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 Unions secure commitment from Tata on steel jobs at Port Talbot Steel unions have today secured a commitment from Tata Steel to secure the future of jobs and production at Port Talbot and other steelworks across the UK. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-secure-commitment-from-tatat-on-steel-jobs-at-port-talbot/default.aspx tcm:11-29377 Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:25:14 -0000 Unite confirms the timetable for the general secretary election in 2017 The Executive Council of Unite the union has agreed that the timetable for the election of the union’s general secretary will be brought forward to the first months of 2017. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-confirms-the-timetable-for-the-general-secretary-election-in-2017/default.aspx tcm:11-29374 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:47:03 -0000 New year strikes on cards by AWE workers over pension scheme ‘betrayal’ Workers at AWE plc who staged a successful lobby of MPs today over their pensions’ ‘betrayal’, have pledged to continue the fight into the new year, if necessary. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/2017-strikes-on-cards-by-awe-workers-over-pension-scheme-betrayal/default.aspx tcm:11-29372 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:40:52 -0000 MPs urged to donate as ‘Hope not Hunger’ pop-up food bank comes to parliament Teaming up with the Trussell Trust and Daily Mirror’s Real Britain, Unite is staging the food bank outside parliament to raise much needed funds to help the charity feed over 130,000 people this Christmas. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mps-urged-to-donate-as-hope-not-hunger-pop-up-food-bank-comes-to-parliament/default.aspx tcm:11-29353 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:30:14 -0000 Grayling’s rail plans threaten passenger safety, says Unite Plans to strip Network Rail of complete control of England's railway tracks are a retrograde step that raises the spectre of the Hatfield train crash in 2000 which happened under the privately-owned Railtrack http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/graylings-rail-plans-threaten-passenger-safety-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29356 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:03:58 -0000 UPS parcel strike off after Unite secures significant commitments from bosses Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The significant commitments Unite has secured through talks with UPS means we are able to call this week’s strike action off." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ups-parcel-strike-off-after-unite-secures-significant-commitments-from-bosses/default.aspx tcm:11-29347 Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:53:57 -0000 Doncaster waste workers to strike over ‘bullying’ bosses and pay cuts Commenting Unite regional officer Shane Sweeting said: “We had hoped that we could have avoided a strike and the inevitable disruption it will bring through recent talks at the conciliation service Acas." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/doncaster-waste-workers-to-strike-over-bullying-bosses-and-pay-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-29344 Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:48:06 -0000 AWE workers to lobby parliament on 6 December over pension scheme ‘betrayal’ The lobby will coincide with a second 24-hour strike by members of Unite in the dispute over the threat to close the defined benefit pension scheme and substitute it with an inferior alternative. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-lobby-parliament-over-pension-scheme-betrayal/default.aspx tcm:11-29338 Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:02:51 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers’ long running pay dispute settled Unite national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton said: “This has been a long running dispute; however we have finally hammered out a peace plan that was accepted by our members." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-long-running-pay-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-29316 Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:15:46 -0000 'Scrooge’ Barnsley council denies health visitors day’s holiday, after winning Investing in People award Unite lead officer for health in Yorkshire Terry Cunliffe said: “This is a case of a council that won this award for ‘hard work and commitment’ treating a section of its workforce as second-class citizens – hardly the ethos that won the council the award in the first place." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/scrooge-barnsley-council-denies-health-visitors-day-of-holiday-after-winning-investing-in-people-award/default.aspx tcm:11-29312 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:26:08 -0000 UPS parcel strike set to disrupt Christmas deliveries The 140 workers at UPS’ Camden depot will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday 7 December and Friday 9 December over alleged bullying, harassment and racism http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ups-parcel-strike-set-to-disrupt-christmas-deliveries/default.aspx tcm:11-29298 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:32:20 -0000 Jaguar Land Rover workers give massive ‘thumbs up’ to ‘exceptional’ pay deal “It is testament to the workforce’s skills and dedication that JLR can look to the future with confidence and only right they share in the carmaker’s continued success.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/jaguar-land-rover-workers-give-massive-thumbs-up-to-exceptional-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-29296 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:01:42 -0000 Threat of £1.8m axe to Newham council workforce’s pay and conditions sparks Unite campaign The first step will be to fight a proposed £1.8 million axe to the pay and conditions of council workers – and if the council proceeds with its plans, the union said that an industrial action ballot was on the cards http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-of-18m-axe-to-newham-council-workforces-pay-and-conditions-sparks-unite-campaign/default.aspx tcm:11-29292 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:37:03 -0000 Family nurses urge Manchester council to reconsider cutbacks to specialist service for young families Unite hold demonstration on Wednesday (30 November) against council cuts to the family nurse partnership (FNP) in Manchester which will affect over 150 families. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/family-nurses-urge-manchester-council-to-reconsider-cutbacks-to-specialist-service-for-young-families/default.aspx tcm:11-29274 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:16:28 -0000 Independent audit of Tata sell-off called for by Unite Unite national officer for metals Harish Patel said that ‘the devil will be in the detail’ as Tata Steel UK said that it had signed a letter of intent to sell its speciality steel interests to Liberty House Group http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/independent-audit-of-tata-sell-off-called-for-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29272 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:33:46 -0000 Post Office managers to strike on 3 December – the peak day for international Christmas post The Post Office managers, will be joining with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in targeting the 300 Crown Offices on what is believed to be the busiest day of the year when people send cards and parcels to relatives and friends outside the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-office-managers-to-strike-on-3-december--the-peak-day-for-international-christmas-post/default.aspx tcm:11-29270 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:15:04 -0000 British Airways ‘bargain bucket’ pay rates could lead to staff shortages warns Unite “With basic salaries for new cabin crew more than £2,000 behind rivals such as easyJet and Virgin, British Airways could be facing a serious recruitment and retention problem in the near future." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-bargain-bucket-pay-rates-could-lead-to-staff-shortages-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29266 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:18:02 -0000 AWE workers to stage 24-hour strike on 6 December over threat to pension scheme Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “We are deep into the territory of broken pension promises and a hardline management that rejected out-of-hand counter proposals that Unite put forward this week." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-stage-strike-on-6-december-over-threat-to-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-29264 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:20:50 -0000 Len McCluskey backs Rosyth dockyard workers The general secretary of Scotland’s biggest union paid tribute to shipbuilding workers during a visit to the Rosyth dockyard. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/len-mccluskey-backs-rosyth-dockyard-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-29254 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:04:44 -0000 Unite members at Goodyear donate nearly £1 million for Wolverhampton hospice building project The money, built up since 1985, will come from the former 5/344 Transport and General Workers (TGWU) Sick and Distress Fund which is being wound up as tyre manufacturer Goodyear gets set to close the doors on its only UK manufacturing operation next month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-goodyear-donate-nearly-1-million-for-wolverhampton-hospice-building-project/default.aspx tcm:11-29238 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0000 Unite warns British Airways against outsourcing and offshoring its customer service Commenting Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “This review is nothing short of a slap in the face for hardworking staff who have constantly adapted to changing markets, while continuing to deliver the highest level of customer service." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-british-airways-against-outsourcing-and-offshoring-its-customer-service/default.aspx tcm:11-29240 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:55:57 -0000 Chancellor’s statement offers little for those fed up with losing out, says Unite general secretary Len McCluskey Chancellor Philip Hammond has failed to throw a lifeline to those on low wages or to demonstrate that this government will lay the solid economic foundations needed for a successful Brexit. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/chancellors-statement-offers-little-for-those-fed-up-with-losing-out-says-unite-general-secretary-len-mccluskey/default.aspx tcm:11-29223 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:51:11 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers ‘peace plan’ talks in long running pay dispute Senior management from First Group, the parent company of First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd, as well as local managers, will meet with Unite national officer Bobby Morton and shop stewards from the bus drivers at Unite headquarters http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-peace-plan-talks-in-long-running-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29221 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:36:03 -0000 Unite in Hewden job pledge as crane operator enters administration Unite, which represents mainly crane operators at Hewden, is also in contact with other plant hire and crane operating companies to try and secure jobs for Hewden workers and ensure continuity of service for customers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-in-hewden-job-pledge-as-crane-operator-enters-administration/default.aspx tcm:11-29211 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:59:00 -0000 Unite Community in ‘We are all Daniel Blake’ protest against benefit sanctions and cuts Members of Unite Community’s West London branch will stage a ‘We are all Daniel Blake’ protest outside four west London job centres on Wednesday 23 November from 11:00, as part of a day of action against benefit sanctions and welfare cuts. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-community-in-we-are-all-daniel-blake-protest-against-benefit-sanctions-and-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-29209 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:57:39 -0000 Workers vote for industrial action at ‘Scrooge’ Diageo Workers at drinks giant Diageo have voted to take industrial action over plans to slash their pensions at a time when the company is making massive profits. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/workers-vote-for-industrial-action-at-scrooge-diageo/default.aspx tcm:11-29206 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:05:43 -0000 Feudalism is ‘alive and well’ as Cornish estate workers face homeless new year Treatment of workers at the ancient Port Eliot Estate in Cornwall, following the death of the 10th Earl of St Germans, smacks of ‘a modern form of feudalism’, says Unite http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/feudalism-is-alive-and-well-as-cornish-estate-workers-face-homeless-new-year/default.aspx tcm:11-29202 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:29:28 -0000 GKN job losses prompt renewed call for industrial strategy Unite regional officer Heathcliffe Pettifer said: “This announcement is the latest chapter in the wholescale betrayal of these workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gkn-job-losses-prompt-renewed-call-for-industrial-strategy/default.aspx tcm:11-29196 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:22:30 -0000 Government accused of using ‘whiplash’ claims to prepare secret assault on injured workers Pointing to pleural plaques litigation which saw damages mainly under £5,000, Unite argues that had an increased limit on compensation been in place for workplace accidents, asbestos in the workplace would have continued and many more people would have died of mesothelioma related diseases. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-accused-of-using-whiplash-claims-to-prepare-secret-assault-on-injured-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-29189 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:38:10 -0000 Co-operative Bank job cuts could hit customer service warns Unite Expressing concern over the breadth and the speed of the planned cuts, Unite questioned whether the bank could continue to function effectively and offer high rates of customer satisfaction. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/co-operative-bank-job-cuts-could-hit-customer-service-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29186 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:33:24 -0000 Unite general secretary Len McCluskey hails Hinkley Point as paving the way for other large infrastructure projects Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Hinkley Point represents the large-scale type of infrastructure project that Britain should be developing in the next decade, especially following the Brexit referendum vote." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-general-secretary-len-mccluskey-hails-hinkley-point-as-paving-the-way-for-other-large-infrastructure-projects/default.aspx tcm:11-29184 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:30:30 -0000 Labour’s industrial strategy a stark contrast to Tory ‘confusion and secrecy’, says McCluskey “Prime minister Theresa May and her government’s challenge is to now make good on its promise of an industrial strategy and spell out how it will support manufacturing and key foundation industries like our crisis hit steel sector." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/labours-industrial-strategy-a-stark-contrast-to-tory-confusion-and-secrecy-says-mccluskey/default.aspx tcm:11-29182 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:31:39 -0000 Crisis hit youth services in the UK need cash boost from chancellor, says Unite Unite CYPW section chair Fran Sullivan said: “Youth work is the glue that binds communities together; we liaise with the police, social workers and a range of health professionals from community nurses to clinical psychology to assist young people through often traumatic times.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/crisis-hit-youth-services-in-the-uk-need-cash-boost-from-chancellor-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29180 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:26:32 -0000 Plans to axe up to 60 Nottinghamshire health visitors will hit deprived families, warns Unite As many health visitors work part-time, the axing of 38 full-time jobs could translate into a loss of up to 60 health visitors - they are expected to know their fate early in the new year http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/plans-to-axe-up-to-60-nottinghamshire-health-visitors/default.aspx tcm:11-29173 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:12:21 -0000 Qatar World Cup labour inspections a ‘step in the right direction’ says Unite “There is still a lot more to be done and a lot more hard work ahead." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/qatar-world-cup-labour-inspections-a-step-in-the-right-direction-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29162 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:07:32 -0000 Unite statement on the Vickers pension scheme 200 Rolls-Royce employees who were active members in the Vickers pension scheme will earn future benefits in a merged scheme for their future service it was confirmed this week. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-the-vickers-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-29159 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:10:45 -0000 Third wave of Manchester Fujitsu strikes will mar prestige company event The strike will coincide with the Fujitsu Forum trade fair in Munich which is expected to attract 14,000 visitors, including senior members of the company’s global management team http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/third-wave-of-manchester-fujitsu-strikes-will-mar-company-event/default.aspx tcm:11-29157 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:42:37 -0000 Essex, Kent and Surrey bus workers in strike vote over secret ‘mystery shopper’ Bus drivers operating out of nine depots across Essex, Kent and Surrey are involved in the dispute which follows a recent survey showing that a quarter of bus workers at Arriva Southern Counties have been bullied. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/essex-kent-and-surrey-bus-workers-in-strike-vote-over-secret-mystery-shopper/default.aspx tcm:11-29152 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:04:35 -0000 AWE workers stage ‘successful strike’ today over threat to pension scheme Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “Today’s strike has been strongly supported by Unite members – it is a very successful action. More industrial action is on the cards, unless there is substantial movement on the pensions' issue.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-stage-successful-strike-today-over-threat-to-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-29130 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:06:41 -0000 Yeovil GKN jobs being ‘thrown onto the funeral pyre of corporate greed’, says Unite Unite said that the management’s attitude during the redundancy consultation had been ‘poor’ – and the union had now registered ‘a failure to agree’, the precursor for an industrial action ballot. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/yeovil-gkn-jobs-being-thrown-onto-the-funeral-pyre/default.aspx tcm:11-29120 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:39:11 -0000 British Airways cabin crew in strike vote over ‘poverty’ pay levels A recent Unite survey lifted the lid on the toll ‘poverty pay’ was having on crew at the airline, with some members reporting doing two to three jobs on their days off to make ends meet, or sleeping in their cars between shifts because they can’t afford the petrol to drive home. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-cabin-crew-in-strike-vote-over-poverty-pay-levels/default.aspx tcm:11-29106 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:30:37 -0000 West Yorkshire bus drivers to strike over pay and safety It is expected that the strike involving drivers at depots in Castleford, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Selby and Wakefield will severely disrupt services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/west-yorkshire-bus-drivers-to-strike-over-pay-and-safety/default.aspx tcm:11-29093 Wed, 9 Nov 2016 15:10:26 -0000 ‘Outstanding’ Aston Martin two-year pay deal applauded by Unite Unite has hailed the ‘outstanding’ two-year pay deal at the luxury car maker Aston Martin which has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/outstanding-aston-martin-two-year-pay-deal-applauded-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29085 Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:18:24 -0000 BMW strike action moves a step closer as car workers massively back action in consultative ballot Production of the iconic Mini and prestigious Rolls-Royce motor car could be disrupted in the coming months after BMW group car workers massively backed industrial action in a consultative ballot over plans to rush through the closure of their final salary pension scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-strike-action-moves-a-step-closer-as-car-workers-massively-back-action-in-consultative-ballot/default.aspx tcm:11-29073 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 16:32:11 -0000 UK steelworkers in Europe protest over cheap Chinese steel dumping Steelworkers from Unite working for Tata Steel UK and British Steel will be joining thousands of fellow steelworkers from across Europe to march through Brussels tomorrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-steelworkers-in-europe-protest-over-cheap-chinese-steel-dumping/default.aspx tcm:11-29066 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 15:20:00 -0000 Unite members at equality watchdog strike over ‘swingeing’ cuts The strike action follows a mismanaged restructuring exercise with the continued threat of compulsory redundancies. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-equality-watchdog-strike-over-swingeing-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-29069 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 14:11:13 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers to strike on 16 November in long-running pay dispute More than 70 bus drivers in Weymouth and Bridport voted overwhelmingly to turn down the latest pay offer from First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-to-strike-on-16-november-in-long-running-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29061 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 13:02:04 -0000 Breakfast cereals’ production could be hit by industrial action after rep with ‘unblemished’ record sacked Production of some of the nation’s favourite breakfast cereals could be hit by possible industrial action, unless a union rep working for Cereal Partners in Wiltshire with an ‘unblemished’ 18-year work record is not reinstated http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/breakfast-cereals-production-could-be-hit-by-industrial-action-after-rep-with-unblemished-record-sacked/default.aspx tcm:11-29059 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 12:14:34 -0000 Site closures and 600 job cuts by iPSL branded “tragic” by Unite Unite has described the decision by iPSL to close seven sites across the county resulting in approximately 600 job losses as “tragic”. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/site-closures-and-600-job-cuts-by-ipsl-branded-tragic-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29050 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 10:49:31 -0000 Unite hosts Bristol jobs and training day to help people back to work The Unite South West jobs and open day will assist anyone wanting support in looking for a new job, a change of career, or those seeking training and advice." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hosts-bristol-jobs-and-training-day/default.aspx tcm:11-29056 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 10:08:02 -0000