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 Bromley library staff and care workers vote for action amid outsourcing chaos 100 per cent of library staff working for Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) across the London borough’s 14 libraries backed strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-library-staff-and-care-workers-vote-for-action/default.aspx tcm:11-33738 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:18:22 -0000 Government failing to properly protect Carillion workers Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused the government of failing to fully protect workers left in limbo following the collapse last month of Carillion. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-failing-to-properly-protect-carillion-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33732 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:21:47 -0000 Combat air strategy must support UK jobs and skills, says Unite Steve Turner said: “The combat air strategy must focus not just on world class British design and engineering, but on the UK’s capability to manufacture the next generation of combat aircraft." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/combat-air-strategy-must-support-uk-jobs-and-skills-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33730 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:39:54 -0000 Unite hails victory in EDF meter workers’ union recognition fight Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “This is a significant victory which demonstrates that union recognition rights can’t be quietly forgotten and silently pushed into the shadows when workers are transferred between organisations." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hail-victory-in-edf-meter-workers-union-recognition-fight/default.aspx tcm:11-33726 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:29:46 -0000 Workers at Pirelli Tyres beat inflation with Unite Over a thousand workers at Pirelli Tyres have received an inflation busting 4.5 per cent pay increase this month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-pirelli-tyres-beat-inflation-with-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33723 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:30:22 -0000 Fresh strike dates announced in Essex concrete maker dispute Fresh strike dates were announced by Unite, the UK’s largest union today (20 February), in a further escalation of the dispute with Essex based Tarmac Building Products Ltd, over the creation of a two tier workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-strike-dates-announced-in-essex-concrete-maker-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33713 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:03:27 -0000 Cammell Laird, Unite and GMB announce new workforce deal Cammell Laird, Unite and GMB announce new workforce deal http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cammell-laird-unite-and-gmb-announce-new-workforce-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33686 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:36:52 -0000 Construction facing skills black hole as CITB confirms it will exit training role News that the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has confirmed it will end all directing training by 2020, will create a skills black hole and strip the industry of the capability to undertake specialist training, said Unite the UK’s construction union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-facing-skills-black-hole-as-citb-confirms-it-will-exit-training-role/default.aspx tcm:11-33684 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:46:52 -0000 Unite claims victory following agreement in marathon Manchester Mears dispute Unite members employed by Mears in Manchester are celebrating victory after they reached agreement to end their marathon strike action in a dispute over pay parity. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-claim-victory-following-agreement-in-marathon-manchester-mears-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33679 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:19:29 -0000 Shareholders must reject debt-fuelled takeover which will destroy British engineering giant, GKN The union has set out its fears about GKN falling into the hands of Melrose in a letter to shareholders. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shareholders-must-reject-debt-fuelled-takeover-which-will-destroy-british-engineering-giant-gkn/default.aspx tcm:11-33675 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:32:25 -0000 Protest at Gloucester NHS ‘tax avoiding’ plan tomorrow Unite, along with the Gloucester and Cheltenham trades councils, will be holding a demonstration outside the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital GL1 3NN tomorrow between 12:00 - 14:00 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protest-at-gloucester-nhs-tax-avoiding-plan/default.aspx tcm:11-33660 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:51:07 -0000 Unite in groundbreaking legal victory against bogus self-employment Unite, the UK’s largest union, has won a potentially groundbreaking legal victory at the employment appeal tribunal (EAT) in the battle against bogus self-employment and the use of payroll companies. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-in-groundbreaking-victory-against-bogus-self-employment/default.aspx tcm:11-33656 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:05:51 -0000 Castle Cement drivers set to strike over ‘unsatisfactory’ pay deal Unite and the management are holding last-ditch talks tomorrow in a bid to reach a settlement to avert strike action on 26-27 February http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/castle-cement-drivers-set-to-strike-over-unsatisfactory-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33652 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:50:23 -0000 Unite statement on Oxfam Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents staff at Oxfam, is seeking an urgent meeting with the organisation’s management in order to get reassurances, following the recent adverse publicity the charity has received. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-oxfam/default.aspx tcm:11-33648 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:57:11 -0000 Unite preparing for industrial action in Rotherham derecognition dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, is preparing to ballot members for industrial action after Fortem, which undertakes maintenance and repair work on Rotherham council’s housing stock, announced it had derecognised the union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-preparing-for-industrial-action-in-rotherham-derecognition-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33636 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:21:29 -0000 Workers at Merseyside firm set to ballot over ‘no pay rise for three years’ Unite regional officer Ross Quinn said: “Our members have not had a pay rise since April 2015, even though inflation and the cost of living have been galloping away over the last three years." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-merseyside-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-33632 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:41:55 -0000 Unite says Premier Inn more like a ‘sweat shop’ than family friendly hotel Channel 4 lifts the lid on worker abuse http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-says-premier-inn-more-like-a-sweat-shop-than-family-friendly-hotel/default.aspx tcm:11-33634 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:06:42 -0000 Melrose bid for GKN ‘a threat to US national security’, warns Unite Unite has written to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the key body on US investment decisions, outlining its concerns, as well as to US defence secretary General James Mattis. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/melrose-bid-for-gkn-a-threat-to-us-national-security-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33624 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:46:22 -0000 Unite members secure pay rise to end Gatwick transport chaos fears Strike action involving bus drivers who ferry passengers to and from aircraft at Gatwick airport has been averted after the company made a vastly improved pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-pay-rise-to-end-gatwick-transport-chaos-fears/default.aspx tcm:11-33613 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:02:15 -0000 Urgent talks sought by Unite as newspaper giants merge Unite national officer for the media industry Louisa Bull said: “There is, no doubt, that Richard Desmond was one of the worst and most tight-fisted of the many Fleet Street proprietors over the decades - his withdrawal from newspaper and magazine publishing won’t be mourned." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/urgent-talks-sought-by-unite-as-newspaper-giants-merge/default.aspx tcm:11-33599 Fri, 9 Feb 2018 15:23:12 -0000 Liverpool NHS boss ‘in snub’ to Carillion-hit maintenance workers Unite regional officer Keith Hutson said: “These workers are in an employment limbo through no fault of their own – they are the victims of the feral capitalism that was the cause of Carillion’s dramatic collapse." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liverpool-nhs-boss-in-snub-to-carillion-hit-maintenance-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33595 Fri, 9 Feb 2018 10:33:08 -0000 Strike action to be stepped up in Essex concrete company strike Workers at Tarmac Building Products Ltd are set to step up strike action in a dispute over the creation of a two tier workforce, their union Unite has warned. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-to-be-stepped-up-in-essex-concrete-company-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-33593 Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:25:45 -0000 Unite vows to save jobs and fight 2 Sisters site closures Unite said it would leave no stone unturned in the fight to save jobs and avert the closure of three poultry plants after 2 Sisters Food Group announced plans to close its Cambuslang site in Scotland and the Smethwick and Wolverhampton sites http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-vows-to-save-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33591 Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:16:35 -0000 Cambridge university living wage pledge will boost the pay of hundreds of staff Unite regional coordinating officer Ian Maidlow said: “This is a very welcome pay boost for hundreds of hard working people in a region with a very high cost of living." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cambridge-university-living-wage-pledge-will-boost-the-pay-of-hundreds-of-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-33583 Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:27:30 -0000 Unite welcomes steps being taken to resolve bullying and harassment in parliament, but more needs to be done Despite the clear progress being made, Unite believes that to eradicate the ingrained culture of bullying and harassment which exists in many parts of parliament, further steps urgently need to be taken. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcome-steps-being-taken-to-resolve-bullying-and-harassment-in-parliament-but-more-needs-to-be-done/default.aspx tcm:11-33581 Thu, 8 Feb 2018 09:50:19 -0000 Unite preparing legal action in Crossrail dispute in response to Balfour Beatty ‘thievery’ Unite, the UK’s construction union, is preparing to take legal action in the increasingly bitter Crossrail dispute, after Balfour Beatty ceased paying agreed bonuses. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-preparing-legal-action-in-crossrail-dispute-in-response-to-balfour-beatty-thievery/default.aspx tcm:11-33575 Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:18:11 -0000 EDF Energy ‘hypocritical’ smart meter vehicle tracking row escalates with seven days of strikes Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The bosses are displaying breath-taking hypocrisy; while they call for the tracker devices to be installed in vehicles, they refuse to have them installed in their own vehicles." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/edf-energy-hypocritical-smart-meter-vehicle-tracking-row-escalates-with-seven-days-of-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-33573 Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:25:48 -0000 Unite reveals bankers, lawyers and financiers to pocket massive £140m in GKN takeover Bankers, financiers, lawyers and public relations executives stand to rake in millions as part of a massive payday totalling around £140 million if Melrose succeeds in its ‘debt fuelled’ bid for GKN http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-reveals-bankers-lawyers-and-financiers-to-pocket-massive-140m-in-gkn-takeover/default.aspx tcm:11-33569 Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:08:11 -0000 Government response to Taylor Review not the leap needed to end insecure work for millions “Giving people on zero hours contracts the right to ask for guaranteed hours will not stop bad bosses from exploiting workers. The government could and should take a leaf out New Zealand’s book by banning them altogether." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-response-to-taylor-review/default.aspx tcm:11-33567 Wed, 7 Feb 2018 09:59:39 -0000 Royal Liverpool Hospital delay shows stark reality of Carillion collapse The announcement today (6 February) that the Royal Liverpool Hospital is unlikely to be completed this year, is ‘the stark reality’ of what Carillion’s collapse means for the construction industry and local communities. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-liverpool-hospital-delay-shows-stark-reality-of-carillion-collapse/default.aspx tcm:11-33555 Tue, 6 Feb 2018 15:12:15 -0000 Unite demand moratorium on RBS and NatWest bank branch closure plans following U-turn Unite demanded that the bank put in place an immediate moratorium on their branch closure programme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demand-moratorium-on-rbs-and-natwest-bank-branch-closure-plans-following-u-turn/default.aspx tcm:11-33553 Tue, 6 Feb 2018 14:47:33 -0000 Industry remains in denial on construction skills chasm Unite, the UK’s largest union, has renewed its demands for radical action to be taken to tackle the deepening skills crisis facing the construction industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/industry-remain-in-denial-on-construction-skills-chasm/default.aspx tcm:11-33549 Tue, 6 Feb 2018 09:34:36 -0000 Unite secures pension age victory for States of Guernsey employees Pension change have been scrapped after members of Unite voted to back a new pension deal secured by their union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-pension-age-victory-for-states-of-guernsey-employees/default.aspx tcm:11-33545 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 15:28:40 -0000 Unite in key right to picket legal victory in north west Sutton Tankers dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, has won a key legal victory overturning attempts to restrict the right to picket during strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-in-key-right-to-picket-legal-victory-in-north-west-sutton-tankers-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33541 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:56:27 -0000 Unite chief warns Tory Brexit red lines risk jobs Continuing Tory uncertainty on Brexit is delaying investment and risking jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-warns-tory-brexit-red-lines-risk-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33537 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:43:17 -0000 GKN workers to urge business secretary to block Melrose takeover amid mounting concerns “Melrose’s bid, which is based on borrowing vast amounts of cash to bung to shareholders, will see GKN saddled with £1.3 billion of debt in a move harking back to the ‘cowboy capitalist’ takeovers of the 1980s." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gkn-workers-to-urge-business-secretary-to-block-melrose-takeover-amid-mounting-concerns/default.aspx tcm:11-33535 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:02:23 -0000 Unite accuses Welsh councils of creating a ‘race to the bottom’ for construction projects Unite, the UK’s construction union, has warned that a rogue construction project in Wales is undermining pay, conditions and safety and ‘creating a race to the bottom’ in the industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-accuse-welsh-councils-of-creating-a-race-to-the-bottom-for-construction-projects/default.aspx tcm:11-33533 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:07:54 -0000 GKN workers warn West of England politicians of hostile takeover bid threat to jobs Unite to warn Melrose’s debt fuelled bid is a return to 1980s ‘cowboy capitalism’ with jobs axed and sites sold off to fund short-term returns for shareholders. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gkn-workers-warn-west-of-england-politicians-of-hostile-takeover-bid-threat-to-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33526 Fri, 2 Feb 2018 11:42:16 -0000 Unite warns of Crossrail delays as Balfour Beatty ‘not interested’ in resolving dispute Unite the UK’s construction union has warned that the opening of the new Woolwich station on the multi-billion pound Crossrail development is set to be delayed as a direct result of the refusal of Balfour Beatty to resolve an industrial dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-crossrail-delays-as-balfour-beatty-not-interested-in-resolving-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33524 Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:48:16 -0000 Government urged to intervene in debt fuelled takeover bid of GKN Steve Turner said: “Melrose’s bid is a return of 1980s cowboy capitalism. It should have no place in our cutting edge engineering, aerospace and automotive sectors." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-urged-to-intervene-in-debt-fuelled-takeover-bid-of-gkn/default.aspx tcm:11-33519 Thu, 1 Feb 2018 16:42:19 -0000 Unite vows to fight ‘distressing’ job losses at Brush Generators Warning that the job losses would ‘hollow’ out the region’s engineering skills base, Unite said it would be challenging the rationale behind the plans which would deprive the local community of decent well paid work. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-vows-to-fight-distressing-job-losses-at-brush-generators/default.aspx tcm:11-33513 Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:53:08 -0000 Somerset’s services for families and children threatened by planned shake-up, warns Unite Unite is organising a demo of community nurses and families to protest at the proposals when the council’s cabinet meets to discuss the plan at County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY at 09:00 on Monday 12 February. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/somersets-services-for-families-and-children-threatened/default.aspx tcm:11-33503 Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:35:05 -0000 Unite calls for moratorium on MoD Firefighters’ privatisation plans Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the Ministry of Defence to halt the privatisation of its firefighters and defence workers after Capita, one of the two bidders for the contract, issued a profit warning. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-moratorium-on-mod-firefighters-privatisation-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-33499 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:37:28 -0000 Strike action at 3M in Newton Aycliffe cancelled following improved pay offer Strike action due to begin next month at dust mask and respirator makers 3M, based in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, has been called off after a vastly improved pay offer was accepted by the workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-at-3m-in-newton-aycliffe-cancelled-following-improved-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-33495 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:09:45 -0000 McCluskey: Car manufacturing figures ought to ring alarm bells across government "Our world class car manufacturing sector is at risk - and much of the blame for this lies directly at the government's door." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-car-manufacturing-figures-ought-to-ring-alarm-bells-across-government/default.aspx tcm:11-33489 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:23:51 -0000 Women and automation - workers join forces as robots threaten jobs Leading women activists will discuss how women’s jobs are likely to be disproportionately affected by new technology and artificial intelligence at the Unite equalities conference. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/women-and-automation---workers-join-forces-as-robots-threaten-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33493 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:15:29 -0000 Unite calls for fundamental reforms after scale of Carillion’s mismanagement revealed Unite, the UK’s largest union has called for the urgent reform of company and pension laws, after the true scale of the fundamental flaws that allowed Carillion to collapse earlier this month, began to be revealed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-fundamental-reforms-after-scale-of-carillions-mismanagement-revealed/default.aspx tcm:11-33487 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:37:40 -0000 Call for rethink on Lancashire Virgin Care contract on children’s services Unite said a county council rethink was needed on awarding the £104 million, five-year contract to Virgin Care to run Lancashire’s 0-19 healthy child programme, given that Carillion had numerous NHS contracts before its collapse http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/call-for-rethink-on-lancashire-virgin-care-contract-on-childrens-services/default.aspx tcm:11-33485 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:16:32 -0000 Newton Aycliffe dust mask workers to begin strike action next month Workers at dust mask and respirator maker 3M, based in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, will begin strike action next month in a pay dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newton-aycliffe-dust-mask-workers-to-begin-strike-action-next-month/default.aspx tcm:11-33466 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:28:59 -0000 Unite calls for immediate action and stronger laws after scale of Carillion pension black hole revealed Following today’s (Monday 29 January) revelation that Carillion’s pension deficit is at least £990 million, Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling for all possible legal avenues to be explored to recoup money and for the introduction of stronger laws to prevent future scandals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-calls-for-immediate-action-and-stronger-laws-after-scale-of-carillion-pension-black-hole-revealed/default.aspx tcm:11-33461 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:16:58 -0000