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 Liquidator fees need urgent review following latest Carillion revelations, says Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling for an urgent review of the fees, major accountancy firms can charge when a company falls into administration, after it was revealed today (16 August) that following Carillion’s collapse staff at accountancy giant PwC charged on average £356 a hour for their services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liquidator-fees-need-urgent-review-following-latest-carillion-revelations-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35092 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:37:04 -0000 Gosport MoD workers launch legal battle over working weeks’ theft Unite, the UK’s largest union, has launched legal action on behalf of a group of low paid workers employed at Ministry of Defence establishments in the Gosport area who have had their working year unilaterally cut by their employer ESS, part of the Compass Group. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gosport-mod-workers-launch-legal-battle-over-working-weeks-theft/default.aspx tcm:11-35026 Tue, 7 Aug 2018 15:19:05 -0000 Threat to defence jobs in Colchester raises further questions about Babcock contract, says Unite Unite regional officer Michelle Cook said: “The Colchester announcement, with 55 jobs under threat, has raised serious concerns amongst employees at other DSG sites, fearful that they may be next on the never-ending conveyor belt of job losses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-to-defence-jobs-in-colchester-raises-further-questions-about-babcock-contract-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35019 Mon, 6 Aug 2018 14:34:42 -0000 Bring back ‘tank repairs’ contract under Ministry of Defence control, says Unite Unite national officer Jim Kennedy said: “Under Babcock’s stewardship, DSG has gone from a well-run and productive, publicly owned organisation to a private company that no longer provides value for money for the taxpayer." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bring-back-tank-repairs-contract-under-ministry-of-defence-control/default.aspx tcm:11-34970 Tue, 31 Jul 2018 13:02:54 -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 Civil service pay award a ‘slap in the face’ for dedicated workforce Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the government’s continuing pay restraint policy for civil servants as a ‘slap in the face’ for loyal and dedicated workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/civil-service-pay-award-a-slap-in-the-face-for-dedicated-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-34727 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 12:06:33 -0000 Government must re-consider Capita MoD firefighters contract on social value criteria Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called on the government to withdraw its decision to award the contract to privatise the Ministry of Defence (MoD) firefighters and defence workers, to troubled outsourcing company Capita, following the announcement that all future outsourcing contracts should be assessed on ‘social value’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-re-consider-capita-mod-firefighters-contract-on-social-value-criteria/default.aspx tcm:11-34663 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:15:29 -0000 Ministers accused of ‘staggering complacency’ as Unite calls for investigation into Capita defence contract Unite accused government ministers of ‘staggering complacency’ and called for an investigation following today’s urgent question in the House of Commons on the awarding of a contract to Capita to run the UK military fire and rescue services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ministers-accused-of-staggering-complacency-as-unite-calls-for-investigation-into-capita-defence-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-34649 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:16:41 -0000 Decision to outsource MoD firefighters to Capita shows government has learnt nothing from Carillion collapse Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the announcement today (18 June) that troubled outsourcing giant Capita has been awarded the contract for the privatisation of Ministry of Defence (MoD) firefighters and defence workers as ‘wrong-headed and alarming’ and that the government has learnt nothing from Carillion’s collapse http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/decision-to-outsource-mod-firefighters-to-capita-shows-government-has-learnt-nothing-from-carillion-collapse/default.aspx tcm:11-34631 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:34:42 -0000 Gosport MP and MoD wash hands on exploited ESS workers Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused Caroline Dinenage MP and the Ministry of Defence of ‘washing their hands’ on low paid workers who have had their working week’s stolen by their employer ESS, part of the multi-million pound Compass group. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gosport-mp-and-mod-wash-hands-on-exploited-ess-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34383 Mon, 21 May 2018 16:07:45 -0000 Call for ‘pause’ in MoD firefighters privatisation welcomed by Unite Jim Kennedy said: “We welcome the intervention of the select committee in calling for the defence secretary to institute a pause while the full implications of what is envisaged is forensically analysed." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/call-for-pause-in-mod-firefighters-privatisation-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34353 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:59:32 -0000 Carillion report must be first step in transforming shattered corporate model Unite, the UK’s largest union, is demanding the full adoption of recommendations contained in a joint select committee report (published today Wednesday 16 May) into Carillion, and is urging the government to do far more to prevent future corporate failures. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carillion-report-must-be-first-step-in-transforming-shattered-corporate-model/default.aspx tcm:11-34329 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:01:29 -0000 Gosport protest march over defence site wage robbery Unite, the UK’s largest union, will join together with local community groups and the Labour party, to step up the fight against ‘pernicious wage robbery’ occurring at local defence establishments on Friday 23 March. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gosport-protest-march-over-defence-site-wage-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-33928 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:20:20 -0000 Radical overhaul needed following Amey’s Liverpool Prison scandal Unite, Britain largest union, is calling for a radical overhaul in the manner prison maintenance work is undertaken following revelations that two workers at Liverpool Prison were wrongly dismissed for raising safety issues. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/radical-change-needed-following-ameys-liverpool-prison-scandal/default.aspx tcm:11-33865 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:44:23 -0000 Stop post-Carillion privatisation of MoD firefighters, Unite tells public sector pay rally tonight Unite assisant general secretary Gail Cartmail called on the rally to send a message of support to MoD firefighters facing the dire prospect of post-Carillion outsourcing http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/top-post-carillion-privatisation-of-mod-firefighters-unite-tells-public-sector-pay-rally-tonight/default.aspx tcm:11-33822 Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:19:35 -0000 Probe call into ‘disappearing’ Carillion NHS pension contributions Unite said mystery surrounded the fate of the pensions’ contributions of thousands of workers who were employed on public sector contracts when Carillion collapsed last month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/probe-call-into-disappearing-carillion-nhs-pension-contributions/default.aspx tcm:11-33744 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:34:22 -0000 Government failing to properly protect Carillion workers Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused the government of failing to fully protect workers left in limbo following the collapse last month of Carillion. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-failing-to-properly-protect-carillion-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33732 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:21:47 -0000 Melrose bid for GKN ‘a threat to US national security’, warns Unite Unite has written to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the key body on US investment decisions, outlining its concerns, as well as to US defence secretary General James Mattis. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/melrose-bid-for-gkn-a-threat-to-us-national-security-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33624 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:46:22 -0000 Unite calls for moratorium on MoD Firefighters’ privatisation plans Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the Ministry of Defence to halt the privatisation of its firefighters and defence workers after Capita, one of the two bidders for the contract, issued a profit warning. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-moratorium-on-mod-firefighters-privatisation-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-33499 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:37:28 -0000 Government must step in and preserve pay and conditions of Carillion workers Unite, the UK’s largest union, is urging the government to ensure that workers employed by Carillion do not have their pay and conditions cut when they are transferred to new employers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-step-in-and-preserve-pay-and-conditions-of-carillion-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33457 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:40:55 -0000 MoD Cleaners step up fight in pay robbery dispute with Gosport demonstration Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union and Gosport Labour party will stage a demonstration in Gosport High Street on 30 January 2018, to highlight the wage theft being experienced by low paid workers employed at local Ministry of Defence establishments. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mod-cleaners-step-up-fight-in-pay-robbery-dispute-with-gosport-demonstration/default.aspx tcm:11-33425 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:30:44 -0000 Government must intervene to prevent huge job losses following Carillion collapse Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the government to take immediate decisive action to prevent further job losses following the collapse of Carillion. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-intervene-to-prevent-huge-job-losses-following-carillion-collapse/default.aspx tcm:11-33332 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:42:06 -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 ‘Salt in the wounds’ for low paid workers as ESS wins new MoD contract Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “The MoD should hang its head in shame by giving a new contract to ESS, as some of its employees are now suffering financial hardship after having their working weeks axed without consultation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/salt-in-the-wounds-for-low-paid-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33046 Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:15:29 -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 Hammond urged to give public sector workers a generous pay rise Unite assistant general secretary Gail Gartmail said: “June’s general election showed that the public has rejected the obsession with the blinkered ideology of austerity and voted for a loosening of the purse strings, so there is more investment in the NHS, education, local government and infrastructure projects." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/give-public-sector-workers-a-generous-pay-rise/default.aspx tcm:11-32879 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:44:12 -0000 Unite leader urges defence secretary to stop Gosport wage robbery Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, the UK’s largest union, has written to Gavin Williamson MP, the new secretary of state for defence, requesting he intervenes to prevent a multi- million company robbing the wages of low paid cleaners. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-leader-urges-defence-secretary-to-stop-wage-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-32781 Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:09:03 -0000 MoD Gosport workers to protest over wage robbery Low paid workers employed by a contractor at the MoD’s Fort Blockhouse in Gosport will stage a wage robbery protest tomorrow as a result of their employer cutting their working year from 52 to 50 weeks. The cut is set to cost the workers around £500 each. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mod-gosport-workers-to-protest-over-wage-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-32761 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 11:14:56 -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 Unite calls for end of public sector pay restraint to mark European public services day Unite assistant general secretary for public services Gail Cartmail said: “The people who care for us, provide health and education services and look after our elderly and vulnerable neighbours say today they urgently need more pay." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-end-of-public-sector-pay-restraint-to-mark-european-public-services-day/default.aspx tcm:11-31418 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:15:29 -0000 AWE workers to strike for 12 more days, as Trident programme is ‘disrupted’ Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “We know that our members’ action has caused serious disruption to the production of the Trident warheads." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-for-12-more-days-as-trident-programme-is-disrupted/default.aspx tcm:11-31359 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:00:07 -0000 AWE pensions’ snub prompts two more days of strike action The snub dished out to the workers has led to the announcement of two more 24 hour strikes on 10 and 18 May at AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-pensions-snub-prompts-two-more-days-of-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30823 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:06:45 -0000 Unite voices disappointment at the failure to resolve dispute at Nuclear bases Unite has expressed disappointment and frustration that their attempt at reaching a resolution to the on-going industrial dispute at Faslane and Coulport nuclear bases has been scuppered by managements refusal to listen to our members concerns. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-voices-disappointment-at-the-failure-to-resolve-dispute-at-nuclear-bases/default.aspx tcm:11-30591 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:33:27 -0000 Unite general secretary backs nuclear base workers Unite general secretary Len McCluskey is meeting with striking workers at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases today, assuring them of the union’s full support. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-general-secretary-backs-nuclear-base-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-30519 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:07:28 -0000 Supermarket security staff could be guarding Britain’s nuclear deterrent, warns Unite Unite is concerned that the privatisation of the Ministry of Defence Guard Service will lead to a drop in standards and training with adverse repercussions for the security of such sites as the nuclear bases at Faslane and Coulport http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/supermarket-security-staff-could-be-guarding-nuclear-deterrent/default.aspx tcm:11-30466 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:23:37 -0000 AWE workers to strike for eight days as pensions’ dispute ramps up The workers, who are pivotal to delivering the Trident nuclear programme, will strike for 24 hours at AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire on 23 and 27 March; 6, 10, 20 and 24 April; and 4 and 8 May http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-for-eight-days-as-pensions-dispute-ramps-up/default.aspx tcm:11-30279 Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:38:39 -0000 AWE workers take pensions’ dispute to Ministry of Defence in Whitehall tomorrow Unite regional secretary for the south east Jennie Formby said: “Our committed members feel betrayed and badly let down by what has happened to their pensions and they don’t deserve to lose thousands of pounds when they retire." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-take-pensions-dispute-to-ministry-of-defence-in-whitehall-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30007 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:03:29 -0000 AWE workers take pensions’ dispute to defence secretary’s Kent constituency today Angry workers at AWE plc - the Atomic Weapons Establishment Defence – will be demonstrating outside the constituency office of Michael Fallon in Sevenoaks at noon today, as part of their long-running pensions’ dispute http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-take-pensions-dispute-to-defence-secretarys-kent-constituency-today/default.aspx tcm:11-29942 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:13:57 -0000 Lobby of Portsmouth city council on Tuesday in union representation row A protest against the Tory-controlled city council, which appears ‘hell-bent’ on worsening industrial relations by slashing the funding for trade union reps, will be staged outside the Guildhall on Tuesday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lobby-of-portsmouth-city-council-on-tuesday-in-union-representation-row/default.aspx tcm:11-29916 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:22:43 -0000 Trident programme hit by AWE pensions’ dispute, says Unite Acting general secretary Gail Cartmail warned defence secretary Michael Fallon that the two days of strike action - 14 and 21 February - will cause ‘further delays to the Trident programme’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/trident-programme-hit-by-awe-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29906 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:45:13 -0000 Unite’s Len McCluskey calls on defence secretary to honour pensions’ promise when he visits AWE picket line tomorrow Unite's Len McCluskey: “It is clear that this pledge has been broken and our members feel deeply betrayed. They have Unite’s 100 per cent support and solidarity in this dispute." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unites-len-mccluskey-calls-on-defence-secretary-to-honour-pensions-promise-when-he-visits-awe-picket-line-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-29645 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:15:29 -0000 New year strikes on cards by AWE workers over pension scheme ‘betrayal’ Workers at AWE plc who staged a successful lobby of MPs today over their pensions’ ‘betrayal’, have pledged to continue the fight into the new year, if necessary. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/2017-strikes-on-cards-by-awe-workers-over-pension-scheme-betrayal/default.aspx tcm:11-29372 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:40:52 -0000 AWE workers to lobby parliament on 6 December over pension scheme ‘betrayal’ The lobby will coincide with a second 24-hour strike by members of Unite in the dispute over the threat to close the defined benefit pension scheme and substitute it with an inferior alternative. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-lobby-parliament-over-pension-scheme-betrayal/default.aspx tcm:11-29338 Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:02:51 -0000 AWE workers to stage 24-hour strike on 6 December over threat to pension scheme Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “We are deep into the territory of broken pension promises and a hardline management that rejected out-of-hand counter proposals that Unite put forward this week." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-stage-strike-on-6-december-over-threat-to-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-29264 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:20:50 -0000 Len McCluskey backs Rosyth dockyard workers The general secretary of Scotland’s biggest union paid tribute to shipbuilding workers during a visit to the Rosyth dockyard. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/len-mccluskey-backs-rosyth-dockyard-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-29254 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:04:44 -0000 AWE workers stage ‘successful strike’ today over threat to pension scheme Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “Today’s strike has been strongly supported by Unite members – it is a very successful action. More industrial action is on the cards, unless there is substantial movement on the pensions' issue.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-stage-successful-strike-today-over-threat-to-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-29130 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:06:41 -0000 AWE workers to strike over threat to pension scheme Workers at AWE Plc - the Atomic Weapons Establishment – will stage a 24-hour strike on Monday in the dispute over the threat to close the defined benefit pension scheme and substitute it with an inferior alternative. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-over-threat-to-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-29030 Fri, 4 Nov 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Massive vote for strike action at AWE over threat to pension scheme The staff at AWE sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire are angry over the company’s decision to close the scheme on 31 December http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/massive-vote-for-strike-action-at-awe-over-threat-to-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-28945 Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:49:22 -0000 Industrial strategy urgently needed as 221 Yeovil GKN helicopter jobs set to be lost Unite said Theresa May’s much-trumpeted industrial strategy needs ‘flesh put on the bones double quick’, otherwise thousands of skilled manufacturing jobs across the UK could be at risk http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/industrial-strategy-urgently-needed-as-221-yeovil-gkn-helicopter-jobs-set-to-be-lost/default.aspx tcm:11-28772 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:29 -0000 Acceleration of final pension scheme closures condemned as ‘soft option’ by Unite The union said that company bosses saw defined benefit pensions as ‘a soft target’ to save money for the benefit of shareholders – the most extreme example being the BHS pensions’ scandal http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/acceleration-of-final-pension-scheme-closures-condemned-as-soft-option-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28693 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:37:12 -0000