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 Shocking levels of mental illness and stress revealed problems among Manchester housing workers, as strike action resumes A confidential survey of workers employed by Mears in Manchester and joint venture company Manchester Working (operated by Mears) has revealed very high levels of mental health problems and stress among its workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shocking-levels-of-mental-illness-and-stress-revealed-problems-among-manchester-housing-workers-as-strike-action-resumes/default.aspx tcm:11-32827 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:14:47 -0000 Unite statement on parliamentary branch meeting with the Prime Minister The Unite parliamentary and constituency branch met with the Prime Minister today (November 7) to take forward the longstanding issues in Parliament. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-parliamentary-branch-meeting-with-the-prime-minister/default.aspx tcm:11-32777 Tue, 7 Nov 2017 20:21:14 -0000 Manchester housing workers announce extensive strike action Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Mears in Manchester in housing maintenance roles will begin a programme of 49 days of strikes next week. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/manchester-housing-workers-announce-extensive-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-32751 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:20:47 -0000 Government response to unpaid sleep-in shifts delays pay justice for thousands Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents thousands of social care workers has sharply criticised the announcement by the government today (Thursday 2 November) about how workers underpaid for sleep over shifts (while on duty) will be compensated. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-response-to-unpaid-sleep-in-shifts-delays-pay-justice-for-thousands/default.aspx tcm:11-32744 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:33:07 -0000 ‘Final wake up call’ on NHS pay as increasing number of nurses leave Unite head of health Sarah Carpenter said: “The disturbing NMC findings are further evidence, if more were needed, that the NHS needs a massive cash injection, with a large tranche earmarked for a generous pay rise for staff." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/final-wake-up-call-on-nhs-pay-as-increasing-number-of-nurses-leave/default.aspx tcm:11-32731 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 02:11:11 -0000 Unite throws down gauntlet to austerity-obsessed Jersey government in pay row Unite regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “The States’ government is obsessed with austerity, although this is not really an issue on prosperous Jersey, which is underpinned by international financial services." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-throws-down-gauntlet-to-austerity-obsessed-jersey-government-in-pay-row/default.aspx tcm:11-32721 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:12:57 -0000 Unite takes legal action against Mears in Wigan for unpaid holidays Unite, the UK’s largest union, is taking legal action in support of members employed by troubled contractor Mears, after the company secretly cut holiday pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-takes-legal-action-against-mears-in-wigan-for-unpaid-holidays/default.aspx tcm:11-32655 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:15:00 -0000 Cornwall’s NHS needs £100 million boost, after critical report on trust, says Unite Unite regional officer Stuart Roden said: “The case for a massive financial injection for the NHS in Cornwall is unanswerable - Cornwall has six Tory MPs and they should stop sitting on their hands and be banging on the door of Jeremy Hunt asking for a large financial boost for the county." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cornwalls-nhs-needs-100-million-boost-after-critical-report-on-trust-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32526 Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:34:46 -0000 Unite to ballot for fresh strike action at Manchester Mears Unite regional co-ordinating officer Any Fisher said: “Unite has given Mears every opportunity to resolve this dispute and Mears has entirely failed to do so, so Unite has no option, but to ask our members to once again take strike action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-ballot-for-fresh-strike-action-at-manchester-mears/default.aspx tcm:11-32468 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:34:05 -0000 Bromley council faces employment tribunal over allegations of victimisation of Unite rep The hearing at the Ashford employment tribunal, starting on Monday, stems from the council’s behaviour towards Kathy Smith, who firmly opposed the council’s mass privatisation agenda http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-council-faces-employment-tribunal-over-allegations-of-victimisation-of-unite-rep/default.aspx tcm:11-32456 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:57:29 -0000 Access to justice report exposes government’s ‘austerity lie’ A review by Lord Bach launching an alternative vision of equality before the law exposes the government’s ‘austerity lie’ of the need to cut legal aid and access to justice. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/governments-austerity-lie-exposed-by-access-to-justice-report/default.aspx tcm:11-32384 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:31:22 -0000 Unite calls for youth affairs minister to coordinate policies for young people The demand for a minister with a seat in the cabinet will come in a new research report to be launched by the union at the Labour party conference on Sunday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-youth-affairs-minister-to-coordinate-polices-for-young-people/default.aspx tcm:11-32370 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:43:09 -0000 All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say health unions Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Making dedicated health professionals pick up the tab for the greed and machinations of a banking elite that nearly brought the UK’s financial system to its knees is just plain wrong.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/all-nhs-staff-need-a-pay-rise/default.aspx tcm:11-32265 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:41:33 -0000 Government lifting of public sector pay cap ‘no comfort after seven years of misery’ Unite has described briefings that the government is planning to slowly lift the public sector pay cap as a ‘drop in the ocean’ that failed to acknowledge seven years of pay misery. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-lifting-of-public-sector-pay-cap-no-comfort-after-seven-years-of-misery/default.aspx tcm:11-32143 Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:52:57 -0000 Unite urges HMRC to investigate Mears’ unpaid traineeships in Manchester Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the discovery that controversial outsourcing company Mears is advertising for unpaid trainee positions ‘as a new low’ and has called for HMRC to investigate possible breaches of national minimum wage rules. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-hmrc-to-investigate-mears-unpaid-traineeships-in-manchester/default.aspx tcm:11-32078 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:48:42 -0000 Shropshire health visiting faces tsunami of cuts, Unite warns Unite regional officer Stuart Baker said: “We are calling on the Shropshire public to make its collective voice heard before the consultation process ends on 8 September, so these proposed cuts are stopped in their tracks." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shropshire-health-visiting-faces-tsunami-of-cuts-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-31916 Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:03:24 -0000 ‘Battle royal’ pledge by Unite over East Midlands hospitals’ merger Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter, who is addressing Saturday’s rally, said: “We want the trust, staff and public to highlight the core problem which is underfunding of the NHS." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/battle-royal-pledge-by-unite-over-east-midlands-hospitals-merger/default.aspx tcm:11-31879 Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:09:41 -0000 Unite welcomes police ‘corporate manslaughter’ probe into Grenfell fire Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Clearly people have to be held accountable if their decisions have caused deaths and, more so, if those decisions were made with the knowledge of the very real risks to lives." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-police-corporate-manslaughter-probe-into-grenfell-fire/default.aspx tcm:11-31824 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:12:05 -0000 ‘Perfect storm’ buffets NHS recruitment, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "“The three main factors that need to be urgently addressed by Jeremy Hunt are the harsh pay austerity regime; the impact of Brexit on the 55,000 EU nationals working for the NHS; and the obsession with constant reorganisation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/perfect-storm-buffets-nhs-recruitment-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31771 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:18:39 -0000 Striking Mears workers involve tenants and shareholders in long running industrial dispute Striking workers at Mears in Manchester are widening their campaign activity to pressurise shareholders and win the hearts and minds of tenants affected by the dispute over pay differentials. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-mears-workers-involve-tenants-and-shareholders-in-long-running-industrial-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31757 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:13:07 -0000 New 999 response times need to be closely monitored, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "It is a situation that we will be watching closely in the months ahead as our paramedic members have continually reported that the ambulance service is under severe stress and pressure across England." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-999-response-times-need-to-be-closely-monitored-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31627 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:20:50 -0000 Demo to save Bromley libraries from privatisation on 19 July The demo will be at Bromley Civic Centre at 18.00 on 19 July as the executive meets to discuss the privatisation proposal which Unite said has been ‘cloaked in swathes of unnecessary and self-serving secrecy’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/demo-to-save-bromley-libraries-from-privatisation-on-19-july/default.aspx tcm:11-31609 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:54:58 -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 Play workers celebrate the ‘Great Get Together’ with a ‘cake and cuppa’ event in Solihull Play workers at the Meriden adventure playground in Solihull, are holding a ‘cake and cuppa’ morning on Saturday 17 June as part as of the Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox and to celebrate all the good-will in the community. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/play-workers-celebrate-the-great-get-together-with-a-cake-and-cuppa-event-in-solihull/default.aspx tcm:11-31356 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:19:22 -0000 Nursing’s future under threat from ‘perfect storm’, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said:“The fact that in England there is an estimated shortage of 30,000 nurses is not helped by years of harsh pay restraint in the public sector and the ending of nursing bursaries later this summer." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nursings-future-under-threat-from-perfect-storm/default.aspx tcm:11-31323 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:01:55 -0000 Unite calls on new government to protect youth services in law As the nation heads to the polls today, Unite is calling on the next government to invest in youth work and for a legally ‘protected title’ for youth workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-new-government-to-protect-youth-services-in-law/default.aspx tcm:11-31297 Thu, 8 Jun 2017 11:25:11 -0000 Unite calls for an urgent review of payment-by-results contracts after Lifeline charity collapses The shock collapse of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol charity, Lifeline, which was heavily reliant on income from public sector contracts prompts Unite to call for an urgent review of the government’s payment-by-results (PBR) commissioning model for procuring pubic services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-an-urgent-review-of-payment-by-results-contracts-after-lifeline-charity-collapses/default.aspx tcm:11-31214 Wed, 31 May 2017 13:55:31 -0000 Parliamentary candidates urged to see work of health visitors and school nurses, as campaign grows to ringfence ‘public health’ budgets Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “We will be asking our members to invite prospective parliamentary candidates to come and see what community nurses do on a daily basis to support families with babies and young children." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/parliamentary-candidates-urged-to-see-work-of-health-visitors-and-school-nurses/default.aspx tcm:11-30865 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:14:43 -0000 Health visitors and school nurses to prepare election checklist to ringfence public health budgets Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “We want to draw up a campaign checklist on public health so that our members can lobby the prospective parliamentary candidates and gain their support for the next parliament." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/health-visitors-and-school-nurses-to-prepare-election-checklist-to-ringfence-public-health-budgets/default.aspx tcm:11-30794 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:53:46 -0000 No To Benefit Sanctions Demo News Summary http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/no-to-benefit-sanctions-demo/default.aspx tcm:11-30609 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite urges government to stop cruel benefit sanctions causing destitution and misery to tens of thousands of families Campaigners, members of Unite, will be protesting outside the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in London and over 80 job centres across the country tomorrow to reiterate their call for the government to stop its ‘cruel and ineffective’ benefit sanctions regime. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-government-to-stop-cruel-benefit-sanctions-causing-destitution-and-misery-to-tens-of-thousands-of-families/default.aspx tcm:11-30547 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:59:08 -0000 Protest in York tomorrow over proposed axe to health visitors and school nurses To alert the 200,000 people covered by the City of York Council as to the extent of the cuts, Unite is staging a demonstration at St Helen’s Square tomorrow between 17.00 -19.00. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protest-in-york-tomorrow-over-proposed-axe-to-health-visitors-and-school-nurses/default.aspx tcm:11-30544 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:08:58 -0000 PramDepot needs your vote Please vote for this fantastic North London project that helps disadvantaged mums and babies http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/pramdepot-needs-your-vote/default.aspx tcm:11-30536 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:15:29 -0000 NHS pay body’s ‘one per cent’ pay rise recommendation ‘inadequate’, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “What the PRB has proposed is woefully inadequate and means that the majority of NHS staff will have experienced a loss of income in real terms of about 17 per cent since 2010." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-pay-bodys-one-per-cent-pay-rise-recommendation-inadequate-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30540 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:41:46 -0000 ‘Gravy train’ for management consultants involved in NHS shake-up plans condemned by Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “These findings reveal a management consultancy gravy train that is completely out of control, when frontline services, such as A&E departments, are stretched to breaking point." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gravy-train-for-management-consultants-involved-in-nhs-shake-up-plans-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30427 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:01:00 -0000 Campaign to save Bromley’s libraries from privatisation ramps up with week-long strike by library staff The call to rollback the tide of local government privatisation has come from Unite which is battling to keep Bromley’s libraries, serving a 300,000-strong population, being run by the council http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaign-to-save-bromley-libraries-from-privatisation-ramps-up-with-week-long-strike-by-library-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-30400 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:15:29 -0000 High cost of National Citizen Service condemned by Unite David Cameron’s National Citizen Service (NCS) was always an ill-conceived ‘vanity project’, now that it’s been shown to be a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money, it needs a radical re-think. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/high-cost-of-national-citizen-service-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30366 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:05:19 -0000 ‘No controlling mind’ over community nurse workforce planning, as health visitors transferred to councils Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “The lack of an overall ‘controlling mind’ about the number of health visitors and school nurses working for local government will hamper workforce planning and lead to a fragmentation of services for families with babies and young children.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-controlling-mind-over-community-nurse-workforce-planning-as-health-visitors-transferred-to-councils/default.aspx tcm:11-30334 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:06 -0000 Justice secretary urged to investigate contracts for interpreting firms Unite is concerned that there is ‘a race to the bottom’ in an outsourcing contract culture that is adversely affecting those who require interpreting services when using the NHS or appearing in court http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/justice-secretary-urged-to-investigate-contracts-for-interpreting-firms/default.aspx tcm:11-30268 Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:34:24 -0000 Councils are ‘the forgotten cousins’ of public expenditure, as social care funding crisis gathers pace Unite said that social care needed additional new money from the chancellor and not ‘a futile robbing Peter to pay Paul’ financial sleight of hand http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/councils-are-the-forgotten-cousins-of-public-expenditure/default.aspx tcm:11-30254 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:25:45 -0000 Serious questions raised by Unite over awarding of NHS contract for community health services in Yorkshire Unite is asking why East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group awarded the five-year contract, worth an annual £27 million, to City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) when the competing bid from the Humber NHS Foundation Trust was lower http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/serious-questions-raised-by-unite-over-awarding-of-nhs-contract-for-community-health-services-in-yorkshire/default.aspx tcm:11-30038 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:57:37 -0000 Protests at NHS cuts in Yorkshire to be combated by ‘guerrilla marketing’, warns Unite Marketing specialists have been asked ‘to express an interest’ in the £10,000 nine-month contract to run from April for the Humber, Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan by today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protests-at-nhs-cuts-in-yorkshire-to-be-combated-by-guerrilla-marketing/default.aspx tcm:11-29989 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:38:05 -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 Campaigners to protest against plans to slash Humber health visitors by 25 per cent Health campaigners and concerned families will be joining members of Unite on Wednesday to protest over Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s plans to axe health visitors and school nurses http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaigners-to-protest-against-plans-to-slash-humber-health-visitors-by-25-per-cent/default.aspx tcm:11-29775 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:30:44 -0000 Management training for MPs to eradicate stress and bullying called for by Unite A recent Unite survey,which has about 500 members in its parliamentary staff branch, revealed that almost 60 per cent felt stress and about 20 per cent had suffered bullying at work http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/management-training-for-mps-to-eradicate-stress-and-bullying-called-for-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29722 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:04:03 -0000 Wishaw housing dispute goes national Unite the union has launched a Scotland-wide strike fund appeal to support workers at Wishaw & District Housing Association. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/wishaw-housing-dispute-goes-national/default.aspx tcm:11-29303 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:04:03 -0000 Threat of £1.8m axe to Newham council workforce’s pay and conditions sparks Unite campaign The first step will be to fight a proposed £1.8 million axe to the pay and conditions of council workers – and if the council proceeds with its plans, the union said that an industrial action ballot was on the cards http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-of-18m-axe-to-newham-council-workforces-pay-and-conditions-sparks-unite-campaign/default.aspx tcm:11-29292 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:37:03 -0000 Unite members at Goodyear donate nearly £1 million for Wolverhampton hospice building project The money, built up since 1985, will come from the former 5/344 Transport and General Workers (TGWU) Sick and Distress Fund which is being wound up as tyre manufacturer Goodyear gets set to close the doors on its only UK manufacturing operation next month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-goodyear-donate-nearly-1-million-for-wolverhampton-hospice-building-project/default.aspx tcm:11-29238 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0000 Crisis hit youth services in the UK need cash boost from chancellor, says Unite Unite CYPW section chair Fran Sullivan said: “Youth work is the glue that binds communities together; we liaise with the police, social workers and a range of health professionals from community nurses to clinical psychology to assist young people through often traumatic times.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/crisis-hit-youth-services-in-the-uk-need-cash-boost-from-chancellor-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29180 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:26:32 -0000