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 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 Oil giant’s training day set for disruption as canteen staff strike Staff at the highly-profitable oil giant ExxonMobil’s operation should spare a thought for the 20 striking female workers, employed by Baxterstorey, struggling on wages on or just above the national minimum wage of £7.50 an hour http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oil-giants-training-day-set-for-disruption-as-canteen-staff-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-32203 Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:45:35 -0000 Fawley oil refinery caterers in first ever strike over below inflation pay offer The 18 strong female workforce who cater for up to 1,000 workers in a safety critical environment at the refinery will be walking out for 24 hours from 00:01 hours Friday 25 August and for a further 24 hours on Tuesday 29 August. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fawley-oil-refinery-caterers-in-first-ever-strike-over-below-inflation-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-32081 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:40:06 -0000 GSK announces change in investment strategy that threatens UK job losses, warns Unite Unite national officer for the pharmaceutical industry Tony Devlin said: “We will be meeting with the UK senior management next week to discuss the reasons behind this announcement which has come as a significant blow for Unite members." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gsk-announces-change-in-investment-strategy-that-threatens-uk-job-losses-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31711 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:50:06 -0000 We must never forget the lessons of Piper Alpha, says Unite It is 29 years since the Piper Alpha tragedy which killed 167 workers in the North Sea. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/we-must-never-forget-the-lessons-of-piper-alpha-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31532 Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:12:08 -0000 Job assurances sought by Unite, following BOC merger deal Unite national officer Tony Devlin said: “A merger of this magnitude is bound to create a climate of uncertainty for the workforces involved and we will be seeking assurances from the management of the merged company about job security, and the maintenance of terms and conditions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-assurances-sought-by-unite-following-boc-merger-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-31234 Fri, 2 Jun 2017 14:15:29 -0000 Unite reiterates call to Ineos to work ‘constructively’ with union after gas leak “Public safety, not union-busting, has to be the company’s priority." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-reiterates-call-to-ineos-to-work-constructively-with-union-after-gas-leak/default.aspx tcm:11-30905 Tue, 2 May 2017 16:56:29 -0000 Politicians must stand up for national interest over pipeline sale “Unite firmly believes that this sale is bad for Scotland and the UK. We demand that both the Scottish and Westminster parliament carry out inquiries, and that every MSP and MP in Scotland has a responsibility to make their position clear. Do they believe this sale is in the national interest?” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/politicians-must-stand-up-for-national-interest-over-pipeline-sale/default.aspx tcm:11-30593 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:40:04 -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 McCluskey calls for government inquiry into Forties pipeline sale “We need an immediate, full inquiry to ensure that the correct checks and balances are securely in place." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-calls-for-government-inquiry-into-forties-pipeline-sale/default.aspx tcm:11-30418 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:14:42 -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 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 ‘Better loos for lorry drivers’ – Christmas call from Unite Unite is calling for a legally-binding code of practice so that lorry drivers have adequate parking and eating facilities, and decent showers and toilets when they are travelling across the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/better-loos-for-lorry-drivers--christmas-call-from-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29477 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:46:42 -0000 Union anger over Bilfinger attack on workers’ rights Three trade unions are to fight to restore workers’ rights after Bilfinger Salamis Offshore UK pulled out of a joint union collective bargaining agreement. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/union-anger-over-bilfinger-attack-on-workers-rights/default.aspx tcm:11-29300 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:44:09 -0000 Unions slam North Sea decommissioning disaster Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) comments after the North Sea Producer, a huge oil and gas production vessel, was revealed to be rusting on a beach in Bangladesh. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unions-slam-north-sea-decommissioning-disaster/default.aspx tcm:11-28799 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:16:16 -0000 Johnson Matthey chemical workers to work-to-rule in dispute over imposed changes to working conditions Unite members working for Johnson Matthey in Clitheroe, Lancashire, are to take industrial action in a dispute over imposed changes to their terms and conditions of employment. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/johnson-matthey-chemical-workers-to-work-to-rule-in-dispute-over-imposed-changes-to-working-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-28568 Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:47:19 -0000 Unite says government must take action to protect offshore jobs Scotland’s biggest union has called for urgent government action to protect jobs in the oil and gas industry http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-says-government-must-take-action-to-protect-offshore-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-28480 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:25:31 -0000 Unite members vote to accept Wood Group proposal Members of Scotland’s biggest offshore union have voted to end an industrial dispute that led to the first North Sea strike in a generation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-members-vote-to-accept-wood-group-proposal/default.aspx tcm:11-28409 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:49:51 -0000 Union to put Wood Group proposal to offshore workers Unite the union is to ballot members on a proposal that could end an industrial dispute that led to the first North Sea strike in a generation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/union-to-put-wood-group-proposal-to-offshore-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-28141 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0000 New announcement on Wood Group dispute An announcement issued jointly by Wood Group and the Unite and RMT Trade Unions in relation to the current dispute involving workers on the Shell facilities in the North Sea. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/new-announcement-on-wood-group-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27934 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:30:14 -0000 Statement on Wood Group dispute A statement issued jointly by Wood Group and the Unite and RMT Trade Unions in relation to the current dispute involving workers on the Shell facilities in the North Sea. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/statement-on-wood-group-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27882 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:07:25 -0000 Labour shadow Scottish secretary meets offshore shop stewards Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary is to meet with shop stewards from the oil and gas industry, in the middle of the biggest North Sea dispute for a generation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/labour-shadow-scottish-secretary-meets-offshore-shop-stewards/default.aspx tcm:11-27859 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:15:31 -0000 North Sea oil and gas workers to strike for the first time in a generation Almost 400 members of Unite and RMT unions working for Wood Group across eight Shell oil and gas platforms in the North Sea will be striking for the first time in a generation in a dispute over 30 per cent pay cuts and changes to allowances. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/north-sea-oil-and-gas-workers-to-strike-for-the-first-time-in-a-generation/default.aspx tcm:11-27519 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:56:10 -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 Government oil and gas plan ‘woefully inadequate’, warns Unite Unite national officer Tony Devlin said: “The oil and gas workforce plan is woefully inadequate and fails to deal with the fundamental issues facing oil and gas workers and their industry." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-oil-and-gas-plan-woefully-inadequate-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27368 Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:00:09 -0000 Unite condemns offshore safety and aviation chiefs’ stunt as ‘dangerous’ Unite has today condemned the actions of four senior offshore helicopter safety and aviation chiefs as “offensive and dangerous”. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-condemns-offshore-safety-and-aviation-chiefs-stunt-as-dangerous/default.aspx tcm:11-26948 Fri, 3 Jun 2016 14:19:07 -0000 North Sea workers go into dispute amid “worry and frustration” over cuts of 30 per cent to pay, terms and conditions Strike action on North Sea oil platforms moved a step closer today as talks over pay, proposed cuts and changes to working conditions by the Wood Group broke down. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-sea-workers-go-into-dispute-amid-worry-and-frustration-over-cuts-of-30-per-cent-to-pay-terms-and-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-26900 Fri, 27 May 2016 14:47:00 -0000 No time to waste to save Scotland’s offshore industry as another 475 jobs cut Unite has warned today that if the current rate of jobs attrition in the oil and gas sector continues, with 150 jobs going every day since the barrel price downturn, there will be no viable North Sea oil industry within a decade. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-time-to-waste-to-save-scotlands-offshore-industry-as-another-475-jobs-cut/default.aspx tcm:11-26870 Wed, 25 May 2016 15:05:20 -0000 Hertel workers to vote for strike action over pay Members of Unite, the country’s biggest union, working for Hertel UK, at the Teesside oil refinery, are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hertel-workers-to-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-26719 Mon, 16 May 2016 10:45:18 -0000 Minster sees for himself importance of national asset Port Talbot to UK manufacturing Tony Burke: “Mr Javid saw first-hand the scale of this site and could witness this dedicated workforce doing what they do best, which is delivering for British manufacturing. We underlined again the need to keep this business together because that is the only way to sustain the UK as a manufacturing nation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/minster-sees-for-himself-importance-of-national-asset-port-talbot-to-uk-manufacturing/default.aspx tcm:11-26250 Thu, 7 Apr 2016 17:02:01 -0000 Hundreds of construction jobs at risk as question mark hangs over Teesside renewable energy facility Unite is seeking urgent answers from Air Products management following reports that it could be looking to halt work on its first energy- to- waste development at Teesside (TV1), threatening hundreds of jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hundreds-of-construction-jobs-at-risk-as-question-mark-hangs-over-teesside-renewable-energy-facility/default.aspx tcm:11-25905 Tue, 8 Mar 2016 13:00:43 -0000 Fresh contractor pay cuts ‘intensifying race to the bottom’ across North Sea Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has reiterated its warning to the UK and Scottish governments that a new wave of cuts to offshore contractors pay rates will intensify a race to the bottom in employment standards across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-contractor-pay-cuts-intensifying-race-to-the-bottom-across-north-sea/default.aspx tcm:11-25673 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:13:59 -0000 Government’s lack of industrial strategy is hitting productivity warns Unite According to the Office for National Statistics figures, output per hour across the UK economy in 2014 was 18 per cent below the average for the rest of the major G7 advanced economies, representing the widest productivity gap since comparable estimates began in 1991. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/governments-lack-of-industrial-strategy-is-hitting-productivity-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-25663 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:41:50 -0000 Another hammer blow for Ayrshire manufacturing as AMP Control confirms closure Unite Scotland has said today (Thursday 18 February) that the imminent closure of Irvine-based mining and petro-chemical equipment manufacturer AMP Control UK, resulting in the loss of sixty jobs, is another hammer blow to the Ayrshire economy and Scottish manufacturing. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/another-hammer-blow-for-ayrshire-manufacturing-as-amp-control-confirms-closure/default.aspx tcm:11-25658 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:38:51 -0000 Osborne accused of being a ‘soundbite’ chancellor as manufacturing output falls Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “The question George Osborne and his fellow minsters need to ask themselves, is do they want Britain to continue making things?" http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/osborne-accused-of-being-a-soundbite-chancellor-as-manufacturing-output-falls/default.aspx tcm:11-25599 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:10:49 -0000 Tata Steel urged to commit to UK steelmaking amid renewed calls for government action Unite also warned ministers they were turning their backs on the steel industry by failing to turn guidance on procurement for infrastructure projects into orders. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tata-steel-urged-to-commit-to-uk-steelmaking-amid-renewed-calls-for-government-action/default.aspx tcm:11-25557 Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:58:54 -0000 Unite calls for emergency tax measures to save future North Sea production Unite has warned the UK government that billion-pound losses announced this week by oil industry super-majors could, without serious interventions, bring an end to meaningful production in the North Sea within years. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-emergency-tax-measures-to-save-future-north-sea-production/default.aspx tcm:11-25550 Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:21:43 -0000 Unite calls for urgent interventions to save oil and gas sector Unite has called for a collaborative effort between Holyrood and Westminster to send out a clear statement that North Sea oil and gas production. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-interventions-to-save-oil-and-gas-sector/default.aspx tcm:11-25479 Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:27:29 -0000 Unite calls for more clarity on PM’s plans for oil and gas sector Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has today (Thursday 28 January) called on the Prime Minister to clarify the UK government’s long-term plan for the oil and gas sector amid workforce fears of a ‘race to the bottom’ across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-more-clarity-on-pms-plans-for-oil-and-gas-sector/default.aspx tcm:11-25446 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:53:41 -0000 North Sea oil and gas crisis far from over as BP announce 600 job cuts Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has reacted with dismay to the imminent loss of 600 oil and gas jobs across BP’s North Sea operations and reiterated its call for government and industry to work with offshore trade unions in an effort to tackle the ongoing crisis. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-sea-oil-and-gas-crisis-far-from-over-as-bp-announce-600-job-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-25245 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:24:25 -0000 Offshore strike avoided as contractors accept improved conditions Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has today (Friday 8 January) repeated its call for the industry to end its year-long imposition of cuts after members in the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement accepted improvements to their terms and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/offshore-strike-avoided-as-contractors-accept-improved-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-25203 Fri, 8 Jan 2016 13:52:56 -0000 Unite says offshore impositions must end in order to build a safe recovery Representatives of Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, will tell the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee that imposed cuts to jobs, terms and conditions across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) must end if the industry is to have a safe and sustainable future. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-says-offshore-impositions-must-end-in-order-to-build-a-safe-recovery/default.aspx tcm:11-24808 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:20:08 -0000 Unite urges Air Products: Don't turn your back on TV2 energy renewable plant Describing the news that Air Products is to halt all construction on its second energy-from-waste development plant at North Tees Billington, as ‘coming out of the blue’, Steve Cason Unite regional officer for construction said: “This is a bitter blow for the project’s 700 strong, highly-skilled workforce and crushing for the local economy, coming so soon after the closure of nearby SSI steelworks in Redcar. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-air-products-dont-turn-your-back-on-tv2-energy-renewable-plant/default.aspx tcm:11-24621 Fri, 6 Nov 2015 12:59:01 -0000 Unite calls for urgent talks as offshore caterers vote for industrial action Unite has urged employers under the Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) agreement to return to the negotiating table after members voted to take strike action today (Wednesday 21 October) over a long-standing pay dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-talks-as-offshore-caterers-vote-for-industrial-action/default.aspx tcm:11-24472 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:32:36 -0000 Public Health England criticised for not telling unions about Porton Down move The union has warned about security concerns over the transfer of facilities at Porton Down – the UK centre for research into countering bio-terrorism and deadly diseases – to Essex. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/public-health-england-criticised-for-not-telling-unions-about-porton-down-move/default.aspx tcm:11-24073 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:09:11 -0000 First offshore industrial action in a generation looms as COTA ballot notice served Unite has today notified employers in the Catering Offshore Trade Association that it will ballot its members across the agreement for industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-offshore-industrial-action-in-a-generation-looms-as-cota-ballot-notice-served/default.aspx tcm:11-23924 Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:17:15 -0000 Unite calls for government action to support the steel industry amid more jobs losses Unite calls for government action to help Britain’s steel industry as Tata Steel announces it will mothball its Llanwern steel mill http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-government-action-to-support-the-steel-industry-amid-more-jobs-losses/default.aspx tcm:11-23817 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:10:56 -0000 ‘Conveyer belt of pharmacy students’ prompts call for national debate on standards The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists is concerned that more than 3,000 of the 12,000 current pharmacy students will fail the registration exam at the first of three attempts, after completing their degree, leaving them facing thousands of pounds of student debt after five years of study http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/conveyer-belt-of-pharmacy-students-prompts-call-for-national-debate-on-standards/default.aspx tcm:11-23680 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:06:54 -0000 Operation Stack: Relaxing safety laws will put drivers and travelling public at risk, warns Unite Ministerial plans to relax the laws around driver hours to ease congestion caused by Operation Stack is not the answer, as transport movement between the Channel ports seizes up http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/operation-stack-relaxing-safety-laws-will-put-drivers-and-travelling-public-at-risk-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-23523 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:29:47 -0000 Blueprint for UK export drive gets ‘thumbs up’ from Unite Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “In a nutshell, we need the government to commit to a manufacturing strategy and for exports to be central to such a strategy.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/blueprint-for-uk-export-drive-gets-thumbs-up-from-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-23178 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:01 -0000