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 North Wales workers ‘betrayed’ by councils say unions Unite and the GMB have accused a conglomerate of North Wales councils of ‘betraying’ the local workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-wales-workers-betrayed-by-councils-says-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-32860 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:03:45 -0000 Two-year 6.5 per cent pay deal for 9,000 Ford workers welcomed by Unite Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: “This is an industry leading deal which will give the workforce pay security over the next two years and keep their pay packets ahead of the rising cost of living." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/two-year-65-per-cent-pay-deal-for-9000-ford-workers-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32810 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:13:33 -0000 Redundancies confirmed at Witter Towbars Horizon Global have today confirmed that it will proceed with its proposal to close production at its plant in Deeside and transfer the work over to Romania, with a loss of 90 jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/redundancies-are-confirmed-at-witter-towbars/default.aspx tcm:11-32485 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 16:30:29 -0000 Unite Wales reaction to Ford Bridgend JLR announcement Responding to today’s confirmation by Ford that Bridgend will cease to produce engines for Jaguar Land Rover earlier than expected Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards said: "Unite is not surprised by today’s announcement by Ford. We have long predicted that the JLR work at Bridgend may finish earlier than expected and today’s announcement confirms that. The grim future for Ford Bridgend has again today been brought into clear focus." http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-wales-reaction-to-ford-bridgend-jlr-announcement/default.aspx tcm:11-32432 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:29 -0000 Cadbury pay deal, designed to counter inflation, welcomed by Unite The workers at the Birmingham Bournville site; Chirk, near Wrexham; and at Marlbrook, near Leominster have voted overwhelmingly for the deal, which also includes a big uplift in maternity pay http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cadbury-pay-deal-designed-to-counter-inflation-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32305 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:31:26 -0000 Unite alarm at Deeside towbar company’s reluctance to accept Welsh government help to save jobs Unite, the UK’s largest union, has expressed alarm that the management at Witter Towbars in Deeside is reluctant to receive assistance from the Welsh government in order to save jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-alarm-at-deeside-towbar-companys-reluctance-to-accept-welsh-government-help-to-save-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-32192 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:43:55 -0000 Unite concern as Deeside based Jaguar towbar manufacturer seeks to offshore jobs to Romania Unite, the UK’s largest union, is deeply alarmed that Deeside based Witter Towbars appears intent on closing its manufacturing site in Deeside, north Wales and offshoring the work to Romania. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-concern-as-deeside-based-jaguar-towbar-manufacturer-seeks-to-offshore-jobs-to-romania/default.aspx tcm:11-32127 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:51:14 -0000 Unite welcomes excellent long-term plumbing pay deal Following lengthy negotiations with employer representatives from the plumbing industry, Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has secured a three year pay deal for plumbers employed under the JIB plumbing national agreement. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcome-excellent-long-term-plumbing-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-31952 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:29:04 -0000 UK government urged to ‘stop stalling’ and give Swansea Bay tidal project go-ahead Unite is urging the UK government to stop stalling on the creation of over 2,000 jobs and unleash an economic boost worth at least £500 million to the Welsh economy http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-government-urged-to-give-swansea-bay-tidal-project-go-ahead/default.aspx tcm:11-31545 Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:05:05 -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 Unite warns voters 'Tories are no friends of the North' The UK’s biggest union unveils poster campaign in major northern cities http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-voters-tories-are-no-friends-of-the-north/default.aspx tcm:11-31190 Mon, 29 May 2017 18:44:17 -0000 National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee statement on Tata Steel pension announcement When the trade unions voted to accept Tata Steel’s turnaround plan our members did not vote to allow Tata to put the BSPS into the PPF and end their responsibilities to scheme members. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/national-trade-union-steel-coordinating-committee-statement-on-tata-steel-pension-announcement/default.aspx tcm:11-31081 Tue, 16 May 2017 15:30:41 -0000 Construction materials shortages loom as Cemex drivers vote for strike action Shortages of construction materials are expected to lead to delays on sites throughout the industry, including major projects, after HGV drivers at Cemex UK Operations Ltd, overwhelmingly voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-materials-shortages-loom-as-cemex-drivers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30995 Tue, 9 May 2017 15:04:08 -0000 Construction material warning as Cemex drivers ballot on strike action Warning of project delays if members back industrial action, Unite called on Cemex to offer a pay deal which better reflects the contribution drivers make to the business or risk a programme of industrial action through the spring and into the summer when construction sites are at their busiest. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-material-warning-as-cemex-drivers-ballot-on-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30785 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:07:18 -0000 Marshalls closure “devastating news” for north east Wales Unite Wales has today received the news that Marshall Aviation Services has failed to find a buyer for its Broughton facility and that the business will close. Talks will now commence on the terms of closure. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/marshalls-broughton-facility-closure-devastating-news-for-north-east-wales/default.aspx tcm:11-30705 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:00:29 -0000 Unite welcomes official handover of new Aston Martin site Unite the union today welcomed the official handover to Aston Martin of the three Ministry of Defence 'super hangars' in St Athan. The facility will be used to manufacture the new Aston Martin DBX model from 2020. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-welcomes-official-handover-of-new-aston-martin-site/default.aspx tcm:11-30668 Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:00:29 -0000 Marshalls Closure “Devastating News” for North East Wales Unite Wales has today received the news that Marshall Aviation Services have decided to close their Broughton facility. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/marshalls-closure-devastating-news-for-north-east-wales/default.aspx tcm:11-30549 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:00:29 -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 Unite welcomes Welsh government’s clampdown on immoral employment practices Unite, the largest union in Wales, has strongly welcomed today’s (Thursday 9 March) announcement by the Welsh government that will eliminate illegal and unethical employment practices on all public sector contracts including in the supply chain. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-welsh-governments-clampdown-on-immoral-employment-practices/default.aspx tcm:11-30305 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:56:03 -0000 Unite anger as Barclays announces over 180 job losses with closure of mortgage centre Unite has today condemned Barclays Bank for the announcement of the closure of their mortgage centre in Llanishen, Cardiff with the loss of over 180 jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-anger-as-barclays-announces-over-180-job-losses-with-closure-of-mortgage-centre/default.aspx tcm:11-30281 Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:46:49 -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 Unite pledges to use ‘all its might’ in fight for the future of Ford Bridgend Accusing Ford bosses of keeping the workforce in the dark for the last 18 months, Unite called on the company to provide cast iron legal guarantees over the plant’s long term future. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-pledges-to-use-all-its-might-in-fight-for-the-future-of-ford-bridgend/default.aspx tcm:11-30200 Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:08:35 -0000 St David's Day strike deadline looms over Ford Bridgend Len McCluskey: “Unite members are committed to Ford, the Welsh Assembly is committed to Ford, all we need now is for Ford to commit to its workforce. That means investment, new product lines and a clear plan for the plant’s future." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/st-davids-day-strike-deadline-looms-over-ford-bridgend/default.aspx tcm:11-30151 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:54:05 -0000 Steelworkers vote to accept Tata Steel proposals Tony Brady, national officer for Unite, said: "This is not a decision our members have taken lightly. It has been a hellish time for them, their families and their communities as uncertainty has swirled around the steel industry over this past year or more. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/steelworkers-vote-to-accept-tata-steel-investment-proposals/default.aspx tcm:11-29961 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:25:03 -0000 Bridgend Ford jobs essential for the prosperity of Wales, says Unite chief Len McCluskey will be meeting shop stewards at Ford’s Bridgend engine plant in Wales tomorrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bridgend-ford-jobs-essential-for-the-prosperity-of-wales-says-unite-chief/default.aspx tcm:11-29878 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:32:53 -0000 Unite welcomes recognition agreement with Aston Martin Unite Wales has today welcomed a recognition agreement signed between Unite and Aston Martin which will ensure future employees at the landmark site will benefit from the support of Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-welcomes-recognition-agreement-with-aston-martin/default.aspx tcm:11-29724 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:29 -0000 Unite Wales says Tata employees will not be guided by “publicity seeking politicians” Following comments made to the media by Adam Price, Plaid Cymru’s economy spokesman, Unite the union has called for politicians to refrain from “opportunistic posturing”. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-wales-says-tata-employees-will-not-be-guided-by-publicity-seeking-politicians/default.aspx tcm:11-29571 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:30:29 -0000 Unions secure commitment from Tata on steel jobs at Port Talbot Steel unions have today secured a commitment from Tata Steel to secure the future of jobs and production at Port Talbot and other steelworks across the UK. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-secure-commitment-from-tatat-on-steel-jobs-at-port-talbot/default.aspx tcm:11-29377 Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:25:14 -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 Independent audit of Tata sell-off called for by Unite Unite national officer for metals Harish Patel said that ‘the devil will be in the detail’ as Tata Steel UK said that it had signed a letter of intent to sell its speciality steel interests to Liberty House Group http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/independent-audit-of-tata-sell-off-called-for-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29272 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:33:46 -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 ‘Outstanding’ Aston Martin two-year pay deal applauded by Unite Unite has hailed the ‘outstanding’ two-year pay deal at the luxury car maker Aston Martin which has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/outstanding-aston-martin-two-year-pay-deal-applauded-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29085 Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:18:24 -0000 Unite members at equality watchdog strike over ‘swingeing’ cuts The strike action follows a mismanaged restructuring exercise with the continued threat of compulsory redundancies. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-equality-watchdog-strike-over-swingeing-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-29069 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 14:11:13 -0000 Len McCluskey leads talks to defend Ford jobs Len McCluskey held talks with the CEO of Ford UK in London today (Friday 7 October). He will report back to Unite’s convenors and members at Ford about the talks and next stages in the coming weeks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/len-mccluskey-leads-talks-to-defend-ford-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-28656 Fri, 7 Oct 2016 16:33:08 -0000 Unite demands meeting with Ford executives over Bridgend plant “Ford needs to provide answers fast if it is head off speculation that it has a hidden exit plan for its UK sites." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demands-meeting-with-ford-executives-over-bridgend-plant/default.aspx tcm:11-28262 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:01:01 -0000 Joint Unite the union and Welsh government statement on Ford Bridgend engine plant In a joint statement Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates and Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards said: "The Ford Engine Plant has been a vital part of the local community in Bridgend over the last thirty five years and is today one of the most important pieces of our manufacturing economy in Wales. The 1,850 workers at the site are some of the most skilled anywhere in the UK and the Welsh Government and Unite want to work together with the company in the coming months to ensure it has a bright future" http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/joint-unite-the-union-and-welsh-government-statement-on-the-ford-bridgend-engine-plant/default.aspx tcm:11-28254 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:30:29 -0000 Step up on steel Unite tells government as poll finds public wants action for core industry British voters are backing the country’s steel industry with a widespread call for action by the government to step up its support for the beleaguered sector. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/step-up-on-steel-unite-tells-government-as-poll-finds-public-wants-action-for-core-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-28228 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:42:19 -0000 Unite Wales says Ford's decision raises “serious questions over its long term commitment to Bridgend” Unite Wales has today expressed its grave concerns for the future of Fords Bridgend Engine plant. This follows the company’s decision to halve the plant’s proposed production of its dragon engine and a significant reduction in the companies planned investment in the site. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-wales-says-fords-decision-raises-serious-questions-over-fords-long-term-commitment-to-bridgend/default.aspx tcm:11-28137 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 13:00:29 -0000 Statement by UK steel unions on meeting With Tata The unions made it clear that through these actions Tata has lost the trust and confidence of the workforce and therefore the company must clearly and urgently set out its intentions and its plans to act as either a responsible owner or seller. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-by-uk-steel-unions-on-meeting-with-tata/default.aspx tcm:11-28104 Thu, 1 Sep 2016 17:12:15 -0000 Magnox court case ‘scandal’ prompts probe call into the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority The union has called on Mr Clark, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy to examine how the NDA conducts its affairs, following a recent High Court case http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/magnox-court-case-scandal-prompts-probe-call-into-the-nuclear-decommissioning-authority/default.aspx tcm:11-27896 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:00:29 -0000 Unite Wales calls upon Tata to “Stop the stalling and end the corrosive uncertainty” Following today’s Steel Tata Task Force meeting in the Senedd, Unite the Union in Wales is calling upon Tata to stop stalling and take urgent action to secure a future for the UK’s steel industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-wales-calls-upon-tata-to-stop-the-stalling-and-end-the-corrosive-uncertainty/default.aspx tcm:11-27807 Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:00:29 -0000 Tata Steel urged to give ‘cast iron’ guarantees to end the ‘rollercoaster of uncertainty’ Reminding Tata of its promise to be a responsible seller, Unite said it would seek to engage positively with prospective buyers of Tata’s speciality steel and tubes business. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tata-steel-urged-to-give-cast-iron-guarantees-to-end-the-rollercoaster-of-uncertainty/default.aspx tcm:11-27396 Fri, 8 Jul 2016 18:35:07 -0000 UK’s biggest union gathers to challenge devastating inequality and disconnection blighting communities The 1.4 million-strong Unite union is hosting its 4th policy conference in Brighton from Monday 11 July until Friday 15 July. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uks-biggest-union-gathers-to-challenge-devastating-inequality-and-disconnection-blighting-communities/default.aspx tcm:11-27375 Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:11:06 -0000 Unite warns Tata against a ‘fire sale’ and allowing Port Talbot to ‘wither on the vine’ Reminding Tata of its promise to act responsibly, Unite warned the company against ducking its promises and conducting a ‘fire sale’ of its speciality steel business while allowing Port Talbot and its UK strips business to ‘wither on the vine’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-tata-against-a-fire-sale-and-allowing-port-talbot-to-wither-on-the-vine/default.aspx tcm:11-27373 Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:04:12 -0000 Job security assurances sought as Carlsberg announces plans to outsource 1,000 distribution staff Unite regional officer Joe Clarke said: “We are dismayed by this announcement - the bottom line for Unite is that of job security of our members – we will fight any proposals for compulsory redundancies." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-security-assurances-sought-as-carlsberg-announces-plans-to-outsource-1000-distribution-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-27291 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:11:00 -0000 BetFred pays out £469,000 to 88 workers The low-paid workers, predominately women, supported by Unite launched a successful social media campaign to ‘name and shame’ BetFred. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/betfred-pays-out-enhanced-redundancy-after-social-media-campaign/default.aspx tcm:11-27273 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:52:06 -0000 Faulty meters on cards as E.ON workers stage second four-day strike in ‘work/life’ balance row Nearly 400 meter fixers across England and Wales, in conjunction with the GMB and Unison, are taking strike action against proposals by E.ON bosses that they work half-an-hour extra three nights-a-week as part of a two per cent proposed pay deal for 2015. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/faulty-meters-on-cards-as-eon-workers-stage-second-four-day-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-27242 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:10:08 -0000 Len McCluskey: vote remain and for British workers to build their future in unity in Europe Full text of the speech Len McCLuskey was due to deliver today regarding Thursday's EU referendum. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/len-mccluskey-vote-remain-and-for-british-workers-to-build-their-future-in-unity-europe/default.aspx tcm:11-27195 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:52:33 -0000 Unite Wales Aerospace and Shipbuilding RISC weighs into EU debate Alan Reilly, chair of Unite Wales’ Aerospace and Shipbuilding RISC (Regional Industrial Sector Committee) has today issued a warning that leaving the EU could mean bad news for the sector across Wales. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-wales-aerospace-and-shipbuilding-risc-weighs-into-eu-debate/default.aspx tcm:11-27185 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:00:29 -0000