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 Probe call into ‘disappearing’ Carillion NHS pension contributions Unite said mystery surrounded the fate of the pensions’ contributions of thousands of workers who were employed on public sector contracts when Carillion collapsed last month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/probe-call-into-disappearing-carillion-nhs-pension-contributions/default.aspx tcm:11-33744 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:34:22 -0000 Bromley library staff and care workers vote for action amid outsourcing chaos 100 per cent of library staff working for Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) across the London borough’s 14 libraries backed strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-library-staff-and-care-workers-vote-for-action/default.aspx tcm:11-33738 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:18:22 -0000 Government failing to properly protect Carillion workers Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused the government of failing to fully protect workers left in limbo following the collapse last month of Carillion. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-failing-to-properly-protect-carillion-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33732 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:21:47 -0000 Protest at Gloucester NHS ‘tax avoiding’ plan tomorrow Unite, along with the Gloucester and Cheltenham trades councils, will be holding a demonstration outside the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital GL1 3NN tomorrow between 12:00 - 14:00 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protest-at-gloucester-nhs-tax-avoiding-plan/default.aspx tcm:11-33660 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:51:07 -0000 Unite preparing for industrial action in Rotherham derecognition dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, is preparing to ballot members for industrial action after Fortem, which undertakes maintenance and repair work on Rotherham council’s housing stock, announced it had derecognised the union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-preparing-for-industrial-action-in-rotherham-derecognition-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33636 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:21:29 -0000 Cambridge university living wage pledge will boost the pay of hundreds of staff Unite regional coordinating officer Ian Maidlow said: “This is a very welcome pay boost for hundreds of hard working people in a region with a very high cost of living." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cambridge-university-living-wage-pledge-will-boost-the-pay-of-hundreds-of-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-33583 Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:27:30 -0000 Somerset’s services for families and children threatened by planned shake-up, warns Unite Unite is organising a demo of community nurses and families to protest at the proposals when the council’s cabinet meets to discuss the plan at County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY at 09:00 on Monday 12 February. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/somersets-services-for-families-and-children-threatened/default.aspx tcm:11-33503 Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:35:05 -0000 Unite calls for fundamental reforms after scale of Carillion’s mismanagement revealed Unite, the UK’s largest union has called for the urgent reform of company and pension laws, after the true scale of the fundamental flaws that allowed Carillion to collapse earlier this month, began to be revealed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-fundamental-reforms-after-scale-of-carillions-mismanagement-revealed/default.aspx tcm:11-33487 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:37:40 -0000 Call for rethink on Lancashire Virgin Care contract on children’s services Unite said a county council rethink was needed on awarding the £104 million, five-year contract to Virgin Care to run Lancashire’s 0-19 healthy child programme, given that Carillion had numerous NHS contracts before its collapse http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/call-for-rethink-on-lancashire-virgin-care-contract-on-childrens-services/default.aspx tcm:11-33485 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:16:32 -0000 Unite calls for immediate action and stronger laws after scale of Carillion pension black hole revealed Following today’s (Monday 29 January) revelation that Carillion’s pension deficit is at least £990 million, Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling for all possible legal avenues to be explored to recoup money and for the introduction of stronger laws to prevent future scandals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-calls-for-immediate-action-and-stronger-laws-after-scale-of-carillion-pension-black-hole-revealed/default.aspx tcm:11-33461 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:16:58 -0000 Government must step in and preserve pay and conditions of Carillion workers Unite, the UK’s largest union, is urging the government to ensure that workers employed by Carillion do not have their pay and conditions cut when they are transferred to new employers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-step-in-and-preserve-pay-and-conditions-of-carillion-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33457 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:40:55 -0000 Hackney school cleaners hail victory in holiday pay row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “This Hackney settlement lays downs a strong marker to outsourcing companies that such salami slicing of pay and conditions won’t be tolerated.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-school-cleaners-hail-victory-in-holiday-pay-row/default.aspx tcm:11-33452 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:15:31 -0000 Striking Unite members in joint Manchester demonstration Hundreds of Unite members will come together in central Manchester this Friday (26 January) in a joint demonstration. Workers on three separate disputes in Manchester (Manchester Mears/Manchester Working, Fujitsu and First Manchester) are all on strike this Friday (26 January) and will be joining forces in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-unite-members-in-joint-manchester-demonstration/default.aspx tcm:11-33423 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:02:03 -0000 ‘Pig headed’ Vivark management causing Knowsley housing misery Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused the management of Vivark, which provides housing maintenance services for thousands of tenants in Knowsley, Merseyside of being ‘pig headed’ for their blinkered approach to an ongoing pay dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pig-headed-vivark-management-causing-knowsley-housing-misery/default.aspx tcm:11-33369 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:25:15 -0000 Bromley’s outsourcing policy under the spotlight as workers for two contractors ballot for strike action The ballots come as the whole question of the outsourcing of public services is being put under the microscope, following the Carillion debacle http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromleys-outsourcing-policy-under-the-spotlight-as-workers-for-two-contractors-ballot-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-33360 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:51:32 -0000 Hull council’s withdrawal of free parking for essential users sparks demo tomorrow The demo by Unite members will be at noon tomorrow at The Guildhall HU1 2AA, as the union called for the charging policy to be rescinded and parking remains free for those carrying out vital council duties http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hull-councils-withdrawal-of-free-parking-for-essential-users-sparks-demo-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-33346 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:11:35 -0000 Government must intervene to prevent huge job losses following Carillion collapse Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the government to take immediate decisive action to prevent further job losses following the collapse of Carillion. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-intervene-to-prevent-huge-job-losses-following-carillion-collapse/default.aspx tcm:11-33332 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:42:06 -0000 ‘Carillion-style Pandora’s Box’ could hit patient care in the NHS, warns Unite Unite has written to the health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt calling for an immediate moratorium on further private limited companies being established by NHS trusts in England http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carillion-style-pandoras-box-could-hit-patient-care-in-the-nhs-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33317 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:03:11 -0000 Proposed pension changes will hit lowest paid university staff, say unions Cleaners, caterers, librarians, administrators, exams officers and other low-paid staff at the University of Southampton will lose thousands of pounds in their retirement if proposed pension changes are pushed through, unions have warned today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/proposed-pension-changes-will-hit-lowest-paid-university-staff-say-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-33306 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:15:29 -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 Unite to recommend local government members reject pay offer Unite, the UK’s largest union, is to hold a consultative ballot of its members in local government covered by the “green book” with a recommendation that they reject the current pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-recommend-local-government-members-reject-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-33288 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:11:36 -0000 Hackney schools face ‘dirty loos’ as cleaners to strike in holiday pay row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “What we have here is outrageous salami-slicing by the employer OCS of pay and employment conditions of an already lowly-paid group of workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-schools-face-dirty-loos-as-cleaners-to-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-33238 Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:28:33 -0000 Unite calls for cash boost as NHS faces winter funding crisis Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “The NHS celebrates its 70th birthday this summer, but the government has put it in intensive care by failing to provide sufficient funding to secure the future of one of Britain’s greatest achievements." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-cash-boost-as-nhs-faces-winter-funding-crisis/default.aspx tcm:11-33218 Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:21:11 -0000 Hopes rise of possible breakthrough in Manchester Mears dispute There are cautious hopes that the long-running strike action involving housing maintenance workers employed by Mears in Manchester could be moving towards a conclusion. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hopes-rise-of-possible-breakthrough-in-manchester-mears-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33137 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:05:48 -0000 10th anniversary of educational programme that has helped more than 7,000 migrant workers The programme, developed and run by Unite will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the TUC’s headquarters in London on Saturday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/10th-anniversary-of-educational-programme-that-has-helped-more-than-7000-migrant-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-33123 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unions table ‘pay justice’ claim for local government craftworkers Trade unions Unite and GMB have tabled a pay claim on behalf of local government craftworkers, which is seeking a downpayment on ‘pay justice’ for members. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-table-pay-justice-claim-for-local-government-craftworkers/default.aspx tcm:11-33077 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:59:36 -0000 Local government workers in Christmas pay pinch Grinch protest Unite national officer Jim Kennedy said: “Over the last seven years local government workers have seen their pay plummet in real terms by as much as 21 per cent thanks to the government’s pay pinch Grinch. It’s time Philip Hammond showed some Christmas spirit by committing extra funds to austerity ravaged councils to protect services and give local government workers the pay rise they need." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/local-government-workers-in-christmas-pay-pinch-grinch-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-33055 Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:58:09 -0000 Hackney schools face ‘dirty loos’ in cleaners’ holiday pay row Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “What we have here is outrageous salami-slicing by OCS of pay and employment conditions of an already lowly-paid group of workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-schools-face-dirty-loos-in-cleaners-holiday-pay-row/default.aspx tcm:11-33026 Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:12:14 -0000 Hammond's budget has not solved the cash crisis facing the NHS - Unite on NHS finances as winter looms Unite head of health Sarah Carpenter said: “It is clear that NHS England is grappling with some very tough decisions on services and patient care following the woefully inadequate extra cash for the NHS that Philip Hammond outlined in the budget." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hammonds-budget-has-not-solved-the-cash-crisis-facing-the-nhs---unite-on-nhs-finances-as-winter-looms/default.aspx tcm:11-33000 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:11:54 -0000 ‘Swingeing’ bus cuts in Kent will hit the elderly and disabled, warns Unite The cuts will mean axing 74 contracts affecting services used by pensioners, the disabled and their carers, and low paid workers without cars, as well as school children - total of 1.6 million journeys a year are made on the threatened routes http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/swingeing-bus-cuts-in-kent-will-hit-the-elderly-and-disabled-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32998 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:20:05 -0000 Knowsley housing workers begin strike action over below inflation pay offers Housing maintenance workers in Knowsley, Merseyside will start a series of strikes over pay this Friday (1 December), Unite, Britain’s largest union, has confirmed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/knowsley-housing-workers-begin-strike-action-over-below-inflation-pay-offers/default.aspx tcm:11-32969 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:50:33 -0000 Unite hails a 'victory for common sense' as Birmingham bin dispute ends Describing the deal as a ‘victory for common sense’, Unite said the deal hammered out at Acas with Birmingham city council would see the grade three role retained, albeit it with a change of job title and added responsibilities such as data collection for refuse compliance. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-a-victory-for-common-sense-as-birmingham-bin-dispute-ends/default.aspx tcm:11-32931 Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:00:29 -0000 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 Shocking levels of mental illness and stress revealed problems among Manchester housing workers, as strike action resumes A confidential survey of workers employed by Mears in Manchester and joint venture company Manchester Working (operated by Mears) has revealed very high levels of mental health problems and stress among its workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shocking-levels-of-mental-illness-and-stress-revealed-problems-among-manchester-housing-workers-as-strike-action-resumes/default.aspx tcm:11-32827 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:14:47 -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 Manchester housing workers announce extensive strike action Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Mears in Manchester in housing maintenance roles will begin a programme of 49 days of strikes next week. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/manchester-housing-workers-announce-extensive-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-32751 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:20:47 -0000 Government response to unpaid sleep-in shifts delays pay justice for thousands Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents thousands of social care workers has sharply criticised the announcement by the government today (Thursday 2 November) about how workers underpaid for sleep over shifts (while on duty) will be compensated. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-response-to-unpaid-sleep-in-shifts-delays-pay-justice-for-thousands/default.aspx tcm:11-32744 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:33:07 -0000 ‘Final wake up call’ on NHS pay as increasing number of nurses leave Unite head of health Sarah Carpenter said: “The disturbing NMC findings are further evidence, if more were needed, that the NHS needs a massive cash injection, with a large tranche earmarked for a generous pay rise for staff." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/final-wake-up-call-on-nhs-pay-as-increasing-number-of-nurses-leave/default.aspx tcm:11-32731 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 02:11:11 -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 First Manchester bus drivers ‘five miles and £5,000 apart’ Unite regional officer Neil Clarke said: “For four years First Manchester has repeated that pay will be harmonised, but it has always been jam tomorrow – and now our members are fed up with dry bread and the bosses’ stale words." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-manchester-bus-drivers-five-miles-and-5000-apart/default.aspx tcm:11-32661 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:18:58 -0000 Unite calls for action to improve Birmingham welfare facilities Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to investigate the lack of welfare facilities being provided to housing maintenance workers in Birmingham, who are directed by their employer to use toilets at McDonalds Tesco and KFC. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-call-for-action-to-improve-birmingham-welfare-facilities/default.aspx tcm:11-32659 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:44:29 -0000 Unite takes legal action against Mears in Wigan for unpaid holidays Unite, the UK’s largest union, is taking legal action in support of members employed by troubled contractor Mears, after the company secretly cut holiday pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-takes-legal-action-against-mears-in-wigan-for-unpaid-holidays/default.aspx tcm:11-32655 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:15:00 -0000 Mears Manchester workers overwhelmingly back fresh industrial action in pay dispute Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Mears in Manchester are set to renew strike action in a longstanding dispute over pay after overwhelmingly voting for fresh strike action, the union announced today (Wednesday 18 October). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mears-manchester-workers-overwhelmingly-back-fresh-industrial-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32616 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:40:52 -0000 Cornwall’s NHS needs £100 million boost, after critical report on trust, says Unite Unite regional officer Stuart Roden said: “The case for a massive financial injection for the NHS in Cornwall is unanswerable - Cornwall has six Tory MPs and they should stop sitting on their hands and be banging on the door of Jeremy Hunt asking for a large financial boost for the county." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cornwalls-nhs-needs-100-million-boost-after-critical-report-on-trust-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32526 Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:34:46 -0000 Unite to ballot for fresh strike action at Manchester Mears Unite regional co-ordinating officer Any Fisher said: “Unite has given Mears every opportunity to resolve this dispute and Mears has entirely failed to do so, so Unite has no option, but to ask our members to once again take strike action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-ballot-for-fresh-strike-action-at-manchester-mears/default.aspx tcm:11-32468 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:34:05 -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 Doncaster braced for Christmas bin strikes as Unite ballots for strike action “If Suez and Doncaster council want to avoid this dispute from taking place then they must remove the threat of compulsory redundancies.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/doncaster-braced-for-christmas-bin-strikes-as-unite-ballots-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32406 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:26:37 -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 Unite secures High Court ruling halting Birmingham refuse worker redundancies “As part of the ruling Unite will suspend its industrial action until the matter is put before a full court hearing at a later date." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-high-court-ruling-halting-birmingham-refuse-worker-redundancies/default.aspx tcm:11-32336 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:33:08 -0000 Ball firmly in Birmingham council’s court, says Unite There is an Acas agreement in place and Unite remains confident that the courts will uphold that agreement on Monday and agree with us that it was entered into with the full knowledge of the cabinet and officers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ball-firmly-in-birmingham-councils-court-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32274 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:31:40 -0000