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 Unite hails victory in Bromley council rep victimisation case Unite assistant general secretary for legal services Howard Beckett today hailed the result as ‘a great victory for the rights of trade union reps which sends out a strong signal to other local authorities.’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-victory-in-bromley-council-rep-victimisation-case/default.aspx tcm:11-32764 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:32:55 -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 Mass lobby of parliament against cuts to school funding Gail Cartmail: "Every child deserves the best start in life, but it risks being taken away and their education and wellbeing harmed as school staff face ever deeper cuts" http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mass-lobby-of-parliament-against-school-funding-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-32647 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:58:20 -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 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 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 UK’s largest academy trust’s caretaker cuts pose serious risk to pupils, says unions Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: "Once again we are seeing a threat to children’s education and our members' livelihoods as another academy trust pursues its flawed financial strategy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uks-largest-academy-trusts-caretaker-cuts-pose-serious-risk-to-pupils-says-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-30997 Tue, 9 May 2017 11:23:40 -0000 Unions issue final warning to school academy chain over cutbacks An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humberside is facing possible action from eight education unions over plans to axe support staff http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-issue-final-warning-to-school-academy-chain-over-cutbacks/default.aspx tcm:11-30953 Thu, 4 May 2017 15:41:49 -0000 Yorkshire and East Midlands academy job cuts mean more pressure on classroom staff, unions warn An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside has announced today that as many as 40 support staff could face redundancy over plans to cut budgets http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/yorkshire-and-east-midlands-academy-job-cuts-mean-more-pressure-on-classroom-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-30571 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:15:29 -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 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 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 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 'Double standards’ Portsmouth city council leader in union representation row Tory-controlled Portsmouth city council seems ‘hell-bent’ on worsening industrial relations by slashing the funding for trade union reps who represent workers http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/portsmouth-city-council-leader-in-union-representation-row/default.aspx tcm:11-29846 Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:54:53 -0000 ‘Fair funding’ must also mean sufficient funding, say education unions Following the publication of the Government’s final proposals for its long-awaited National Funding Formula (NFF), organisations representing school staff, teachers and leaders - ATL, GMB, NAHT, NUT, UNISON and Unite - have updated the schoolcuts.org.uk website to reflect the funding losses facing each school in England http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fair-funding-must-also-mean-sufficient-funding/default.aspx tcm:11-29610 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:18:48 -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 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 Sex scenes could evade the censors’ net as jobs axed, Unite warns The British Board of Film Classification, which classifies films and videos, plans to axe five examiners by the end of the year and replace them with younger, less experienced – and cheaper – compliance officers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sex-scenes-could-evade-the-censors-net-as-jobs-axed-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-28929 Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:28:12 -0000 Psychologists’ survey highlights NHS mental health funding crisis Unite’s survey coincides with today’s World Mental Health Day against a background of broken promises from health secretary Jeremy Hunt on mental health funding and a time when 25 per cent of UK adults suffer mental health problems in any one year http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/psychologists-survey-highlights-nhs-mental-health-funding-crisis/default.aspx tcm:11-28643 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:01 -0000 Ballots for industrial action at the Equality and Human Rights Commission over funding cuts and threat to jobs Swingeing cuts to the funding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which will decimate services to some of the most disadvantaged in the UK, has prompted two trade unions to ballot their members for industrial action http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ballots-for-industrial-action-at-the-equality-and-human-rights-commission-over-funding-cuts-and-threat-to-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-28290 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:45:40 -0000 Bristolians urged to join protest tomorrow against swingeing council cuts The protest, organised by Bristol People’s Assembly with the support of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be at 17.00 at College Green BS1 5TF, as the full city council meets to discuss the crisis http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bristolians-urged-to-join-protest-tomorrow-against-swingeing-council-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-28213 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:44:22 -0000 Victory against insecure employment as Hackney bus escorts gain permanent jobs Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Insecure work is one of the curses that plagues the UK’s employment landscape in 2016 – whether it is zero hours contracts and/or employment through an agency." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/victory-against-insecure-employment-as-hackney-bus-escorts-gain-permanent-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-28168 Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:16:10 -0000 University staff to be balloted for strike action over paltry pay offer Unite members working in universities across the UK will be balloted for industrial action over their employers’ 1.1 per cent pay insult from today (30 August). The ballot closes on 21 September. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/university-staff-to-be-balloted-for-strike-action-over-paltry-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-28041 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:00:01 -0000 Government boost needed for health visiting to maintain public health goals, says Unite Health visiting is a demoralised, stressed-out workforce doing loads of unpaid overtime and facing cuts to the profession – when their skills are needed more than ever http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-boost-needed-for-health-visiting-to-maintain-public-health-goals-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27901 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:34:52 -0000 Priti Patel quizzed on £4,000 payment to NHS volunteers who combated deadly Ebola virus Unite has now written to the new international development secretary after David Cameron at his penultimate prime minister’s question time pledged to look into the issue http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/priti-patel-quizzed-on-4000-payment-to-nhs-volunteers-who-combated-deadly-ebola-virus/default.aspx tcm:11-27623 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:06:45 -0000 EU research funding fears should not be used to depress university wages, says Unite “Our members have contributed deeply to the excellence of the UK’s university system that is still very attractive to overseas students and is a beacon for research innovation and funding – they, too, should be decently rewarded." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/eu-research-funding-fears-should-not-be-used-to-depress-university-wages-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27574 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:56:04 -0000 Dorchester demo over ‘them and us’ pay for county council bosses Trade unionists angered at planned large pay rises for Dorset county council bosses, at a time of cuts and the squeeze on other employees’ pay, will stage a demo at the council’s Dorchester headquarters on Thursday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dorchester-demo-over-them-and-us-pay-for-county-council-bosses/default.aspx tcm:11-27470 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:46:38 -0000 Renewed call for NHS volunteers, who combated deadly Ebola virus, to receive £4,000 payment Unite, with 100,000 members in the health service, has been campaigning since the end of last year, but said today that it will renew its efforts to rectify this ‘huge inequality’, after David Cameron said he would look specifically at the bonus issue. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/renewed-call-for-nhs-volunteers-who-combated-deadly-ebola-virus-to-receive-4000-payment/default.aspx tcm:11-27380 Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:17:58 -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 Greenwich ‘battle of the books’ opens new chapter with strike action Unite, has called for its 84 library members to strike from 00.01 tomorrow as Greenwich councillors plough ahead with plans to close the mobile service which delivers 33,000 books a year to children http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/greenwich-battle-of-the-books-opens-new-chapter/default.aspx tcm:11-27325 Mon, 4 Jul 2016 09:01:21 -0000 ‘Shedding staff’ could be hidden agenda in Somerset council parking charge row, says Unite Unite points out that the authority has conceded that some of the 800 staff affected could resign if the charges are introduced; there would be only permits available for 267 staff out of the 800 at any one time http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shedding-staff-could-be-hidden-agenda-in-somerset-council-parking-charge-row-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27169 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:59:18 -0000 Children’s literacy under threat as Greenwich council plans to close mobile library service Children’s literacy – the gateway to future employment – could be under threat if Greenwich council ploughs ahead with plans to close the mobile library service, which delivers 33,000 books a year to children http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/childrens-literacy-under-threat-as-greenwich-council-plans-to-close-mobile-library-service/default.aspx tcm:11-27157 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:47:21 -0000 Unite sends solidarity to striking university staff amid warnings it could enter pay dispute Unite, which has around 12,000 members in the Higher Education sector, is also consulting on the possibility of joining the action. The consultative ballot opened on the 13 May and closes on 6 June. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-sends-solidarity-to-striking-university-staff-amid-warnings-it-could-enter-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-26826 Tue, 24 May 2016 13:24:01 -0000 Campaign to save the Greenwich Mobile Library Unite members working in Greenwich Libraries lobbied the Council AGM to save a much loved service http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/campaign-to-save-the-greenwich-mobile-library/default.aspx tcm:11-26809 Mon, 23 May 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite urges public to join tomorrow’s demo against cuts to Hampshire’s children centres The Tory-controlled county council, which is considering reducing the current 54 children’s centres to just 11 regional centres, will be lobbied in Winchester by a demonstration that gathers at the Pig statue at 09.00 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-public-to-join-tomorrows-demo-against-cuts-to-hampshires-children-centres/default.aspx tcm:11-26697 Thu, 12 May 2016 15:03:06 -0000 Bromley council ‘in dock’ over alleged victimisation of Unite branch secretary Papers were served on the council today by Unite to answer the case that grandmother Kath Smith was subject to concerted victimisation as she tried to carry out her trade union activities, while the authority embarked on a privatisation campaign http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-council-in-dock-over-alleged-victimisation-of-unite-branch-secretary/default.aspx tcm:11-26163 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:20:11 -0000 Unite statement on one per cent pay rise for public sector workers Unite assistant general secretary for public services Gail Cartmail said: “Many public sector staff are enduring levels of poverty pay, while tax-breaks and sweetheart deals for tax-avoiding multi-nationals are the order of the day." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-one-per-cent-pay-rise-for-public-sector-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-25909 Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:47:30 -0000 NHS volunteers, who combated deadly Ebola virus, being denied £4,000 payment, says Unite About 200 NHS workers and academics, who risked their lives in combating the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, are being denied a more than £4,000 bonus that was paid to colleagues working for Public Health England http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hs-volunteers-being-denied-4000-payment/default.aspx tcm:11-25671 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:49:48 -0000 Head teachers urged to support the ‘Save Greenwich’s mobile library’ campaign Uniteis spearheading the campaign against the council’s plans to scrap the mobile library service, saving an annual £126,000 in so-called ‘efficiency savings’; despite the fact the council has £320 million in its reserves http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/head-teachers-urged-to-support-the-save-greenwichs-mobile-library-campaign/default.aspx tcm:11-25221 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:05:25 -0000 Learn with Unite! New digital skills learning modules launched Unite Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital skills platform called ‘learnwithunite’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/learn-with-unite-new-digital-skills-learning-modules-launched/default.aspx tcm:11-25056 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:45:13 -0000 Poet’s well-versed support for Huddersfield library closures’ demo An internationally-renowned poet, Simon Armitage has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save public libraries in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/poets-well-versed-support-for-huddersfield-library-closures-demo/default.aspx tcm:11-24468 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:34:28 -0000 NHS chief’s ‘£410,000 pay-off’ a reward for ‘mediocre performance’, says Unite Unite national officer for health Barrie Brown said: “The public sector bosses leaving before the £95,000 cap for public sector pay-offs is introduced could be likened to Gadarene swine rushing headlong into a sea of cash." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-chiefs-410000-pay-off-a-reward-for-mediocre-performance-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-24184 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:02:16 -0000 Jersey march to protest at public services cuts on Saturday Unite has warned large cuts to public sector services in Jersey are on the cards, because of policies to make the island more attractive as a tax haven for the rich and powerful to salt away http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/jersey-march-to-protest-at-public-services-cuts-on-saturday/default.aspx tcm:11-24193 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:32:59 -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 Strike to impact on Croydon ‘Scrooge’ employer A 12-hour strike by Croydon drivers and escorts, who transport clients such as disabled children, will be staged tomorrow against the tight-fisted Impact Group which refuses to pay the London ‘living wage’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-to-impact-on-croydon-scrooge-employer/default.aspx tcm:11-23261 Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:00:03 -0000 Unite paints Dulwich Picture Gallery victory as ‘a masterpiece of solidarity’ Attempts by the management of the Dulwich Picture Gallery to water down the visitor experience by axing 19 of the 36 gallery assistants have been brushed away. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-paints-dulwich-picture-gallery-victory-as-a-masterpiece-of-solidarity/default.aspx tcm:11-22266 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:26:11 -0000 The Tory Party’s ‘friends with benefits’ give lie to Grant Shapps’ membership spin Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, has dismissed Grant Shapps’ use of ‘friends’ to artificially boost Tory membership, by revealing the hedge fund donors - the Tory’s true friends with benefits - who have stood to gain from government policies. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/the-tory-partys-friends-with-benefits-give-lie-to-grant-shapps-membership-spin/default.aspx tcm:11-19873 Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:06:29 -0000