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 Government needs to transform funding system to tackle Cornish tourist challenges Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the government to reform its local funding formula to ensure that Cornwall and other tourist hotspots are better able to cope with peak holiday periods. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-transform-funding-system-to-tackle-cornish-tourist-challenges/default.aspx tcm:11-35085 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:14:57 -0000 ‘Unpaid leave’ plan for Somerset county council staff is due to financial incompetence, says Unite Unite acting regional secretary for the south west Steve Preddy said: “This crisis is entirely of this Tory-controlled council’s own making. If it had taken the advice of its financial advisors and raised council tax in line with inflation in recent years, the budget would now be running a surplus." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unpaid-leave-plan-for-somerset-county-council--staff-is-due-to-financial-incompetence-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35047 Thu, 9 Aug 2018 15:51:54 -0000 Unite launches legal action for ex-Carillion workers on GCHQ contract Unite, the UK’s largest union, has launched legal action on behalf of a group of 27 members who were made redundant following the collapse of the Carillion group in January. The legal action is the first taken by a union for affected workers, following the group’s collapse. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launches-action-for-ex-carillion-workers-on-gchq-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-34746 Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:10:43 -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 Bristol city council to sign charter to protect construction workers Bristol city council has given its backing to a Unite construction charter that seeks to ensure that conditions for workers on construction projects under local authority control in Bristol meet the highest standards. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bristol-city-council-to-sign-charter-to-protect-construction-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34742 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 09:20:33 -0000 UK government urged to stop the ‘infighting’ and provide Brexit certainty amid Airbus warnings Unite warned that a ‘cliff edge’ Brexit was becoming a ‘cold hard reality’ that was getting closer by the day as it urged the government to end Brexit uncertainty after the publication of Airbus’ latest risk assessment on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-government-urged-to-stop-the-infighting-and-provide-brexit-certainty-amid-airbus-warnings/default.aspx tcm:11-34655 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:30:40 -0000 Loss of 150 jobs at Bodmin meat processing plant ‘a body blow’ to Cornwall’s economy, says Unite Unite regional officer Deborah Hopkins said: “These job losses are a body blow for the Cornish economy; behind the picture postcard scenes, Cornwall has real pockets of deep deprivation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/loss-of-150-jobs-at-bodmin-meat-processing-plant-a-body-blow-to-cornwalls-economy/default.aspx tcm:11-34487 Fri, 1 Jun 2018 14:53:39 -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 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 Unite to target Royal Navy rugby match in ESS wages dispute Community groups and Labour party members will join together with Unite, Britain’s largest union, to protest over ‘ESS wage robbery’ at the Royal Navy rugby match in Portsmouth on Monday 12 March. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-target-royal-navy-rugby-match-in-ess-wage-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33849 Fri, 9 Mar 2018 13:05:43 -0000 Unite statement on Hinkley Point Following reports of worker outrage over the decision not to pay them during last week's bad weather. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-hinkley-point/default.aspx tcm:11-33824 Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:45:57 -0000 Aerospace workers gather in Bristol to say ‘stop the GKN takeover’ Workers from some of GKN’s biggest customers will be joining their colleagues from GKN tomorrow to call on Theresa May’s government to block Melrose’s debt-fuelled takeover bid of the British-based engineer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/aerospace-workers-gather-in-bristol-to-say-stop-the-gkn-takeover/default.aspx tcm:11-33781 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:05:10 -0000 Union powered pay deal for thousands of energy workers 6000 workers at Western Power Distribution have secured an inflation beating pay deal of an extra £1260 a year on average for a worker. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-powered-pay-deal-for-thousands-of-energy-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33757 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:36:02 -0000 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 Protest at Gloucester NHS ‘tax avoiding’ plan tomorrow Unite, along with the Gloucester and Cheltenham trades councils, will be holding a demonstration outside the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital GL1 3NN tomorrow between 12:00 - 14:00 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protest-at-gloucester-nhs-tax-avoiding-plan/default.aspx tcm:11-33660 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:51:07 -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 Unite secures pension age victory for States of Guernsey employees Pension change have been scrapped after members of Unite voted to back a new pension deal secured by their union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-pension-age-victory-for-states-of-guernsey-employees/default.aspx tcm:11-33545 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 15:28:40 -0000 GKN workers warn West of England politicians of hostile takeover bid threat to jobs Unite to warn Melrose’s debt fuelled bid is a return to 1980s ‘cowboy capitalism’ with jobs axed and sites sold off to fund short-term returns for shareholders. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gkn-workers-warn-west-of-england-politicians-of-hostile-takeover-bid-threat-to-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33526 Fri, 2 Feb 2018 11:42:16 -0000 Somerset’s services for families and children threatened by planned shake-up, warns Unite Unite is organising a demo of community nurses and families to protest at the proposals when the council’s cabinet meets to discuss the plan at County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY at 09:00 on Monday 12 February. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/somersets-services-for-families-and-children-threatened/default.aspx tcm:11-33503 Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:35:05 -0000 Airbus ‘super jumbo’ order a fantastic boost, says Unite Describing the news as a ‘fantastic boost’ Unite said the order should guarantee current production rates for the foreseeable future and secure jobs at Airbus’ North Wales Broughton site, where the super jumbo’s wings are made. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/airbus-super-jumbo-order-a-fantastic-boost-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33366 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:44:43 -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 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 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 Unite throws down gauntlet to austerity-obsessed Jersey government in pay row Unite regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “The States’ government is obsessed with austerity, although this is not really an issue on prosperous Jersey, which is underpinned by international financial services." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-throws-down-gauntlet-to-austerity-obsessed-jersey-government-in-pay-row/default.aspx tcm:11-32721 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:12:57 -0000 Strike action averted as Hinkley Point workers agree improved pay deal Potential strike action among hundreds of construction workers building the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station has been averted after workers overwhelmingly voted for an improved pay deal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-action-averted-as-hinkley-point-workers-agree-improved-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-32688 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:35:26 -0000 Capita staff start strike action over pensions Following the breakdown of talks at Acas, staff are taking part in nine days of industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/capita-staff-start-strike-action-over-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-32685 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:00:42 -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 Cornwall’s NHS needs £100 million boost, after critical report on trust, says Unite Unite regional officer Stuart Roden said: “The case for a massive financial injection for the NHS in Cornwall is unanswerable - Cornwall has six Tory MPs and they should stop sitting on their hands and be banging on the door of Jeremy Hunt asking for a large financial boost for the county." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cornwalls-nhs-needs-100-million-boost-after-critical-report-on-trust-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32526 Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:34:46 -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 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 Unions to ballot for strike action at Hinkley Point as pay offer rejected Construction workers employed at Hinkley Point have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer in the longstanding dispute over pay and bonuses on the project. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-to-ballot-for-strike-action-at-hinkley-point-as-pay-offer-rejected/default.aspx tcm:11-32359 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:39:59 -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 Fawley oil refinery caterers in first ever strike over below inflation pay offer The 18 strong female workforce who cater for up to 1,000 workers in a safety critical environment at the refinery will be walking out for 24 hours from 00:01 hours Friday 25 August and for a further 24 hours on Tuesday 29 August. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fawley-oil-refinery-caterers-in-first-ever-strike-over-below-inflation-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-32081 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:40:06 -0000 Argos faces legal action over ‘illegal’ attempts to ‘strike bust’ Unite has evidence that Argos, Single Resource and Templine have been involved in what we believe is the illegal use of agency staff to break lawful industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-faces-legal-action-over-attempts-to-strike-bust/default.aspx tcm:11-32070 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:03:16 -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 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 Mini and Rolls-Royce car workers accept BMW’s revised pensions’ offer “BMW initially thought it could railroad its pension changes through with transitional payments of just £7,000. It’s testament to the resolve of Unite members and their solidarity that the carmaker was forced to more than triple these payments and give additional guarantees." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mini-and-rolls-royce-car-workers-accept-bmws-revised-pensions-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-31575 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:30:39 -0000 NAO report reinforces call for public cash for future energy projects, says Unite Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “The report by the National Audit Office on the financing of Hinkley Point in Somerset and its future economic benefits underlines once again the need for the government to take up ‘a golden share’ in future energy projects." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nao-report-reinforces-call-for-public-cash-for-future-energy-projects-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31421 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:15:29 -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 BMW car workers reject pension offer in consultative ballot “We would urge BMW bosses to reflect on the result and listen to the workforce by further engaging in meaningful talks with Unite.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-car-workers-reject-pension-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-31309 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:53:25 -0000 Way forward agreed on bonus payments for Hinkley Point C All parties have agreed to take part in a collective differences panel that will seek to identify an agreeable long-term settlement of the bonus issue http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/way-forward-agreed-on-bonus-payments-for-hinkley-point-c/default.aspx tcm:11-31284 Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:58:28 -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 Devon glass companies’ pay dispute escalates with wave of new strikes announced Workers at D B Glass at Newton Abbot will be joining staff working at Sierra Windows in Paignton on the picket line after voting overwhelmingly for strike action – both companies are part of the same Specialist Building Products group http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/devon-glass-companies-pay-dispute-escalates-with-wave-of-new-strikes-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-31163 Thu, 25 May 2017 10:17:16 -0000 Industrial action to take off at south west wing-makers Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed at GKN Aerospace Services Ltd (Western Approach), will begin industrial action next week in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/industrial-action-takes-off-at-south-west-wing-makers/default.aspx tcm:11-31109 Thu, 18 May 2017 08:59:26 -0000 Window makers’ dispute set to spread to second company in Devon Forty-four workers at DB Glass at Newton Abbot being balloted for strike action, as employees at Sierra Windows continue their rolling programme of 48 hour strikes in the pay and shift patterns dispute http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/window--makers-dispute-set-to-spread-to-second-company-in-devon/default.aspx tcm:11-31018 Wed, 10 May 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Hinkley unions hopeful of bonus pay row solution as fresh talks planned Unions representing construction workers at Hinkley Point are hopeful that the dispute over bonus payments can be resolved after fresh talks were promised. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hinkley-unions-hopeful-of-bonus-pay-row-solution-as-fresh-talks-planned/default.aspx tcm:11-31020 Wed, 10 May 2017 11:20:09 -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