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 “Please boss can I go to the loo?” Anger over the treatment of DPD workers Unite will stage a demonstration outside DPD’s headquarters in Smethwick in protest over allegations of bullying and the poor treatment of workers at its superhub in Hinckley. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/please-boss-can-i-go-to-the-loo-anger-over-the-treatment-of-dpd-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32851 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:49:43 -0000 Yorkshire Christmas ‘beer drought’ threat as drivers hold strike ballot over health and safety issues If the drivers and their mates vote for strike action deliveries to hundreds of clubs, pubs and restaurants from Leicester to Huddersfield and Scarborough will be hit in the run-up to Christmas http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/yorkshire-christmas-beer-drought-threat/default.aspx tcm:11-32849 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:33:32 -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 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 Unite praises Bombardier workforce for landing bumper train contract “This hard work cannot be put at risk by continuing government uncertainty surrounding Brexit which is currently leading to businesses putting off investment decisions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-praises-bombardier-workforce-for-landing-bumper-train-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-32610 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:40:10 -0000 Unite activists from Rolls Royce and Toyota lobby MPs on Brexit concerns Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, are lobbying MPs today (October 17) for a ‘jobs first Brexit’ and certainty so that long-term investment decisions can be made. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-activists-from-rolls-royce-and-toyota-lobby-mps-on-brexit-concerns/default.aspx tcm:11-32605 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:18:06 -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 ‘Massive blow’ to Lincolnshire’s economy as hundreds face jobs threat at Stamford engineering company, says Unite Unite regional officer Scott Lennon said: “Today’s announcement is a massive blow to the Lincolnshire economy and is terrible news for the workers, whose jobs are under threat, and their families." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/massive-blow-to-lincolnshires-economy-as-hundreds-face-jobs-threat-at-stamford-engineering-company-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32512 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:50:32 -0000 Poultry firms’ merger given cautious welcome by Unite Unite’s lead national officer for the food sector Joe Clarke said: “It is early days for this joint venture, but we think that this agreement may be a positive development for both businesses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/poultry-firms-merger-given-cautious-welcome-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32394 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:00:26 -0000 ‘Battle royal’ pledge by Unite over East Midlands hospitals’ merger Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter, who is addressing Saturday’s rally, said: “We want the trust, staff and public to highlight the core problem which is underfunding of the NHS." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/battle-royal-pledge-by-unite-over-east-midlands-hospitals-merger/default.aspx tcm:11-31879 Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:09:41 -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 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 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 Unions call for a long overdue pay rise for hard-pressed council employees Three unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-call-for-a-long-overdue-pay-rise-for-hard-pressed-council-employees/default.aspx tcm:11-31341 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:30:31 -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 Construction materials shortages loom as Cemex drivers vote for strike action Shortages of construction materials are expected to lead to delays on sites throughout the industry, including major projects, after HGV drivers at Cemex UK Operations Ltd, overwhelmingly voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-materials-shortages-loom-as-cemex-drivers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30995 Tue, 9 May 2017 15:04:08 -0000 Unions issue final warning to school academy chain over cutbacks An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humberside is facing possible action from eight education unions over plans to axe support staff http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-issue-final-warning-to-school-academy-chain-over-cutbacks/default.aspx tcm:11-30953 Thu, 4 May 2017 15:41:49 -0000 Unite seeks assurances over job security as Grimsby fish processor firm put up for sale Unite regional officer Mike Wilkinson said: “We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the management in regards to the future job security of our members and to understand the rationale behind the sale of the company." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeks-assurances-over-job-security/default.aspx tcm:11-30798 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:28:37 -0000 Job security is key in Weetabix takeover, says Unite Unite regional officer Sally Mortimer said: “We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the new owner to seek assurances on job security and to ascertain the business plan going forward." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-security-is-key-in-weetabix-takeover-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30756 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:21:46 -0000 ‘Vulture’ capitalists should not spread to margarine business, says Unite Unite is seeking urgent assurances from Unilever bosses after its decision to sell off its margarine spreads business has put 200 jobs in Essex at risk. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vulture-capitalists-should-not-spread-to-margarine-business-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30680 Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:31:34 -0000 Yorkshire and East Midlands academy job cuts mean more pressure on classroom staff, unions warn An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside has announced today that as many as 40 support staff could face redundancy over plans to cut budgets http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/yorkshire-and-east-midlands-academy-job-cuts-mean-more-pressure-on-classroom-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-30571 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Speech and language therapists get ‘collective snub’ from NHS shake-up bosses Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “The failure of any of the STP lead officers to reply to the legitimate concerns being asked on behalf of speech and language therapists is a collective snub dished out to this hardworking and dedicated profession." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/speech-and-language-therapists-get-collective-snub-from-nhs-bosses/default.aspx tcm:11-30492 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:42:36 -0000 ‘Gravy train’ for management consultants involved in NHS shake-up plans condemned by Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “These findings reveal a management consultancy gravy train that is completely out of control, when frontline services, such as A&E departments, are stretched to breaking point." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gravy-train-for-management-consultants-involved-in-nhs-shake-up-plans-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30427 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:01:00 -0000 High cost of National Citizen Service condemned by Unite David Cameron’s National Citizen Service (NCS) was always an ill-conceived ‘vanity project’, now that it’s been shown to be a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money, it needs a radical re-think. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/high-cost-of-national-citizen-service-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30366 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:05:19 -0000 ‘No controlling mind’ over community nurse workforce planning, as health visitors transferred to councils Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “The lack of an overall ‘controlling mind’ about the number of health visitors and school nurses working for local government will hamper workforce planning and lead to a fragmentation of services for families with babies and young children.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-controlling-mind-over-community-nurse-workforce-planning-as-health-visitors-transferred-to-councils/default.aspx tcm:11-30334 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:06 -0000 Unite concerned with huge rise in ‘dead-end’ construction courses A freedom of information request made by Unite has uncovered that thousand of young people are being placed on 'dead-end' construction courses. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-concern-over-huge-rise-in-dead-end-construction-courses/default.aspx tcm:11-30246 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:19:29 -0000 Unite calls for urgent talks over threat to 300 jobs at Nottinghamshire food company Unite regional officer Steve Syson said: “The union wants an urgent meeting with the management next week, with the aim of mitigating and reducing the large scale job losses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-talks-over-threat-to-300-jobs-at-nottinghamshire-food-company/default.aspx tcm:11-30215 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:32:37 -0000 Protest at Argos’ ‘hidden cuts’ agenda by Unite members on Monday Unite, is angry that Argos has failed to give guarantees at all its logistic sites that workers’ terms and conditions will be safeguarded in the future - about 1,400 of its members could be affected http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rotest-at-argos-hidden-cuts-agenda-by-unite-members-on-monday/default.aspx tcm:11-30110 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:49:36 -0000 Protests at NHS cuts in Yorkshire to be combated by ‘guerrilla marketing’, warns Unite Marketing specialists have been asked ‘to express an interest’ in the £10,000 nine-month contract to run from April for the Humber, Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan by today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protests-at-nhs-cuts-in-yorkshire-to-be-combated-by-guerrilla-marketing/default.aspx tcm:11-29989 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:38:05 -0000 Up to 1,100 jobs’ axe by CSC will be fought ‘tooth-and-claw’, says Unite The union said that this week’s announcement of more than 1,000 proposed job losses comes hard on the heels of 499 redundancies announced last month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/up-to-1100-jobs-axe-by-csc-will-be-fought-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29768 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:05:21 -0000 Petrol pump threat at Morrisons’ supermarkets in dispute over ‘docked’ driver’s pay, warns Unite Nineteen drivers, employed by DHL Supply Chain and based in West Thurrock, who deliver petrol and diesel to 55 petrol stations at Morrisons supermarkets across the South East region are currently being balloted for strike action and industrial action short of a strike http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/petrol-pump-threat-at-morrisons-supermarkets-in-dispute-over-docked-driver-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29667 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:09:45 -0000 Nottingham’s Pizza Factory blames Brexit for job losses, says Unite The union is due to hold crunch talks with the company, owned by food giant 2 Sisters, later today, as 280 workers face redundancy http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pizza-factory-blames-brexit-for-job-losses-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29643 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:43:23 -0000 Secretive mega shake-up of NHS could cost £15 million in management consultancy fees, claims Unite Unite, said that health secretary Jeremy Hunt needed ‘to come clean’ on the true cost of the expenditure on management consultants in relation to the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans for England http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/secretive-mega-shake-up-of-nhs-could-cost-15-million-in-management-consultancy-fees-claims-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29613 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:10:37 -0000 GPs ‘incensed’ by May threat to funding warns Doctors in Unite “We have one of the lowest numbers of doctors per head of population in Europe and now the prime minister is asking GPs to work longer hours and practice unsafely with their patients." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gps-incensed-by-may-threat-to-funding-warns-doctors-in-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29621 Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Argos’ Leicestershire job transfer plans ‘a slap in the face’ for the workforce Unite said serious questions need to be asked as to whether employees will be forced to transfer from Magna Park to Kettering or be offered a redundancy package, if they are unable to travel to the new site 25 miles away http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-leicestershire-job-transfer-plans-a-slap-in-the-face-for-the-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-29579 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:44:28 -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 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 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 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 Another ‘secretive’ mega shake-up of the NHS is being carried out by stealth, warns Unite Unite said that the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans for England heralded yet another NHS reconfiguration which could see closures of local hospitals and A&E departments http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/another-secretive-mega-shake-up-of-the-nhs-is-being-carried-out-by-stealth-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28856 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:22:28 -0000 Plans to close Leicester children’s heart centre ‘a scandal’, says Unite A protest meeting and march will be held in Leicester on Saturday (29 October) to stop the moves which will see the East Midlands lose this facility – it performs about 300 operations a year on children born with heart defects. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/plans-to-close-childrens-heart-centre-in-leicester-a-scandal/default.aspx tcm:11-28808 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:48:15 -0000 Unite targets William Hill in day of action over attack on workers’ pay Unite will be protesting outside bookmaker William Hill’s shops across the country on Friday 7 October, against the gambling giant’s plans to slash shop managers’ pay by £6,000 a year on average. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nite-targets-william-hill-in-day-of-action-over-attack-on-workers-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-28577 Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:39:33 -0000 Hammond urged to give cash boost to NHS in autumn statement, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Since 2010 NHS staff have seen their incomes in real terms eroded by more than 15 per cent which has provoked a recruitment and retention crisis across the NHS." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hammond-urged-to-give-cash-boost-to-nhs-in-autumn-statement/default.aspx tcm:11-28522 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Victory for youth and community workers as ‘pink book’ is saved Unite, youth and community members have overwhelmingly voted to accept a new two year deal after the LGA employers rowed back on plans to tear up the ‘pink book’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/victory-for-youth-and-community-workers-as-pink-book-is-saved/default.aspx tcm:11-28420 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:52:06 -0000 82 job losses at Aviva in Leicester deplored by Unite The jobs are based at the city’s Princess Road West – and the redundancies are expected to be completed by 31 December this year http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/82-job-losses-at-aviva-in-leicester-deplored-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28292 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:13:22 -0000 NHS England assurances draw sceptical response amid calls for consultative ballot of GPs Said Dr Jackie Applebee: “How can GPC leaders or anyone else think that GPs will get anything meaningful amidst the massive NHS cuts?" http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-england-assurances-draw-sceptical-response-amid-calls-for-consultative-ballot-of-gps/default.aspx tcm:11-28073 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:02:33 -0000 Unite pledges to battle threat to 325 jobs at Nottingham’s Pizza Factory Unite held l talks today with the East Midlands company, owned by food giant 2 Sisters, when management revealed that there would be no job losses before January when the Tesco contract to supply ready-made chilled pizzas comes to an end http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-pledges-to-battle-threat-to-325-jobs-at-nottinghams-pizza-factory/default.aspx tcm:11-27947 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:35:12 -0000 Threat to 350 jobs at Nottingham’s Pizza Factory is ‘hammer blow’ to local economy, says Unite Unite is due to hold talks with the long-established East Midlands company, owned by food giant 2 Sisters, on Friday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-to-350-jobs-at-nottinghams-pizza-factory/default.aspx tcm:11-27928 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:44:13 -0000