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 Suffolk firm’s demand for extra Saturday working prompts industrial action ballot Unite said that the plans were ‘an undiluted attack on the work/life balance’ and its 18 drivers had voted unanimously to proceed to an industrial action ballot http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/suffolks-firms-demand-for-extra-saturday-working-prompts-industrial-action-ballot/default.aspx tcm:11-35075 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:11:32 -0000 London bus company Metroline warned to end religious discrimination of bus driver Unite, the UK’s largest union, is warning London bus contractor Metroline Travel to end the religious discrimination currently being experienced by one of its drivers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-bus-company-metroline-warned-end-religious-discrimination-of-bus-driver/default.aspx tcm:11-35041 Thu, 9 Aug 2018 11:09:49 -0000 Low paid cleaners call for a living wage at Luton Airport The workers who are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for staff and passengers at Luton Airport are currently struggling to make ends meet on the minimum wage. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/low-paid-cleaners-call-for-a-living-wage-at-luton-airport/default.aspx tcm:11-35028 Tue, 7 Aug 2018 14:51:59 -0000 Threat to defence jobs in Colchester raises further questions about Babcock contract, says Unite Unite regional officer Michelle Cook said: “The Colchester announcement, with 55 jobs under threat, has raised serious concerns amongst employees at other DSG sites, fearful that they may be next on the never-ending conveyor belt of job losses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-to-defence-jobs-in-colchester-raises-further-questions-about-babcock-contract-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35019 Mon, 6 Aug 2018 14:34:42 -0000 Waltham Forest protest over non-payment of ‘living wage’ to young people Unite is taking its campaign to north east London, after notching up a victory earlier in the summer when Tower Hamlets council brought forward an agreement with GLL to pay those aged 18-20 the London living wage from next month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/waltham-forest-protest-over-non-payment-of-living-wage-to-young-people/default.aspx tcm:11-35005 Fri, 3 Aug 2018 12:41:56 -0000 Protests over ‘race to the bottom’ at Deeside construction project Gail Cartmail said: "The lengths that are being gone to undermine national agreements on this public private partnership construction project are shameful." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protests-over-race-to-the-bottom-at-deeside-construction-project/default.aspx tcm:11-34916 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:00:29 -0000 Workers at Luton and Manchester Airports suspend industrial action Update on two disputes. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-luton-and-manchester-airports-suspend-industrial-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34896 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:07:58 -0000 Baggage handlers at Luton Airport to strike over pay and poor treatment Menzies Aviation increased its profits by a massive 72 per cent and workers at Luton Airport believe the company can do more to recognise their hard-work and improve the poor working conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/baggage-handlers-at-luton-airport-to-strike-over-pay-and-poor-treatment/default.aspx tcm:11-34892 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:15:29 -0000 Unite welcomes debate that shines spotlight on the ‘shameful’ plan to close Construction Industry Training Board’s Norfolk HQ Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Robinson said: “We hope today’s Westminster Hall debate throws a powerful spotlight on the shameful plan to close the Construction Industry Training Board’s HQ at Bircham Newton in Norfolk for no sound economic reason." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/debate-that-shines-spotlight-on-the-shamefulplan-to-close-construction-industry-training-boards-norfolk-hq/default.aspx tcm:11-34872 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:13:38 -0000 Marsha de Cordova MP will visit workers on the picket line at Luton Airport Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova MP, will visit workers on the picket line at Luton Airport to show support for the staff responsible for helping disabled passengers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/marsha-de-cordova-mp-will-visit-workers-on-the-picket-line-at-luton-airport/default.aspx tcm:11-34868 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:53:19 -0000 CAA report on airport accessibility fails to consider welfare of workers “The workforce takes great pride in providing the service they do for disabled passengers, despite being on a toxic combination of zero hours and the minimum wage" http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/caa-report-on-airport-accessibility-fails-to-consider-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34859 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:57:38 -0000 Luton Airport workers on zero hours and minimum wage fight for dignity “Luton Airport awarded the contract to Clece Care Services , so it cannot wash its hands of responsibility for the workers’ treatment." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/luton-airport-workers-fight-for-dignity/default.aspx tcm:11-34843 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:56:09 -0000 Baggage handlers at Luton Airport set strike dates over pay and poor treatment Baggage handlers at Luton Airport have voted to reject a new pay offer from their employer Menzies Aviation which workers say still fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/baggage-handlers-at-luton-airport-set-strike-dates-over-pay-and-poor-treatment/default.aspx tcm:11-34811 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 07:24:57 -0000 Unite local authority craft workers reject local government pay offer and show disgust at employers’ attitude Thousands of Unite members employed in local government, whose pay and conditions are covered by the ‘craft red book’ agreement, and primarily undertake housing maintenance roles, have voted to reject the employers pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-local-authority-craft-workers-reject-local-government-pay-offer-and-show-disgust-at-employers-attitude/default.aspx tcm:11-34740 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 14:47:42 -0000 Major victory for London’s young people in non-payment of ‘living wage’ scandal, says Unite Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We regard this as a significant victory in our campaign to achieve LLW pay justice for young people employed in London boroughs by GLL." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/major-victory-for-londons-young-people-in-non-payment-of-living-wage-scandal-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34704 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:20:37 -0000 Likelihood of Hackney parking chaos increases as peace talks collapse The prospect of residents in Hackney north London, becoming mired in a parking meltdown next month has dramatically increased after peace talks brokered by the conciliation service Acas collapsed yesterday (Wednesday 27 June). http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/likelihood-of-hackney-parking-chaos-increases-as-peace-talks-collapse/default.aspx tcm:11-34701 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:43:39 -0000 CITB workers to present local MP with petition opposing Bircham Newton closure and outsourcing plans Representatives of workers facing wholesale job cuts as a result of Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) ‘re-organisation plans’ and members of the local community will tomorrow (Friday 29 June) present two petitions to local MP Henry Bellingham, opposing the organisation’s proposals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-workers-present-local-mp-with-petition-opposing-bircham-newton-closure-and-outsourcing-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-34699 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:59:20 -0000 Unite response to MPs voting in favour of Heathrow expansion “The government must now play its part and ensure there is no further delay by fast forwarding Heathrow expansion to free up the extra aviation capacity the UK has desperately needed for decades.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-on-mps-voting-in-favour-of-heathrow-expansion/default.aspx tcm:11-34681 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:03:25 -0000 Westminster council and HSE accused of inaction as workers found illegally living on construction site Unite, the UK’s construction union, has accused Westminster council and the Health and Safety Executive of inaction which could place workers lives in danger, after it notified both organisations of workers illegally living on a construction site in St Johns’ Wood. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/westminster-council-and-hse-accused-of-inaction-as-workers-found-illegally-living-on-construction-site/default.aspx tcm:11-34643 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:27:04 -0000 Hackney drivers face summer meltdown as traffic wardens announce fresh strike dates Motorists in Hackney, north London, are facing a summer meltdown as the boroughs traffic wardens, members of Unite the UK’s largest union, have announced six days of strike action next month. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-drivers-face-summer-meltdown-as-traffic-wardens-announce-fresh-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-34623 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:29:10 -0000 Pay takes off for baggage handlers and ground staff at Gatwick Baggage handlers and ground staff employed by DHL have negotiated a significant boost in pay well above the rate of inflation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pay-takes-off-for-baggage-handlers-and-ground-staff-at-gatwick/default.aspx tcm:11-34608 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:34:54 -0000 Unite calls on London MPs to back Heathrow Members of the pro-expansion group Back Heathrow have joined forces with Unite in calling on the government to end the delay and get on with building a new runway. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/unite-calls-on-london-mps-to-back-heathrow/default.aspx tcm:11-34589 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:09:15 -0000 Workers step-up their campaign for pay justice at London hospitals Low paid workers at Barts are understandably very angry. Security guards, cleaners, porters and caterers are vital to keeping these London hospitals clean and safe. It’s a glaring injustice that health workers employed by Serco are being offered less than other NHS workers at the same hospitals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-step-up-their-campaign-for-pay-justice-at-london-hospitals/default.aspx tcm:11-34560 Fri, 8 Jun 2018 08:32:42 -0000 MPs urged to back Heathrow expansion as ministers warned over further delay Unite urged MPs to back Heathrow expansion when it is put to a vote in the coming weeks after UK government ministers finally gave a third runway the green light today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mps-urged-to-back-heathrow-expansion-as-ministers-warned-over-further-delay/default.aspx tcm:11-34518 Tue, 5 Jun 2018 13:05:04 -0000 CITB head office plans branded deeply flawed by workforce The Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) proposed move from its headquarters in Bircham Newton, Norfolk, to an unspecified site in Peterborough, has been described as deeply flawed by Unite, the UK’s largest union and management representatives, which has no confidence in the process. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-head-office-plans-branded-deeply-flawed-by-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-34497 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 11:36:49 -0000 Baggage handlers at Luton airport suspend strike action Planned strike action over the bank holiday by baggage handlers employed by Menzies Aviation has been suspended following negotiations http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/baggage-handlers-at-luton-airport-suspend-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34411 Thu, 24 May 2018 15:01:42 -0000 Norfolk hospital workers demo on 29 May, as hefty hikes in car parking charges loom Unite members will stage the protest at the Inspire Centre at 10.00 on Tuesday as the board of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust meets to discuss the increases due to be implemented on 1 June http://www.unitetheunion.org/norfolk-hospital-workers-demo-on-29-may-as-hefty-hikes-in-car-parking-charges-loom/default.aspx tcm:11-34404 Thu, 24 May 2018 13:47:32 -0000 Strike action over the bank holiday due to go ahead at Luton Airport Baggage handlers at Luton Airport have voted to reject a new pay offer which fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-over-the-bank-holiday-due-to-go-ahead-at-luton-airport/default.aspx tcm:11-34390 Wed, 23 May 2018 12:03:27 -0000 Unite warns Qantas against using ‘anti-union’ tactics to silence health and safety concerns Unite today warned Qantas airlines against employing ‘anti-union’ tactics to try and silence legitimate health and safety concerns following the introduction of its new 17 hour ultra-long haul flight between London Heathrow and Perth in Australia. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-qantas-against-using-anti-union-tactics-to-silence-health-and-safety-concerns/default.aspx tcm:11-34375 Fri, 18 May 2018 10:54:16 -0000 CITB plans put Constructionarium project’s future in doubt warns Unite Unite, the UK’s construction union, is warning that the groundbreaking Constructionarium project is at risk of closure as a direct result of the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) plans to close their headquarters at Bircham Newton in north Norfolk and withdraw from direct construction training. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-plan-put-constructionarium-projects-future-in-doubt-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34335 Wed, 16 May 2018 09:44:07 -0000 Luton Airport faces severe disruption as workers vote for strike action Workers directly employed by London Luton Airport in several different roles including firefighters and security guards voted overwhelmingly for strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/luton-airport-faces-severe-disruption-as-workers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34325 Fri, 11 May 2018 13:21:24 -0000 Unite accuses East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust of seeking to erode staff pay with outsourcing plan Unite regional officer Kathy Walters said: “This plan is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ with the prime aim of cutting costs and eroding NHS workers’ pay, terms and conditions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-accuses-east-kent-hospitals-university-foundation-trust-of-seeking-to-erode-staff-pay-with-outsourcing-plan/default.aspx tcm:11-34292 Wed, 9 May 2018 16:14:40 -0000 London bus drivers to receive wage boost due to Unite campaign London’s bus drivers will shortly see their minimum pay rates increase as a result of policies agreed between Unite, the UK’s largest union, and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-bus-drivers-to-receive-wage-boost-due-to-unite-campaign/default.aspx tcm:11-34290 Wed, 9 May 2018 12:26:29 -0000 Serco workers at Barts NHS Trust demand pay justice 1,600 Serco workers at St Barts, Royal London, Whipps Cross, Mile End and Newham are demanding the same pay deal as NHS workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/serco-staff-at-barts-nhs-trust-demand-pay-justice/default.aspx tcm:11-34288 Wed, 9 May 2018 10:08:51 -0000 London’s young people in non-payment of ‘living wage’ scandal Local councils are meant to insist that organisations with outsourcing contracts, such as GLL, should pay the voluntary London living wage. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/londons-young-people-in-non-payment-of-living-wage-scandal/default.aspx tcm:11-34273 Tue, 8 May 2018 11:11:51 -0000 Dacorum dustbin redundancy pay dispute settled The redundancy payments’ dispute at Dacorum borough council in Hertfordshire, which had seen delays in the collection of dustbins, has been settled. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dacorum-dustbin-redundancy-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-34271 Tue, 8 May 2018 10:32:41 -0000 First ever strikes over £250 wage grab herald summer of disruption at TGI Friday’s Workers at TGI Friday’s restaurants in Milton Keynes (Stadium) and Covent Garden, London take their first ever strike action on Friday 18 May in a dispute over tips and minimum wage abuses which could cost waiting staff £250 a month in lost wages. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-ever-strikes-over-250-wage-grab-herald-summer-of-disruption-at-tgi-fridays/default.aspx tcm:11-34267 Fri, 4 May 2018 14:48:22 -0000 CITB workers launch petition to save vital skills training Workers at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have launched a petition to put pressure on its new chairman to reverse plans to outsource the organisation’s unique construction training and oppose plans to outsource so called ‘back office functions’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-workers-launch-petition-to-save-skills-training/default.aspx tcm:11-34241 Thu, 3 May 2018 09:40:40 -0000 Job guarantees at Suffolk book printer welcomed by Unite ‘Cast iron’ assurances about future job security at Suffolk book printer, Clays were welcomed by Unite today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-guarantees-at-suffolk-book-printer-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34237 Wed, 2 May 2018 16:42:12 -0000 Job security is paramount as Suffolk book printer sold to Italian firm Unite's Mark Walker: "Clays is the heart of the local community in Bungay and Unite members are the heart of Clays." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-security-is-paramount-as-suffolk-book-printer-sold-to-italian-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-34230 Tue, 1 May 2018 15:24:23 -0000 Fresh Dial-a-Ride strikes as peace talks fail Workers at Dial-a-Ride will begin a second series of strikes tomorrow (Tuesday 1 May) after peace talks to resolve the dispute, over the withdrawal of rest days and imposition of new rosters, failed to make progress. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-dial-a-ride-strikes-as-peace-talks-fail/default.aspx tcm:11-34216 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:56:50 -0000 Parking tickets to be disrupted as Hackney traffic wardens set to strike over pay in May Unite said that the nearly 40 traffic wardens would strike for 48 hours from 00:01 on Monday 14 May, after voting by 100 per cent for industrial action http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/parking-tickets-to-be-disrupted-as-hackney-traffic-wardens-set-to-strike-over-pay-in-may/default.aspx tcm:11-34195 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:49:40 -0000 GP practices face funding threat as online service ‘targets’ young people, Unite warns Doctors in Unite (DiU) said that the online NHS GP at Hand service is signing up predominately young people – and putting the future care of vulnerable groups at risk http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gp-practices-face-funding-threat/default.aspx tcm:11-34176 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:20:17 -0000 CITB job cuts beset by confusion, warns Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) restructuring plans are mired in confusion and the organisation is guilty of failing to properly consult the industry on its most controversial plans. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-job-cuts-beset-by-confusion/default.aspx tcm:11-34165 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:26:46 -0000 Luton Airport passengers face flights chaos as strike ballots announced Passengers using Luton Airport this summer could experience significant disruption as Unite, the UK’s largest union, announced a series of strike ballots over pay and zero hours' contracts. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/luton-airport-passengers-face-flights-chaos-as-strike-ballots-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-34156 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:38:59 -0000 ‘Tips’ protest at TGI Fridays in London today This action is about much more than a change in tip policy. It’s about standing up to an employer that thinks it can get away with bulldozing through changes unchallenged. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tips-protest-at-tgi-fridays-in-london-today/default.aspx tcm:11-34152 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:22:26 -0000 Essex concrete dispute settled as deal reached The long running dispute at Essex concrete maker Tarmac Building Products Ltd has been resolved after a deal safeguarding against the creation of a two tier workforce was agreed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/essex-concrete-dispute-settled-as-deal-reached/default.aspx tcm:11-34144 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:58:06 -0000 Thurrock bin strikes off but tensions remain, warns Unite Unite members working in Thurrock council’s waste collection service have agreed to end the current threat of strike action; but tensions remain in the service and the threat of strikes could be revisited if the council reneges on its promises, Unite warned today (Monday 16 April). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/thurrock-bin-strikes-off-but-tensions-remain-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34126 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:43:43 -0000 Chorus of discontent over pay and bullying engulfs Royal Opera House Performances at the world-renowned Covent Garden venue, whose history can be traced back to 1732, will be disrupted this summer if the security guards vote for strikes. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/chorus-of-discontent-over-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-34098 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:36:58 -0000 TGI Fridays hit with first ever strike ballots over tips and minimum wage abuses A protest will be held outside the TGI Fridays' Covent Garden branch to mark the launch of the first ever strike ballots to hit the company since opening its first UK restaurant in 1986. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tgi-fridays-hit-with-first-ever-strike-ballots-over-tips-and-minimum-wage-abuses/default.aspx tcm:11-34093 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:46:18 -0000