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 warns against ‘tit for tat’ trade wars as Trump slaps tariffs on UK steel The UK government risks being nothing more than bystander as the prospect of a global trade war threatens jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-against-tit-for-tat-trade-wars-as-trump-slaps-tariffs-on-uk-steel/default.aspx tcm:11-34481 Thu, 31 May 2018 17:23:09 -0000 Statement from the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee: In response to the news that Tata Steel have disclosed a surplus for the new BSPS in their financial results: http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-from-the-national-trade-union-steel-coordinating-committee/default.aspx tcm:11-34351 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:20:13 -0000 Steel unions respond to US extension of tariff exemptions There must be a global solution that deals with countries responsible for overcapacity and the dumping of cheap steel and aluminum. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/steel-unions-respond-to-us-extension-of-tariff-exemptions/default.aspx tcm:11-34226 Tue, 1 May 2018 10:25:41 -0000 Unite demands government action to defend UK steelworkers against threat of US steel tariffs US President Donald Trump's proposed hike in steel tariffs could be ‘devastating’ for the UK steel industry and manufacturing. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demands-government-action-to-defend-uk-steelworkers-against-threat-of-us-steel-tariffs/default.aspx tcm:11-33798 Fri, 2 Mar 2018 10:47:22 -0000 Workers at Davy Markham in Sheffield ‘treated with contempt’ by bosses, says Unite Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner said: “What we have here is another example of irresponsible industrial management with the dedicated workers paying with their jobs and the taxpayer picking up the tab." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-davy-markham-in-sheffield-treated-with-contempt-by-bosses-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33793 Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:03:16 -0000 McCluskey: Our determination to save our UK plants is now clear to PSA Carlos Tavares repeated his desire not to close UK plants, which is reassuring. He also talked of working with Unite to construct a roadmap for future operations in the UK. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-our-determination-to-save-our-uk-plants-is-now-clear-to-psa/default.aspx tcm:11-33389 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:02:05 -0000 Unite demands guarantees on new car models to secure Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port Describing the additional job losses as a blow to a world class workforce, which would be felt throughout the supply chain, Unite vowed that it would leave no stone unturned in securing the long term future of Ellesmere Port. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demands-guarantees-on-new-car-models-to-secure-vauxhalls-ellesmere-port/default.aspx tcm:11-33250 Mon, 8 Jan 2018 16:17:19 -0000 IFS report on automation is propaganda for wage cuts Unite has branded an IFS report on the automation of jobs and the minimum wage as propaganda for employers who want an excuse to cut wages. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ifs-report-on-automation-is-propaganda-for-wage-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-33229 Thu, 4 Jan 2018 14:00:19 -0000 Bosses at Stamford engineering company ‘ducking and diving’ over job loss impact assessment Unite regional officer Scott Lennon said: “We have been asking for the impact assessment to be carried out, but the management has been ‘ducking and diving’ and refusing to participate, even though the loss of up to 300 jobs will have serious economic ripple effects across Lincolnshire." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bosses-at-stamford-engineering-company-ducking-and-diving/default.aspx tcm:11-33216 Wed, 3 Jan 2018 17:15:29 -0000 Unite warns government tax reforms could result in workers being taxed like millionaires Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that government plans to crack down on bogus self-employment could result in tens of thousands of workers being taxed like millionaires. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-government-tax-reforms-could-result-in-workers-being-taxed-like-millionaires/default.aspx tcm:11-32911 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:53:07 -0000 Government’s Brexit uncertainty harming jobs and investment, warns Unite “It is time for the government to heed the calls for certainty over Brexit which are becoming ever louder, from trade unions, business groups and the Labour party." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/governments-brexit-uncertainty-harming-jobs-and-investment-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32769 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:53:38 -0000 New defence secretary urged to back UK defence workers Steve Turner said: “The new defence secretary Gavin Williamson needs to commit to supporting UK defence workers and spending the UK’s defence budget in Britain to support UK jobs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-defence-secretary-urged-to-back-uk-defence-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32739 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 14:52:29 -0000 Steel unions respond to Tata and Thyssenkrupp joint venture "We are now seeking an urgent meeting with Tata to fully understand their intentions for the UK in the context of the joint venture. We are also making arrangements to bring together senior representatives from across the UK to determine our approach to this significant new development." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/figures-show-too-many-firms-addicted-to-zero-hours-contracts-says-unite/steel-unions-on-tata-and-thyssenkrupp-joint-venture/default.aspx tcm:11-32326 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:42:53 -0000 Trade union response to steel pension changes Tata Steel have today announced that it has signed the documentation for a Regulated Apportionment Arrangement with the Trustee of the British Steel Pension Scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/trade-union-response-to-steel-pension-changes/default.aspx tcm:11-31967 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:19:05 -0000 Tata must ‘power ahead’ with Port Talbot investment after Hartlepool pipe mill sale The announcement, which ends months of uncertainty for workers, also sees a commitment from Tata Steel to strengthen the 20-inch mill by investing £1 million to increase its capability to make high-strength tubes. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tata-must-power-ahead-with-port-talbot-investment-after-hartlepool-pipe-mill-sale/default.aspx tcm:11-31863 Tue, 1 Aug 2017 10:59:31 -0000 National debate called for by Unite on 2040 ban on petrol and diesel cars and diesel scrappage scheme Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said: “Today’s announcement has wide ranging implications for the UK economy and future employment prospects for hundreds of thousands of skilled workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/national-debate-called-for-by-unite-on-2040-ban-on-petrol-and-diesel-cars/default.aspx tcm:11-31798 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:16:47 -0000 Post-Brexit industrial strategy needs ‘flesh on the bones’, says Unite Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said: “While Greg Clark’s announcement on battery technology is a step in the right direction, he needs to pick up the pace on formulating concrete policies on the long-promised industrial strategy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-brexit-industrial-strategy-needs-flesh-on-the-bones-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31753 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:44:03 -0000 Steel unions tell Tata Steel bosses to return bonuses “Steelworkers have taken tough decisions to secure the future of our industry, yet it seems management don’t want to share the burden. Stuffing their pockets with millions of pounds in bonuses is a slap in the face to every one of Tata’s loyal steelworkers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/save-our-steel/steel-unions-tell-tata-steel-bosses-to-return-bonuses/default.aspx tcm:11-31629 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:07:30 -0000 Unite praises steelworkers’ resilience as Tata agrees sale of Hartlepool pipe mills “Unite looks forward to working with Liberty House to ensure the smooth transfer of the workforce and that the business goes from strength to strength.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-praises-steelworkers-resilience-as-tata-agrees-sale-of-hartlepool-pipe-mills/default.aspx tcm:11-31585 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:34:28 -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 Unite welcomes first anniversary of British Steel but challenges remain Unite, the UK’s largest union, has welcomed the positive figures announced today (Thursday 1 June) by British Steel on the first anniversary of the company’s creation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-first-anniversary-of-british-steel-but-challenges-remain/default.aspx tcm:11-31221 Thu, 1 Jun 2017 11:19:21 -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 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 Rolls-Royce car workers strike for first time in living memory over BMW ‘pension robbery’ “With industrial action clearly having an impact on production, BMW bosses need to reflect on today’s talks and demonstrate a serious willingness to address our members’ concerns." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rolls-royce-car-workers-strike-for-first-time-in-living-memory-over-bmw-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-30951 Thu, 4 May 2017 15:00:55 -0000 Unions and industry in united call for post-Brexit trade remedies Industrial groups and trade unions have come together in a call for strong post-Brexit action against dumped imports. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-and-industry-in-united-call-for-post-brexit-trade-remedies/default.aspx tcm:11-30909 Wed, 3 May 2017 11:53:42 -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 McCluskey calls for automation commission to shape new world of work With concerns about Brexit bearing down on the economy Len McCluskey warned that more action is needed by the government to prepare the workforce for the increasing automation of the economy. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-calls-for-automation-commission-to-shape-new-world-of-work/default.aspx tcm:11-30509 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:10:11 -0000 Unite chief calls for government to guarantee UK steel in major infrastructure McCluskey calls on ministers to enact a policy of if ‘it’s built for Britain, it should be made by Britain’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-calls-for-government-to-guarantee-uk-steel-in-major-infrastructure/default.aspx tcm:11-30452 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:25:46 -0000 Unite calls emergency conference to defend UK automotive industry “We are coming to Birmingham, a city with deep roots in carmaking, to say loudly and clearly that Unite’s members have fought before for a future for this sector and won. We will do so again.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-emergency-conference-to-defend-uk-automotive-industry-from-a-bad-brexit/default.aspx tcm:11-30385 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:37:30 -0000 Unite comment on Vauxhall sale: Our priority is to secure a future for UK plants Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Over the weekend, the chief executives of both General Motors and the PSA Group have spoken to me to outline their plans." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/our-priority-is-to-secure-a-future-for-the-vauxhall-uk-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-30242 Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:09:48 -0000 Ministers must think more radically for industrial strategy to succeed "The select committee has confirmed what we have long feared, that the government's industrial strategy simply is not good enough." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ministers-must-think-more-radically-for-industrial-strategy-to-succeed/default.aspx tcm:11-30211 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:26:59 -0000 Unite Vauxhall stewards gather to defend UK car jobs “I repeat, I will not allow Unite members’ jobs - whether at the Vauxhall sites or across the supply chain – to be put at risk.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vauxhall-stewards-gather-to-defend-uk-car-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-30134 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:15:49 -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 McCluskey calls upon government to step up to secure General Motors’ jobs and plants Unite has called for assurances over the future of the GM plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-calls-upon-government-to-step-up-to-secure-gm-jobs-and-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-29954 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:19:17 -0000 Unite chief urges government to come clean over leaked Brexit list Len McCluskey said: “The report today that great swathes of UK industry do not make it into the government’s high priority category for the Brexit negotiations will cause tremendous anxiety among working people." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-urges-government-to-come-clean-over-leaked-brexit-list/default.aspx tcm:11-29914 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:26:21 -0000 Unite builds common cause with Ford to defend UK jobs and our world class car industry The leaders of the UK’s biggest union and a major global automaker have agreed to build common cause in defence of UK car manufacturing’s access to the European Union’s single market post-Brexit. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-builds-common-cause-with-ford-to-defend-uk-jobs-and-our-world-class-car-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-29773 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:48:47 -0000 NTUSCC statement on Tata Steel ballot At the meeting, all representatives from every union – Unite, GMB and Community - unanimously agreed to recommend that you vote ‘YES’ to accept the proposals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ntuscc-statement-on-tata-steel-ballot/default.aspx tcm:11-29762 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:00:00 -0000 Car production figures confirm UK must not turn its back on single market access “Prime minister Theresa May must think again on her threat to turn her back on the single market which supports the UK car industry. Like it or not, Europe is a major market but also our biggest support because car manufacturing in this country relies on a supply chain stretching across the EU." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/car-production-figures-confirm-uk-must-not-turn-its-back-on-single-market-access/default.aspx tcm:11-29746 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:16:43 -0000 Ministers urged to ‘Save our Steel’ and adopt cross party steel blueprint Published on the same day as the government outlines its industrial strategy, the ‘Steel 2020’ report lays out a blueprint for the UK’s crisis hit steel industry drawing on evidence submitted by the industry, unions and the workforce, trade bodies, politicians and local authorities. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ministers-urged-to-save-our-steel-and-adopt-cross-party-steel-blueprint/default.aspx tcm:11-29704 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:11:27 -0000 Jaguar savaged by fine of almost £1 million after worker crushed The accident was so serious that Mark Widnall needed an above knee amputation of his leg and has had to move house in order to accommodate his needs http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/jaguar-savaged-by-fine-of-almost-1-million-after-worker-crushed/default.aspx tcm:11-29684 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:40:54 -0000 McCluskey warns Theresa May over single market access Responding to comments by the prime minister on Britain’s exit from the European Union, Len McCluskey urged Theresa May to pursue ways to address public concerns about freedom of movement, without ‘throwing jobs and communities into jeopardy.’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-warns-may-over-single-market-access/default.aspx tcm:11-29537 Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:22:38 -0000 Record car production figures underline case for Brexit deal to safeguard automotive sector, says Unite Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “What these fantastic figures demonstrate is that it is vital the Brexit deal negotiated by the government strengthens this key manufacturing sector." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/record-car-production-figures-underline-case-for-brexit-deal-to-safeguard-automotive-sector-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29494 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:57:57 -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 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 Labour’s industrial strategy a stark contrast to Tory ‘confusion and secrecy’, says McCluskey “Prime minister Theresa May and her government’s challenge is to now make good on its promise of an industrial strategy and spell out how it will support manufacturing and key foundation industries like our crisis hit steel sector." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/labours-industrial-strategy-a-stark-contrast-to-tory-confusion-and-secrecy-says-mccluskey/default.aspx tcm:11-29182 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:31:39 -0000 UK steelworkers in Europe protest over cheap Chinese steel dumping Steelworkers from Unite working for Tata Steel UK and British Steel will be joining thousands of fellow steelworkers from across Europe to march through Brussels tomorrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-steelworkers-in-europe-protest-over-cheap-chinese-steel-dumping/default.aspx tcm:11-29066 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 15:20:00 -0000 Loss of 600 Leeds engineering jobs underlines need for UK industrial strategy, says Unite Unite said the news that the Houston-based multinational wanted to shed 600 of its 900-strong workforce by the end of 2017 had come ‘out of the blue’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/loss-of-600-leeds-engineering-jobs-underlines-need-for-uk-industrial-strategy-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28591 Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:19:21 -0000 Unite requests talks with Covpress, as firm goes into administration Unite regional officer Adrian Ross said: “We are requesting talks with the company today. It is a worrying development for the 800 employees involved and also, more generally, for the West Midlands economy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-requests-talks-with-covpress-as-firm-goes-into-administration/default.aspx tcm:11-28532 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:46:25 -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 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