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 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 Unite negotiates ‘good’ redundancy deal for Aylesbury logistics workers Unite regional officer Marie Hall said: “The message that should go out is that belonging to a union is highly beneficial to workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-negotiates-good-redundancy-deal-for-aylesbury-logistics-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-31497 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:23:12 -0000 About 200 jobs at risk after Aylesbury logistics company loses contract, says Unite The reason for the jobs' threat is that Cinram lost its Universal Pictures contract to Sony DADC UK in Enfield in May http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/about-200-jobs-at-risk-at-aylesbury-logistics-company/default.aspx tcm:11-31458 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Acas talks tomorrow in ‘equal pay for equal work’ M&S food delivery dispute Unite regional officer Alan Brkljac said: “We will be holding talks with the management tomorrow under the umbrella of Acas and we will be entering into those negotiations in a constructive frame of mind." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/acas-talks-tomorrow-in-equal-pay-for-equal-work-ms-food-delivery-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31477 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:07:57 -0000 M&S food store deliveries could be hit in fall-out from ‘equal pay for equal work’ row Unite represents about 20 ‘pickers and loaders’ earning about £22,000-a-year under a local agreement, while an estimated 280 workers under national terms and conditions earn about £30,000 for doing the same work http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/food-store-deliveries-could-be-hit-in-equal-pay-for-equal-work-row/default.aspx tcm:11-31416 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:56:47 -0000 AWE workers to strike for 12 more days, as Trident programme is ‘disrupted’ Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “We know that our members’ action has caused serious disruption to the production of the Trident warheads." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-for-12-more-days-as-trident-programme-is-disrupted/default.aspx tcm:11-31359 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:00:07 -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 Campaigners in picnic protest as Medway children’s centres face the axe Members of Unite will be joining campaigners and concerned families on Sunday 14 May for a picnic protest over Medway council’s plans to close 19 Sure Start centres and axe up to 50 staff across the Medway Towns. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaigners-in-picnic-protest-as-medway-childrens-centres-face-the-axe/default.aspx tcm:11-31051 Fri, 12 May 2017 14:58:29 -0000 UK’s largest academy trust’s caretaker cuts pose serious risk to pupils, says unions Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: "Once again we are seeing a threat to children’s education and our members' livelihoods as another academy trust pursues its flawed financial strategy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uks-largest-academy-trusts-caretaker-cuts-pose-serious-risk-to-pupils-says-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-30997 Tue, 9 May 2017 11:23:40 -0000 Five more Fujitsu strike days in ‘1,800 job loss’ dispute Unite activists will also be protesting outside the Regional Business Technology Expo – another venue for Fujitsu’s clients - at London’s Olympia on Monday between 09.00-14.00 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/five-more-fujitsu-strike-days-in-1800-job-loss-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-30956 Fri, 5 May 2017 12:48:32 -0000 BMW engine makers strike and protest tomorrow as pension dispute deepens Hundreds of workers are expected to down tools in the third of eight 24-hour stoppages involving members of Unite working at BMW plants in Cowley, Hams Hall in the West Midlands and Swindon. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-engine-makers-strike-and-protest-tomorrow-as-pension-dispute-deepens/default.aspx tcm:11-30890 Tue, 2 May 2017 14:50:04 -0000 AWE pensions’ snub prompts two more days of strike action The snub dished out to the workers has led to the announcement of two more 24 hour strikes on 10 and 18 May at AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-pensions-snub-prompts-two-more-days-of-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30823 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:06:45 -0000 Japan’s ambassador urged to intervene in Fujitsu’s ‘shameful’ job loss dispute Unite members will be delivering the letter to The Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT and staging a protest between 08.00-10.30 tomorrow http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/japan-ambassador-urged-to-intervene/default.aspx tcm:11-30770 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:33:03 -0000