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 Energy giant SSE workers accept ‘good’ pay deal About 1,900 workers at energy giant SSE have voted to accept a one-year three per cent pay deal from 1 April and a new method to reward career progression. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sse-workers-accept-good-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33957 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:05:18 -0000 EDF Energy ‘hypocritical’ smart meter vehicle tracking row will hit the national installation programme, warns Unite The dispute also centres on random drug and alcohol testing – what particularly irks Unite is that the managers have refused to have the tracker devices in their own company cars and are not included in the drink/drug abuse testing regime http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/edf-energy-hypocritical-smart-meter-vehicle-tracking-row-will-hit-the-national-installation-programme-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33800 Fri, 2 Mar 2018 11:45:57 -0000 Government needs to take back control of nuclear clean-up programme, says Unite Unite acting national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “The NDA’s reputation for competence and prudence with the taxpayers’ cash is in shreds, but the government does not get away scot free as it allowed the bosses at the NDA to award the contract in the first place." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-needs-to-take-back-control-of-nuclear-clean-up-programme-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33783 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:18:25 -0000 Union powered pay deal for thousands of energy workers 6000 workers at Western Power Distribution have secured an inflation beating pay deal of an extra £1260 a year on average for a worker. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-powered-pay-deal-for-thousands-of-energy-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33757 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:36:02 -0000 Unite calls for urgent meeting with British Gas over 4,000 planned job losses Unite regional coordinating officer Paresh Patel said: “The plan by British Gas’ owner Centrica to cut 4,000 jobs, while still reporting handsome group profits of £1.25 billion needs to be put under the microscope." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-meeting-with-british-gas-over-4000-planned-job-losses/default.aspx tcm:11-33740 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:46:41 -0000 Workers at Merseyside firm set to ballot over ‘no pay rise for three years’ Unite regional officer Ross Quinn said: “Our members have not had a pay rise since April 2015, even though inflation and the cost of living have been galloping away over the last three years." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-merseyside-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-33632 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:41:55 -0000 EDF Energy ‘hypocritical’ smart meter vehicle tracking row escalates with seven days of strikes Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The bosses are displaying breath-taking hypocrisy; while they call for the tracker devices to be installed in vehicles, they refuse to have them installed in their own vehicles." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/edf-energy-hypocritical-smart-meter-vehicle-tracking-row-escalates-with-seven-days-of-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-33573 Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:25:48 -0000 Sellafield strikes suspended for now as talks agreed A strike by members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, scheduled for next Tuesday (23 January), which would have created widespread disruption at Sellafield, has been called off to allow for negotiations aimed at resolving the dispute over the victimisation of a trade union rep to take place. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-strikes-suspended-for-now-as-talks-agreed/default.aspx tcm:11-33376 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:21:53 -0000 EDF Energy bosses branded as ‘hypocritical’ in smart meter vehicle tracking row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “What we have here is classic case of the bosses’ ‘them and us’ approach to employment relations which smacks of hypocrisy.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/edf-energy-bosses-branded-as-hypocritical-in-smart-meter-vehicle-tracking-row/default.aspx tcm:11-33364 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:09:13 -0000 GE bosses to be probed on 1,100 proposed job losses in Midlands Unite is greater transparency on the future of the four GE Power sites at Rugby and Stafford when the unions and management meet at the European works council in Paris tomorrow http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ge-bosses-to-be-probed-on-1100-proposed-job-losses-in-midlands/default.aspx tcm:11-33304 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:29:47 -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 Government urged to block ‘predatory’ and ‘destructive’ GKN takeover bid Unite warns government ministers that any hope of a coherent industrial strategy would lie in tatters if the Melrose bid for GKN was allowed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-urged-to-block-predatory-and-destructive-gkn-takeover-bid/default.aspx tcm:11-33296 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:06:50 -0000 UK membership of Euratom post-Brexit is ‘a must’, says Unite Unite’s policy is that the UK remains a full member of Euratom, which controls the movement of nuclear materials across the EU http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-membership-of-euratom-post-brexit-is-a-must/default.aspx tcm:11-33119 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Sellafield faces standstill as Unite ballots workers over rep’s dismissal Unite, the UK’s largest union, has begun balloting workers employed by civil engineering company DSD Construction, at Sellafield, for strike action, after the company sacked the union’s shop steward. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-faces-standstill-as-unite-ballots-workers-over-reps-dismissal/default.aspx tcm:11-33125 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:21:38 -0000 Talks sought on jobs as Hull biofuel firm ceases production Vivergo has expressed concern about uncertainty over the transport department’s renewable transport fuels obligation and the future of the E10 ‘green’ fuel made from organic material which is designed to cut carbon emissions http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/talks-sought-on-jobs-as-hull-biofuel-firm-ceases-production/default.aspx tcm:11-33030 Tue, 5 Dec 2017 17:15:29 -0000 New report on economic and jobs’ benefits of the nuclear industry welcomed by Unite The study by Oxford Economics revealed that the UK’s civil nuclear sector contributed £6.4 billion to the UK economy last year and its 65,000 employees are one of the most productive workforces in the country http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-report-on-economic-and-jobs-benefits-of-the-nuclear-industry-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33011 Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:22:02 -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 Sellafield bosses urged to remove ‘roadblock’ to pay deal, as workers gear up for second strike Unite regional officer Graham Williams said: “We have consistently stated that a pay deal is being obstructed by the invisible hand of ministers and the Sellafield management needs to assert themselves and remove this roadblock to a deal." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-bosses-urged-to-remove-roadblock-to-pay-deal-as-workers-gear-up-for-second-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-32794 Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:37:28 -0000 Energy giants’ merger is solely for the benefit of shareholders, says Unite Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “This is a flagrant example of rampant capitalism designed to solely benefit the shareholders - the SSE share price rose on the merger news - with scant regard for the workforce and the hard-pressed consumer." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/energy-giants-merger-is-solely-for-the-benefit-of-shareholders-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32783 Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:30:54 -0000 Sellafield bosses ‘go cold’ on pay deal, says Unite, as strike looms The 24 hour strike is due start at 06.00 on Tuesday over the ‘completely unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer imposed by Sellafield Ltd - in September, backdated to 1 April http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-bosses-go-cold-on-pay-deal-says-unite-as-strike-looms/default.aspx tcm:11-32724 Wed, 1 Nov 2017 11:23:20 -0000 ‘Massive blow’ to Lincolnshire’s economy as hundreds face jobs threat at Stamford engineering company, says Unite Unite regional officer Scott Lennon said: “Today’s announcement is a massive blow to the Lincolnshire economy and is terrible news for the workers, whose jobs are under threat, and their families." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/massive-blow-to-lincolnshires-economy-as-hundreds-face-jobs-threat-at-stamford-engineering-company-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32512 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:50:32 -0000 Unite Sellafield workers to take industrial action in pay dispute Unite has more than 1,100 members, such as key electrical staff, who will strike; ratcheting up pressure on the management as the GMB union has already started to take industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32509 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:30:41 -0000 Unions to ballot for strike action at Hinkley Point as pay offer rejected Construction workers employed at Hinkley Point have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer in the longstanding dispute over pay and bonuses on the project. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-to-ballot-for-strike-action-at-hinkley-point-as-pay-offer-rejected/default.aspx tcm:11-32359 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:39:59 -0000 Battling canteen staff at oil giant hail pay victory Unite regional secretary Jennie Formby said: “The message that Unite sends out to employers in the Solent area is that we will campaign strongly for the low-paid to receive decent wages for the work they do, especially as inflation is rising.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/battling-canteen-staff-at-oil-giant-hail-pay-victory/default.aspx tcm:11-32351 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:45:55 -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 Sellafield workers ballot for strike action in pay dispute Ballot papers for the union’s 2,000 craft and staff members at the Cumbria site will start dropping onto doormats from 13 September and the ballot closes on 2 October http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-workers-ballot-for-strike-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32187 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:15:29 -0000 AWE workers welcome successful settlement in long-running dispute Unite said its 800 members had accepted a four per cent pay deal for each of the next three years and enhanced allowances, in return for dropping its campaign for reinstatement to the Ministry of Defence pension scheme http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-welcome-successful-settlement-in-long-running-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32162 Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:23:38 -0000 Sellafield bosses’ crackdown as workers prepare for industrial action ballot in pay dispute Unite, which is preparing to ballot its 2,000 members for industrial action over an 'unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer, said that the management’s action showed that it was ‘slavishly kowtowing’ to the government’s harsh polices on pay restraint http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-bosses-crackdown-as-workers-prepare-for-industrial-action-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32029 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:41:08 -0000 Sellafield workers prepare for industrial action ballot in pay dispute Unite Sellafield shop stewards have decided to go ahead with the ballot of the union’s 2,000 members at the Cumbria site over the management's imposed 1.5 per cent pay award http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-workers-prepare-for-industrial-action-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31900 Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:36:36 -0000 Widespread disruption predicted at Eggborough power station as scaffolders announce strikes Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is warning that widespread disruption is anticipated at Eggborough power station in Goole, if strikes by scaffolders go ahead. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/widespread-disruption-predicted-at-eggborough-power-station-as-scaffolders-announce-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-31876 Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:43:48 -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 Post-Brexit industrial strategy needs ‘flesh on the bones’, says Unite Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said: “While Greg Clark’s announcement on battery technology is a step in the right direction, he needs to pick up the pace on formulating concrete policies on the long-promised industrial strategy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-brexit-industrial-strategy-needs-flesh-on-the-bones-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31753 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:44:03 -0000 UK government urged to ‘stop stalling’ and give Swansea Bay tidal project go-ahead Unite is urging the UK government to stop stalling on the creation of over 2,000 jobs and unleash an economic boost worth at least £500 million to the Welsh economy http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-government-urged-to-give-swansea-bay-tidal-project-go-ahead/default.aspx tcm:11-31545 Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:05:05 -0000 NAO report reinforces call for public cash for future energy projects, says Unite Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “The report by the National Audit Office on the financing of Hinkley Point in Somerset and its future economic benefits underlines once again the need for the government to take up ‘a golden share’ in future energy projects." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nao-report-reinforces-call-for-public-cash-for-future-energy-projects-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31421 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Way forward agreed on bonus payments for Hinkley Point C All parties have agreed to take part in a collective differences panel that will seek to identify an agreeable long-term settlement of the bonus issue http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/way-forward-agreed-on-bonus-payments-for-hinkley-point-c/default.aspx tcm:11-31284 Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:58:28 -0000 Unite’s nuclear workers to be balloted on new pension deal Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “After more than a year of intensive negotiations, we believe that on the pension issue this is the best deal that can be achieved by negotiation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unites-nuclear-workers-to-be-balloted-on-new-pension-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-31210 Wed, 31 May 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Hinkley unions hopeful of bonus pay row solution as fresh talks planned Unions representing construction workers at Hinkley Point are hopeful that the dispute over bonus payments can be resolved after fresh talks were promised. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hinkley-unions-hopeful-of-bonus-pay-row-solution-as-fresh-talks-planned/default.aspx tcm:11-31020 Wed, 10 May 2017 11:20:09 -0000 AWE pensions’ snub prompts two more days of strike action The snub dished out to the workers has led to the announcement of two more 24 hour strikes on 10 and 18 May at AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-pensions-snub-prompts-two-more-days-of-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30823 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:06:45 -0000 Delays to Hinkley Point construction on cards as bonus pay row erupts The dispute centres on the failure of the BYLOR consortium, made up of the French company Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke, to pay the bonus rate in line with the spirit of HPC Civil Construction agreement http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/delays-to-hinkley-point-construction-on-cards-as-bonus-pay-row-erupts/default.aspx tcm:11-30773 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:14:53 -0000 Unite statement on Toshiba’s finances and the Moorside nuclear site Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “Unite renews its call to the business secretary Greg Clark to pledge public investment to ensure that the project goes ahead on schedule, as Toshiba is in deep financial trouble." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-toshibas-finances-and-the-moorside-nuclear-site/default.aspx tcm:11-30708 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite challenges ‘worker competency’ at Ferrybridge Unite, the UK’s largest union for construction workers, has submitted a formal challenge to employers due to deep concerns about ‘worker competency’ at the Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-challenge-worker-competency-at-ferrybridge/default.aspx tcm:11-30690 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:57:48 -0000 Troubled Moorside nuclear power station needs public funding ‘to keep the lights on' Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “Unite will be writing to business secretary Greg Clark as a matter of urgency asking for clarity on the UK’s energy policy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/troubled-moorside-nuclear-power-station/default.aspx tcm:11-30657 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:44:06 -0000 Unite calls for action on windfarm safety and welfare Unite, the largest union for construction workers, has called for urgent action to improve safety on windfarms after two workers were killed in a fortnight. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-action-into-windfarm-safety-after-two-deaths-in-scotland-in-a-fortnight/default.aspx tcm:11-30604 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Take Magnox nuclear plants’ ‘clean up’ back into public control, says Unite Unite said that the whole contracting out process had been ‘deeply flawed’ - the big losers are the taxpayer and the workforce who faced cutbacks to their pensions because of the ‘financial mess’ that this contract culture had created. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/take-magnox-nuclear-plants-clean-up-back-into-public-control-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30517 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:55:31 -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 Fanfare for new electric London taxi plant launched tomorrow Unite said that what had happened over the last four years was ‘one of the great comeback stories in UK manufacturing history’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fanfare-for-new-electric-london-taxi-plant-launched-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30457 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:26:21 -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 Nuclear workers to be balloted on new pension deal Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “As far as the unions are concerned, after 14 months of intensive negotiations, we believe that on the pension issue this is the best that can be achieved by negotiation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nuclear-workers-to-be-balloted-on-new-pension-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-30202 Wed, 1 Mar 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Toshiba uncertainty agonising for Moorside nuclear power station as Unite calls upon government to step up Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “Toshiba’s announcement that there will be yet another month’s delay on clarity over its nvolvement in the Moorside project piles further agony upon the Cumbrian community." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/moorside-nuclear-power-station/default.aspx tcm:11-29940 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:23 -0000 Joint union statement on talks with energy minister Jesse Norman on NDA pensions We hope the meeting with the Minister this morning has opened up the possibility of genuine negotiations to take place for the first time, says Unite, GMB and Aslef http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-union-statement-on-talks-with-energy-minister-jesse-norman-on-nda-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-29742 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:18:01 -0000