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 ‘Discrimination’ of union reps sparks 11 days of strike action at Fujitsu in Manchester Unite national officer for the IT sector Louisa Bull said: "“These strikes could be averted, if senior Fujitsu bosses made a sea-change to their antediluvian attitude to modern employment relations and sat down and negotiated in a constructive fashion." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/discrimination-of-union-reps-sparks-11-days-of-strike-action-at-fujitsu-in-manchester/default.aspx tcm:11-33276 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:15:29 -0000 Strike action by workers at Suttons Tankers in Cheshire in dispute over ‘inferior pay and conditions’ Strike action by workers at Suttons Tankers in Cheshire in dispute over ‘inferior pay and conditions’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-by-workers-at-suttons-tankers-in-cheshire-in-dispute-over-inferior-pay-and-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-33263 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:48:55 -0000 Fresh disruption at Sellafield as construction strikes announced The Sellafield complex, in Cumbria, is facing fresh disruption as workers employed by civil engineering company DSD Construction, voted for strike action as a result of the company sacking the Unite shop steward. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-disruption-at-sellafield-as-construction-strikes-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-33257 Tue, 9 Jan 2018 14:51:03 -0000 Unite demands guarantees on new car models to secure Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port Describing the additional job losses as a blow to a world class workforce, which would be felt throughout the supply chain, Unite vowed that it would leave no stone unturned in securing the long term future of Ellesmere Port. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demands-guarantees-on-new-car-models-to-secure-vauxhalls-ellesmere-port/default.aspx tcm:11-33250 Mon, 8 Jan 2018 16:17:19 -0000 Hopes rise of possible breakthrough in Manchester Mears dispute There are cautious hopes that the long-running strike action involving housing maintenance workers employed by Mears in Manchester could be moving towards a conclusion. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hopes-rise-of-possible-breakthrough-in-manchester-mears-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33137 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:05:48 -0000 ‘Discrimination’ of union reps and company backtrack on deal means Fujitsu facing further strike action Up to 300 Unite members in Manchester are to vote on further strike action at IT giant Fujitsu in one of the longest running industrial disputes in the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/discrimination-of-union-reps/default.aspx tcm:11-33131 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:15:29 -0000 Sellafield faces standstill as Unite ballots workers over rep’s dismissal Unite, the UK’s largest union, has begun balloting workers employed by civil engineering company DSD Construction, at Sellafield, for strike action, after the company sacked the union’s shop steward. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-faces-standstill-as-unite-ballots-workers-over-reps-dismissal/default.aspx tcm:11-33125 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:21:38 -0000 Arriva North West bus workers hail victory in pay dispute The workers voted overwhelmingly to accept the two year pay deal and strike action in the run-up to Christmas has now been called off http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/arriva-north-west-bus-workers-hail-victory-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33109 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:43:38 -0000 Candlelight vigil to remember Liverpool hospital worker A candlelight vigil will be held at St George’s Hall to remember a Liverpool hospital worker employed by ISS who tragically died this time last year, and to continue the growing campaign for a humane sick pay scheme for hundreds of Liverpool hospital workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vigil-to-remember-liverpool-hospital-worker/default.aspx tcm:11-33052 Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:43:30 -0000 Kingsmill bakery pay dispute settled Unite announced today that about 130 drivers, maintenance staff and security personnel at the Birmingham Road site had agreed a new pay package http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/kingsmill-bakery/default.aspx tcm:11-33036 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:01:44 -0000 Knowsley housing workers begin strike action over below inflation pay offers Housing maintenance workers in Knowsley, Merseyside will start a series of strikes over pay this Friday (1 December), Unite, Britain’s largest union, has confirmed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/knowsley-housing-workers-begin-strike-action-over-below-inflation-pay-offers/default.aspx tcm:11-32969 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:50:33 -0000 Unite signs deal to represent workers at aerospace manufacturer in Macclesfield “The union will be negotiating pay, hours and holidays going forward but in a world where technology is rapidly changing Unite will also be on hand to represent workers when it comes to training and skills' development.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-signs-deal-to-represent-workers-at-aerospace-manufacturer-in-macclesfield/default.aspx tcm:11-32966 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:58:13 -0000 Unite statement on Kingsmill bakery ballot result Further talks on cards after overwhelming vote for strike action over pay by drivers and maintenance staff at West Bromwich site http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-kingsmill-bakery-ballot-result/default.aspx tcm:11-32963 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:48:19 -0000 Unite slams Arriva North West for spreading ‘false news’ to turn the public against striking bus workers Unite slams Arriva North West for spreading ‘false news’ to turn the public against striking bus workers http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-slams-arriva-north-west-for-spreading-false-news-to-turn-the-public-against-striking-bus-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32960 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:04:22 -0000 Bus workers at Arriva North West reject derisory penny an hour pay offer as strikes set to continue Over 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff employed by Arriva North West will stage a further 24 hour strike on Monday 27 November after overwhelmingly rejecting the company’s latest pay offer worth just one additional penny an hour. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bus-workers-at-arriva-north-west-reject-derisory-penny-an-hour-pay-offer-as-strikes-set-to-continue/default.aspx tcm:11-32927 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:05:47 -0000 Pay talks ‘insult’ as Arriva North West bus workers gear up for nine days of strikes in December Unite members at 11 depots across the north west will walk out during their shifts on 4,7,12,13,14,20,21,22 and 23 December - strikes for Monday and 27 November have already been announced. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pay-talks-insult-as-arriva-north-west-bus-workers-gear-up-for-nine-days-of-strikes-in-december/default.aspx tcm:11-32867 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:39:41 -0000 Pre-Christmas ‘bread drought’ threatened in the North West and Midlands, warns Unite The West Bromwich site produces 1.5 million loaves a week and, if there is a strike before Christmas, the regions which will bear the brunt of the 'bread drought will be the east and west Midlands, and the North West. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pre-christmas-bread-drought-threatened/default.aspx tcm:11-32822 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Shocking levels of mental illness and stress revealed problems among Manchester housing workers, as strike action resumes A confidential survey of workers employed by Mears in Manchester and joint venture company Manchester Working (operated by Mears) has revealed very high levels of mental health problems and stress among its workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shocking-levels-of-mental-illness-and-stress-revealed-problems-among-manchester-housing-workers-as-strike-action-resumes/default.aspx tcm:11-32827 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:14:47 -0000 Two-year 6.5 per cent pay deal for 9,000 Ford workers welcomed by Unite Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: “This is an industry leading deal which will give the workforce pay security over the next two years and keep their pay packets ahead of the rising cost of living." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/two-year-65-per-cent-pay-deal-for-9000-ford-workers-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32810 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:13:33 -0000 Sellafield bosses urged to remove ‘roadblock’ to pay deal, as workers gear up for second strike Unite regional officer Graham Williams said: “We have consistently stated that a pay deal is being obstructed by the invisible hand of ministers and the Sellafield management needs to assert themselves and remove this roadblock to a deal." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-bosses-urged-to-remove-roadblock-to-pay-deal-as-workers-gear-up-for-second-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-32794 Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:37:28 -0000 Sellafield bosses ‘go cold’ on pay deal, says Unite, as strike looms The 24 hour strike is due start at 06.00 on Tuesday over the ‘completely unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer imposed by Sellafield Ltd - in September, backdated to 1 April http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-bosses-go-cold-on-pay-deal-says-unite-as-strike-looms/default.aspx tcm:11-32724 Wed, 1 Nov 2017 11:23:20 -0000 Cleaners call-off strike action at Manchester Airport following a festive pay boost Hundreds of cleaners at Manchester Airport have called-off industrial action having secured an extra £850 a year, plus double time for working over Christmas and the new year. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cleaners-call-off-strike-action-at-manchester-airport-following-a-festive-pay-boost/default.aspx tcm:11-32733 Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:29:40 -0000 Arriva North West bus workers’ strikes over ‘inadequate’ pay set to run into November Over 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff working for Arriva North West across 11 depots will strike again for 24 hours on Monday – and this will be followed by further five one-day strikes on 6, 8,13, 20 and 27 November http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/arriva-north-west-bus-workers-strikes-over-inadequate-pay-set-to-run-into-november/default.aspx tcm:11-32682 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:15:06 -0000 First Manchester bus drivers ‘five miles and £5,000 apart’ Unite regional officer Neil Clarke said: “For four years First Manchester has repeated that pay will be harmonised, but it has always been jam tomorrow – and now our members are fed up with dry bread and the bosses’ stale words." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-manchester-bus-drivers-five-miles-and-5000-apart/default.aspx tcm:11-32661 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:18:58 -0000 MPs and ministers urged to 'back UK defence industry' as BAE workers get set to lobby parliament Unite reps from BAE sites including Brough, Warton and Samlesbury in the north west and Portsmouth in the south will be attending the lobby under the banner 'Back UK defence workers.' http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mps-and-ministers-urged-to-back-uk-defence-industry-as-bae-workers-lobby-parliament/default.aspx tcm:11-32652 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:18:50 -0000 Unite takes legal action against Mears in Wigan for unpaid holidays Unite, the UK’s largest union, is taking legal action in support of members employed by troubled contractor Mears, after the company secretly cut holiday pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-takes-legal-action-against-mears-in-wigan-for-unpaid-holidays/default.aspx tcm:11-32655 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:15:00 -0000 Cleaners announce strike action at Manchester Airport over low pay "It’s time for Mitie to become a living wage employer.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cleaners-announce-strike-action-at-manchester-airport-over-low-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32638 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:25:57 -0000 Mears Manchester workers overwhelmingly back fresh industrial action in pay dispute Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Mears in Manchester are set to renew strike action in a longstanding dispute over pay after overwhelmingly voting for fresh strike action, the union announced today (Wednesday 18 October). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mears-manchester-workers-overwhelmingly-back-fresh-industrial-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32616 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:40:52 -0000 Strike vote warning at Kingsmill bread over below inflation pay workers who supply Kingsmill bread to Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco across the west and east midlands, as well as the north west, have grown increasingly frustrated with the firm since pay talks started in May earlier this year." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-vote-warning-at-kingsmill-bread-over-below-inflation-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32592 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:09:50 -0000 Capita talks break down and staff to strike over pensions Dominic Hook said: “It is deeply disappointing that Capita staff are being forced into industrial action because of their employer's disgraceful plans to slash the deferred pay that staff will get in retirement." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/capita-talks-break-down-and-staff-to-strike-over-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-32590 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:26:21 -0000 Unite calls for Vauxhall investment guarantees following job loss blow Britain’s largest union, Unite called for guarantees over future investment into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant today (Monday 16 October) following the carmaker’s announcement that it was planning to make 400 people redundant. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-vauxhall-investment-guarantee-following-job-loss-blow/default.aspx tcm:11-32581 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:07:44 -0000 Arriva North West bus workers to strike over ‘pitiful’ pay “Arriva is owned by the German transport giant Deutsche Bahn AG and has huge financial resources. All we are seeking is a fair and reasonable pay award against a backdrop of spiralling inflation and soaring living costs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/arriva-north-west-bus-workers-to-strike-over-pitiful-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32576 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:11:31 -0000 Unite Sellafield workers to take industrial action in pay dispute Unite has more than 1,100 members, such as key electrical staff, who will strike; ratcheting up pressure on the management as the GMB union has already started to take industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32509 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:30:41 -0000 Fujitsu workers fight gagging of reps IT giant Fujitsu may face more industrial action as members of Unite prepare to hold a ballot for further industrial action in their long-running dispute http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fujitsu-fight-over-gagging-of-reps/default.aspx tcm:11-32507 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:41:17 -0000 Union recognition pays off for Macclesfield workers Phil Allman, Unite regional officer, said: “The influence of Unite the union on the Macclesfield factory meant workers secured a good pay deal and got more holiday pay. Union recognition is a big boost for the workforce." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-recognition-pays-off-for-macclesfield-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32493 Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:16:21 -0000 Gallaher’s UK workers furious at final pension scheme closure, says Unite The union said that there was still a 700-strong workforce in the UK of which 177 were in the final pension scheme due to close on 31 December 2017 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gallahers-uk-workers-furious-at-final-pension-scheme-closure-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32479 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite to ballot for fresh strike action at Manchester Mears Unite regional co-ordinating officer Any Fisher said: “Unite has given Mears every opportunity to resolve this dispute and Mears has entirely failed to do so, so Unite has no option, but to ask our members to once again take strike action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-ballot-for-fresh-strike-action-at-manchester-mears/default.aspx tcm:11-32468 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:34:05 -0000 NHS job losses feared in Lancashire over plans to centralise laboratory services The trusts approved an outline plan earlier this month to centralise many NHS laboratory testing services at a new site to be constructed at Lancaster University, raising concerns about the job security of NHS biomedical scientists based in Preston, Blackpool and Barrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-job-losses-feared-in-lancashire-over-plans-to-centralise-laboratory-services/default.aspx tcm:11-32454 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:53:38 -0000 100 per cent vote for strike action at Manchester Airport Low paid cleaners at Manchester Airport employed by Mitie Cleaning and Environmental services have voted solidly in favour of strike action in their campaign for fair pay following a two year pay freeze. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/100-per-cent-vote-for-strike-action-at-manchester-airport/default.aspx tcm:11-32434 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:54:59 -0000 Lowest paid DHL warehouse workers secure a pay boost twice the rate of inflation Low-paid workers at the DHL warehouse in Gillmoss, Liverpool have secured Unite representation, and with it an inflation busting pay increase. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lowest-paid-dhl-warehouse-workers-secure-a-pay-boost-twice-the-rate-of-inflation/default.aspx tcm:11-32330 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:23:51 -0000 Workers at Fujitsu in Manchester celebrate 10th anniversary of union recognition tomorrow More than 700 of Fujitsu’s Manchester workers will celebrate the 10th anniversary of union recognition at the company’s Central Park site in Newton Heath tomorrow http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-fujitsu-in-manchester-celebrate-10th-anniversary-of-union-recognition-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-32318 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:35:47 -0000 Liverpool city council urged to back Liverpool hospital workers The workforce has been stripped of a fair sick pay policy. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liverpool-city-council-urged-to-back-liverpool-hospital-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32316 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:14:01 -0000 Sellafield workers ballot for strike action in pay dispute Ballot papers for the union’s 2,000 craft and staff members at the Cumbria site will start dropping onto doormats from 13 September and the ballot closes on 2 October http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-workers-ballot-for-strike-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32187 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:15:29 -0000 Sports Direct caught breaking promise to end using exploitative zero hours contracts “We would urge investors and shareholders to vote against the re-election of Sports Direct’s chairman Keith Hellawell and send a message to the board that ‘bad business as usual’ is unacceptable.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sports-direct-caught-breaking-promise-to-end-using-exploitative-zero-hours-contracts/default.aspx tcm:11-32148 Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:36:13 -0000 Unite urges HMRC to investigate Mears’ unpaid traineeships in Manchester Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the discovery that controversial outsourcing company Mears is advertising for unpaid trainee positions ‘as a new low’ and has called for HMRC to investigate possible breaches of national minimum wage rules. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-hmrc-to-investigate-mears-unpaid-traineeships-in-manchester/default.aspx tcm:11-32078 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:48:42 -0000 Argos faces legal action over ‘illegal’ attempts to ‘strike bust’ Unite has evidence that Argos, Single Resource and Templine have been involved in what we believe is the illegal use of agency staff to break lawful industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-faces-legal-action-over-attempts-to-strike-bust/default.aspx tcm:11-32070 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:03:16 -0000 Sellafield bosses’ crackdown as workers prepare for industrial action ballot in pay dispute Unite, which is preparing to ballot its 2,000 members for industrial action over an 'unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer, said that the management’s action showed that it was ‘slavishly kowtowing’ to the government’s harsh polices on pay restraint http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-bosses-crackdown-as-workers-prepare-for-industrial-action-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32029 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:41:08 -0000 Shropshire health visiting faces tsunami of cuts, Unite warns Unite regional officer Stuart Baker said: “We are calling on the Shropshire public to make its collective voice heard before the consultation process ends on 8 September, so these proposed cuts are stopped in their tracks." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shropshire-health-visiting-faces-tsunami-of-cuts-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-31916 Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:03:24 -0000 Sellafield workers prepare for industrial action ballot in pay dispute Unite Sellafield shop stewards have decided to go ahead with the ballot of the union’s 2,000 members at the Cumbria site over the management's imposed 1.5 per cent pay award http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-workers-prepare-for-industrial-action-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31900 Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:36:36 -0000 Argos customers face disruption, as workers gear up to strike in redundancy payments row The four sites at Basildon, Bridgwater, Castleford and Heywood , covered by the employer/union national forum, will be joined on strike by workers at the Barton Business Park, Burton-on-Trent - the three week strike starts on 15 August. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-customers-face-disruption/default.aspx tcm:11-31869 Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:20:01 -0000