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 North Sea workers go into dispute amid “worry and frustration” over cuts of 30 per cent to pay, terms and conditions Strike action on North Sea oil platforms moved a step closer today as talks over pay, proposed cuts and changes to working conditions by the Wood Group broke down. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-sea-workers-go-into-dispute-amid-worry-and-frustration-over-cuts-of-30-per-cent-to-pay-terms-and-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-26900 Fri, 27 May 2016 14:47:00 -0000 Sad day for UK manufacturing as workers leave Nottingham tobacco factory for the last time Unite has warned of a double blow to traditional UK manufacturing as workers prepare to leave Imperial Tobacco’s iconic Horizon factory in Nottingham for the last time. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sad-day-for-uk-manufacturing-as-workers-leave-nottingham-tobacco-factory-for-the-last-time/default.aspx tcm:11-26897 Fri, 27 May 2016 11:53:30 -0000 Joint statement from the steel trade unions on the British Steel Pension Scheme Joint statement on the British Steel Pension Scheme http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-steel-unions-statement-on-the-british-steel-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-26891 Thu, 26 May 2016 13:30:03 -0000 Thomas Cook cabin crew enter further talks after strong vote for strike action Members of Britain’s largest union Unite working for Thomas Cook Airlines as cabin crew have backed strike action by three-to-one in a dispute over health and safety concerns and ‘dangerous’ changes to rest breaks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/thomas-cook-cabin-crew-to-enter-further-talks-after-strong-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-26882 Wed, 25 May 2016 16:10:18 -0000 No time to waste to save Scotland’s offshore industry as another 475 jobs cut Unite has warned today that if the current rate of jobs attrition in the oil and gas sector continues, with 150 jobs going every day since the barrel price downturn, there will be no viable North Sea oil industry within a decade. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-time-to-waste-to-save-scotlands-offshore-industry-as-another-475-jobs-cut/default.aspx tcm:11-26870 Wed, 25 May 2016 15:05:20 -0000 ‘March of the steelworkers’ urges Tata to be a responsible seller Hundreds of steelworkers from Unite will be joining fellow steelworkers from the Community and GMB unions in a ‘march of the steelworkers’ in London later today to remind the government and Tata Steel to ‘Save our Steel’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/march-of-the-steelworkers-urges-tata-to-be-a-responsible-seller/default.aspx tcm:11-26854 Wed, 25 May 2016 09:41:35 -0000 Solid support for Manchester bus strike over company’s broken promises Today’s strike by up to 700 First Manchester Ltd bus drivers, members of Unite has had solid support with only a handful of buses leaving the Oldham depot and services at Queens Road depot totally suspended. Both parties have agreed to Acas talks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/solid-support-for-manchester-bus-strike-over-companys-broken-promises/default.aspx tcm:11-26834 Tue, 24 May 2016 17:32:03 -0000 Unite sends solidarity to striking university staff amid warnings it could enter pay dispute Unite, which has around 12,000 members in the Higher Education sector, is also consulting on the possibility of joining the action. The consultative ballot opened on the 13 May and closes on 6 June. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-sends-solidarity-to-striking-university-staff-amid-warnings-it-could-enter-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-26826 Tue, 24 May 2016 13:24:01 -0000 Unite strike action ballot opens at Nottingham Pizza Factory Workers at the 2 Sisters owned Pizza Factory in Nottingham started voting yesterday (Monday 23 May) on possible strike action in a dispute over an outstanding pay claim for 2015. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-strike-action-ballot-opens-at-nottingham-pizza-factory/default.aspx tcm:11-26824 Tue, 24 May 2016 12:43:31 -0000 Hundreds of Manchester bus drivers to strike in dispute over collective bargaining breaches Unite, which represents over 700 members working out of the Oldham and Queens Road depots, has accused the company of not honouring the collective bargaining agreement it entered into with workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hundreds-of-manchester-bus-drivers-to-strike-in-dispute-over-collective-bargaining-breaches/default.aspx tcm:11-26815 Mon, 23 May 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Labour’s fresh thinking on investment will lead to a stronger economy “We need to put the brakes on this race towards the Sports Direct economy. Everything Labour proposes should have to face an 'equality audit' – is this going to make society fairer, is it going to redistribute power and wealth?" http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/labours-fresh-thinking-on-investment-will-lead-to-a-stronger-economy/default.aspx tcm:11-26795 Sat, 21 May 2016 14:16:05 -0000 Unite vows to fight job losses at ‘Boaty McBoatface’ yard Unite, the country’s biggest union, has said it will fight dozens of compulsory redundancies at Cammell Laird, the Birkenhead shipyard set to build ‘Boaty McBoatface’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-vows-to-fight-job-losses-at-boaty-mcboatface-yard/default.aspx tcm:11-26792 Fri, 20 May 2016 15:18:49 -0000 People power moved the government to protect the NHS from TTIP Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has welcomed the government’s commitment to exclude the NHS from the trade deal called TTIP following a historic showdown in parliament yesterday. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/people-power-moved-the-government-to-protect-the-nhs-from-ttip/default.aspx tcm:11-26788 Fri, 20 May 2016 12:10:27 -0000 Cider workers clock off for the last time branding Shepton Mallet closure ‘economic vandalism’ Steve Preddy said: “Today marks the beginning of the end for this historic site which has been the beating heart of Shepton Mallet and cider making in Somerset for centuries." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cider-workers-clock-off-for-the-last-time-branding-shepton-mallet-closure-economic-vandalism/default.aspx tcm:11-26786 Fri, 20 May 2016 11:43:11 -0000 Workplace 2020 shows Labour is determined to deliver decent employment for tomorrow’s workforce Unite's Len McCluskey: “I urge people to get involved, no matter what stage of your working life you may be at, so that Labour can build a programme that will deliver decent employment for tomorrow’s workforce.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workplace-2020-shows-labour-is-determined-to-deliver-decent-employment-for-tomorrows-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-26774 Thu, 19 May 2016 14:25:08 -0000 Unite urges MPs to back crucial vote to protect UK’s sovereignty over NHS Unite is urging MPs from across the political divide to back an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for the NHS to be carved out of the EU-US trade deal called TTIP. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-mps-to-back-crucial-vote-to-protect-uks-sovereignty-over-nhs/default.aspx tcm:11-26767 Thu, 19 May 2016 12:56:33 -0000 Unite hails CalMac contract as victory for public services Unite had joined forces with sister unions to campaign for CalMac to retain the ferry contract and protect members terms, conditions and pensions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-calmac-contract-as-victory-for-public-services/default.aspx tcm:11-26764 Thu, 19 May 2016 11:52:59 -0000 Unite calls on Royal Mail to make improved pay offer as group profits rise "Unite members will be extremely frustrated that their hard work to deliver a positive financial result is not being recognised by the company." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-royal-mail-to-make-improved-pay-offer-as-group-profits-rise/default.aspx tcm:11-26761 Thu, 19 May 2016 11:37:27 -0000 Government housing staff strike for fair pay Unite's Adam Lambert: “The HCA should be setting an example of good practice across the sector, not freezing out the union and enforcing pay deals without proper negotiations." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-housing-staff-strike-for-fair-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-26755 Wed, 18 May 2016 16:08:41 -0000 Unite welcomes Ucatt delegates’ decision Unite has welcomed the vote today by delegates at the conference of construction union Ucatt to begin discussions on a transfer of engagements with Unite the union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-ucatt-delegates-decision/default.aspx tcm:11-26751 Wed, 18 May 2016 15:14:18 -0000 Queen’s Speech sorely missed opportunity to steer UK out of 'state of stagnation’ “Today the prime minister wanted us to believe he was committed to a `one nation’ Britain yet it is his government’s policies that have supercharged inequality across these isles." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/queens-speech-sorely-missed-opportunity/default.aspx tcm:11-26745 Wed, 18 May 2016 13:31:22 -0000 Steelworkers set to march in London to put pressure on UK government Hundreds of steelworkers from across the UK will march in London on Wednesday 25 May to demand that the Conservative government ensures the responsible sale of Tata Steel’s UK assets and delivers a proper industrial strategy that supports the entire steel sector throughout the current crisis and into a profitable future. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/steelworkers-set-to-march-in-london-on-wednesday-25-may/default.aspx tcm:11-26749 Wed, 18 May 2016 10:15:29 -0000 Unions call for Post Office board resignations over government cuts “We will not sit back and watch them destroy a public institution.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-call-for-post-office-board-resignations-over-government-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-26725 Tue, 17 May 2016 10:13:18 -0000 HSBC plan to axe 840 IT jobs is 'reckless and short sighted' HSBC will axe 840 jobs in IT departments in a ‘reckless’ drive to offshore jobs to India, China and Poland said Unite, the trade union for UK bank workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hsbc-plan-to-axe-840-it-jobs-is-reckless-and-short-sighted/default.aspx tcm:11-26715 Mon, 16 May 2016 12:00:17 -0000 Hertel workers to vote for strike action over pay Members of Unite, the country’s biggest union, working for Hertel UK, at the Teesside oil refinery, are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hertel-workers-to-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-26719 Mon, 16 May 2016 10:45:18 -0000 Airport organising in the north west Over 40 Unite Reps and Activists from the NW Region gathered at a Conference on Manchester Airport on May 12. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/northwest/northwestnews/airport-organising-in-the-north-west/default.aspx tcm:11-26704 Fri, 13 May 2016 15:13:38 -0000 ‘A monumental injustice’: Unite responds as former RBS bosses avoid criminal charges Unite responds to the decision not to level criminal charges at former RBS bosses http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/a-monumental-injustice-unite-responds-as-former-rbs-bosses-avoid-criminal-charges/default.aspx tcm:11-26700 Thu, 12 May 2016 16:02:00 -0000 Unite urges public to join tomorrow’s demo against cuts to Hampshire’s children centres The Tory-controlled county council, which is considering reducing the current 54 children’s centres to just 11 regional centres, will be lobbied in Winchester by a demonstration that gathers at the Pig statue at 09.00 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-public-to-join-tomorrows-demo-against-cuts-to-hampshires-children-centres/default.aspx tcm:11-26697 Thu, 12 May 2016 15:03:06 -0000 European parliament’s vote to protect UK jobs and industry welcomed by Unite If China is granted market-economy status it would make it more difficult to impose steep tariffs on Chinese goods. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/european-parliaments-vote-to-protect-uk-jobs-and-industry-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-26695 Thu, 12 May 2016 14:56:02 -0000 Royal Mail managers ramp up industrial action in pay dispute Postal deliveries to 27 million homes across the UK will eventually face disruption as 4,800 managers start an overtime ban from Wednesday (18 May) - this builds on from the work to rule which began on 4 May http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-managers-ramp-up-industrial-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-26689 Thu, 12 May 2016 10:59:06 -0000 Argos drivers’ move to Eddie Stobart sparks strike ballot over job fears The 420 workers are seriously concerned that if the drivers are transferred to ESL that the rest of the workforce will follow with possible detrimental effects on pay, employment conditions and job security http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-drivers-move-to-eddie-stobart-sparks-strike-ballot-over-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-26687 Thu, 12 May 2016 09:47:40 -0000 Don’t take NHS staff and patients for fools on Brexit claims, warns Unite “The idea that Boris Johnson and other right-wing Tories, and the Ukippers on the Leave campaign can be trusted with the NHS is as dangerous as it is ludicrous." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dont-take-nhs-staff-and-patients-for-fools-on-brexit-claims-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-26681 Wed, 11 May 2016 16:50:23 -0000 Unite statement on Yvonne Mosquito Unite regional officer Brian Rickers said: “We deplore the way that the hearing was held yesterday in Yvonne Mosquito’s absence and we can confirm that she will be appealing the decision." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-on-yvonne-mosquito/default.aspx tcm:11-26677 Wed, 11 May 2016 13:11:57 -0000 3,000 emails in support of Birmingham health & safety rep over sacking by drug charity in ‘fire alarm’ row Unite activists, colleagues, and members of the public have been asked to demonstrate in support of Alison for a second time at Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1BT on Friday between 12:30–14:00. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/3000-emails-in-support-of-birmingham-health--safety-rep-over-sacking-by-drug-charity-in-fire-alarm-row/default.aspx tcm:11-26666 Tue, 10 May 2016 11:57:38 -0000 Unite statement on Yvonne Mosquito The decision to proceed with a disciplinary hearing today against Yvonne Mosquito, suspended deputy West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), while her union representative was on holiday has been strongly deplored by Unite http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/yvonne-mosquito/default.aspx tcm:11-26671 Tue, 10 May 2016 08:55:18 -0000 New Scottish government urged to keep Cal Mac public One of the first actions of the new Scottish government’s transport minister should be to ensure that the Clyde and Hebrides ferry routes remain in public hands, said Scotland’s largest union Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-scottish-government-urged-to-keep-cal-mac-public/default.aspx tcm:11-26661 Mon, 9 May 2016 15:03:29 -0000 Construction ‘blacklisting’ victory sees £10 million pay-out to 256 workers Unite said that the pay-outs could range from £25,000 up to £200,000 per claimant, depending on such factors as the loss of income and the seriousness of the defamation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/blacklisting-victory-sees-10-million-pay-out-to-256-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-26657 Mon, 9 May 2016 09:02:17 -0000 Thomas Cook cabin crew in strike vote over 20 minute rest breaks Over 1,000 Thomas Cook airlines cabin crew began voting in a ballot for industrial action in a dispute over health and safety concerns and ‘dangerous’ changes to rest breaks http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/thomas-cook-cabin-crew-in-strike-vote-over-20-minute-rest-breaks/default.aspx tcm:11-26648 Fri, 6 May 2016 11:42:34 -0000 Argos drivers’ move to Eddie Stobart ignites new outsourcing row Unite, is seriously concerned that catalogue retailer Argos is proposing to transfer the last of its in-house driver workforce, based at Magna Park in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, to ESL early next month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-drivers-move-to-eddie-stobart-ignites-new-outsourcing-row/default.aspx tcm:11-26643 Thu, 5 May 2016 13:12:31 -0000 Equality commission should examine ‘dog-whistle’ Conservative party beset by racism The Conservative party is regularly beset by allegations of racism against its MPs, councillors and candidates but even the most offensive comments rarely result in serious disciplinary action, a dossier reveals today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/equalities-commission-should-examine-dog--whistle-conservative-party-beset-by-racism/default.aspx tcm:11-26641 Thu, 5 May 2016 13:05:21 -0000 A dossier on racism in the Conservative Party This dossier was put together from news reports in the local and national media. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/a-dossier-on-racism-in-the-conservative-party/default.aspx tcm:11-26628 Thu, 5 May 2016 12:13:47 -0000 Urgent talks called for as DHL drivers face possible BHS fall-out Hundreds of drivers and warehouse staff, who deliver goods to BHS stores, could be the latest group to fall foul of the financial machinations that have seen the 88-year-old high street chain go into administration, putting 11,000 jobs at risk http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/urgent-talks-called-for-as-dhl-drivers-face-possible-bhs-fall-out/default.aspx tcm:11-26614 Wed, 4 May 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Scrapping NHS bursaries will cause NHS workforce crisis says Unite This is a cynical cost cutting exercise that will leave the NHS ever more reliant on costly agency staff. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/scrapping-nhs-bursaries-will-cause-nhs-workforce-crisis-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-26596 Wed, 4 May 2016 16:32:12 -0000 Unite statement on High Court ‘blacklisting’ trial adjournment Unite director of legal services, Howard Beckett said: “The reason for the application was that the four claimant teams have now become one which meant that it was impractical for the trial, estimated to take 11 weeks, to start on 9 May." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/6-unite-statement-on-high-court-blacklisting-trial-adjournment/default.aspx tcm:11-26612 Wed, 4 May 2016 13:16:26 -0000 Unite calls on Unipres to think again on ‘unacceptable’ pay deal Unite had requested a meeting with management following the resounding result of a members’ ballot backing industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-unipres-to-think-again-on-unacceptable-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-26609 Wed, 4 May 2016 12:26:36 -0000 Anti-trade union law a 'dark day' for UK workers The completion of the parliamentary stages of the Conservative government's Trade Union Bill will be remembered as a 'dark day' for working people. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/anti-trade-union-law-a-dark-day-for-uk-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-26581 Tue, 3 May 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Bullying claims as drivers at building supply giant hold strike ballot in pay dispute Unite claims that a manager at the St Ives depot in Cambridgeshire swore at a group of about 24 drivers while addressing them on the ballot – all but three of them walked out in protest at the haranguing http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bullying-claims-as-drivers-at-building-supply-giant-hold-strike-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-26579 Tue, 3 May 2016 16:06:50 -0000 Unite statement on 'blacklisting' Unite director of legal services, Howard Beckett said: “Unite has not reached any settlement although we continue to negotiate to achieve justice." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-on-blacklisting/default.aspx tcm:11-26572 Tue, 3 May 2016 15:25:19 -0000 Unite defiant in the face of ‘paltry’ local government pay offer Unite national officer for local government Fiona Farmer said: “Unite, the fightback union, was determined not to sign up to the paltry two-year pay offer from the employers; it does nothing to restore the 20 per cent real cut in earnings since 2010." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-defiant-in-the-face-of-paltry-local-government-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-26568 Tue, 3 May 2016 15:13:13 -0000 Unite warns of ‘fragile’ and ‘lopsided’ economy as manufacturing falls Tony Burke said: “Alarm bells should be going off in the Treasury and right across Whitehall at these latest figures which underline the fragile and lopsided nature of the UK’s economic growth." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-fragile-and-lopsided-economy-as-manufacturing-falls/default.aspx tcm:11-26564 Tue, 3 May 2016 14:29:00 -0000