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 East Coast mainline should be back under public ownership – permanently, says Unite “It is clear that the privatisation of the railways – the misguided brainchild of John Major’s Tory government in the 1990s – has hit the buffers. It has reached the end of the line." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/east-coast-mainline-should-be-back-under-public-ownership--permanently-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34343 Wed, 16 May 2018 14:56:52 -0000 Cammell Laird, Unite and GMB announce new workforce deal Cammell Laird, Unite and GMB announce new workforce deal http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cammell-laird-unite-and-gmb-announce-new-workforce-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33686 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:36:52 -0000 Unite in key right to picket legal victory in north west Sutton Tankers dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, has won a key legal victory overturning attempts to restrict the right to picket during strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-in-key-right-to-picket-legal-victory-in-north-west-sutton-tankers-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33541 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:56:27 -0000 Carillion must not keep loyal workforce in the dark Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called for Carillion not to keep its loyal workforce in the dark about the company’s future. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carillion-must-not-keep-loyal-workforce-in-the-dark/default.aspx tcm:11-33298 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:01:40 -0000 UK commuters spend up to 5 times as much of their salary on rail fares as other Europeans, finds TUC Unite national officer for the rail industry Bobby Morton said:“Millions of commuters are being held to ransom by the greedy privatised rail companies." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-commuters/default.aspx tcm:11-33212 Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:41:27 -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 Unite praises Bombardier workforce for landing bumper train contract “This hard work cannot be put at risk by continuing government uncertainty surrounding Brexit which is currently leading to businesses putting off investment decisions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-praises-bombardier-workforce-for-landing-bumper-train-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-32610 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:40:10 -0000 Navy faces ‘choppy waters’ as tug boat crew to vote on strike action in pay dispute Unite national officer Bobby Morton said: “If our members vote for strike action it will create choppy waters industrially and be highly disruptive as naval vessels need the tugs to help navigate them to open water." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/navy-faces-choppy-waters/default.aspx tcm:11-32489 Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:54:12 -0000 'Strike ahoy’ at new carrier’s Portsmouth base, warns Unite Unite warned of choppy waters ahead if Serco Marine Services, which employs the 350 tug boat crew at Greenock, Faslane, Kyle in Scotland, Devonport and Portsmouth, don’t increase its ‘derisory’ pay offer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-ahoy-at-new-carriers-portsmouth-base/default.aspx tcm:11-32269 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:26:55 -0000 Industrial agreement needed on HS2 to deliver project on time and on budget An overarching industrial agreement is urgently needed to ensure first class employment relations on the new High Speed 2 rail link. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/industrial-agreement-needed-on-hs2-to-deliver-project-on-time-and-on-budget/default.aspx tcm:11-31674 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:59:02 -0000 Unite hails victory in Woolwich Ferry dispute as a tribute to 'worker solidarity' The deal hammered out between Unite and Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd has seen one manager being dismissed following a disciplinary hearing; a senior manager leaving the site; and a ‘fair’ settlement for the female employee who suffered sexual harassment. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-victory-in-woolwich-ferry-dispute-as-a-tribute-to-worker-solidarity/default.aspx tcm:11-31512 Tue, 4 Jul 2017 14:42:30 -0000 Concern that new Brexit minister supports removing asbestos laws Unite, the UK’s largest union, has revealed that newly appointed Brexit minister Steve Baker MP, has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws. Unite is demanding that the government now provide ‘cast-iron guarantees’ that asbestos regulations won’t be watered down. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/concern-that-new-brexit-minister-supports-removing-asbestos-laws/default.aspx tcm:11-31425 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:21:44 -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 Tomorrow’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended, as talks make ‘positive’ progress Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Tomorrow’s strike on the Woolwich Ferry has been suspended as we have made very positive progress this morning in talks with the management." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tomorrows-woolwich-ferry-strike-suspended-as-talks-make-positive-progress/default.aspx tcm:11-30779 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:34:24 -0000 Woolwich Ferry strike on Tuesday suspended, as talks make progress in ‘bullying culture’ dispute Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We are pleased to say that enough progress has been made so we can suspend Tuesday’s 24 hour strike." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-strike-on-tuesday-suspended/default.aspx tcm:11-30746 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:13:36 -0000 More Woolwich Ferry strikes announced in ‘bullying culture’ dispute The union has told Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd, which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London, that its members will strike for 24 hours from 00.01 on Tuesday 18 April and Friday 21 April http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/more-woolwich-ferry-strikes-announced-in-bullying-culture-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-30666 Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:09:18 -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 Unite welcomes Welsh government’s clampdown on immoral employment practices Unite, the largest union in Wales, has strongly welcomed today’s (Thursday 9 March) announcement by the Welsh government that will eliminate illegal and unethical employment practices on all public sector contracts including in the supply chain. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-welsh-governments-clampdown-on-immoral-employment-practices/default.aspx tcm:11-30305 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:56:03 -0000 Progress in Woolwich Ferry dispute talks Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Enough progress was made yesterday for the unions to suspend next Friday’s planned 24-hour strike." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/progress-in-woolwich-ferry-dispute-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-29922 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:10:56 -0000 Friday’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended for talks tomorrow Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We can confirm that Unite has suspended the 24-hour strike action, scheduled for Friday, for talks to take place tomorrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fridays-woolwich-ferry-strike-suspended-for-talks-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-29891 Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:26:47 -0000 Network Rail pay & allowances victory Unite secure two year pay deal and 29% allowance increase for Network Rail staff in London http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/network-rail-pay--allowances-victory/default.aspx tcm:11-29862 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Woolwich Ferry dispute escalates over health and safety concerns as worker collapses, says Unite The union said that on Saturday an ambulance was called to the ferry after the engineer collapsed from inhaling fumes in the engine room of one of the boats – after treatment, he was not detained in hospital http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-dispute-escalates-over-health-and-safety-concerns-as-worker-collapses/default.aspx tcm:11-29783 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:52:41 -0000 Woolwich Ferry set to be rocked by 12 days of strike action over bullying culture The first strike day is scheduled for next Friday and the final day is Friday 14 April - more than 40,000 car journeys could be hit http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-set-to-be-rocked-by-12-days-of-strike-action-over-bullying-culture/default.aspx tcm:11-29677 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:28:02 -0000 Dock workers and lorry drivers protest over lack of facilities at the port of Liverpool Dock workers working for Peel Ports, one of the UK’s largest port operators, are to protest on Friday 13 January 2017 over the lack of decent welfare facilities for workers and drivers visiting the port of Liverpool’s Seaforth container terminal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dock-workers-and-lorry-drivers-protest-over-lack-of-facilities-at-the-port-of-liverpool/default.aspx tcm:11-29587 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:05:01 -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 Choppy waters ahead for Woolwich Ferry, as workers ballot for strike action over bullying culture Unite is balloting its 36 members, working for Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), in January for strike action over health & safety concerns, and a culture bullying and sexual harassment http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/choppy-waters-ahead-for-woolwich-ferry-as-workers-ballot-for-strike-action-over-bullying-culture/default.aspx tcm:11-29460 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:19:14 -0000 Grayling’s rail plans threaten passenger safety, says Unite Plans to strip Network Rail of complete control of England's railway tracks are a retrograde step that raises the spectre of the Hatfield train crash in 2000 which happened under the privately-owned Railtrack http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/graylings-rail-plans-threaten-passenger-safety-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29356 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:03:58 -0000 Unite to give evidence to Commons Select Committee on Rail Safety Unite will be representing to Parliament our members' poistion on Rail Safety http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/unite-to-give-evidence-to-commons-select-committee-on-rail-safety/default.aspx tcm:11-29278 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:15:29 -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 ‘Subtle blacklisting’ claim as Crossrail firm fails to recognise elected reps Unite regional officer Guy Langston said: “Our members are furious that basic trade union freedoms, such as the election of union reps, are being attacked by Laing O’Rourke." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/subtle-blacklisting-claim-as-crossrail-firm-fails-to-recognise-elected-reps/default.aspx tcm:11-29007 Thu, 3 Nov 2016 16:08:06 -0000 Rail fares have risen twice as fast as wages since 2010, finds TUC The analysis shows that rail fares have risen by 25% in the last six years, while average weekly earnings have only grown by 12% http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rail-fares-have-risen-twice-as-fast-as-wages-since-2010-finds-tuc/default.aspx tcm:11-27899 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:48 -0000 £1 billion rail carriage deal for Derby-based Bombardier hailed as ‘vote of confidence’ in UK manufacturing by Unite Unite national officer for the rail industry Tony Murphy said: “This is excellent news for the workers at Bombardier and this vote of confidence by Abellio East Anglia is a testament to their dedication, expertise and hard work. It is also good for the wider local economy and the supply chain." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/1-billion-rail-carriage-deal-for-derby-based-bombardier-hailed-as-vote-of-confidence-in-uk-manufacturing-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27851 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:45:50 -0000 Fawley oil refinery strike over ‘half pay’ for foreign workers Unite regional officer Malcolm Bonnett said: “Unite won’t stand by and see foreign workers being ripped off in such a grotesque manner." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fawley-oil-refinery-strike-over-half-pay-for-foreign-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27427 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:15:29 -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 Liverpool dock workers join international day of action tomorrow Liverpool dock workers at Seaforth container terminal will be taking part in an international day of action tomorrow (Thursday 7 July). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liverpool-dock-workers-join-international-day-of-action-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-27363 Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:50:03 -0000 New Scottish government urged to keep Cal Mac public One of the first actions of the new Scottish government’s transport minister should be to ensure that the Clyde and Hebrides ferry routes remain in public hands, said Scotland’s largest union Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-scottish-government-urged-to-keep-cal-mac-public/default.aspx tcm:11-26661 Mon, 9 May 2016 15:03:29 -0000 Port of Grangemouth strike suspended as company accept conciliation offer Unite Scotland has this evening (Friday 18 March) confirmed that strike action at the Port of Grangemouth will be suspended after Forth Ports agreed to lift their imposition on shift rotation changes and enter into conciliation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/port-of-grangemouth-strike-suspended-as-company-accept-conciliation-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-26023 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:53:27 -0000 Port workers rally ahead of strike over shift change cuts 100 per cent of Unite members in the port operatives division voted for strikes on a 97 per cent turnout. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/port-workers-rally-ahead-of-strike-over-shift-change-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-25968 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:46:11 -0000 C2C Traincare & Station Cleaning Staff pay offer Unite is recommending acceptance of a negotiated pay offer of 2.5% increase http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/c2c-traincare--station-cleaning-staff-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-25757 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite suspends strikes in London ‘night tube’ dispute The threat to the work/life balance and an inadequate pay offer are the key issues; Unite represents a600-strong workforce of engineers and maintenance staff without which the network can’t operate http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-suspends-strikes-in-london-night-tube-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-25300 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:23:50 -0000 Unite joins Jeremy Corbyn at Kings Cross to campaign for rail nationalisation Unite was alongside Jeremy Corbyn at Kings Cross campagining to bring the railways into public ownership http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/unite-joins-jeremy-corbyn-at-kings-cross-to-campaign-for-rail-nationalisation/default.aspx tcm:11-25165 Mon, 4 Jan 2016 17:15:29 -0000 ‘King Coal’ is not a lost cause, despite treasury short-sightedness, says Unite Unite said that the closure tomorrow of Britain’s last deep pit coal mine at Kellingley collierywas yet another glaring example of the government’s short-termism in its overall energy policy http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/king-coal-is-not-a-lost-cause-despite-treasury-short-sightedness-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-25093 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:11:44 -0000 Freightliner members accept revised pay offer Unite withdraws threat of industrial action after revised pay offer accepted by members http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/freightliner-members-accept-revised-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-24636 Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:15:29 -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 tcm:11-23523 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:29:47 -0000 Bombardier industrial action suspended Unite has suspended its industrial action at two Bombardier depots after securing improved offers on terms and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/bombardier-industrial-action-suspended/default.aspx tcm:11-23217 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:15:29 -0000 London Underground call for urgent ACAS talks in dispute over breakdown of industrial relations London Underground have asked ACAS to intervene and call urgent talks to avert a total shut down of the London Underground. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/london-underground-call-for-urgent-acas-talks-in-dispute-over-breakdown-of-industrial-relations/default.aspx tcm:11-23221 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:15:29 -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 Unite rail workers consulted over new ‘derisory’ pay offer If members reject the offer of a two-year deal, consisting of one per cent this year and 1.4 per cent next year, Unite will ballot them for industrial action http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-rail-workers-consulted-over-new-derisory-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-23013 Fri, 29 May 2015 12:26:17 -0000 Unite joins fight to save the historic Woolwich Free Ferry The threat to the ferry comes from Transport for London (TfL) that is working on a package of new river crossings for south-east London - one of which would result in the closure of the ferry http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-joins-fight-to-save-the-historic-woolwich-free-ferry/default.aspx tcm:11-22590 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:25:08 -0000 Bombardier Unite members vote overwhelmingly for strike action 95% of Bombardier Unite members working on the C2C maintenance contract at East Ham and Shoeburyness Depots have voted for strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/bombardier-unite-members-vote-overwhelmingly-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-22579 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:15:29 -0000