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 Castle Cement drivers hail pay deal victory About 240 workers have accepted the overall package which will mean an increase of 3.7 per cent from 1 January this year; and for 2019, an increase which could range from 3.4 to 4.4 per cent http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/castle-cement-drivers-hail-pay-deal-victory/default.aspx tcm:11-33742 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:02:07 -0000 Bromley library staff and care workers vote for action amid outsourcing chaos 100 per cent of library staff working for Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) across the London borough’s 14 libraries backed strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-library-staff-and-care-workers-vote-for-action/default.aspx tcm:11-33738 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:18:22 -0000 Fresh strike dates announced in Essex concrete maker dispute Fresh strike dates were announced by Unite, the UK’s largest union today (20 February), in a further escalation of the dispute with Essex based Tarmac Building Products Ltd, over the creation of a two tier workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-strike-dates-announced-in-essex-concrete-maker-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33713 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:03:27 -0000 Castle Cement drivers set to strike over ‘unsatisfactory’ pay deal Unite and the management are holding last-ditch talks tomorrow in a bid to reach a settlement to avert strike action on 26-27 February http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/castle-cement-drivers-set-to-strike-over-unsatisfactory-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33652 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:50:23 -0000 Strike action to be stepped up in Essex concrete company strike Workers at Tarmac Building Products Ltd are set to step up strike action in a dispute over the creation of a two tier workforce, their union Unite has warned. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-to-be-stepped-up-in-essex-concrete-company-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-33593 Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:25:45 -0000 Cambridge university living wage pledge will boost the pay of hundreds of staff Unite regional coordinating officer Ian Maidlow said: “This is a very welcome pay boost for hundreds of hard working people in a region with a very high cost of living." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cambridge-university-living-wage-pledge-will-boost-the-pay-of-hundreds-of-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-33583 Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:27:30 -0000 Unite welcomes steps being taken to resolve bullying and harassment in parliament, but more needs to be done Despite the clear progress being made, Unite believes that to eradicate the ingrained culture of bullying and harassment which exists in many parts of parliament, further steps urgently need to be taken. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcome-steps-being-taken-to-resolve-bullying-and-harassment-in-parliament-but-more-needs-to-be-done/default.aspx tcm:11-33581 Thu, 8 Feb 2018 09:50:19 -0000 EDF Energy ‘hypocritical’ smart meter vehicle tracking row escalates with seven days of strikes Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The bosses are displaying breath-taking hypocrisy; while they call for the tracker devices to be installed in vehicles, they refuse to have them installed in their own vehicles." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/edf-energy-hypocritical-smart-meter-vehicle-tracking-row-escalates-with-seven-days-of-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-33573 Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:25:48 -0000 Unite warns of Crossrail delays as Balfour Beatty ‘not interested’ in resolving dispute Unite the UK’s construction union has warned that the opening of the new Woolwich station on the multi-billion pound Crossrail development is set to be delayed as a direct result of the refusal of Balfour Beatty to resolve an industrial dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-crossrail-delays-as-balfour-beatty-not-interested-in-resolving-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33524 Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:48:16 -0000 Hackney school cleaners hail victory in holiday pay row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “This Hackney settlement lays downs a strong marker to outsourcing companies that such salami slicing of pay and conditions won’t be tolerated.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-school-cleaners-hail-victory-in-holiday-pay-row/default.aspx tcm:11-33452 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:15:31 -0000 Essex concrete block company facing strike turmoil Tarmac Building Products is set to be hit by a series of strikes when members of Britain’s largest union, Unite start a programme of industrial action next week in a dispute over cuts to pay and two tier working. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/concrete-block-company-facing-strike-turmoil/default.aspx tcm:11-33384 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:13:14 -0000 Essex concrete block company facing strike turmoil Tarmac Building Products Ltd is set to be hit by a series of strikes when members of Britain’s largest union, Unite start a programme of industrial action next week in a dispute over cuts to pay and two tier working. http://www.unitetheunion.org/essex-concrete-block-company-faces-strike-turmoil/default.aspx tcm:11-33382 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:42:57 -0000 EDF Energy bosses branded as ‘hypocritical’ in smart meter vehicle tracking row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “What we have here is classic case of the bosses’ ‘them and us’ approach to employment relations which smacks of hypocrisy.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/edf-energy-bosses-branded-as-hypocritical-in-smart-meter-vehicle-tracking-row/default.aspx tcm:11-33364 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:09:13 -0000 Sparks set to fly as Crossrail electricians step up strike action The multi-billion pound Crossrail development is set for further delays as Unite, the UK’s construction union, has announced further strikes on the Woolwich section of the project, in an escalating dispute over the non-payment of industry standard project completion payments. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sparks-set-to-fly-as-crossrail-electricians-step-up-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-33362 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:18:11 -0000 Bromley’s outsourcing policy under the spotlight as workers for two contractors ballot for strike action The ballots come as the whole question of the outsourcing of public services is being put under the microscope, following the Carillion debacle http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromleys-outsourcing-policy-under-the-spotlight-as-workers-for-two-contractors-ballot-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-33360 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:51:32 -0000 Unite hails landmark ‘licence for London’ covering the capital’s 25,000 bus drivers “No longer will London’s bus workers have to take a pay cut if they move operator and go to the bottom rung of the ladder." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-landmark-licence-for-london-covering-the-capitals-25000-bus-drivers/default.aspx tcm:11-33343 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:47:30 -0000 Big cash pay-out for London construction workers “Just because you have a right to be paid more it doesn’t mean bosses will automatically pay up, that’s why it pays to be in a union that is prepared to enforce your rights at work.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/big-pay-out-for-london-construction-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33329 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:51:41 -0000 Crossrail electricians to down tools this week The Crossrail project will experience major disruption this week as strike action is set to go ahead because of a refusal by Balfour Beatty to pay industry standard project completion payments. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/crossrail-electricians-to-down-tools/default.aspx tcm:11-33254 Tue, 9 Jan 2018 09:35:26 -0000 Hackney schools face ‘dirty loos’ as cleaners to strike in holiday pay row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “What we have here is outrageous salami-slicing by the employer OCS of pay and employment conditions of an already lowly-paid group of workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-schools-face-dirty-loos-as-cleaners-to-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-33238 Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:28:33 -0000 Unilever urged to reconsider Colman’s Mustard closure by Unite Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “It is a devastating day for Norwich that the production of Colman’s Mustard will cease production in 2019, ending a tradition stretching back two centuries- we are urging Unilever to look again at its business case for closure." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unilever-urged-to-reconsider-colmans-mustard-closure-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33226 Thu, 4 Jan 2018 15:16:36 -0000 Strike action set to delay Crossrail project Members of Unite, the UK’s construction union, employed on Crossrail will take strike action early next year, in a dispute which is set to delay the project. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-set-to-delay-crossrail-project/default.aspx tcm:11-33204 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:10:05 -0000 Closure of Britvic site in Norwich is ‘a hammer blow’, says Unite Unite national officer for the food and drink sector Julia Long branded the announcement as ‘a classic case of trying to bury bad news’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/closure-of-britvic-site-in-norwich-is-a-hammer-blow-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33141 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:12:45 -0000 Staff shock as Legal and General announces sale of savings arm Staff at the Legal and General office have expressed deep shock at the news reported in the media today which may result in over 500 job losses in Hove. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/staff-shock-as-legal-and-general-announces-sale-of-savings-arm/default.aspx tcm:11-33040 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:48:58 -0000 Hackney schools face ‘dirty loos’ in cleaners’ holiday pay row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “What we have here is outrageous salami-slicing by OCS of pay and employment conditions of an already lowly-paid group of workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-schools-face-dirty-loos-in-cleaners-holiday-pay-row/default.aspx tcm:11-33026 Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:12:14 -0000 Unite accuses print firm of ‘going into hiding’ over unpaid wages “The managing director of Henry Stone Printers claimed that Stones Ashford would go into administration yesterday and we were led to believe that workers would be paid. This appears to not have happened and despite repeated attempts to seek clarification none has been forthcoming from bosses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-accuses-print-firm-of-going-into-hiding-over-unpaid-wages/default.aspx tcm:11-32979 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite vows to secure ‘pay justice’ for printers at troubled Ashford firm Commenting regional officer Phil Silkstone said: “Loyal workers at Stones Ashford face an uncertain Christmas thanks to the contemptible behaviour of the parent company Henry Stone Printers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-vows-to-secure-pay-justice-for-printers/default.aspx tcm:11-32937 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:32:11 -0000 Unite describes CITB job cuts and restructuring as a ‘hammer blow’ for Norfolk and construction industry Unite, the largest union in the UK construction industry and the principal union at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), has expressed anger following the organisation’s announcement that it proposes to radically alter its structure putting a large number of jobs at risk of redundancy or outsourcing. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-describes-citb-job-cuts-and-restructuring-as-a-hammer-blow-for-norfolk-and-construction-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-32853 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:15:53 -0000 Unite describes TfL’s response to bus safety report as sweeping concerns under the carpet Unite, Britain’s biggest union representing bus workers, has accused Transport for London (TfL) of attempting to sweep concerns about the health and welfare of bus drivers under the carpet with its response to the London Assembly’s report ‘Driven to Distraction’, which was published this week. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-describes-tfls-response-to-bus-safety-report-as-sweeping-concerns-under-the-carpet/default.aspx tcm:11-32812 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:34:53 -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 and Citizens UK team up to challenge Holiday Inn owners over broken Living Wage promise Unite and Citizens UK are staging a protest this Friday outside the Holiday Inn Whitechapel,to demand that the global hotel group keep its promise to pay the real living wage. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-and-citizens-uk-team-up-to-challenge-holiday-inn-owners-over-broken-living-wage-promise/default.aspx tcm:11-32791 Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:04:59 -0000 Unite calls on Britvic independent directors to intervene in closure of Robinsons factory in Norwich Unite national officerJulia Long said: “Britvic needs to come forward with full answers to our members’ concerns about the reasoning for the closure proposal – it should not be forgotten that 240 jobs are at stake." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/britvic-independent-directors/default.aspx tcm:11-32775 Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:00:13 -0000 Shock survey reveals level of abuse, spitting and physical assault faced by London’s bus drivers “No one should have to put up with being spat at, verbally abused or physically assaulted." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shock-survey-reveals-level-of-abuse-spitting-and-physical-assault-faced-by-londons-bus-drivers/default.aspx tcm:11-32742 Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:15:29 -0000 Christmas drinks’ deliveries to pubs under threat, warns Unite Pubs, clubs and restaurants could be hit as seasonal festivities reach a peak, if drivers employed by DHL Tradeteam at Enfield in north London vote for industrial action over ‘appalling’ working conditions http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/christmas-drinks-deliveries-to-pubs-under-threat-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32650 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:40:20 -0000 Unite demands bus drivers are protected and treated with dignity after firework attack Unite, the UK’s largest union, has renewed its calls for better protection of bus drivers after Youtube footage emerged of a driver being attacked with a firework. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demand-bus-drivers-are-protected-and-treated-with-dignity-after-firework-attack/default.aspx tcm:11-32622 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:51:47 -0000 Wake up call for Heathrow bosses as airport workers back industrial action Unite is urging Heathrow bosses to recognise the sizeable discontent that remains among security staff, engineers and firefighters at the UK’s largest airport over holiday pay and imposed cuts to terms and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/wake-up-call-for-heathrow-bosses-as-airport-workers-back-industrial-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32618 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:33:06 -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 Bloomberg security guards in ‘wage theft’ protest Unite, Britain’s biggest union, will be staging a protest outside Bloomberg’s London office on Monday (16 October) calling on the media giant to take action against Seal Security over the theft of wages and its appallingly poor treatment of security staff. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bloomberg-security-guards-in-wage-theft-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-32573 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:39:36 -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 Concern for the future of Colman’s Mustard as Britvic closes its Norwich site Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “The whole of Norfolk needs to come together to fight for the future of Colman’s Mustard that is so identified with Norwich - it is in the DNA of the city.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/concern-for-the-future-of-colmans-mustard-as-britvic-closes-its-norwich-site/default.aspx tcm:11-32474 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:05:17 -0000 Bromley council faces employment tribunal over allegations of victimisation of Unite rep The hearing at the Ashford employment tribunal, starting on Monday, stems from the council’s behaviour towards Kathy Smith, who firmly opposed the council’s mass privatisation agenda http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-council-faces-employment-tribunal-over-allegations-of-victimisation-of-unite-rep/default.aspx tcm:11-32456 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:57:29 -0000 Members to be balloted for strike action in ‘bucks, not burgers’ Gatwick baggage handling dispute Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “Workers want bucks, not burgers; our members are not going to be palmed off with a few burnt sausages on a barbecue, instead of a pay rise." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/members-to-be-balloted-for-strike-action-in-bucks-not-burgers-gatwick-baggage-handling-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32450 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:40:39 -0000 Unite committed to reducing job losses at Marshall Group in Cambridge Unite, the UK’s largest union, has confirmed that it is committed to reducing as many job losses as possible at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-committed-to-reducing-job-losses-at-marshall-group-in-cambridge/default.aspx tcm:11-32420 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:15:36 -0000 Black cab drivers praise for mayor of London over Uber decision We would urge the mayor of London and Transport for London to stand firm and continue to stand up for the safety of Londoners and the capital’s trusted cabbies.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/black-cab-drivers-praise-for-mayor-of-london-over-uber-decision/default.aspx tcm:11-32368 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:12:36 -0000 London bus controller strike off as deal reached A strike by London’s bus controllers scheduled for Friday (22 September) has been called off after last minute peace talks at Acas today (20 September) resulted in an increased pay offer being made and accepted. http://www.unitetheunion.org/london-bus-controller-strike-off-as-deal-reached/default.aspx tcm:11-32349 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:46:26 -0000 Fresh transport disruption expected as London bus controllers take further strike action The streets of London are facing disruption this Friday (22 September) as London’s bus controllers take further industrial action in a dispute over pay, Unite, the UK’s largest union has warned. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-transport-disruption-expected-as-london-bus-controllers-take-further-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32312 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:29:46 -0000 The time is now Pete Kavanagh's column http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/le-regional-secretarys-column/the-time-is-now/default.aspx tcm:11-32257 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Co-op Christmas deliveries under threat as Thurrock ‘disability sacking’ row escalates Unite’s 345 drivers at Thurrock are currently voting as to whether they wish to go to a full-scale industrial action ballot in defence of two sacked colleagues with disabilities http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/co-op-christmas-deliveries-under-threat-as-thurrock-disability-sacking-row-escalates/default.aspx tcm:11-32259 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:21:02 -0000 London bus workers to protest at City Hall over shocking conditions London bus drivers, will be demonstrating this Thursday (14 September) outside City Hall over the failure of Transport for London to require contractors to ensure bus drivers are treated decently at work. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-bus-workers-to-protest-at-city-hall-over-shocking-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-32246 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:15:49 -0000 Union and industry unite to promote good tipping practice Tipping transparency moved a step closer today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-and-industry-unite-to-promote-good-tipping-practice/default.aspx tcm:11-32207 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:00:33 -0000 Unions demand urgent talks over British Airways pension closure “Both unions jointly demand urgent talks to discuss both the impact of this announcement, if a solution can be found and, if not, the consequences the airline may face.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-demand-urgent-talks-over-british-airways-pension-closure/default.aspx tcm:11-32194 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 16:27:06 -0000