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 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 Priti Patel quizzed on £4,000 payment to NHS volunteers who combated deadly Ebola virus Unite has now written to the new international development secretary after David Cameron at his penultimate prime minister’s question time pledged to look into the issue http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/priti-patel-quizzed-on-4000-payment-to-nhs-volunteers-who-combated-deadly-ebola-virus/default.aspx tcm:11-27623 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:06:45 -0000 Tories told: Back defence workers, stop playing parliamentary games Today’s vote is not about Trident – it’s about replacing our ageing Vanguard submarines with new Successor submarines and tens of thousands of jobs rely on the submarine programme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/back-defence-workers-stop-playing-parliamentary-games/default.aspx tcm:11-27517 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite Executive Council statement on Trident Unite remains opposed in principle to the possession or deployment of nuclear weapons (including Trident) but our first duty remains to our members. Therefore until there is a government in office ready, willing and able to give cast-iron guarantees on the security of the skilled work and all the employment involved, our priority must be to defend and secure our members’ employment. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-glasgow-members-support-industrial-action-ballot/unite-executive-council-statement-on-trident/default.aspx tcm:11-27468 Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite reaffirms defence jobs first but diversification essential Unite said today that defending and securing the jobs of tens of thousands jobs of defence workers involved in the successor submarine programme was its priority. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-reaffirms-defence-jobs-first-but-diversification-essential/default.aspx tcm:11-27408 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:30:57 -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 ‘Shedding staff’ could be hidden agenda in Somerset council parking charge row, says Unite Unite points out that the authority has conceded that some of the 800 staff affected could resign if the charges are introduced; there would be only permits available for 267 staff out of the 800 at any one time http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shedding-staff-could-be-hidden-agenda-in-somerset-council-parking-charge-row-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27169 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:59:18 -0000 Defence secretary under fire over ‘buy American’ procurement policy Defence secretary Michael Fallon has serious questions to answer about the UK’s secretive procurement policy – the latest controversy being the decision to buy nine maritime patrol aircraft from America http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/defence-secretary-under-fire-over-buy-american-procurement-policy/default.aspx tcm:11-26985 Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:15:00 -0000 Unite statement on Yvonne Mosquito Unite regional officer Brian Rickers said: “We deplore the way that the hearing was held yesterday in Yvonne Mosquito’s absence and we can confirm that she will be appealing the decision." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-on-yvonne-mosquito/default.aspx tcm:11-26677 Wed, 11 May 2016 13:11:57 -0000 Unite statement on Yvonne Mosquito The decision to proceed with a disciplinary hearing today against Yvonne Mosquito, suspended deputy West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), while her union representative was on holiday has been strongly deplored by Unite http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/yvonne-mosquito/default.aspx tcm:11-26671 Tue, 10 May 2016 08:55:18 -0000 Firing ranges are ‘death traps’ as wardens withdrawn, warns Unite The proposal to remove the range wardens from the ranges formed a cornerstone of Landmarc’s pitch when it was bidding for the national training estate prime contract in 2014 - more than 80 sites are affected across the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/firing-ranges-are-death-traps-as-wardens-withdrawn-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-26351 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:12:22 -0000 Unite statement on Yvonne Mosquito The allegations made today by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson about the conduct of his suspended deputy Yvonne Mosquito were strongly refuted by her union, Unite http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-yvonne-mosquito/default.aspx tcm:11-26166 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:59:11 -0000 ‘Unpatriotic’ government policy putting defence jobs at risk Unite launches campaign for UK defence spend to support UK jobs http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unpatriotic-government-policy-putting-defence-jobs-at-risk/default.aspx tcm:11-26036 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:11:19 -0000 Unite leader to address special defence industry conference in Preston The UK’s largest defence union Unite will bring defence workers and leading industry figures together in Preston for a special conference to discuss growing frustrations with the government’s short term decision-making in the defence sector and the urgent need for UK money to be spent supporting UK workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-leader-to-address-special-defence-industry-conference-in-preston/default.aspx tcm:11-26003 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:46:34 -0000 Unite statement on one per cent pay rise for public sector workers Unite assistant general secretary for public services Gail Cartmail said: “Many public sector staff are enduring levels of poverty pay, while tax-breaks and sweetheart deals for tax-avoiding multi-nationals are the order of the day." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-one-per-cent-pay-rise-for-public-sector-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-25909 Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:47:30 -0000 Government warned over using defence workers as a ‘political football’ Unite warned UK government ministers against using defence workers as a ‘political football’ and jeopardising jobs as it emerged that a House of Commons vote on the successor to Trident could be deferred until the autumn. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-warned-over-using-defence-workers-as-a-political-football/default.aspx tcm:11-25869 Thu, 3 Mar 2016 16:20:44 -0000 Unite holds special conference as UK defence industry at a crossroads Members of Unite in the defence sector and leading industry figures will be gathering in Preston on Monday 21 March for a special conference to highlight the growing frustrations with the government’s short term political decision-making in the defence sector. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-holds-special-conference-as-uk-defence-industry-at-a-crossroads/default.aspx tcm:11-25613 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:02:53 -0000 Security and public safety concerns highlighted as Public Health England labs shake-up continues Unite urged ministers reconsider the implications of concentrating these Public Health England facilities, which will be focused on countering bio-terrorism and deadly diseases, in one place at a time of heightened security concerns http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/security-and-public-safety-concerns-highlighted-as-public-health-england-labs-shake-up-continues/default.aspx tcm:11-24945 Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:49:23 -0000 Osborne urged to give guarantees over warship and defence procurement Unite called on the chancellor George Osborne to give ‘cast iron’ guarantees that the five new class vessels outlined in the defence review would be built on the Clyde with supply chain contracts awarded to UK producers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/osborne-urged-to-give-guarantees-over-warship-and-defence-procurement/default.aspx tcm:11-24797 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:58:06 -0000 NHS chief’s ‘£410,000 pay-off’ a reward for ‘mediocre performance’, says Unite Unite national officer for health Barrie Brown said: “The public sector bosses leaving before the £95,000 cap for public sector pay-offs is introduced could be likened to Gadarene swine rushing headlong into a sea of cash." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-chiefs-410000-pay-off-a-reward-for-mediocre-performance-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-24184 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:02:16 -0000 Scandal of war graves’ staff facing £6,000-a-year pensions’ loss Unite national officer Julia Long said: “They face having up to £6,000 slashed from their pension while the director general of the commission Victoria Wallace receives a very lavish £160,000-a-year - it is a scandal." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/scandal-of-war-graves-staff-facing-6000-a-year-pensions-loss/default.aspx tcm:11-24177 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:26:58 -0000 Police undercover inquiry needs to probe links with construction industry ‘blacklisting’, says Unite Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said that Unite would be prepared to give evidence to the public inquiry, chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford, on what it knows of ‘blacklisting’ in the construction industry http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/police-undercover-inquiry-needs-to-probe-links-with-construction-industry-blacklisting-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-23510 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:04:42 -0000 Defence workers end dispute after accepting ‘significantly’ improved pay deal The members of Britain’s largest union Unite backed the revised pay offer of 1 per cent plus a £1,250 bonus http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/defence-workers-end-dispute-after-accepting-significantly-improved-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-21876 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:15:29 -0000 Defence workers warn of more industrial action in the new year The MoD and DSG need to sit down and negotiate a settlement or risk further action in the new year. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/defence-workers-warn-of-more-industrial-action-in-the-new-year/default.aspx tcm:11-21203 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:25:37 -0000 Defence workers begin ‘historic’ 10 day strike over pay Strike action by DSG staff set to intensify over a one per cent pay rise http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/defence-workers-begin-historic-10-day-strike-over-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-21012 Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:16:28 -0000 10 day strike to hit Defence Support Group as pay dispute escalates further Latest round of action at the group which maintains, repairs and overhauls military equipment for the MoD, follows six days of solid strike action in October and November. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/10-day-strike-to-hit-defence-support-group-as-pay-dispute-escalates-further/default.aspx tcm:11-20866 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:34:31 -0000