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 Bentley Motors pension update Click here for more information http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/automotive-industries/automotive-industries-news/bentley-motors-pension-update/default.aspx tcm:11-32831 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:34:30 -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 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 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 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 seeks guarantees following Nissan battery plant sale “Unite hopes that it can forge a positive relationship with the new owners of Nissan’s battery operation and ensure the business goes from strength to strength in the coming years.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeks-guarantees-following-nissan-battery-plant-sale/default.aspx tcm:11-31903 Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:43:00 -0000 Call for ‘strong’ industrial strategy, as Suffolk engineering firm announces closure with loss of 500 jobs Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said: “The news from Suffolk reinforces the need for a strong and robust industrial strategy to be activated immediately to secure these highly skilled manufacturing jobs so they remain in the UK rather than move to a low cost country." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/call-for-strong-industrial-strategy-as-suffolk-engineering-firm-announces-closure-with-loss-of-500-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-31886 Fri, 4 Aug 2017 14:41:27 -0000 Unite: Brexit effect is biting, support our auto industry union urges The figures released today (Thursday 27 July) by the Society of Motor Manufacturing and Trading, which show declines in both production and investment in the UK's automotive sector ought to be ringing alarm bells across government, Unite, the country's biggest manufacturing union has warned. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-brexit-is-biting-support-our-auto-industry-union-urges/default.aspx tcm:11-31811 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:10:18 -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 Unite hails world class car workers as BMW pledges new electric Mini to UK Britain’s largest union, Unite hailed the skills and efficiency of BMW’s UK workforce as the car maker today (Tuesday) announced that the next generation electric Mini will be built in the UK - at Cowley, Oxfordshire. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-world-class-car-workers-as-bmw-pledges-new-electric-mini-to-uk/default.aspx tcm:11-31789 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:57:41 -0000 Tory MPs urged to sign motion to save 500 jobs under threat at Suffolk engineering firm Unite, said that, so far, no Tory MPs in the East Anglian Conservative heartland have signed the early day motion sponsored by the newly elected Labour MP for Ipswich, Sandy Martin http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tory-mps-urged-to-sign-motion-to-save-500-jobs-under-threat-at-suffolk-engineering-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-31621 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:45:56 -0000 Bentley workers secure ground breaking multi-year pay deal Unite, the UK’s largest union, has agreed a multi-year pay deal on behalf of over 2,000 workers at luxury carmaker Bentley, in Crewe, Cheshire. As part of the pay deal workers will see their basic hours reduced from 37 hours to 35 hours a week while their pay increases by 6.5 per cent. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bentley-workers-secure-ground-breaking-multi-year-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-31441 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:04:42 -0000 Serious questions raised over threat to 500 jobs at Suffolk engineering firm Unite regional officer Neal Evans said: “Serious questions need to be asked why this profitable site we understand that it is making £1 million a month in profit - is now under threat and what the future holds for the company’s other sites in the UK." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/questions-raised-over-threat-to-500-jobs-at-suffolk-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-31383 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:42:46 -0000 Unite warns of further pension strikes at BMW should talks fail A further wave of strikes involving car workers at the car giant BMW are ‘almost certain’ should further talks fail, Unite warned http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-further-pension-strikes-at-bmw-should-talks-fail/default.aspx tcm:11-31333 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:29:09 -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 BMW workers suspend strikes to consider pension offer Britain’s largest union, Unite announced that it would be suspending further industrial action at the carmaker BMW today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-suspend-strikes-to-consider-pension-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-31095 Wed, 17 May 2017 15:17:17 -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 BMW engine makers strike and protest tomorrow as pension dispute deepens Hundreds of workers are expected to down tools in the third of eight 24-hour stoppages involving members of Unite working at BMW plants in Cowley, Hams Hall in the West Midlands and Swindon. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-engine-makers-strike-and-protest-tomorrow-as-pension-dispute-deepens/default.aspx tcm:11-30890 Tue, 2 May 2017 14:50:04 -0000 BMW workers in posh Park Lane showroom pension protest Car workers, who make engines, the Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars for BMW, will be protesting outside the German carmaker’s flagship showroom on Park Lane in Mayfair, London, W1K 7TT tomorrow over the firm’s ‘pension robbery’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-in-posh-park-lane-showroom-pension-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-30877 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:25:24 -0000 Unite takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’ A major new initiative to protect workers from the ticking time bomb caused by exposure to diesel fumes has been launched today (Friday 28 April) by Unite, the UK’s largest union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-take-action-against-diesel-fumes-time-bomb/default.aspx tcm:11-30875 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:45:54 -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 BMW workers announce eight 24 hour strikes over ‘pension robbery’ “BMW’s bosses need to get their heads out of the sand and recognise their pension pinching plans will not go unchallenged. BMW’s UK workers have contributed significantly to a record year in revenues and sales ... they deserve better than broken pension promises and the loss of tens of thousands of pounds in retirement income." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-announce-eight-24-hour-strikes-over-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-30651 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:51:59 -0000 Swindon Mini workers to stage ‘pension robbery’ protest Tony Burke: “BMW Group workers at Swindon and other UK sites will not let BMW pinch their pensions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/swindon-mini-workers-to-stage-pension-robbery-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-30649 Tue, 4 Apr 2017 15:22:26 -0000 BMW workers vote for strike action over ‘pension robbery’ BMW workers making engines and the iconic Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars have overwhelmingly backed industrial action over plans to close their final salary pension scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-vote-for-strike-action-over-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-30589 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:35:30 -0000 UK BMW workers head to Munich headquarters for ‘pension robbery’ protest A group of BMW workers from the UK will be handing in a petition and protesting outside the carmaker’s Munich headquarters in Germany tomorrow, demanding that BMW Group bosses stop their ‘pension robbery’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-bmw-workers-head-to-munich-headquarters-for-pension-robbery-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-30534 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:02:57 -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 Record car production figures renew Unite’s call for access to the European single market and customs union Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “These astonishingly good figures clearly demonstrate that the automotive industry is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of British manufacturing which the prime minister needs to vigorously fight for in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/record-car-production-figures-renew-unites-call-for-access-to-the-european-single-market-and-customs-union/default.aspx tcm:11-30478 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:56:55 -0000 Unite chief to visit Luton’s Vauxhall plant for sale update Praising the skills of Vauxhall workers as world class, Mr McCluskey will say that he is confident that together they can convince PSA that the plant is an asset with a long-term future beyond the current production run of the Vivaro van. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-to-visit-lutons-vauxhall-plant-for-sale-update/default.aspx tcm:11-30476 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:24:36 -0000 Fanfare for new electric London taxi plant launched tomorrow Unite said that what had happened over the last four years was ‘one of the great comeback stories in UK manufacturing history’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fanfare-for-new-electric-london-taxi-plant-launched-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30457 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:26:21 -0000 BMW urged to break pension impasse ahead of further talks Accusing the carmaker of ‘going through the motions’ and trying to ‘buy car workers off’ with a derisory £7,000 payment to give up their final salary pension, the union warned BMW it needed to start listening to workers’ concerns over the closure of the pension scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-urged-to-break-pension-impasse-ahead-of-further-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-30455 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:17:52 -0000 Unite conference to secure the future of the UK automotive industry The country’s biggest union, Unite, is building an alliance between the workforce and the industry to secure a future for the UK automotive sector. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-conference-to-secure-the-future-of-the-uk-automotive-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-30450 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:20:35 -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 BMW accused of ‘pensions’ betrayal’ after posting record results Ballot papers are expected to start arriving through the letterboxes of approximately 4,500 BMW workers in a dispute over plans to close their final salary pension scheme by 31 May 2017. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-accused-of-pensions-betrayal/default.aspx tcm:11-30320 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:26:26 -0000 Unite on sale of Vauxhall to the PSA Group: Now we need to secure a future for our plants “We need every assistance from the government to give this sector a fighting chance." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-on-sale-of-vauxhall-to-the-psa-group--now-we-need-to-secure-a-future-for-our-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-30248 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:25:25 -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 Unite announces strike vote over BMW ‘pension robbery’ Anger has been mounting among BMW’s UK workforce over the proposed pension scheme closure which comes amid record breaking profits of approximately £6 billion for the carmaker. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-announces-strike-vote-over-bmw-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-30228 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:36:11 -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 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 McCluskey: Government must steady manufacturing’s Brexit nerves, commit to the single market Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, has said that the only way to steady Brexit nerves in manufacturing, including the automotive sector, is to make it clear that the UK will retain access to the single market and membership of the customs union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-government-must-steady-manufacturings-brexit-nerves-commit-to-the-single-market/default.aspx tcm:11-30175 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:03:45 -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 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 Unite statement on meeting PSA chief executive officer over proposed Vauxhall takeover “It was a relatively positive first meeting in which Mr Tavares gave assurances that current production commitments would be met should the takeover with PSA go-ahead." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-meeting-psa-ceo-over-proposed-vauxhall-takeover/default.aspx tcm:11-30112 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:15:29 -0000 BMW pension talks set to continue as threat of industrial action remains, warns Unite The proposed closure of the final salary pension scheme by 31 May 2017 could result in car workers making the iconic Mini and Rolls-Royce motor cars losing as much as £140,000 over the course of their retirement. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-pension-talks-set-to-continue-as-threat-of-industrial-action-remains-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30013 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:43:46 -0000 Unite heartened by MPs’ exchanges backing Vauxhall workers Len McCluskey: “I repeat, the UK government must match whatever political and financial support that the French and German governments are giving their plants and workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-heartened-by-mps-exchanges-backing-vauxhall-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-30015 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:09:11 -0000 Unite to meet BMW bosses in bid to avert strike action "I say to BMW, be under no illusions. These workers are angry that their working lifetime savings are being threatened by an employer making significant profits." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-meet-bmw-bosses-in-bid-to-avert-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30005 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:24:15 -0000 Len McCluskey to meet Peugeot CEO in bid to secure UK plants Commenting, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “I am pleased that Carlos Tavares has responded speedily and positively to my request for a meeting to discuss Peugeot’s intentions towards our Vauxhall plants." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-to-meet-peugeot-ceo-in-bid-to-secure-uk-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-30003 Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite statement on today’s talks between General Motors and the UK government Unite general secretary meets the President of General Motors Dan Ammann, and the secretary of state for business and industrial strategy Greg Clark. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-todays-talks-between-general-motors-and-the-uk-government/default.aspx tcm:11-29979 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:44:03 -0000