scheme closures condemned as ‘soft option’ by Unite The union said that company bosses saw defined benefit pensions as ‘a soft target’ to save money for the benefit of shareholders – the most extreme example being the BHS pensions’ scandal http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/acceleration-of-final-pension-scheme-closures-condemned-as-soft-option-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28693 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:37:12 -0000 Council chiefs urged to give public a say over ‘callous’ librarian cuts “The public has a right to be consulted on the axe being taken to librarians and the inevitable impact it will have on their library service. Council bosses need to come clean with the public and rethink these callous short sighted plans.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/council-chiefs-urged-to-give-public-a-say-over-callous-librarian-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-28690 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:25:50 -0000 Post Office decision to close pension fund in March condemned by Unite Unite warned that its 732 managers would be taking further industrial action in protest within the next month, in conjunction with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-office-decision-to-close-pension-fund-in-march-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28688 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:07:44 -0000 1,340 job losses at Lloyds Banking Group branded “horrific” by Unite “Unite will oppose all job losses and challenge senior management to ensure all those affected by this latest round of announcements be offered alternative suitable employment.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/1340-job-losses-at-lloyds-banking-group-branded-horrific-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28682 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:20:40 -0000 MPs debate on baby loss highlights need for public health budgets to be safeguarded Tomorrow’s backbench debate during Baby Loss Awareness Week comes against a background of threats to public health budgets now under the control of local government http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mps-debate-on-baby-loss-highlights-need-for-public-health-budgets-to-be-safeguarded/default.aspx tcm:11-28680 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:05:49 -0000 ‘Hard Brexit’ could leave resurgent UK car industry ‘hanging by a thread’, warns new Unite report Investment decisions by major carmakers on the production of up to 15 new models in the UK are ‘hanging by a thread’ unless the government secures tariff free access to the European single market according to a new report by Britain’s biggest union, Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hard-brexit-could-leave-resurgent-uk-car-industry-hanging-by-a-thread-warns-new-unite-report/default.aspx tcm:11-28675 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:00:55 -0000 Fujitsu to axe 1,800 IT jobs ‘a hammer blow’ to the UK economy, says Unite Unite national officer for IT Ian Tonks said: “This is a hammer blow for these hardworking employees who have given their all to make the UK subsidiary highly profitable. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fujitsu-to-axe-1800-it-jobs-a-hammer-blow-to-the-uk-economy-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28678 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:08:41 -0000 Unite toolkit launched to combat racism in the NHS A recent Unite survey of its BAEM members revealed lack of promotion for BAEM workers; racial harassment and bullying; and race discrimination in the job market http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-toolkit-launch-to-combat-racism-in-the-nhs/default.aspx tcm:11-28664 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:04:47 -0000 Psychologists’ survey highlights NHS mental health funding crisis Unite’s survey coincides with today’s World Mental Health Day against a background of broken promises from health secretary Jeremy Hunt on mental health funding and a time when 25 per cent of UK adults suffer mental health problems in any one year http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/psychologists-survey-highlights-nhs-mental-health-funding-crisis/default.aspx tcm:11-28643 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:01 -0000 Len McCluskey leads talks to defend Ford jobs Len McCluskey held talks with the CEO of Ford UK in London today (Friday 7 October). He will report back to Unite’s convenors and members at Ford about the talks and next stages in the coming weeks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/len-mccluskey-leads-talks-to-defend-ford-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-28656 Fri, 7 Oct 2016 16:33:08 -0000 Unite in direct plea to London mayor to tackle exploitative work practices in London’s hotel industry Unite, has written to Sadiq Khan and all members of the London Assembly calling for bold leadership and the adoption of ‘city-wide principles’ to deal with the low cost, exploitative business model used by global hotel chains. The sector employs an estimated 100,000 people in the capital. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-in-direct-plea-to-london-mayor-to-tackle-exploitative-work-practices-in-londons-hotel-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-28653 Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:51:39 -0000 Questions need to be asked as Yeovil GKN helicopter jobs put at risk Unite said the news from GKN Aerostructures that there would be large scale redundancies amongst the 300-strong workforce and, even possible closure of the site, was ‘a massive blow’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/questions-need-to-be-asked-as-yeovil-gkn-helicopter-jobs-put-at-risk/default.aspx tcm:11-28645 Fri, 7 Oct 2016 13:31:57 -0000 Battle of Cable Street to be commemorated by 5,000 activists on Sunday It was on 4 October 1936 that the people of the East End inflicted a massive defeat on Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cable-street-to-be-commemorated-by-5000-activists-on-sunday/default.aspx tcm:11-28640 Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:52:29 -0000 Unite responds to Theresa May and warns of continuing ‘con trick’ Prime minister Theresa May should not be surprised if her sudden concern for working class communities is met with angry scepticism and the promise to take on the vested interests her party represents is seen as laughable. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-responds-to-theresa-may-and-warns-of-continuing-con-trick/default.aspx tcm:11-28585 Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:43:16 -0000 Loss of 600 Leeds engineering jobs underlines need for UK industrial strategy, says Unite Unite said the news that the Houston-based multinational wanted to shed 600 of its 900-strong workforce by the end of 2017 had come ‘out of the blue’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/loss-of-600-leeds-engineering-jobs-underlines-need-for-uk-industrial-strategy-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28591 Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:19:21 -0000 Unite targets William Hill in day of action over attack on workers’ pay Unite will be protesting outside bookmaker William Hill’s shops across the country on Friday 7 October, against the gambling giant’s plans to slash shop managers’ pay by £6,000 a year on average. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nite-targets-william-hill-in-day-of-action-over-attack-on-workers-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-28577 Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:39:33 -0000 Johnson Matthey chemical workers to work-to-rule in dispute over imposed changes to working conditions Unite members working for Johnson Matthey in Clitheroe, Lancashire, are to take industrial action in a dispute over imposed changes to their terms and conditions of employment. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/johnson-matthey-chemical-workers-to-work-to-rule-in-dispute-over-imposed-changes-to-working-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-28568 Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:47:19 -0000 Cabbies call for private hire licence suspension following fake ‘fit to drive’ scam Black cab drivers in London called for a suspension in the granting of new licences for private hire drivers in the capital after it emerged that ‘rogue’ doctors were selling faked ‘fit to drive’ forms. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cabbies-call-for-private-hire-licence-suspension-following-fake-fit-to-drive-scam/default.aspx tcm:11-28556 Tue, 4 Oct 2016 09:54:53 -0000 Ipswich bus drivers to strike in low pay dispute on 10 October Unite, said that the strike centred on raising the pay for the lower paid third of the drivers working for borough council-owned Ipswich Buses http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ipswich-bus-drivers-to-strike-in-low-pay-dispute-on-10-october/default.aspx tcm:11-28548 Mon, 3 Oct 2016 15:49:09 -0000 Double blow for Bromley council over library sell-off plans Bromley council has been dealt a double blow to its plans to sell-off the borough’s treasured libraries. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/double-blow-for-bromley-council-over-library-sell-off-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-28544 Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:18:30 -0000 Hammond urged to give cash boost to NHS in autumn statement, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Since 2010 NHS staff have seen their incomes in real terms eroded by more than 15 per cent which has provoked a recruitment and retention crisis across the NHS." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hammond-urged-to-give-cash-boost-to-nhs-in-autumn-statement/default.aspx tcm:11-28522 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Menzies newspaper delivery dispute settled as staff vote to accept improved offer The 300 packers, pickers and drivers voted by a significant majority to accept the improved offer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/menzies-newspaper-delivery-dispute-settled-as-staff-vote-to-accept-improved-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-28536 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:20:26 -0000 Drinks giant C&C treated Somerset cider-makers with ‘contempt’, says Unite Unite said today that the company was finalising the legal details to TUPE an unknown number of the 80 remaining staff to a yet-to-be identified new employer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/drinks-giant-cc-treated-somerset-cider-makers-with-contempt-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28534 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:58:12 -0000 Unite requests talks with Covpress, as firm goes into administration Unite regional officer Adrian Ross said: “We are requesting talks with the company today. It is a worrying development for the 800 employees involved and also, more generally, for the West Midlands economy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-requests-talks-with-covpress-as-firm-goes-into-administration/default.aspx tcm:11-28532 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:46:25 -0000 easyJet breastfeeding ruling is human rights victory for working women, says Unite A landmark victory for two easyJet cabin crew will have wide implications for working women wishing to continue breastfeeding after their maternity leave ends http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/easyjet-breast-feeding-ruling-is-human-rights-victory-for-working-women-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28516 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:18:19 -0000 Jeremy Corbyn has given voters hungry for real change hope Len McCluskey said: “Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech that declared proudly this is what the Labour party is and only a Labour government can build a better Britain." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/jeremy-corbyn-has-given-voters-hungry-for-real-change-hope/default.aspx tcm:11-28501 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:54:36 -0000 Unite probes reasons for closure of General Electric plant in Staffordshire Unite, which has 63 members at the West Avenue site, said it would be pressing the management hard to explain why what is believed to a profitable site will be closing next spring http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-probes-reasons-for-closure-of-general-electric-plant-in-staffordshire/default.aspx tcm:11-28494 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:29:09 -0000 BMW final salary pension closure will be fought ‘tooth-and-claw’, says Unite Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: “It is clear that our members will be losing thousands of pounds a year in retirement incomes, if this proposal is allowed to go ahead." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-final-salary-pension-closure-will-be-fought-tooth-and-claw-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28465 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:21:02 -0000 Unite welcomes Labour’s commitment to tackle poverty pay Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This will be music to the ears of the millions of low paid workers who are getting poorer under this government. They can see now that Labour is the only party that is serious about making work pay in this country." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-labours-commitment-to-tackle-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-28460 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:18:40 -0000 Labour is the only party to protect our industry “At the heart of Labour’s plan for Britain is an industrial strategy backed by a national investment bank and regional development strategies; supported through public procurement and in-sourcing; with tax policies to support industrial development, new jobs and apprenticeships." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/labour-is-the-only-party-to-protect-our-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-28453 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:41:25 -0000 The curtain rises on the first North West Labour Film Festival The first ever North West Labour Film Festival will take place in Liverpool at the Picturehouse (FACT) and the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo, Crosby from Thursday 6 October to Sunday 9 October. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/the-curtain-rises-on-the-first-north-west-labour-film-festival/default.aspx tcm:11-28449 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:15:29 -0000 Unite welcomes re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader Responding to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn MP as Labour leader, the general secretary of Unite, the UK’s biggest union, Len McCluskey said: “Congratulations are due to Jeremy and his team for the positive campaign that they ran and this well deserved victory today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-reelection-of-jeremy-corbyn-as-labour-leader/default.aspx tcm:11-28442 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite the union at Labour party conference 2016, Liverpool An active industrial strategy which supports British manufacturing, decent jobs and reconnecting communities battered by Conservative cuts are among the issues for Britain’s largest union, Unite at this year’s Labour party conference in Liverpool. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-the-union-at-labour-party-conference-2016-liverpool/default.aspx tcm:11-28433 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:43:34 -0000