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 Liquidator fees need urgent review following latest Carillion revelations, says Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling for an urgent review of the fees, major accountancy firms can charge when a company falls into administration, after it was revealed today (16 August) that following Carillion’s collapse staff at accountancy giant PwC charged on average £356 a hour for their services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liquidator-fees-need-urgent-review-following-latest-carillion-revelations-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35092 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:37:04 -0000 Government needs to transform funding system to tackle Cornish tourist challenges Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the government to reform its local funding formula to ensure that Cornwall and other tourist hotspots are better able to cope with peak holiday periods. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-transform-funding-system-to-tackle-cornish-tourist-challenges/default.aspx tcm:11-35085 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:14:57 -0000 ‘Unpaid leave’ plan for Somerset county council staff is due to financial incompetence, says Unite Unite acting regional secretary for the south west Steve Preddy said: “This crisis is entirely of this Tory-controlled council’s own making. If it had taken the advice of its financial advisors and raised council tax in line with inflation in recent years, the budget would now be running a surplus." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unpaid-leave-plan-for-somerset-county-council--staff-is-due-to-financial-incompetence-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35047 Thu, 9 Aug 2018 15:51:54 -0000 The scale of Virgin’s NHS contracts should be probed by MPs, says Unite Unite head of health Sarah Carpenter said: “The Commons health and social care select committee should investigate how Richard Branson’s Virgin empire has gobbled up nearly £2bn of NHS contracts in the last five years." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/the-scale-of-virgins-nhs-contracts-should-be-probed-by-mps-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35021 Mon, 6 Aug 2018 15:56:10 -0000 Waltham Forest protest over non-payment of ‘living wage’ to young people Unite is taking its campaign to north east London, after notching up a victory earlier in the summer when Tower Hamlets council brought forward an agreement with GLL to pay those aged 18-20 the London living wage from next month http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/waltham-forest-protest-over-non-payment-of-living-wage-to-young-people/default.aspx tcm:11-35005 Fri, 3 Aug 2018 12:41:56 -0000 Mental health services in Oxfordshire face severe cuts, Unite warns Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “Oxfordshire clinical commissioning group ranks in the bottom half of national spending on mental health – it is a serial underfunder." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mental-health-services-in-oxfordshire-face-severe-cuts-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-34959 Fri, 27 Jul 2018 08:38:06 -0000 Threat to service helping Derbyshire adults with abuse trauma, warns Unite Unite regional officer Maureen Scott-Douglas said: “Alarm bells should be ringing with the Derbyshire public that this excellent service is under threat. Unite will be spearheading a campaign to save this vital NHS service." http://www.unitetheunion.org/threat-to-service-helping-derbyshire-adults-with-abuse-trauma/default.aspx tcm:11-34932 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:49:39 -0000 Public sector ‘pay pain’ set to continue, warns Unite Today’s announcements on public sector pay by government ministers will do little to lift flagging morale or ease the ‘pay pain’ endured for the last eight years by public sector workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/public-sector-pay-pain-set-to-continue-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34928 Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:19:57 -0000 Unite launches legal action for ex-Carillion workers on GCHQ contract Unite, the UK’s largest union, has launched legal action on behalf of a group of 27 members who were made redundant following the collapse of the Carillion group in January. The legal action is the first taken by a union for affected workers, following the group’s collapse. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launches-action-for-ex-carillion-workers-on-gchq-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-34746 Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:10:43 -0000 Unite local authority craft workers reject local government pay offer and show disgust at employers’ attitude Thousands of Unite members employed in local government, whose pay and conditions are covered by the ‘craft red book’ agreement, and primarily undertake housing maintenance roles, have voted to reject the employers pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-local-authority-craft-workers-reject-local-government-pay-offer-and-show-disgust-at-employers-attitude/default.aspx tcm:11-34740 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 14:47:42 -0000 Major victory for London’s young people in non-payment of ‘living wage’ scandal, says Unite Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We regard this as a significant victory in our campaign to achieve LLW pay justice for young people employed in London boroughs by GLL." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/major-victory-for-londons-young-people-in-non-payment-of-living-wage-scandal-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34704 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:20:37 -0000 Hackney drivers face summer meltdown as traffic wardens announce fresh strike dates Motorists in Hackney, north London, are facing a summer meltdown as the boroughs traffic wardens, members of Unite the UK’s largest union, have announced six days of strike action next month. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-drivers-face-summer-meltdown-as-traffic-wardens-announce-fresh-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-34623 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:29:10 -0000 Unite health members vote overwhelmingly in favour of the NHS pay deal Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "We don’t regard this result as the end of the story, but a first stage on the long march for pay justice for dedicated staff working in the NHS, after eight years of pay austerity." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-health-members-vote-overwhelmingly-in-favour-of-the-nhs-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-34552 Fri, 8 Jun 2018 11:22:22 -0000 Unite members at East Dunbartonshire Council vote for industrial action Unite the Union has today announced that its membership at East Dunbartonshire Council have resoundingly voted for industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-members-at-east-dunbartonshire-council-vote-for-industrial-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34548 Wed, 6 Jun 2018 11:20:45 -0000 Threat to Birmingham school nurse jobs could hit vulnerable children, warns Unite Unite blamed the Tory government’s swingeing reductions to local government funding in England for the cuts that could affect about 170,000 school-aged children in the Birmingham area http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-to-birmingham-school-nurse-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-34460 Thu, 31 May 2018 08:55:20 -0000 Norfolk hospital workers demo on 29 May, as hefty hikes in car parking charges loom Unite members will stage the protest at the Inspire Centre at 10.00 on Tuesday as the board of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust meets to discuss the increases due to be implemented on 1 June http://www.unitetheunion.org/norfolk-hospital-workers-demo-on-29-may-as-hefty-hikes-in-car-parking-charges-loom/default.aspx tcm:11-34404 Thu, 24 May 2018 13:47:32 -0000 Call for ‘pause’ in MoD firefighters privatisation welcomed by Unite Jim Kennedy said: “We welcome the intervention of the select committee in calling for the defence secretary to institute a pause while the full implications of what is envisaged is forensically analysed." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/call-for-pause-in-mod-firefighters-privatisation-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34353 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:59:32 -0000 Carillion report must be first step in transforming shattered corporate model Unite, the UK’s largest union, is demanding the full adoption of recommendations contained in a joint select committee report (published today Wednesday 16 May) into Carillion, and is urging the government to do far more to prevent future corporate failures. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carillion-report-must-be-first-step-in-transforming-shattered-corporate-model/default.aspx tcm:11-34329 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:01:29 -0000 London’s young people in non-payment of ‘living wage’ scandal Local councils are meant to insist that organisations with outsourcing contracts, such as GLL, should pay the voluntary London living wage. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/londons-young-people-in-non-payment-of-living-wage-scandal/default.aspx tcm:11-34273 Tue, 8 May 2018 11:11:51 -0000 Dacorum dustbin redundancy pay dispute settled The redundancy payments’ dispute at Dacorum borough council in Hertfordshire, which had seen delays in the collection of dustbins, has been settled. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dacorum-dustbin-redundancy-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-34271 Tue, 8 May 2018 10:32:41 -0000 ‘Cruel' Staffordshire council budget cuts hit vulnerable families, warns Unite Unite regional officer Frank Keogh said: “These cruel cuts are putting vital services, such as maternal and child mental health, child protection and domestic abuse, under even more severe strain." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cruel-staffordshire-council-budget-cuts-hit-vulnerable-families/default.aspx tcm:11-34218 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:19:17 -0000 Unite health members start balloting today on NHS pay deal Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Unite welcomes many aspects of this deal - however, we regard this as the start, not the end, of the journey for true pay justice for NHS staff, which we will campaign for with energy in the coming months and years." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-health-members-start-balloting-today-on-nhs-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-34207 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:10:05 -0000 Parking tickets to be disrupted as Hackney traffic wardens set to strike over pay in May Unite said that the nearly 40 traffic wardens would strike for 48 hours from 00:01 on Monday 14 May, after voting by 100 per cent for industrial action http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/parking-tickets-to-be-disrupted-as-hackney-traffic-wardens-set-to-strike-over-pay-in-may/default.aspx tcm:11-34195 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:49:40 -0000 Slough facing summer stench as bin workers ballot for strike action Unite, the UK’s largest union, is preparing to ballot its refuse collection workers in Slough for strike action after a senior steward was suspended and faces dismissal on ‘trumped up charges’ in a row over lunch breaks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/slough-facing-summer-stench-as-bin-workers-ballot-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34178 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:40:26 -0000 GP practices face funding threat as online service ‘targets’ young people, Unite warns Doctors in Unite (DiU) said that the online NHS GP at Hand service is signing up predominately young people – and putting the future care of vulnerable groups at risk http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gp-practices-face-funding-threat/default.aspx tcm:11-34176 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:20:17 -0000 Thurrock bin strikes off but tensions remain, warns Unite Unite members working in Thurrock council’s waste collection service have agreed to end the current threat of strike action; but tensions remain in the service and the threat of strikes could be revisited if the council reneges on its promises, Unite warned today (Monday 16 April). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/thurrock-bin-strikes-off-but-tensions-remain-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34126 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:43:43 -0000 Escalation in Dacorum dustbin redundancy pay dispute on cards The council has voted to cut compensation payments to staff who are made redundant from 2.2 times the weekly wage for each completed year, down to 1.5 times of the weekly wage for each completed year. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/escalation-in-dacorum-dustbin-redundancy-pay-dispute-on-cards/default.aspx tcm:11-34112 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:49:27 -0000 Unite statement on local government pay offer Unite national officer for local government Jim Kennedy said: “We will work closely in solidarity going forward with the other unions representing local government workers to achieve true pay justice for this dedicated workforce." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/local-government-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-34071 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:12:53 -0000 Thurrock bin strikes suspended as Unite wins spy camera concessions Strikes by Thurrock council’s waste collection workers due to be begin next week (Thursday 12 April) have been suspended following lengthy negotiations. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/thurrock-bin-strikes-suspended-as-unite-wins-spy-camera-concessions/default.aspx tcm:11-34050 Fri, 6 Apr 2018 09:51:34 -0000 Thurrock waste collection strikes looming due to ‘rubbish management’ Workers employed in Thurrock council’s waste collection service are set to begin strike action on Thursday 12 April in a dispute caused by the organisation’s ‘rubbish management’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/thurrock-waste-collection-strikes-looming-due-to-rubbish-management/default.aspx tcm:11-34006 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:32:41 -0000 Bromley library strike starts tomorrow over ‘paltry’ pay deal The strike is the latest to hit the controversial Tory-controlled council which has made outsourcing the lynchpin of its polices http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-library-strike-starts-tomorrow-over-paltry-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33986 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:20:42 -0000 Unite labels Conservative West Midlands MPs as ‘grossly irresponsible’ in opposing funding for frontline police staff roles The proposed increase in frontline police staff roles is designed to free up and support warranted police staff in catching criminals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-labels-conservative-west-midlands-mps-as-grossly-irresponsible-in-opposing-funding-for-frontline-police-staff-roles/default.aspx tcm:11-33923 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:52:35 -0000 Dacorum dustbin collection threat in redundancy pay dispute Delays in the collection of dustbins are on the cards as workers at Dacorum borough council prepare to start a three month weekend overtime ban in a dispute about a reduction in redundancy payments http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dacorum-dustbin-collection-threat-in-redundancy-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33900 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:29:45 -0000 Unite statement on NHS pay talks Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Unite has been closely involved with these pay talks since December and we are very close to a final position which we will be putting to our members." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-nhs-pay-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-33843 Fri, 9 Mar 2018 11:31:19 -0000 Stop post-Carillion privatisation of MoD firefighters, Unite tells public sector pay rally tonight Unite assisant general secretary Gail Cartmail called on the rally to send a message of support to MoD firefighters facing the dire prospect of post-Carillion outsourcing http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/top-post-carillion-privatisation-of-mod-firefighters-unite-tells-public-sector-pay-rally-tonight/default.aspx tcm:11-33822 Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:19:35 -0000 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