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 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 Devon window makers to strike for 48 hours tomorrow Unite called on the ‘secretive’ management to come clean on the company’s finances and negotiate in a constructive fashion, as the 150-strong workforce has not had a pay rise since 2015 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/devon-window-makers-to-strike-for-48-hours-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30819 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:18:21 -0000 Delays to Hinkley Point construction on cards as bonus pay row erupts The dispute centres on the failure of the BYLOR consortium, made up of the French company Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke, to pay the bonus rate in line with the spirit of HPC Civil Construction agreement http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/delays-to-hinkley-point-construction-on-cards-as-bonus-pay-row-erupts/default.aspx tcm:11-30773 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:14:53 -0000 ‘Vulture’ capitalists should not spread to margarine business, says Unite Unite is seeking urgent assurances from Unilever bosses after its decision to sell off its margarine spreads business has put 200 jobs in Essex at risk. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vulture-capitalists-should-not-spread-to-margarine-business-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30680 Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:31:34 -0000 Swindon Mini workers to stage ‘pension robbery’ protest Tony Burke: “BMW Group workers at Swindon and other UK sites will not let BMW pinch their pensions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/swindon-mini-workers-to-stage-pension-robbery-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-30649 Tue, 4 Apr 2017 15:22:26 -0000 Speech and language therapists get ‘collective snub’ from NHS shake-up bosses Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “The failure of any of the STP lead officers to reply to the legitimate concerns being asked on behalf of speech and language therapists is a collective snub dished out to this hardworking and dedicated profession." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/speech-and-language-therapists-get-collective-snub-from-nhs-bosses/default.aspx tcm:11-30492 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:42:36 -0000 ‘Gravy train’ for management consultants involved in NHS shake-up plans condemned by Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “These findings reveal a management consultancy gravy train that is completely out of control, when frontline services, such as A&E departments, are stretched to breaking point." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gravy-train-for-management-consultants-involved-in-nhs-shake-up-plans-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30427 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:01:00 -0000 High cost of National Citizen Service condemned by Unite David Cameron’s National Citizen Service (NCS) was always an ill-conceived ‘vanity project’, now that it’s been shown to be a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money, it needs a radical re-think. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/high-cost-of-national-citizen-service-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30366 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:05:19 -0000 BMW workers in ‘pension robbery’ protests “The UK workforce has contributed massively to BMW Group’s record sales and revenues and deserves better than BMW’s broken pension promises and pleas of poverty." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-in-pension-robbery-protests/default.aspx tcm:11-30350 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:16:54 -0000 ‘No controlling mind’ over community nurse workforce planning, as health visitors transferred to councils Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “The lack of an overall ‘controlling mind’ about the number of health visitors and school nurses working for local government will hamper workforce planning and lead to a fragmentation of services for families with babies and young children.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-controlling-mind-over-community-nurse-workforce-planning-as-health-visitors-transferred-to-councils/default.aspx tcm:11-30334 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:06 -0000 Union launches blueprint on how to boost pay for workers across the South West Unite have launched a blueprint for boosting workers’ pay amid rising inflation and slow pay growth in 2017. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-launches-blueprint-on-how-to-boost-pay-for-workers-across-the-south-west/default.aspx tcm:11-30302 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 07:15:29 -0000 Unite concerned with huge rise in ‘dead-end’ construction courses A freedom of information request made by Unite has uncovered that thousand of young people are being placed on 'dead-end' construction courses. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-concern-over-huge-rise-in-dead-end-construction-courses/default.aspx tcm:11-30246 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:19:29 -0000 Protest at Argos’ ‘hidden cuts’ agenda by Unite members on Monday Unite, is angry that Argos has failed to give guarantees at all its logistic sites that workers’ terms and conditions will be safeguarded in the future - about 1,400 of its members could be affected http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rotest-at-argos-hidden-cuts-agenda-by-unite-members-on-monday/default.aspx tcm:11-30110 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:49:36 -0000 Len McCluskey to honour the 'South west’s finest’ Len McCluskey will meet members and managers at Leonardo helicopters, formerly Westland, where he will call again for the government to restate its commitment to the aerospace industry, a vitally important employer in the south west region. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/southwest/southwestnews/len-mccluskey-to-honour-the-south-wests-finest/default.aspx tcm:11-30036 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:41:58 -0000 Protests at NHS cuts in Yorkshire to be combated by ‘guerrilla marketing’, warns Unite Marketing specialists have been asked ‘to express an interest’ in the £10,000 nine-month contract to run from April for the Humber, Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan by today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protests-at-nhs-cuts-in-yorkshire-to-be-combated-by-guerrilla-marketing/default.aspx tcm:11-29989 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:38:05 -0000 Government's industrial strategy ignores helicopter production, says Unite Business secretary Greg Clark is being asked why there is no mention of UK helicopter production in the government’s much-heralded industrial strategy. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/governments-industrial-strategy-ignores-helicopter-production-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29800 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:07:05 -0000 UK helicopter production under threat, Unite warns MPs Unite has been pressing MPs on the industry’s future, following Leonardo losing out to Boeing in its bid to gain the majority of the work for the latest generation of Apache attack helicopters for the British army last summer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-helicopter-production-under-threat-unite-warns-mps/default.aspx tcm:11-29706 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:26:05 -0000 Secretive mega shake-up of NHS could cost £15 million in management consultancy fees, claims Unite Unite, said that health secretary Jeremy Hunt needed ‘to come clean’ on the true cost of the expenditure on management consultants in relation to the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans for England http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/secretive-mega-shake-up-of-nhs-could-cost-15-million-in-management-consultancy-fees-claims-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29613 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:10:37 -0000 GPs ‘incensed’ by May threat to funding warns Doctors in Unite “We have one of the lowest numbers of doctors per head of population in Europe and now the prime minister is asking GPs to work longer hours and practice unsafely with their patients." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gps-incensed-by-may-threat-to-funding-warns-doctors-in-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29621 Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Four Cornish workers with 70 years’ service sacked from aristocratic estate The union called on the trustees of the 6,000 acre estate to rescind the redundancy notices, especially as there was no written business plan to justify the sackings http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/four-cornish-workers-with-70-years-service-sacked-from-aristocratic-estate/default.aspx tcm:11-29583 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:51:57 -0000 Unite lands vital first blow in court over pensions battle against the States of Guernsey Unite has landed a vital first blow in its battle to protect the pensions of thousands of Guernsey workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-lands-vital-first-blow-in-court-over-pensions-battle-against-the-states-of-guernsey/default.aspx tcm:11-29434 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:27:17 -0000 Unite confirms the timetable for the general secretary election in 2017 The Executive Council of Unite the union has agreed that the timetable for the election of the union’s general secretary will be brought forward to the first months of 2017. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-confirms-the-timetable-for-the-general-secretary-election-in-2017/default.aspx tcm:11-29374 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:47:03 -0000 Grayling’s rail plans threaten passenger safety, says Unite Plans to strip Network Rail of complete control of England's railway tracks are a retrograde step that raises the spectre of the Hatfield train crash in 2000 which happened under the privately-owned Railtrack http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/graylings-rail-plans-threaten-passenger-safety-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29356 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:03:58 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers’ long running pay dispute settled Unite national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton said: “This has been a long running dispute; however we have finally hammered out a peace plan that was accepted by our members." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-long-running-pay-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-29316 Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:15:46 -0000 Chancellor’s statement offers little for those fed up with losing out, says Unite general secretary Len McCluskey Chancellor Philip Hammond has failed to throw a lifeline to those on low wages or to demonstrate that this government will lay the solid economic foundations needed for a successful Brexit. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/chancellors-statement-offers-little-for-those-fed-up-with-losing-out-says-unite-general-secretary-len-mccluskey/default.aspx tcm:11-29223 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:51:11 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers ‘peace plan’ talks in long running pay dispute Senior management from First Group, the parent company of First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd, as well as local managers, will meet with Unite national officer Bobby Morton and shop stewards from the bus drivers at Unite headquarters http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-peace-plan-talks-in-long-running-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29221 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:36:03 -0000