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 Striking cabin crew enlist Marks and Spencer favourite Percy Pig in their battle against poverty pay “As a partner of British Airways and a company which recognises the importance of paying above the living wage, we urge M&S to ask our national carrier to follow its example and pay mixed fleet cabin crew a decent wage.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-cabin-crew-enlist-marks-and-spencer-favourite-percy-pig-in-their-battle-against-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29691 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:35:31 -0000 Unite statement on 2022 World Cup stadium fatality in Qatar Unite called for an immediate and transparent investigation by the Qatar government today, following news that a British construction worker had died while working on the construction of Khalifa International stadium. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-2022-world-cup-stadium-fatality-in-qatar/default.aspx tcm:11-29689 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:52:25 -0000 Jaguar savaged by fine of almost £1 million after worker crushed The accident was so serious that Mark Widnall needed an above knee amputation of his leg and has had to move house in order to accommodate his needs http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/jaguar-savaged-by-fine-of-almost-1-million-after-worker-crushed/default.aspx tcm:11-29684 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:40:54 -0000 Offer to settle Fujitsu dispute in Manchester to be put to Unite members Unite regional officer Sharon Hutchinson said: “Following talks yesterday with the management, Unite is putting an offer to settle this long-running dispute to our members. This will be put to the members in the next couple of week." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/offer-to-settle-fujitsu-dispute-in-manchester-to-be-put-to-unite-members/default.aspx tcm:11-29682 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:20:21 -0000 Statement on the death of Kevin Halpin Len McCluskey: “Kevin’s contribution to the labour movement was immeasurable and extraordinary. The current generation of Unite representatives will seek, I am sure, to emulate both his activism and commitment to the cause." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-on-the-death-of-kevin-halpin/default.aspx tcm:11-29679 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:04:55 -0000 Woolwich Ferry set to be rocked by 12 days of strike action over bullying culture The first strike day is scheduled for next Friday and the final day is Friday 14 April - more than 40,000 car journeys could be hit http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-set-to-be-rocked-by-12-days-of-strike-action-over-bullying-culture/default.aspx tcm:11-29677 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:28:02 -0000 Joint statement on the DHL/Unite dispute re: Morrisons’ supermarket petrol stations Following talks between Unite the union and DHL Supply Chain management both sides have agreed that they found them proactive and meaningful. Unite are now taking a proposal back to their members involved for consideration http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-statement-on-the-dhlunite-dispute-re-morrisons-supermarket-petrol-stations/default.aspx tcm:11-29687 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:45:40 -0000 Strong support for British Airways cabin crew in strike against poverty pay Day one of a three day strike by cabin crew working for British Airways’ mixed fleet was being strongly supported today, with striking crew members joining picket lines at Heathrow Airport to protest over poverty pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strong-support-for-british-airways-cabin-crew-in-strike-against-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29675 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:51:38 -0000 Husqvarna workers begin action short of strike in pay dispute Over 60 members of the Unite union working for the high end chainsaw and lawnmower maker, Husqvarna are beginning a continuous work to rule and overtime ban today in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/husqvarna-workers-begin-action-short-of-strike-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29669 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:22:01 -0000 Petrol pump threat at Morrisons’ supermarkets in dispute over ‘docked’ driver’s pay, warns Unite Nineteen drivers, employed by DHL Supply Chain and based in West Thurrock, who deliver petrol and diesel to 55 petrol stations at Morrisons supermarkets across the South East region are currently being balloted for strike action and industrial action short of a strike http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/petrol-pump-threat-at-morrisons-supermarkets-in-dispute-over-docked-driver-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29667 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:09:45 -0000 Statement by acting general secretary Gail Cartmail on the publication of the union’s Officers’ National Committee report Acting general secretary Gail Cartmail responding to the publication today of an officers’ committee report into the stresses of modern-day working by a candidate for the position of Unite general secretary candidate. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-by-acting-general-secretary-gail-cartmail-on-the-publication-of-the-unions-officers-national-committee-report/default.aspx tcm:11-29665 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:57:55 -0000 South Yorkshire firm faces possible £425,000 ‘fine’ over flouting trade union legislation A total of 56 Unite members at a South Yorkshire firm are set to receive ‘compensation’ payments of up to £7,600 each, after bosses tried to by-pass their recognised union and put a pay offer directly to individuals which included changes to their terms of employment http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/south-yorkshire-firm-faces-possible-large-fine-over-flouting-trade-union-legislation/default.aspx tcm:11-29657 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:40:21 -0000 British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew get set for three day strike over poverty pay The 72-hour stoppage beginning at 00:01 follows last week’s two day stoppage, which saw hundreds of mixed fleet cabin crew stay away from work and mount picket lines around Heathrow airport. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-mixed-fleet-cabin-crew-get-set-for-three-day-strike-over-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29649 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:49:10 -0000 Unite’s Len McCluskey calls on defence secretary to honour pensions’ promise when he visits AWE picket line tomorrow Unite's Len McCluskey: “It is clear that this pledge has been broken and our members feel deeply betrayed. They have Unite’s 100 per cent support and solidarity in this dispute." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unites-len-mccluskey-calls-on-defence-secretary-to-honour-pensions-promise-when-he-visits-awe-picket-line-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-29645 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Pay takes off for Virgin Atlantic Airlines crew Pay for thousands of Virgin Atlantic Airlines crew has taken off after constructive negotiations between Unite and Virgin delivered a pay deal worth more than double the current rate of inflation (RPI) for thousands of cabin crew and significantly above inflation for on-board managers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pay-takes-off-for-virgin-atlantic-airlines-crew/default.aspx tcm:11-29647 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Bus companies urged to give clarity following ruling on priority wheelchair spaces Commenting Unite national officer for transport Bobby Morton said: “This ruling is a step in the right direction, but the ambiguity of it and the onus on the bus driver to resolve disputes over wheelchair spaces potentially places them in a position of conflict. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bus-companies-urged-to-give-clarity-following-ruling-on-priority-wheelchair-spaces/default.aspx tcm:11-29653 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:36:45 -0000 Unite devastated at 400 bank job cuts Unite is bitterly disappointed by the announcement from the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank to close 79 branches which will result in over 400 job losses. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-devastated-at-400-bank-job-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-29651 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:50:08 -0000 Nottingham’s Pizza Factory blames Brexit for job losses, says Unite The union is due to hold crunch talks with the company, owned by food giant 2 Sisters, later today, as 280 workers face redundancy http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pizza-factory-blames-brexit-for-job-losses-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29643 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:43:23 -0000 McCluskey on Brexit: Listen to workers’ anguish, don’t add to it “Prime minister May must not put party before country today. Trade unions and others have clearly outlined how real concerns over the freedom of movement can be addressed by sensible labour market safeguards without abandoning the single market when we leave the EU." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-on-brexit-listen-to-workers-anguish-dont-add-to-it/default.aspx tcm:11-29626 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:17:15 -0000 Unite launches revolutionary online tool to empower workers in their fight for fair pay Unite launches revolutionary online tool to empower workers in their fight for fair pay http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launches-revolutionary-online-tool-to-empower-workers-in-their-fight-for-fair-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29633 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:15:29 -0000 Secretive mega shake-up of NHS could cost £15 million in management consultancy fees, claims Unite Unite, said that health secretary Jeremy Hunt needed ‘to come clean’ on the true cost of the expenditure on management consultants in relation to the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans for England http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/secretive-mega-shake-up-of-nhs-could-cost-15-million-in-management-consultancy-fees-claims-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29613 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:10:37 -0000 ‘Fair funding’ must also mean sufficient funding, say education unions Following the publication of the Government’s final proposals for its long-awaited National Funding Formula (NFF), organisations representing school staff, teachers and leaders - ATL, GMB, NAHT, NUT, UNISON and Unite - have updated the schoolcuts.org.uk website to reflect the funding losses facing each school in England http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fair-funding-must-also-mean-sufficient-funding/default.aspx tcm:11-29610 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:18:48 -0000 GPs ‘incensed’ by May threat to funding warns Doctors in Unite “We have one of the lowest numbers of doctors per head of population in Europe and now the prime minister is asking GPs to work longer hours and practice unsafely with their patients." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gps-incensed-by-may-threat-to-funding-warns-doctors-in-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29621 Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Talks on pay, pensions and job security dispute at Fujitsu in Manchester Acas talks due on Thursday, as strike by up to 300 workers continues today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/talks-on-pay-pensions-and-job-security-dispute-at-fujitsu-in-manchester/default.aspx tcm:11-29604 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:53:53 -0000 British Airways’ ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew announce second wave of strike action British Airways’ ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew working on long and short haul flights out of Heathrow Airport will be taking part in a three day strike next week in their dispute over poverty pay http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-mixed-fleet-cabin-crew-announce-second-wave-of-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-29602 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:24:58 -0000 AWE workers to strike for four days in ‘broken promises’ pensions’ row Six hundred employees will be striking at the AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire for 48 hours from 00.01 on Wednesday 18 January and again for 48 hours on Monday 30 January, also staring at 00.01 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-for-four-days-in-january/default.aspx tcm:11-29593 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:38:20 -0000 Unite hails ‘fantastic’ support as British Airways cancels flights “British Airways needs to get its head out of the sand and realise that this is a group of workers who are not afraid to take further strike action in their fight to be paid a decent wage." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-fantastic-support-as-british-airways-cancels-flights/default.aspx tcm:11-29589 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:57:59 -0000 Dock workers and lorry drivers protest over lack of facilities at the port of Liverpool Dock workers working for Peel Ports, one of the UK’s largest port operators, are to protest on Friday 13 January 2017 over the lack of decent welfare facilities for workers and drivers visiting the port of Liverpool’s Seaforth container terminal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dock-workers-and-lorry-drivers-protest-over-lack-of-facilities-at-the-port-of-liverpool/default.aspx tcm:11-29587 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:05:01 -0000 Four Cornish workers with 70 years’ service sacked from aristocratic estate The union called on the trustees of the 6,000 acre estate to rescind the redundancy notices, especially as there was no written business plan to justify the sackings http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/four-cornish-workers-with-70-years-service-sacked-from-aristocratic-estate/default.aspx tcm:11-29583 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:51:57 -0000 Argos’ Leicestershire job transfer plans ‘a slap in the face’ for the workforce Unite said serious questions need to be asked as to whether employees will be forced to transfer from Magna Park to Kettering or be offered a redundancy package, if they are unable to travel to the new site 25 miles away http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-leicestershire-job-transfer-plans-a-slap-in-the-face-for-the-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-29579 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:44:28 -0000 Striking 'mixed fleet' cabin crew call on M&S to demand British Airways ends poverty pay Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “Cabin crew working for British Airways’ ‘mixed fleet’, 36,000 feet up in air, face earning up to £6,000 less basic pay than M&S staff selling the same food in store." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-mixed-fleet-cabin-crew-call-on-ms-to-demand-british-airways-ends-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29577 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:48:03 -0000 Time for BA to address cabin crew concerns over poverty pay "We would urge British Airways to listen to our members and address their legitimate concerns over poverty pay." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/time-for-ba-to-listen-to-and-address-cabin-crews-concerns-over-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29566 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:41:20 -0000 ‘Bosses hammer another nail into the Post Office’s coffin’ as more job losses announced Unite officer for the Post Office Brian Scott said: “What we have been saying for some time now is coming to pass – salami slicing of a much respected and valued national institution in pursuit of profit." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bosses-hammer-another-nail-into-the-post-office-coffin-as-more-job-losses-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-29569 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:09:54 -0000 Unite reveals membership surge ahead of British Airways ‘mixed fleet’ 48-hour strike Unite has revealed that over 800 cabin crew from British Airways’ ‘mixed fleet’ had joined the union since the start of the dispute over poverty pay, taking the union’s membership to over 2,900. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-reveals-membership-surge-ahead-of-british-airways-mixed-fleet-48-hour-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-29553 Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:01:25 -0000 Unite calls for urgent meeting with energy minister over £660m Treasury ‘raid’ on nuclear workers’ pensions Unite says energy minister Jesse Norman should meet the unions over the proposed ‘raid’ on the pensions of 16,000 nuclear industry workers – otherwise, industrial action could be on the cards http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-meeting-with-energy-minister-over-660m-treasury-raid-on-nuclear-workers-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-29548 Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:13:06 -0000 McCluskey warns Theresa May over single market access Responding to comments by the prime minister on Britain’s exit from the European Union, Len McCluskey urged Theresa May to pursue ways to address public concerns about freedom of movement, without ‘throwing jobs and communities into jeopardy.’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-warns-may-over-single-market-access/default.aspx tcm:11-29537 Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:22:38 -0000 Royal Mail pensions’ future ‘a cause for concern’, says Unite Unite officer for the Royal Mail Brian Scott said: “This is a cause for concern to Unite and we will be looking to mitigate the impact of any proposed changes during and after the consultation process." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-pensions-future-a-cause-for-concern-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29515 Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:22:24 -0000 Unions to meet on 9 January to consider strike action over £660m broken promises on pensions for 16,000 nuclear workers There is no justification for this attack on the pensions of these nuclear workers and their communities, these pension funds are in a sound state say GMB, Unite, Prospect and Aslef http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-meeting-on-monday-9th-january-to-consider-strike-action-over-660m-broken-promises-pensions-cuts-for-16000-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-29512 Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:15:35 -0000 British Airways cabin crew announce new strike dates as airline refuses talks Unite cabin crew members working for British Airways ‘mixed fleet’ announced a 48-hour strike after the airline refused to extend the mandate of the strike vote to allow for talks to resolve an ongoing dispute over ‘poverty pay’ to continue. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-cabin-crew-announce-new-strike-dates-as-airline-refuses-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-29509 Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:40:22 -0000 BAE apprenticeship boost a ‘vote of confidence’ in our young, says McCluskey Unite general secretary Len McCluskey welcomed commitments by BAE Systems to train a record number of apprentices and take on over 500 new apprentices this year http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bae-apprenticeship-boost-a-vote-of-confidence-in-our-young-says-mccluskey-v1/default.aspx tcm:11-29507 Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:01:17 -0000 UK commuters spend up to 6 times as much of their salary on rail fares as other European passengers Rail commuters returning to work today will face fresh fare increases, while spending up to six times as much of their salaries on rail fares as European passengers on publicly owned railways http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-commuters-spend-up-to-6-times-as-much-of-their-salary-on-rail-fares-as-other-european-passengers/default.aspx tcm:11-29496 Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:01:29 -0000 Unite: cabin crew agree to suspend British Airways Christmas strike Unite has confirmed that the Christmas strike by British Airways ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew has been suspended. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-cabin-crew-agree-to-suspend-british-airways-christmas-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-29503 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:13:46 -0000 Merseyside Stagecoach bus drivers set for fortnight’s strike in pay dispute Bus services on the Wirral and in Chester and Liverpool will be hit, especially the river tunnel from Birkenhead to Liverpool, when the drivers walk out at 00:01 on 28 December http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/merseyside-stagecoach-bus-drivers-set-for-fortnight-strike-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29501 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:12:51 -0000 Record car production figures underline case for Brexit deal to safeguard automotive sector, says Unite Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “What these fantastic figures demonstrate is that it is vital the Brexit deal negotiated by the government strengthens this key manufacturing sector." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/record-car-production-figures-underline-case-for-brexit-deal-to-safeguard-automotive-sector-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29494 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:57:57 -0000 ‘Scrooge’ Oxford Bus Company denies drivers Christmas holiday pay The bus company is set to become the UK’s meanest bus company this Christmas, after ‘Scrooge’ bosses refused to pay drivers extra for working on two bank holidays over the festive season http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oxford-bus-company-denies-drivers-christmas-holiday-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29492 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:12:40 -0000 Joint statement from Penguin Random House UK, National Union of Journalists and Unite “Penguin Random House UK, Unite and the NUJ held a positive meeting today at which all parties agreed to continue talks with the aim of securing a new collective agreement for the combined Penguin Random House UK business. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-statement-from-penguin-random-house-uk-national-union-of-journalists-and-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29487 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:42:54 -0000 ‘Better loos for lorry drivers’ – Christmas call from Unite Unite is calling for a legally-binding code of practice so that lorry drivers have adequate parking and eating facilities, and decent showers and toilets when they are travelling across the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/better-loos-for-lorry-drivers--christmas-call-from-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29477 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:46:42 -0000 Unite heralds Mayor of London’s ‘ground breaking’ deal for bus drivers Unite today welcomed the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s first step towards fulfilling his election manifesto promise to provide a new fairer deal for the capital’s 25,000 bus drivers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-heralds-mayor-of-londons-ground-breaking-deal-for-bus-drivers-1/default.aspx tcm:11-29473 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:19:55 -0000 Breakthrough in Swissport dispute as Unite calls off Christmas strike action A breakthrough on the pay and conditions of baggage handlers, check-in staff and ground crew employed by Swissport has seen Unite announce today that a pre-Christmas strike has been called off. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/breakthrough-in-swissport-dispute-as-unite-calls-off-christmas-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-29467 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:53:28 -0000 Choppy waters ahead for Woolwich Ferry, as workers ballot for strike action over bullying culture Unite is balloting its 36 members, working for Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), in January for strike action over health & safety concerns, and a culture bullying and sexual harassment http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/choppy-waters-ahead-for-woolwich-ferry-as-workers-ballot-for-strike-action-over-bullying-culture/default.aspx tcm:11-29460 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:19:14 -0000