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 Gosport MP and MoD wash hands on exploited ESS workers Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused Caroline Dinenage MP and the Ministry of Defence of ‘washing their hands’ on low paid workers who have had their working week’s stolen by their employer ESS, part of the multi-million pound Compass group. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gosport-mp-and-mod-wash-hands-on-exploited-ess-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34383 Mon, 21 May 2018 16:07:45 -0000 Oxfam needs clear leadership to stabilise charity, while sector must demonstrate transformed culture, warns Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents Oxfam staff is supporting the charity to quickly replace its chief executive Mark Goldring who announced yesterday (Wednesday 16 May) that he is stepping down at the end of the year. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oxfam-needs-clear-leadership-to-stabilise-charity-while-sector-must-demonstrate-transformed-culture-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34368 Thu, 17 May 2018 14:47:43 -0000 Slough facing summer stench as bin workers ballot for strike action Unite, the UK’s largest union, is preparing to ballot its refuse collection workers in Slough for strike action after a senior steward was suspended and faces dismissal on ‘trumped up charges’ in a row over lunch breaks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/slough-facing-summer-stench-as-bin-workers-ballot-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34178 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:40:26 -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 Unite statement on local government pay offer Unite national officer for local government Jim Kennedy said: “We will work closely in solidarity going forward with the other unions representing local government workers to achieve true pay justice for this dedicated workforce." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/local-government-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-34071 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:12:53 -0000 Workers at Gatwick to be balloted on improved pay offer Workers at Gatwick airport are to be balloted on an improved pay offer following eleventh hour negotiations. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-gatwick-to-be-balloted-on-improved-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-34014 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:09:13 -0000 Bromley library strike starts tomorrow over ‘paltry’ pay deal The strike is the latest to hit the controversial Tory-controlled council which has made outsourcing the lynchpin of its polices http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-library-strike-starts-tomorrow-over-paltry-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33986 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:20:42 -0000 Energy giant SSE workers accept ‘good’ pay deal About 1,900 workers at energy giant SSE have voted to accept a one-year three per cent pay deal from 1 April and a new method to reward career progression. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sse-workers-accept-good-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33957 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:05:18 -0000 Gosport protest march over defence site wage robbery Unite, the UK’s largest union, will join together with local community groups and the Labour party, to step up the fight against ‘pernicious wage robbery’ occurring at local defence establishments on Friday 23 March. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gosport-protest-march-over-defence-site-wage-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-33928 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:20:20 -0000 Unite statement on three year NHS pay deal “Unite’s national health committee has discussed the deal and agreed to put it out for the members to decide, with the recommendation to accept. Our work is now to inform and consult our membership. They will be balloted during April and May, at the same time as other NHS unions.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-three-year-nhs-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33921 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:02 -0000 Applied psychologists to lobby parliament on 20 March to demand promised funding on mental health A rally and photocall of Unite members, working as applied psychologists and MPs will be held at Old Palace Yard, London SW1P 3JY at 13:30. Speakers will include Unite assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail, and shadow health minister Jonathan Ashworth. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/applied-psychologists-to-lobby-parliament-on-20-march-to-demand-promised-funding-on-mental-health/default.aspx tcm:11-33905 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:05:03 -0000 Dacorum dustbin collection threat in redundancy pay dispute Delays in the collection of dustbins are on the cards as workers at Dacorum borough council prepare to start a three month weekend overtime ban in a dispute about a reduction in redundancy payments http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dacorum-dustbin-collection-threat-in-redundancy-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33900 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:29:45 -0000 Gatwick airport workers in strike vote over below inflation pay offer Workers at Gatwick Airport have begun balloting for strike action in a dispute over a below inflation pay increase. If workers support industrial action then strikes could begin by the end April. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gatwick-airport-workers-in-strike-vote-over-below-inflation-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-33894 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:19:11 -0000 Unite statement on Oxfam Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents staff at Oxfam, is seeking an urgent meeting with the organisation’s management in order to get reassurances, following the recent adverse publicity the charity has received. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-oxfam/default.aspx tcm:11-33648 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:57:11 -0000 Unite members secure pay rise to end Gatwick transport chaos fears Strike action involving bus drivers who ferry passengers to and from aircraft at Gatwick airport has been averted after the company made a vastly improved pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-pay-rise-to-end-gatwick-transport-chaos-fears/default.aspx tcm:11-33613 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:02:15 -0000 MoD Cleaners step up fight in pay robbery dispute with Gosport demonstration Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union and Gosport Labour party will stage a demonstration in Gosport High Street on 30 January 2018, to highlight the wage theft being experienced by low paid workers employed at local Ministry of Defence establishments. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mod-cleaners-step-up-fight-in-pay-robbery-dispute-with-gosport-demonstration/default.aspx tcm:11-33425 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:30:44 -0000 Gatwick airport passengers facing transport chaos due to Omni Serve pay shambles Bus drivers ferrying passengers to and from planes at Gatwick Airport started voting for strike action today (Tuesday 23 January) after their employer offered a 0 per cent pay increase. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gatwick-airport-passengers-facing-transport-chaos-due-to-omni-serve-pay-shambles/default.aspx tcm:11-33393 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:35:45 -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 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 Proposed pension changes will hit lowest paid university staff, say unions Cleaners, caterers, librarians, administrators, exams officers and other low-paid staff at the University of Southampton will lose thousands of pounds in their retirement if proposed pension changes are pushed through, unions have warned today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/proposed-pension-changes-will-hit-lowest-paid-university-staff-say-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-33306 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:15:29 -0000 New Year talks to resolve Medway NHS theatre staffing crisis Talks are going to be held in the New Year to resolve the crisis in theatre staffing at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-year-talks-to-resolve-medway-nhs-theatre-staffing-crisis/default.aspx tcm:11-33201 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:52:33 -0000 Rolls-Royce workers at Goodwood vote to accept seven per cent two year pay deal Unitewhich represents the 500-strong workforce that produce the iconic car, hailed the agreement as ‘very well-deserved for a group of dedicated employees at the top of their game’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rolls-royce-workers-at-goodwood-vote-to-accept-seven-per-cent-two-year-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33135 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Constructive talks over proposed rent rises for New Forest workers, says Unite Unite regional officer Richard White said: “We have met with the Forestry Commission again today and have had some constructive discussions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/constructive-talks-over-proposed-rent-rises-for-new-forest-workers-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33084 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 17:15:29 -0000 ‘Salt in the wounds’ for low paid workers as ESS wins new MoD contract Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “The MoD should hang its head in shame by giving a new contract to ESS, as some of its employees are now suffering financial hardship after having their working weeks axed without consultation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/salt-in-the-wounds-for-low-paid-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33046 Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:15:29 -0000 New Forest workers face losing their homes in rent row, says Unite About 25 workers, who earn about £21,000-a-year, will be hit if the commission increases the rents by 40 per cent in January 2018 and by the same amount in January 201 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-forest-workers-face-losing-their-homes/default.aspx tcm:11-33018 Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:38:36 -0000 ‘Swingeing’ bus cuts in Kent will hit the elderly and disabled, warns Unite The cuts will mean axing 74 contracts affecting services used by pensioners, the disabled and their carers, and low paid workers without cars, as well as school children - total of 1.6 million journeys a year are made on the threatened routes http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/swingeing-bus-cuts-in-kent-will-hit-the-elderly-and-disabled-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32998 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:20:05 -0000 Medway hospital operations face cancellation, if theatre staff vote to strike over recruitment crisis Theatre staff have warned the bosses at the Medway NHS Foundation Trust for more than a year about the threat to patient safety, as the Kent hospital faces a ‘recruitment and retention’ crisis in the operating theatres http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/medway-hospital-operations-face-cancellation-if-theatre-staff-vote-to-strike-over-recruitment-crisis/default.aspx tcm:11-32975 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:34:55 -0000 Unite leader urges defence secretary to stop Gosport wage robbery Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, the UK’s largest union, has written to Gavin Williamson MP, the new secretary of state for defence, requesting he intervenes to prevent a multi- million company robbing the wages of low paid cleaners. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-leader-urges-defence-secretary-to-stop-wage-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-32781 Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:09:03 -0000 MoD Gosport workers to protest over wage robbery Low paid workers employed by a contractor at the MoD’s Fort Blockhouse in Gosport will stage a wage robbery protest tomorrow as a result of their employer cutting their working year from 52 to 50 weeks. The cut is set to cost the workers around £500 each. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mod-gosport-workers-to-protest-over-wage-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-32761 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 11:14:56 -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 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 Widespread disruption at Gatwick expected as ‘bucks not burgers’ workers vote for strike action Widespread disruption is expected at Gatwick airport later this month after over 200 workers employed on the Norwegian airline baggage handling contract voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/widespread-disruption-at-gatwick-expected-as-bucks-not-burgers-workers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32587 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:34:08 -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 Navy faces ‘choppy waters’ as tug boat crew to vote on strike action in pay dispute Unite national officer Bobby Morton said: “If our members vote for strike action it will create choppy waters industrially and be highly disruptive as naval vessels need the tugs to help navigate them to open water." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/navy-faces-choppy-waters/default.aspx tcm:11-32489 Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:54:12 -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 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 Battling canteen staff at oil giant hail pay victory Unite regional secretary Jennie Formby said: “The message that Unite sends out to employers in the Solent area is that we will campaign strongly for the low-paid to receive decent wages for the work they do, especially as inflation is rising.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/battling-canteen-staff-at-oil-giant-hail-pay-victory/default.aspx tcm:11-32351 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:45:55 -0000 'Strike ahoy’ at new carrier’s Portsmouth base, warns Unite Unite warned of choppy waters ahead if Serco Marine Services, which employs the 350 tug boat crew at Greenock, Faslane, Kyle in Scotland, Devonport and Portsmouth, don’t increase its ‘derisory’ pay offer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-ahoy-at-new-carriers-portsmouth-base/default.aspx tcm:11-32269 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:26:55 -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 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 Oil giant’s training day set for disruption as canteen staff strike Staff at the highly-profitable oil giant ExxonMobil’s operation should spare a thought for the 20 striking female workers, employed by Baxterstorey, struggling on wages on or just above the national minimum wage of £7.50 an hour http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oil-giants-training-day-set-for-disruption-as-canteen-staff-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-32203 Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:45:35 -0000 Unite warns workers will not accept burgers for bucks in Gatwick baggage dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that its members employed on the Norwegian airline baggage handling contract, will not accept ‘burgers instead of bucks’ in a pay dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-workers-will-not-accept-burgers-for-bucks-in-gatwick-baggage-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32190 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:27:13 -0000 AWE workers welcome successful settlement in long-running dispute Unite said its 800 members had accepted a four per cent pay deal for each of the next three years and enhanced allowances, in return for dropping its campaign for reinstatement to the Ministry of Defence pension scheme http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-welcome-successful-settlement-in-long-running-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32162 Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:23:38 -0000 Patient safety fears over instrument sterilisation moving 40 miles away About 60 jobs at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust are under threat, if the long-standing provider Steris fails in its appeal this week against losing the contract to IHSS which would relocate the service to Maidstone http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/patient-safety-fears-over-instrument-sterilisation-moving-40-miles-away/default.aspx tcm:11-32152 Tue, 5 Sep 2017 11:13:46 -0000 GSK announces change in investment strategy that threatens UK job losses, warns Unite Unite national officer for the pharmaceutical industry Tony Devlin said: “We will be meeting with the UK senior management next week to discuss the reasons behind this announcement which has come as a significant blow for Unite members." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gsk-announces-change-in-investment-strategy-that-threatens-uk-job-losses-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31711 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:50:06 -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 Unite hails victory in M&S food delivery dispute The crux of the dispute at GIST Ltd centred on equal pay parity for the 23 ‘pickers and loaders’ who were being paid considerably less than the majority of the workforce http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-victory-in-equal-pay-for-equal-work-ms-food-delivery-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31607 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:36:09 -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