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 Government clean air plans need to be developed ‘hand in glove’ with industrial strategy The environment secretary Michael Gove’s ambition to phase out the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 risks being a ‘car crash’ for jobs and skills. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-clean-air-plans-need-to-be-developed-hand-in-glove-with-industrial-strategy/default.aspx tcm:11-34385 Tue, 22 May 2018 15:16:31 -0000 Unite calls for Ellesmere Port investment as Vauxhall car workers back pay deal Unite’s Vauxhall members at Ellesmere Port, like their colleagues at Luton’s van plant, have overwhelmingly backed the pay deal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-ellesmere-port-investment-as-vauxhall-car-workers-back-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-34190 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:38:28 -0000 Unite calls for tougher takeover laws as GKN bid gets government go-ahead The whims of short-term speculators and hedge funds will ‘drive a coach and horses’ through the UK’s industrial strategy unless the government toughens up the UK’s takeover rules http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-tougher-takeover-laws-as-gkn-bid-gets-government-go-ahead/default.aspx tcm:11-34172 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:36:15 -0000 Unite response to Nissan job reductions Steve Bush said: “Unite is working with Nissan to minimise job losses associated with a short-term reduction in volumes at the car maker’s Sunderland plant." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-response-to-nissan-job-reductions/default.aspx tcm:11-34158 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:44:25 -0000 Vauxhall van workers give ‘green light’ to PSA investment by backing pay deal Our Vauxhall members have voted in considerable numbers to accept the pay deal, which is great news and means we can now focus on bringing the new vehicle and up to 450 jobs to Luton. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vauxhall-van-workers-give-green-light-to-psa-investment-by-backing-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-34154 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:22:18 -0000 Jaguar Land Rover jobs blow should have ‘alarm bells ringing’ in government, says Unite Unite warned ministers that faltering consumer confidence, combined with the government’s aggressive approach to diesel and its ‘red lines’ determining the UK’s trading relationship with Europe, were harming Britain’s world beating car industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/jaguar-land-rover-jobs-blow-should-have-alarm-bells-ringing-in-government-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34110 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:55:46 -0000 Crewe car workers massively back action in consultative ballot over ‘Bentley pension snatchers’ Crewe car workers massively back action in consultative ballot over ‘Bentley pension snatchers’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/crewe-car-workers-massively-back-action-in-consultative-ballot-over-bentley-pension-snatchers/default.aspx tcm:11-34061 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:30:29 -0000 New van is welcome news for Luton’s dedicated workers as Vauxhall pay vote nears Len McCluskey said: “It is great news that this new product should see van production at Luton for the next 10 years to come." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-van-is-welcome-news-for-lutons-dedicated-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34035 Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:28:32 -0000 Delphi Diesel taskforce urged to include Unite in future jobs planning Unite has raised concerns that the South Suffolk Taskforce, formed six months ago, has made little or no progress about the future of the Sudbury site where more than 500 jobs are under threat when the factory closes in August 2020 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/delphi-diesel-taskforce-urged-to-include-unite-in-future-jobs-planning/default.aspx tcm:11-33981 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:53:04 -0000 Unite warns of instability amid Melrose refusal to guarantee GKN jobs and investment Unite said it had ‘no confidence’ in Melrose’s vision or strategy for GKN after the firm refused to give guarantees on jobs, skills and investment today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-instability-amid-melrose-refusal-to-guarantee-gkn-jobs-and-investment/default.aspx tcm:11-33914 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:40:25 -0000 Unite representatives to quiz Melrose bosses on debt-fuelled takeover bid Melrose bosses will come under further pressure to provide concrete plans for jobs and investment when they meet with representatives of Britain’s largest union, Unite to discuss their hostile takeover bid for GKN. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-representatives-to-quiz-melrose-bosses/default.aspx tcm:11-33898 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:21:44 -0000 Unite lays out roadmap to put UK car industry in the fast lane of electric vehicle technology A report by Britain’s largest union, Unite which looks at the changes facing the UK automotive industry is urging the UK government to emulate Germany and put the UK’s car industry in the fast lane of electric vehicle technology. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-lays-out-roadmap-to-put-uk-car-industry-in-the-fast-lane-of-electric-vehicle-technology/default.aspx tcm:11-33880 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:11:34 -0000 North west car workers begin balloting for strike action as shift pay threatened Workers at Adient Seating UK Ltd in Ellesmere Port have begun balloting for strike action this week, in a dispute over the axing of shift pay which would see workers eventually losing up to £70 of their income per week. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-west-car-workers-balloting-for-strike-action-as-shift-pay-threatened/default.aspx tcm:11-33857 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:46:41 -0000 Unite calls for assurances over proposed GKN and Dana merger News of the merger comes amid a debt-fuelled takeover bid for GKN by Melrose. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-assurances-over-proposed-gkn-and-dana-merger/default.aspx tcm:11-33851 Fri, 9 Mar 2018 13:24:29 -0000 Car workers unite to stop Melrose’s debt-fuelled GKN takeover Unite members from Jaguar Land Rover and other car makers will be joining GKN Driveline workers in a show of solidarity tomorrow (Wednesday 7 March) to unfurl a banner calling on Theresa May’s government to block Melrose’s debt-fuelled takeover bid of the British-based engineering firm. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/car-workers-unite-to-stop-melroses-debt-fuelled-gkn-takeover/default.aspx tcm:11-33813 Tue, 6 Mar 2018 09:37:14 -0000 Unite warns of faltering consumer confidence amid falling car figures The latest car figures out today are a cause for deepening anxiety with the government’s confusion over diesel cars compounding faltering consumer confidence and Brexit uncertainty. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-faltering-consumer-confidence-amid-falling-car-figures/default.aspx tcm:11-33811 Mon, 5 Mar 2018 14:53:55 -0000 Unite responds to parliamentary select committee on car industry Unite, Britain’s largest union, echoed the conclusions of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee’s report The impact of Brexit on the automotive sector, which found that a ‘hard’ Brexit would be devastating for the industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-responds-to-parliamentary-select-committee-on-car-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-33785 Thu, 1 Mar 2018 00:01:29 -0000 GKN workers warn West of England politicians of hostile takeover bid threat to jobs Unite to warn Melrose’s debt fuelled bid is a return to 1980s ‘cowboy capitalism’ with jobs axed and sites sold off to fund short-term returns for shareholders. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gkn-workers-warn-west-of-england-politicians-of-hostile-takeover-bid-threat-to-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33526 Fri, 2 Feb 2018 11:42:16 -0000 McCluskey: Car manufacturing figures ought to ring alarm bells across government "Our world class car manufacturing sector is at risk - and much of the blame for this lies directly at the government's door." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-car-manufacturing-figures-ought-to-ring-alarm-bells-across-government/default.aspx tcm:11-33489 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:23:51 -0000 Women and automation - workers join forces as robots threaten jobs Leading women activists will discuss how women’s jobs are likely to be disproportionately affected by new technology and artificial intelligence at the Unite equalities conference. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/women-and-automation---workers-join-forces-as-robots-threaten-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33493 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:15:29 -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 Unite calls on government for ‘Brexit certainty’ amid falling car figures Tony Burke said: “The latest car registration figures confirm a deeply worrying trend that will leave the UK’s world class car workers looking to the year ahead with trepidation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/calls-on-government-for-brexit-certainty-amid-falling-car-figures/default.aspx tcm:11-33236 Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:02:55 -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 Plunging car figures show UK economy is in the slow lane, warns Unite The jewel in Britain’s manufacturing crown is at risk because of Brexit uncertainty and falling wages, as production figures showed the number of cars made in British factories destined for the UK market had plunged 28 per cent to 24,276 in the last month. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/plunging-car-figures-show-uk-economy-is-in-the-slow-lane-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33193 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:38:09 -0000 Rolls-Royce workers at Goodwood vote to accept seven per cent two year pay deal Unitewhich represents the 500-strong workforce that produce the iconic car, hailed the agreement as ‘very well-deserved for a group of dedicated employees at the top of their game’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rolls-royce-workers-at-goodwood-vote-to-accept-seven-per-cent-two-year-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33135 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 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 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