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 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 Unite and pladis in UK set ‘gold standard’ for apprenticeship training Unite and pladis, the global biscuit and confectionery company behind the iconic McVitie’s brand, are pleased to announce the signing of an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement in the UK. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-and-pladis-in-uk-set-gold-standard-for-apprenticeship-training/default.aspx tcm:11-31794 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:14:01 -0000 Striking Mears workers involve tenants and shareholders in long running industrial dispute Striking workers at Mears in Manchester are widening their campaign activity to pressurise shareholders and win the hearts and minds of tenants affected by the dispute over pay differentials. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-mears-workers-involve-tenants-and-shareholders-in-long-running-industrial-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31757 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:13:07 -0000 Cash boost call for mental health nursing by Unite Unite calls on the government to reverse the cuts to mental health nursing as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report finds that 25 per cent of core mental health services need to improve. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cash-boost-call-for-mental-health-nursing-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31707 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:37:26 -0000 Theatre staff at Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Trust vote overwhelmingly for industrial action in four-year dispute Theatre staff at Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Trust vote overwhelmingly for industrial action in four-year dispute over changes to terms and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/theatre-staff-at-warrington-and-halton-hospital-nhs-trust-vote-overwhelmingly-for-industrial-action-in-four-year-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31691 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:48:22 -0000 Hospital workers seek public backing over ‘callous’ sick pay policy Members of Unite will be joined by campaigners outside the Royal Liverpool Hospital tomorrow collecting signatures for a petition against a ‘callous’ sick pay policy. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hospital-workers-seek-public-backing-over-callous-sick-pay-policy/default.aspx tcm:11-31634 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:44:30 -0000 New 999 response times need to be closely monitored, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "It is a situation that we will be watching closely in the months ahead as our paramedic members have continually reported that the ambulance service is under severe stress and pressure across England." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-999-response-times-need-to-be-closely-monitored-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31627 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:20:50 -0000 69th birthday is opportunity ‘to reboot’ the NHS for the benefit of all, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “The current political climate has reinforced the growing national mood that the public sector, including the NHS, can no longer be used as the easy target for continuing austerity." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/69th-birthday-is-opportunity-to-reboot-the-nhs-for-the-benefit-of-all/default.aspx tcm:11-31523 Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:10:14 -0000 Mears Manchester housing workers set to begin all out strike action 170 plus housing maintenance workers employed by the two organisations will be striking continuously for four weeks from Saturday 8 July to Friday 4 August. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mears-manchester-housing-workers-set-to-begin-all-out-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-31509 Mon, 3 Jul 2017 12:36:05 -0000 Unite to protest at Manchester Central in ongoing Mears housing maintenance dispute Members of Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, will be demonstrating outside the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Housing 2017 conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in their long running dispute with private contractor Mears and joint venture company Manchester Working. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-protest-at-manchester-central-in-ongoing-mears-housing-maintenance-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31444 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:41:46 -0000 Bentley workers secure ground breaking multi-year pay deal Unite, the UK’s largest union, has agreed a multi-year pay deal on behalf of over 2,000 workers at luxury carmaker Bentley, in Crewe, Cheshire. As part of the pay deal workers will see their basic hours reduced from 37 hours to 35 hours a week while their pay increases by 6.5 per cent. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bentley-workers-secure-ground-breaking-multi-year-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-31441 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:04:42 -0000 Unite steps up action in Mears Manchester housing dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, is stepping up the pressure in an increasingly bitter dispute with private contractor Mears and joint venture company Manchester Working in a dispute concerning pay differentials and attacks on conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-steps-up-action-in-mears-manchester-housing-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31412 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:19:10 -0000 Unite seeks answers after Crewe crane fatality Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is seeking urgent answers after a crane collapse in Crewe killed two workers and injured several other people. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeks-answers-after-crewe-crane-fatality/default.aspx tcm:11-31408 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:41:16 -0000 Hospitality bosses told to ‘smell the coffee’ on low pay by Unite Bosses in the hospitality and tourism industry, attending tomorrow's British Hospitality Association annual summit, will be told to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ in relation to the low pay and exploitative practices in their sectors. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hospitality-bosses-told-to-smell-the-coffee/default.aspx tcm:11-31254 Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:29:14 -0000 Unite holds consultative ballot on possible industrial action at Stanlow over pensions Essar Stanlow staff at the refinery plant in Ellesmere Port are being balloted for industrial action in a row over pensions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-holds-consultative-ballot-on-possible-industrial-action-at-stanlow-over-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-31204 Tue, 30 May 2017 14:14:09 -0000 Unite warns voters 'Tories are no friends of the North' The UK’s biggest union unveils poster campaign in major northern cities http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-voters-tories-are-no-friends-of-the-north/default.aspx tcm:11-31190 Mon, 29 May 2017 18:44:17 -0000