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 Pre-Christmas ‘bread drought’ threatened in the North West and Midlands, warns Unite The West Bromwich site produces 1.5 million loaves a week and, if there is a strike before Christmas, the regions which will bear the brunt of the 'bread drought will be the east and west Midlands, and the North West. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pre-christmas-bread-drought-threatened/default.aspx tcm:11-32822 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite statement on the death of Derek Robinson Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “History will show that Derek was unfairly maligned by the media as he aimed to find solutions to British Leyland’s industrial disputes and turn around the car company." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-the-death-of-derek-robinson/default.aspx tcm:11-32717 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:56:49 -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 Budget needs to boost West Midland’s workers’ incomes after pay drought, says Unite Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “For more than 150 years the West Midlands has been the manufacturing powerhouse of the UK, yet the workers, who have contributed so much to the region’s prosperity, have endured a decade long pay drought." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/budget-needs-to-boost-west-midlands-workers-incomes-after-pay-drought-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32680 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:47:32 -0000 Unite calls for action to improve Birmingham welfare facilities Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to investigate the lack of welfare facilities being provided to housing maintenance workers in Birmingham, who are directed by their employer to use toilets at McDonalds Tesco and KFC. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-call-for-action-to-improve-birmingham-welfare-facilities/default.aspx tcm:11-32659 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:44:29 -0000 Strike vote warning at Kingsmill bread over below inflation pay workers who supply Kingsmill bread to Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco across the west and east midlands, as well as the north west, have grown increasingly frustrated with the firm since pay talks started in May earlier this year." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-vote-warning-at-kingsmill-bread-over-below-inflation-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32592 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:09:50 -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 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 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 Unite secures High Court ruling halting Birmingham refuse worker redundancies “As part of the ruling Unite will suspend its industrial action until the matter is put before a full court hearing at a later date." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-high-court-ruling-halting-birmingham-refuse-worker-redundancies/default.aspx tcm:11-32336 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:33:08 -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 Ball firmly in Birmingham council’s court, says Unite There is an Acas agreement in place and Unite remains confident that the courts will uphold that agreement on Monday and agree with us that it was entered into with the full knowledge of the cabinet and officers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ball-firmly-in-birmingham-councils-court-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32274 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:31:40 -0000 Birmingham refuse workers rally amid blacklist accusations Birmingham’s refuse workers will be rallying outside the council offices in Victoria Square on Sunday 17 September calling on Birmingham city council to honour the Acas agreement and resolve the Birmingham bin dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-refuse-workers-rally-amid-blacklist-accusations/default.aspx tcm:11-32271 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:23:32 -0000 TUC condemns Birmingham council for reneging on Acas brokered bin strike deal Having received the backing of the entire labour movement, Unite has announced that it will be holding a rally in support of the bin workers this Sunday 17 September. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tuc-condemns-birmingham-council-for-reneging-on-acas-brokered-bin-strike-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-32241 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:48:53 -0000 Birmingham city council chief executive should follow in footsteps of council leader and resign Stella Manzie, the interim chief executive of Birmingham council should follow the lead of councillor leader John Clancy and resign and the council honour the Acas agreement it reached to settle the bin dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-city-council-chief-executive-should-follow-in-footsteps-of-council-leader-and-resign/default.aspx tcm:11-32229 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Birmingham bin strikes could last the year Unite announces new ballot in light of council's 'shoddy' behaviour http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-bin-strikes-could-last-the-year/default.aspx tcm:11-32137 Fri, 1 Sep 2017 18:42:25 -0000 Bin strikes set to resume warns Unite as Birmingham council issues redundancies “Unite calls on the council to come to its senses and withdraw these redundancy notices to avoid the disruption of industrial action.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bin-strikes-set-to-resume-as-birmingham-council-issues-redundancies/default.aspx tcm:11-32135 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:24:19 -0000 Unite urges cabinet to stand firm and save Birmingham bin deal “Public won't tolerate undermining of democratically elected councillors on Friday's crucial vote.” says Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-cabinet-to-stand-firm-and-save-birmingham-bin-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-32125 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:22:55 -0000 Unite hails victory in Birmingham bin dispute The union said that the council had accepted the refuse workers’ case and restored the grade 3 jobs, which are responsible for the safety at the rear of the refuse vehicles http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-victory-in-birmingham-bin-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31997 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:43:54 -0000 Birmingham bin dispute ‘could continue until Christmas’, warns Unite Unite is balloting its refuse collection members to renew its industrial action mandate which could result in more strikes after the present daily strike action ends on 21 September http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-bin-dispute-could-continue-until-christmas-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31959 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:27:08 -0000 Shropshire health visiting faces tsunami of cuts, Unite warns Unite regional officer Stuart Baker said: “We are calling on the Shropshire public to make its collective voice heard before the consultation process ends on 8 September, so these proposed cuts are stopped in their tracks." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shropshire-health-visiting-faces-tsunami-of-cuts-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-31916 Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:03:24 -0000 Talks on cards in Birmingham bin dispute Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “We are making every effort to resolve this dispute and, hopefully, we can hold talks with the city council, otherwise the industrial action already planned to run up to September will escalate." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/talks-on-cards-in-birmingham-bin-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31831 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:16:12 -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 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 Birmingham council refuse workers to strike over job losses and ‘bullying culture’ tomorrow Unite confirmed today that the strike was going-ahead and accused the council of ‘playing fast-and-loose’ over the union’s genuine offer to engage in talks with the conciliation service, Acas http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-council-refuse-workers-to-strike-over-job-losses-and-bullying-culture-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-31466 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:01:07 -0000 Birmingham council refuse workers to strike over job losses and ‘bullying culture’ Unite has written to the city council’s chief executive Stella Manzie calling for talks under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-council-refuse-workers-to-strike-over-job-losses-and-bullying-culture/default.aspx tcm:11-31406 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:28:14 -0000 Birmingham council refuse workers consider industrial action, as 122 jobs axed Unite regional officer Lynne Shakespeare said: “It is unfortunate that the day the ballot results came through, the council's waste management service announced it intended to make 122 waste collection staff redundant in two weeks’ time." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-council-refuse-workers-consider-industrial-action-as-122-jobs-axed/default.aspx tcm:11-31373 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:31:03 -0000 Play workers celebrate the ‘Great Get Together’ with a ‘cake and cuppa’ event in Solihull Play workers at the Meriden adventure playground in Solihull, are holding a ‘cake and cuppa’ morning on Saturday 17 June as part as of the Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox and to celebrate all the good-will in the community. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/play-workers-celebrate-the-great-get-together-with-a-cake-and-cuppa-event-in-solihull/default.aspx tcm:11-31356 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:19:22 -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 Smethwick poultry plant closure ‘sad’, says Unite Unite’s national officer for the food industry Julia Long said: "Through intensive negotiations we have managed to save about 250 jobs which will be taken up by other 2 Sisters' sites in the West Midlands." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/poultry-plant-closure-disappointing-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31242 Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:54:42 -0000 Birmingham council refuse workers in strike vote over cuts Unite members are angry over proposed job cuts to the city’s waste and refuse service and attempts by council bosses to tear up long standing agreements with the union covering staffing levels and working patterns http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-council-refuse-workers-in-strike-vote/default.aspx tcm:11-31208 Wed, 31 May 2017 08:29:07 -0000 Solid support on first day of Bostik pay strikes in Stafford Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, have stuck together on the first day (Tuesday 30 May) of 11 days of scheduled strikes, in a dispute over pay, at the Stafford factory of Bostik the adhesive and sealant manufacturer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/solid-support-on-first-day-of-bostik-strikes-in-stafford/default.aspx tcm:11-31201 Tue, 30 May 2017 16:05:03 -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 Closure of historic Shropshire foundry ‘very disappointing’, says Unite Unite regional officer Matt Jones said: “Unite is in consultation with Aga management to save as many jobs as possible, and we are also requesting retention and compensation packages for our members at risk through the proposed closure." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/closure-of-historic-shropshire-foundry-very-disappointing-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31173 Thu, 25 May 2017 12:40:13 -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 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 Liberty House steel takeover ends months of ‘agonising uncertainty’ Welcoming the news, Unite national officer Tony Brady said: “This announcement brings an end to months of agonising uncertainty for Tata’s steel workers in the speciality steel business." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liberty-house-steel-takeover-ends-months-of-agonising-uncertainty/default.aspx tcm:11-30888 Tue, 2 May 2017 12:27:29 -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 ‘Solid support’ for BMW strike leaves production lines laying idle A 24 hour strike by BMW workers making car engines and the Mini was being solidly supported today (Wednesday 19 April), as workers mounted picket lines and production lines lay idle over the luxury carmaker’s plans to close the final salary pension scheme by 31 May. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/solid-support-for-bmw-strike-leaves-production-lines-laying-idle/default.aspx tcm:11-30764 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:41:35 -0000 BMW workers set for ‘first ever’ strike over luxury carmaker’s ‘pension robbery’ BMW production lines making the Mini and car engines face disruption tomorrow (Wednesday 19 April) with car workers starting a series of 24 hour strikes as part of a programme of industrial action stretching over five weeks over the closure of their pension scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-set-for-first-ever-strike-over-luxury-carmakers-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-30752 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:05:13 -0000 Unions demonstrate in London, Rotherham, Sandwich and Solihull over construction undercutting Representatives will be handing in a petition containing over 5,000 signatures to the Danish embassy calling on the Danish government to launch an investigation into the scandal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-demonstrate-in-london-rotherham-sandwich-and-solihull-over-construction-undercutting/default.aspx tcm:11-30710 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:49:41 -0000 Retaining jobs top priority as Smethwick poultry plant faces axe Unite’s national officer for food Julia Long said: “We had a constructive meeting with the company’s management today and have made a commitment to prepare a set of proposals to save as many jobs as possible." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/retaining-jobs-top-priority-as-smethwick-poultry-plant-faces-axe/default.aspx tcm:11-30700 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:11:19 -0000 More strikes at Fujitsu as ‘pay and pensions’ dispute hots up The dispute centres on pay, pensions, job security and union recognition - and takes place against a background of Fujitsu’s plans to axe and offshore 1,800 jobs in the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/more-strikes-at-fujitsu-as-pay-and-pensions-dispute-hots-up/default.aspx tcm:11-30692 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:42:00 -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 Unite in health West Midlands newsletter - March 2017 A quarterly newsletter for members published after each West Midlands regional industrial sector committee http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectornews/unite-the-union-west-midlands-newsletter---march-2017/default.aspx tcm:11-30645 Tue, 4 Apr 2017 14:49:53 -0000 McCluskey: Use Brexit trigger to boost UK autos and defend our manufacturing heartlands Speaking ahead of a landmark conference of workforce and industry experts, the general secretary of Unite the union Len McCluskey has said that the UK auto sector needs investment and stability in order to stay a world leader. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-use-brexit-trigger-to-boost-uk-autos-and-defend-our-manufacturing-heartlands/default.aspx tcm:11-30497 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:18:03 -0000