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 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 Solid support on first day of Bostik pay strikes in Stafford Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, have stuck together on the first day (Tuesday 30 May) of 11 days of scheduled strikes, in a dispute over pay, at the Stafford factory of Bostik the adhesive and sealant manufacturer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/solid-support-on-first-day-of-bostik-strikes-in-stafford/default.aspx tcm:11-31201 Tue, 30 May 2017 16:05:03 -0000 Unions and industry in united call for post-Brexit trade remedies Industrial groups and trade unions have come together in a call for strong post-Brexit action against dumped imports. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-and-industry-in-united-call-for-post-brexit-trade-remedies/default.aspx tcm:11-30909 Wed, 3 May 2017 11:53:42 -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 Unite to mount strong campaign to save jobs at Suffolk book printer Unite regional officer Mark Walker said: "We want to mitigate the impact of any job losses and we will be mounting the strongest possible defence of our members’ jobs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/clays-book-printer-job-losses/default.aspx tcm:11-30296 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 09:53:06 -0000 Call for entries to the Print Futures Awards The Printing Charity is calling for entries to the Print Futures Awards, which are grants of £1,500 to help people aged 18 to 30 years train for careers in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts or develop their existing roles in the industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/graphical-paper-media--information-technology/graphical-paper-media--information-technology-news/call-for-entries-to-the-print-futures-awards/default.aspx tcm:11-29840 Thu, 2 Feb 2017 15:42:20 -0000 Manchester Fujitsu workers to strike again for job security, pay and pensions Up to 300 workers at IT giant Fujitsu in Manchester will be staging a further two days of strike action next week in the continuing dispute over pay, pensions and job security. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/manchester-fujitsu-workers-to-strike-again-for-job-security-pay-and-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-29023 Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:18:35 -0000 Menzies newspaper delivery dispute settled as staff vote to accept improved offer The 300 packers, pickers and drivers voted by a significant majority to accept the improved offer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/menzies-newspaper-delivery-dispute-settled-as-staff-vote-to-accept-improved-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-28536 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:20:26 -0000 Newspaper delivery strike suspended as Menzies staff vote on improved offer The two 24-hour strikes due to have started tomorrow and Monday have been suspended while the ballot is being held - the result is due on 30 September http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newspaper-delivery-strike-suspended-as-menzies-staff-vote-on-improved-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-28405 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:24:16 -0000 Newspaper delivery threat as Menzies staff prepare for two days of strikes Newspaper deliveries to newsagents across the UK will be hit as staff at Menzies Distribution prepare to hold two 24-hour strikes on 23 and 26 September for the first time ever over a ‘pitiful’ pay offer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newspaper-delivery-threat-as-menzies-staff-prepare-for-two-days-of-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-28303 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:40:03 -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 Newspaper delivery threat as Menzies staff prepare for strike action Unite warned that commuters won’t receive their favourite read at stations, particularly in the south east and Scotland, when 300 packers, pickers and drivers go on strike http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newspaper-delivery-under-threat-as-menzies-staff-prepare-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-27147 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:41:48 -0000 Unite vows to save print jobs following Polestar administration Britain’s largest union, Unite vowed to do everything in its power to save jobs and support members at Polestar after the print group was placed into administration. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-vows-to-save-print-jobs-following-polestar-administration/default.aspx tcm:11-26474 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:43:51 -0000 Lack of industrial strategy damaging manufacturing warns Unite as output falls The government’s failure to pursue an active industrial strategy is harming manufacturing and dashing hopes of rebalancing the economy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lack-of-industrial-strategy-damaging-manufacturing-warns-unite-as-output-falls/default.aspx tcm:11-26262 Fri, 8 Apr 2016 15:13:55 -0000 £750,000 award to workers dismissed by Kent newsprint firm However, because the Larkfield-based company went into administration early last year, Unite’s members, who are classed as unsecured creditors, will only receive £321,000 of that figure http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/750000-award-to-workers-dismissed-by-kent-newsprint-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-26029 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:01:50 -0000 Gloucestershire firm to slash conditions for its ‘greatest asset’ – its staff Unite is holding a protest outside the site at Shannon Way, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury GL20 8BL between 12.00 -14.00 on Wednesday to highlight what is happening to the 350-strong workforce across the two sites http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/firm-to-slash-conditions-for-its-greatest-asset--its-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-26012 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:35:18 -0000 Book reading revolution puts 255 jobs at risk at Penguin Random House distribution centre The firm said it wants to close the Central Park site in 2019 with redundancies starting from May 2017, following the decline in physical book volumes – about 25 per cent of book sales are now ebooks http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/book-reading-revolution-puts-225-jobs-at-risk-at-penguin-random-house-distribution-centre/default.aspx tcm:11-25017 Mon, 7 Dec 2015 13:49:07 -0000 Closure of Crown Packaging a further 'body blow' to Welsh manufacturing sector Unite has called the decision to close Crown Packaging in Neath due to overcapacity a 'further body blow to the Welsh manufacturing sector'. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/closure-of-crown-packaging-a-further-body-blow-to-welsh-manufacturing-sector/default.aspx tcm:11-24379 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:00:29 -0000 Weakness in manufacturing output puts pressure on ministers for manufacturing blueprint Unite assistant general secretaryTony Burke said: “The message is stark – chancellor George Osborne’s so-called ‘march of the makers’ has gone into reverse gear." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weakness-in-manufacturing-output-puts-pressure-on-ministers-for-manufacturing-blueprint/default.aspx tcm:11-23974 Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:18:29 -0000 Another record year for the Print Futures Awards The 2015 Print Futures Awards received a record 80 entries and the 37 winners. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/graphical-paper-media--information-technology/graphical-paper-media--information-technology-news/another-record-year-for-the-print-futures-awards/default.aspx tcm:11-23665 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:15:29 -0000 A walk through history with The Printing Charity The Printing Charity marked the 150th anniversary of the granting of its first Royal Charter with a reception held at St Bride Foundation on 12 May 2015. The event’s theme was looking to the future, building on the past. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/graphical-paper-media--information-technology/graphical-paper-media--information-technology-news/a-walk-through-history-with-the-printing-charity/default.aspx tcm:11-22932 Wed, 20 May 2015 15:30:45 -0000 Final call for entries to the 2015 Print Futures Awards Cash grants of up to £1,500 available to help pay any costs associated with relevant training courses for a career in printing, publishing or graphic arts. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/graphical-paper-media--information-technology/graphical-paper-media--information-technology-news/final-call-for-entries-to-the-2015-print-futures-awards/default.aspx tcm:11-22831 Mon, 11 May 2015 16:40:32 -0000 Manufacturing matters: How to deliver a real march of the makers… If we really want a ‘Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers’ there is only way to vote and that is to vote for a Labour government. http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/unitepolitics/unitepoliticsblog/how-to-deliver-a-real-march-of-the-makers/default.aspx tcm:11-22515 Wed, 8 Apr 2015 14:47:58 -0000 Remaining in the EU is essential for manufacturing workers Another crucial reason that makes this election important is our membership of the European Union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/unitepolitics/unitepoliticsblog/remaining-in-the-eu-is-essential-for-manufacturing-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-22482 Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:53:57 -0000 Unite develops apprenticeships to secure paper and print industry Unite has joined forces with employers to create a new industry standard apprenticeship for paper and print. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-develops-apprenticeships-to-secure-paper-and-print-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-22250 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:15:29 -0000 Kent newsprint firm ‘brutally’ sacks 234 workers today Unite hit out at the decision of the administrators KPMG to sack 234 employees without even bothering to meaningfully engage in consultations. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/kent-newsprint-firm-brutally-sacks-234-workers-today/default.aspx tcm:11-22006 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:03:48 -0000 ‘Bitter blow’ for 300 workers as Kent newsprint firm goes into administration Unite regional officer Tim Elliot said that he was due to meet the management and the shop stewards tomorrow to ascertain the reasons for the company going into administration. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bitter-blow-for-300-workers-as-kent-newsprint-firm-goes-into-administration/default.aspx tcm:11-21966 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:33:22 -0000 The Print Futures Awards are open for entries! Cash grants of up to £1,500 each are available to help pay for any costs associated with relevant education or training courses for a career in printing, publishing or graphic arts in the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/graphical-paper-media--information-technology/graphical-paper-media--information-technology-news/the-print-futures-awards-are-open-for-entries/default.aspx tcm:11-21669 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:15:29 -0000 ITV workers gear up for strike ballot over below inflation pay Unite announced it would be joining the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and broadcasting union BECTU in balloting its members for strike action at ITV over a below inflation pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/itv-workers-gear-up-for-strike-ballot-over-below-inflation-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-20992 Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:15:37 -0000 National Manufacturing Debate 2014 Ian Waddell, national officer address giving an overview of inhibitors. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/national-manufacturing-debate-2014/default.aspx tcm:11-20027 Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:17:11 -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 GNM sustainability report 2014 Unite GNM Chapel Response http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/graphical-paper-media--information-technology/graphical-paper-media--information-technology-news/gnm-sustainability-report-2014/default.aspx tcm:11-19703 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:35:27 -0000 Honeywell locks out its workers - again Sign the petition http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/general-engineering-manufacturing--servicing/general-engineering-manufacturing--servicing-news/honeywell-locks-out-its-workers---again/default.aspx tcm:11-19561 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:48:53 -0000 BBC engineers and technicians across London take strike action The industrial action was unanimously supported by the 160 engineers and technicians and is due to end at 09:00 on Thursday 21 August. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bbc-engineers-and-technicians-across-london-take-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-19499 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:02:46 -0000 Ross Pritchard Memorial Fund essay competition 2014 The Ross Pritchard Memorial Fund was established to commemorate the life of one of the GPMU's best known rank and file members. Ross was also well known throughout the trade union and Labour movement. Each year the trustees of the fund run an essay competition, aimed at young trade unionists, with a prize of £750, closing date Saturday 18 October 2014. This year's subject is "Do the new arrangements between the Labour party and trade unions promote the political interests of trade unionists?". http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/ross-pritchard-memorial-fund-essay-competition-2014/default.aspx tcm:11-19095 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:36:38 -0000 BECTU dispute with Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Unite is aware of the dispute between BECTU and the Ritzy Cinema and its parent group Picturehouse. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/bectu-dispute-with-ritzy-cinema-brixton/default.aspx tcm:11-18651 Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:20:04 -0000 Unite’s community 'warriors' to target low wage employers Supermarkets and hotel groups paying below the living wage are to be targeted as part of a renewed effort to shame wealthy companies keeping communities in poverty. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unites-community-warriors-to-target-low-wage-employers/default.aspx tcm:11-18607 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:16:40 -0000 'We face the fight of our lives. There can be no third option' McCluskey urges full support for Labour to rid Britain of `ruinous coalition’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/we-face-the-fight-of-our-lives-there-can-be-no-third-option/default.aspx tcm:11-18552 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:56:57 -0000 Labour manufacturing review exposes the dangers of short- termism, says Unite The review underlined the need for Labour to develop a long term strategic manufacturing strategy and highlighted the crucial role workforces and trade unions play in securing investment and skills. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/labour-manufacturing-review-exposes-the-dangers-of-short--termism-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-18542 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:51:31 -0000 Steelworkers warn of new problems on carnival cruises External link - The United Steelworkers (USW) is reminding thousands of travel agents in the United States and Canada to act cautiously and responsibly by making their clients fully aware of potential risks when booking a Carnival cruise. - Digital Journal http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/steelworkers-warn-of-new-problems-on-carnival-cruises/default.aspx tcm:11-18488 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:53:50 -0000 More breweries targeted in campaign to end Crown Holdings strike External link - The Toronto workers have been on the picket line since Sept. 6, 2013. They are fighting Crown's demands that include a permanent, lower-wage tier for new hires that would cut their pay to levels from 28 years ago. - CNW http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/more-breweries-targeted-in-campaign-to-end-crown-holdings-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-18486 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:39:40 -0000 Recognition success across the Coveris Flexibles UK Ltd Group Hourly paid workers at Coveris Flexibles UK have voted in favour of Unite being recognised for the purposes of collective bargaining across all of the eight Coveris Flexibles UK Sites. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/recognition-success-across-the-coveris-flexibles-uk-ltd-group/default.aspx tcm:11-18222 Fri, 6 Jun 2014 17:15:29 -0000 Crown campaign finds support in Italy and France External link - The representatives of the USW Local 9176 members leading a heroic fight in Toronto, Canada against the food and beverage package producer multinational Crown Holdings rendered a visit of solidarity to their colleagues working for the company factories in Italy and France. - industriALL http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/crown-campaign-finds-support-in-italy-and-france/default.aspx tcm:11-17905 Tue, 13 May 2014 12:01:35 -0000 Crown Holdings Strike, Toronto - crack a beer, crack a case of labour rights violations External link - A lengthy strike in Toronto, a four-year battle for the right to unionize in Turkey and a CEO who won’t say a word - Toronto Now http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/crown-holdings-strike-toronto---crack-a-beer-crack-a-case-of-labour-rights-violations/default.aspx tcm:11-17751 Tue, 6 May 2014 14:12:31 -0000 What has Europe ever done for manufacturing workers? Well, quite a lot as it happens: European Union membership gives us the laws and legislation that have helped bring investment and decent jobs in manufacturing to the UK. European Union membership has attracted manufacturers and investment to the UK in Automotive, Aerospace, Engineering & Metals, Science, Graphical & Packaging. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/what-has-europe-ever-done-for-manufacturing-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-17654 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:14:33 -0000 Britain's apprenticeship revolution - is it delivering? External link - Listen again on BBC Radio 4 You and Yours. Business leaders hope it can lift productivity and politicians of all colours are embracing the modernisation of the apprenticeship system - the Chancellor calls it his "march of the makers". But is the revolution delivering on its promise to our workers-to-be? http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/britains-apprenticeship-revolution---is-it-delivering/default.aspx tcm:11-17615 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:50:25 -0000 An important message to crown shareholders Crown’s actions harming shareholder value: Last September, Crown Holdings management provoked a strike by 120 members of the United Steelworkers at its Toronto plant by demands to slash wages by 42% for new and younger workers, continue an eight-year pension freeze and gut critical worker protections. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/graphical-paper-media--information-technology/graphical-paper-media--information-technology-news/an-important-message-to-crown-shareholders/default.aspx tcm:11-17607 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:02:20 -0000 Manifesto to put industry back to work IndustriAll Europe has launched its manifesto for the European elections: “Put Industry back to work!”. The manifesto puts forwards its demands for a socially and environmentally responsible industrial policy for Europe. Unite is a key affiliate of IndustriALL Europe and contributed to the manifesto. In the run up to the European elections in May, this document can be used by Unite reps to argue with candidates in the election on the issue of boosting and supporting a European wide manufacturing and indstrial plan to get Europe back to work. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/manifesto-to-put-industry-back-to-work/default.aspx tcm:11-17319 Mon, 7 Apr 2014 16:07:22 -0000 Carr inquiry a cynical Tory stunt to divert attention from cost of living crisis, says Unite The government was accused of a cynical attempt to divert attention away from the cost of living crisis as it published the terms of reference for the Carr inquiry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carr-inquiry-a-cynical-tory-stunt-to-divert-attention-from-cost-of-living-crisis-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-17089 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:15:29 -0000 Jobless figures mask a low waged workforce Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “We can’t tolerate an economic landscape that offers precious little hope of real jobs for our young people." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/jobless-figures-mask-a-low-waged-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-16843 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:35:15 -0000