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 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 Ministers urged to ‘Save our Steel’ and adopt cross party steel blueprint Published on the same day as the government outlines its industrial strategy, the ‘Steel 2020’ report lays out a blueprint for the UK’s crisis hit steel industry drawing on evidence submitted by the industry, unions and the workforce, trade bodies, politicians and local authorities. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ministers-urged-to-save-our-steel-and-adopt-cross-party-steel-blueprint/default.aspx tcm:11-29704 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:11:27 -0000 AWE workers to strike for four days in ‘broken promises’ pensions’ row Six hundred employees will be striking at the AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire for 48 hours from 00.01 on Wednesday 18 January and again for 48 hours on Monday 30 January, also staring at 00.01 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-for-four-days-in-january/default.aspx tcm:11-29593 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:38:20 -0000 Unite calls for urgent meeting with energy minister over £660m Treasury ‘raid’ on nuclear workers’ pensions Unite says energy minister Jesse Norman should meet the unions over the proposed ‘raid’ on the pensions of 16,000 nuclear industry workers – otherwise, industrial action could be on the cards http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-meeting-with-energy-minister-over-660m-treasury-raid-on-nuclear-workers-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-29548 Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:13:06 -0000 Unions to meet on 9 January to consider strike action over £660m broken promises on pensions for 16,000 nuclear workers There is no justification for this attack on the pensions of these nuclear workers and their communities, these pension funds are in a sound state say GMB, Unite, Prospect and Aslef http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-meeting-on-monday-9th-january-to-consider-strike-action-over-660m-broken-promises-pensions-cuts-for-16000-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-29512 Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:15:35 -0000 Unite general secretary Len McCluskey hails Hinkley Point as paving the way for other large infrastructure projects Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Hinkley Point represents the large-scale type of infrastructure project that Britain should be developing in the next decade, especially following the Brexit referendum vote." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-general-secretary-len-mccluskey-hails-hinkley-point-as-paving-the-way-for-other-large-infrastructure-projects/default.aspx tcm:11-29184 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:30:30 -0000 Labour’s industrial strategy a stark contrast to Tory ‘confusion and secrecy’, says McCluskey “Prime minister Theresa May and her government’s challenge is to now make good on its promise of an industrial strategy and spell out how it will support manufacturing and key foundation industries like our crisis hit steel sector." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/labours-industrial-strategy-a-stark-contrast-to-tory-confusion-and-secrecy-says-mccluskey/default.aspx tcm:11-29182 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:31:39 -0000 AWE workers stage ‘successful strike’ today over threat to pension scheme Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “Today’s strike has been strongly supported by Unite members – it is a very successful action. More industrial action is on the cards, unless there is substantial movement on the pensions' issue.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-stage-successful-strike-today-over-threat-to-pension-scheme/default.aspx tcm:11-29130 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:06:41 -0000 Loss of 600 Leeds engineering jobs underlines need for UK industrial strategy, says Unite Unite said the news that the Houston-based multinational wanted to shed 600 of its 900-strong workforce by the end of 2017 had come ‘out of the blue’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/loss-of-600-leeds-engineering-jobs-underlines-need-for-uk-industrial-strategy-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28591 Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:19:21 -0000 Unite probes reasons for closure of General Electric plant in Staffordshire Unite, which has 63 members at the West Avenue site, said it would be pressing the management hard to explain why what is believed to a profitable site will be closing next spring http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-probes-reasons-for-closure-of-general-electric-plant-in-staffordshire/default.aspx tcm:11-28494 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:29:09 -0000 Hinkley Point go-ahead decision ‘historic’, says Unite “This was the first major litmus test for big infrastructure projects, following June’s EU referendum and shows that there is the appetite for giving the green light for such projects that the UK so desperately needs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hinkley-point-go-ahead-decision-historic/default.aspx tcm:11-28284 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:09:51 -0000 Magnox court case ‘scandal’ prompts probe call into the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority The union has called on Mr Clark, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy to examine how the NDA conducts its affairs, following a recent High Court case http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/magnox-court-case-scandal-prompts-probe-call-into-the-nuclear-decommissioning-authority/default.aspx tcm:11-27896 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:00:29 -0000 Unite calls for talks as further North Sea strike dates announced Unite the union has called for urgent talks with energy company Wood Group in order to avert further strike action in the North Sea. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-talks-as-further-north-sea-strike-dates-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-27847 Tue, 9 Aug 2016 16:01:07 -0000 48-hour offshore strike goes ahead as company rejects union offer The workers are facing a massive cut in pay and allowances of up to 30 per cent. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/48-hour-offshore-strike-goes-ahead-as-company-rejects-union-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-27784 Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:15:29 -0000 Drop the cuts to stop the dispute say North Sea offshore oil and gas workers A 48-hour strike is now scheduled for Thursday 4 August, affecting the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Nelson, Gannet, Shearwater and Curlew platforms. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/drop-the-cuts-to-stop-the-dispute-say-north-sea-offshore-oil-and-gas-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27713 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:18:16 -0000 Government urged to give Hinkley go-ahead following ‘historic’ decision With workers ‘shovel ready’ Unite urged the British government to sign the relevant contracts so that work could start as soon as possible and ensure the nation’s energy needs are met. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-urged-to-give-hinkley-go-ahead-following-historic-decision/default.aspx tcm:11-27711 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:06:42 -0000 Unite urges EDF board to give ‘green light’ to Hinkley Point project Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “We urge the EDF board to give the financial go-ahead on a project which will generate thousands of decent skilled jobs and help meet the energy needs of the UK for generations to come." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-edf-board-to-give-green-light-to-hinckley-point-project/default.aspx tcm:11-27664 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:47:51 -0000 ‘Pay parity’ victory at Fawley oil refinery over ‘half pay’ for foreign workers A second 24 hour strike by about 20 specialist workers, employed by Italian company Nico Industrial Services Ltd, due to have started from 00.01 this morning at the Southampton refinery, was called off, following the deal http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pay-parity-victory-at-fawley-oil-refinery-over-half-pay-for-foreign-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27653 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:58:15 -0000