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 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 Birmingham refuse workers rally amid blacklist accusations Birmingham’s refuse workers will be rallying outside the council offices in Victoria Square on Sunday 17 September calling on Birmingham city council to honour the Acas agreement and resolve the Birmingham bin dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-refuse-workers-rally-amid-blacklist-accusations/default.aspx tcm:11-32271 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:23:32 -0000 All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say health unions Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Making dedicated health professionals pick up the tab for the greed and machinations of a banking elite that nearly brought the UK’s financial system to its knees is just plain wrong.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/all-nhs-staff-need-a-pay-rise/default.aspx tcm:11-32265 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:41:33 -0000 Unite accuses ministers of a ‘pick and mix’ approach to public sector pay “All our public servants deserve a decent pay rise that keeps up with inflation and undoes the years of real term pay cuts they have suffered at the hands of Tory minsters.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-accuses-ministers-of-a-pick-and-mix-approach-to-public-sector-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32244 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:29:53 -0000 TUC condemns Birmingham council for reneging on Acas brokered bin strike deal Having received the backing of the entire labour movement, Unite has announced that it will be holding a rally in support of the bin workers this Sunday 17 September. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tuc-condemns-birmingham-council-for-reneging-on-acas-brokered-bin-strike-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-32241 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:48:53 -0000 Birmingham city council chief executive should follow in footsteps of council leader and resign Stella Manzie, the interim chief executive of Birmingham council should follow the lead of councillor leader John Clancy and resign and the council honour the Acas agreement it reached to settle the bin dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-city-council-chief-executive-should-follow-in-footsteps-of-council-leader-and-resign/default.aspx tcm:11-32229 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Birmingham city council chief executive should follow in footsteps of council leader and resign “The interim chief executive has lost the trust of Birmingham city council’s workforce and the people of Birmingham." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-city-council-chief-executive-should-resign/default.aspx tcm:11-32235 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:31:00 -0000 Government lifting of public sector pay cap ‘no comfort after seven years of misery’ Unite has described briefings that the government is planning to slowly lift the public sector pay cap as a ‘drop in the ocean’ that failed to acknowledge seven years of pay misery. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-lifting-of-public-sector-pay-cap-no-comfort-after-seven-years-of-misery/default.aspx tcm:11-32143 Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:52:57 -0000 Birmingham bin strikes could last the year Unite announces new ballot in light of council's 'shoddy' behaviour http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-bin-strikes-could-last-the-year/default.aspx tcm:11-32137 Fri, 1 Sep 2017 18:42:25 -0000 Bin strikes set to resume warns Unite as Birmingham council issues redundancies “Unite calls on the council to come to its senses and withdraw these redundancy notices to avoid the disruption of industrial action.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bin-strikes-set-to-resume-as-birmingham-council-issues-redundancies/default.aspx tcm:11-32135 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:24:19 -0000 Unite urges cabinet to stand firm and save Birmingham bin deal “Public won't tolerate undermining of democratically elected councillors on Friday's crucial vote.” says Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-cabinet-to-stand-firm-and-save-birmingham-bin-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-32125 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:22:55 -0000 Unite urges HMRC to investigate Mears’ unpaid traineeships in Manchester Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the discovery that controversial outsourcing company Mears is advertising for unpaid trainee positions ‘as a new low’ and has called for HMRC to investigate possible breaches of national minimum wage rules. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-hmrc-to-investigate-mears-unpaid-traineeships-in-manchester/default.aspx tcm:11-32078 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:48:42 -0000 Doncaster bin strikes averted for now Planned refuse strikes in Doncaster due to begin tomorrow (Wednesday 23 August) have been called off after a last minute pay offer was agreed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/doncaster-bin-strikes-averted-for-now/default.aspx tcm:11-32058 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:22:09 -0000 Unite warns no stone will be left unturned if Doncaster bins company breaks law to undermine strikes Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that it will leave ‘no stone unturned’ if Doncaster refuse contractor Suez presses ahead with breaking the law during forthcoming strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-no-stone-unturned-if-doncaster-bins-company-breaks-law-to-undermine-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-32015 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:33:08 -0000 Unite hails victory in Birmingham bin dispute The union said that the council had accepted the refuse workers’ case and restored the grade 3 jobs, which are responsible for the safety at the rear of the refuse vehicles http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-victory-in-birmingham-bin-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31997 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:43:54 -0000 Birmingham bin dispute ‘could continue until Christmas’, warns Unite Unite is balloting its refuse collection members to renew its industrial action mandate which could result in more strikes after the present daily strike action ends on 21 September http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-bin-dispute-could-continue-until-christmas-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31959 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:27:08 -0000 Shropshire health visiting faces tsunami of cuts, Unite warns Unite regional officer Stuart Baker said: “We are calling on the Shropshire public to make its collective voice heard before the consultation process ends on 8 September, so these proposed cuts are stopped in their tracks." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shropshire-health-visiting-faces-tsunami-of-cuts-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-31916 Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:03:24 -0000 Threat of dirty Donny rises as Suez crisis deepens Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that Doncaster residents are facing sustained periods without rubbish collections, as a dispute with private contractor Suez over pay and job losses deepens. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-of-dirty-donny-as-suez-crisis-deepens/default.aspx tcm:11-31911 Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:32:42 -0000 ‘Battle royal’ pledge by Unite over East Midlands hospitals’ merger Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter, who is addressing Saturday’s rally, said: “We want the trust, staff and public to highlight the core problem which is underfunding of the NHS." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/battle-royal-pledge-by-unite-over-east-midlands-hospitals-merger/default.aspx tcm:11-31879 Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:09:41 -0000 Talks on cards in Birmingham bin dispute Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “We are making every effort to resolve this dispute and, hopefully, we can hold talks with the city council, otherwise the industrial action already planned to run up to September will escalate." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/talks-on-cards-in-birmingham-bin-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31831 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:16:12 -0000 Unite welcomes police ‘corporate manslaughter’ probe into Grenfell fire Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Clearly people have to be held accountable if their decisions have caused deaths and, more so, if those decisions were made with the knowledge of the very real risks to lives." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-police-corporate-manslaughter-probe-into-grenfell-fire/default.aspx tcm:11-31824 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:12:05 -0000 Doncaster in dirty streets warning after refuse company announces seismic redundancies Unite, the UK’s largest union, is warning that Doncaster residents face the prospect of dirty streets, an increase in litter and fly tipping after refuse contractor Suez (1) announced huge cuts to its workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/doncaster-in-dirty-streets-warning-after-refuse-company-announces-seismic-redundancies/default.aspx tcm:11-31802 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:25:58 -0000 ‘Perfect storm’ buffets NHS recruitment, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "“The three main factors that need to be urgently addressed by Jeremy Hunt are the harsh pay austerity regime; the impact of Brexit on the 55,000 EU nationals working for the NHS; and the obsession with constant reorganisation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/perfect-storm-buffets-nhs-recruitment-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31771 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:18:39 -0000 Striking Mears workers involve tenants and shareholders in long running industrial dispute Striking workers at Mears in Manchester are widening their campaign activity to pressurise shareholders and win the hearts and minds of tenants affected by the dispute over pay differentials. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-mears-workers-involve-tenants-and-shareholders-in-long-running-industrial-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31757 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:13:07 -0000 Campaigners march to save Medway children’s centres ahead of crunch vote “Councillors need to resist short-term cuts and look at the wider and long-term impact that cutting a vital lifeline will have on families.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaigners-march-to-save-medway-childrens-centres-ahead-of-crunch-vote/default.aspx tcm:11-31693 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:46:09 -0000 New 999 response times need to be closely monitored, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "It is a situation that we will be watching closely in the months ahead as our paramedic members have continually reported that the ambulance service is under severe stress and pressure across England." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-999-response-times-need-to-be-closely-monitored-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31627 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:20:50 -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 Birmingham council refuse workers to strike over job losses and ‘bullying culture’ tomorrow Unite confirmed today that the strike was going-ahead and accused the council of ‘playing fast-and-loose’ over the union’s genuine offer to engage in talks with the conciliation service, Acas http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/birmingham-council-refuse-workers-to-strike-over-job-losses-and-bullying-culture-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-31466 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:01:07 -0000 Unite calls for fresh start on construction regulations following Grenfell fire Unite has three key demands: an overhaul of building regulations, the end of attacks on existing regulations and the implementation of a licensing regime across the industry http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-fresh-start-on-construction-regulations-following-grenfell-fire/default.aspx tcm:11-31460 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:55:52 -0000 Unite to protest at Manchester Central in ongoing Mears housing maintenance dispute Members of Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, will be demonstrating outside the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Housing 2017 conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in their long running dispute with private contractor Mears and joint venture company Manchester Working. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-protest-at-manchester-central-in-ongoing-mears-housing-maintenance-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31444 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:41:46 -0000 Concern that new Brexit minister supports removing asbestos laws Unite, the UK’s largest union, has revealed that newly appointed Brexit minister Steve Baker MP, has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws. Unite is demanding that the government now provide ‘cast-iron guarantees’ that asbestos regulations won’t be watered down. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/concern-that-new-brexit-minister-supports-removing-asbestos-laws/default.aspx tcm:11-31425 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:21:44 -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 Unite steps up action in Mears Manchester housing dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, is stepping up the pressure in an increasingly bitter dispute with private contractor Mears and joint venture company Manchester Working in a dispute concerning pay differentials and attacks on conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-steps-up-action-in-mears-manchester-housing-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31412 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:19:10 -0000