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 Pay talks ‘insult’ as Arriva North West bus workers gear up for nine days of strikes in December Unite members at 11 depots across the north west will walk out during their shifts on 4,7,12,13,14,20,21,22 and 23 December - strikes for Monday and 27 November have already been announced. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pay-talks-insult-as-arriva-north-west-bus-workers-gear-up-for-nine-days-of-strikes-in-december/default.aspx tcm:11-32867 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:39:41 -0000 Unite describes TfL’s response to bus safety report as sweeping concerns under the carpet Unite, Britain’s biggest union representing bus workers, has accused Transport for London (TfL) of attempting to sweep concerns about the health and welfare of bus drivers under the carpet with its response to the London Assembly’s report ‘Driven to Distraction’, which was published this week. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-describes-tfls-response-to-bus-safety-report-as-sweeping-concerns-under-the-carpet/default.aspx tcm:11-32812 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:34:53 -0000 Shock survey reveals level of abuse, spitting and physical assault faced by London’s bus drivers “No one should have to put up with being spat at, verbally abused or physically assaulted." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shock-survey-reveals-level-of-abuse-spitting-and-physical-assault-faced-by-londons-bus-drivers/default.aspx tcm:11-32742 Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:15:29 -0000 Arriva North West bus workers’ strikes over ‘inadequate’ pay set to run into November Over 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff working for Arriva North West across 11 depots will strike again for 24 hours on Monday – and this will be followed by further five one-day strikes on 6, 8,13, 20 and 27 November http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/arriva-north-west-bus-workers-strikes-over-inadequate-pay-set-to-run-into-november/default.aspx tcm:11-32682 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:15:06 -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 demands bus drivers are protected and treated with dignity after firework attack Unite, the UK’s largest union, has renewed its calls for better protection of bus drivers after Youtube footage emerged of a driver being attacked with a firework. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demand-bus-drivers-are-protected-and-treated-with-dignity-after-firework-attack/default.aspx tcm:11-32622 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:51:47 -0000 Arriva North West bus workers to strike over ‘pitiful’ pay “Arriva is owned by the German transport giant Deutsche Bahn AG and has huge financial resources. All we are seeking is a fair and reasonable pay award against a backdrop of spiralling inflation and soaring living costs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/arriva-north-west-bus-workers-to-strike-over-pitiful-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32576 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:11:31 -0000 Members to be balloted for strike action in ‘bucks, not burgers’ Gatwick baggage handling dispute Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “Workers want bucks, not burgers; our members are not going to be palmed off with a few burnt sausages on a barbecue, instead of a pay rise." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/members-to-be-balloted-for-strike-action-in-bucks-not-burgers-gatwick-baggage-handling-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32450 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:40:39 -0000 Black cab drivers praise for mayor of London over Uber decision We would urge the mayor of London and Transport for London to stand firm and continue to stand up for the safety of Londoners and the capital’s trusted cabbies.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/black-cab-drivers-praise-for-mayor-of-london-over-uber-decision/default.aspx tcm:11-32368 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:12:36 -0000 London bus controller strike off as deal reached A strike by London’s bus controllers scheduled for Friday (22 September) has been called off after last minute peace talks at Acas today (20 September) resulted in an increased pay offer being made and accepted. http://www.unitetheunion.org/london-bus-controller-strike-off-as-deal-reached/default.aspx tcm:11-32349 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:46:26 -0000 Fresh transport disruption expected as London bus controllers take further strike action The streets of London are facing disruption this Friday (22 September) as London’s bus controllers take further industrial action in a dispute over pay, Unite, the UK’s largest union has warned. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-transport-disruption-expected-as-london-bus-controllers-take-further-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32312 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:29:46 -0000 London bus workers to protest at City Hall over shocking conditions London bus drivers, will be demonstrating this Thursday (14 September) outside City Hall over the failure of Transport for London to require contractors to ensure bus drivers are treated decently at work. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-bus-workers-to-protest-at-city-hall-over-shocking-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-32246 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:15:49 -0000 Unite warns London’s travelling public face safety and welfare challenges as TfL fails to plan for bank holiday strikes A failure by Transport for London (TfL) to put an effective contingency plan in place, when support staff take 48 hours strike action from 00:01hrs on Sunday 27 August, will create safety and welfare issues for drivers and passengers alike warned Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 25 August). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-londons-travelling-public-face-safety-and-welfare-challenges-as-tfl-fails-to-plan-for-bank-holiday-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-32090 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:28:03 -0000 Bank holiday London bus chaos confirmed as talks fail London bus passengers face potentially severe disruption this weekend as peace talks, designed to resolve a pay dispute concerning support staff, broke up without agreement. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bank-holiday-london-bus-chaos-confirmed-as-talks-fail/default.aspx tcm:11-32075 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:36:48 -0000 Warning of bus chaos for Notting Hill Carnival weekend as support staff to strike Unite, the UK’s largest union, is warning that bus passengers are facing widespread disruption across London over the August bank holiday weekend as key safety support staff, hold a 48 hour strike over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bus-chaos-for-notting-hill-carnival-weekend-as-support-staff-to-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-31982 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:22:22 -0000 Unite launches consultative ballot at Lothian Buses over bullying Unite members at Lothian Buses will hold a consultative ballot for industrial action following concerns over bullying and harassment. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-launches-consultative-ballot-at-lothian-buses/default.aspx tcm:11-31839 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:10:27 -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 Unite backs call to drive up standards and tackle safety on London’s buses “Unite has long been calling for action to be taken to alleviate stress and fatigue on London’s buses and welcomes the London Assembly transport committee’s report. It cannot be allowed to gather dust and its recommendations overlooked or ignored." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-backs-call-to-drive-up-standards-and-tackle-safety-on-londons-buses/default.aspx tcm:11-31681 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:02:21 -0000 Industrial agreement needed on HS2 to deliver project on time and on budget An overarching industrial agreement is urgently needed to ensure first class employment relations on the new High Speed 2 rail link. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/industrial-agreement-needed-on-hs2-to-deliver-project-on-time-and-on-budget/default.aspx tcm:11-31674 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:59:02 -0000 Unite takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’ A major new initiative to protect workers from the ticking time bomb caused by exposure to diesel fumes has been launched today (Friday 28 April) by Unite, the UK’s largest union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-take-action-against-diesel-fumes-time-bomb/default.aspx tcm:11-30875 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:45:54 -0000 Tomorrow’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended, as talks make ‘positive’ progress Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Tomorrow’s strike on the Woolwich Ferry has been suspended as we have made very positive progress this morning in talks with the management." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tomorrows-woolwich-ferry-strike-suspended-as-talks-make-positive-progress/default.aspx tcm:11-30779 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:34:24 -0000 Woolwich Ferry strike on Tuesday suspended, as talks make progress in ‘bullying culture’ dispute Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We are pleased to say that enough progress has been made so we can suspend Tuesday’s 24 hour strike." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-strike-on-tuesday-suspended/default.aspx tcm:11-30746 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:13:36 -0000 Trainee London bus drivers ‘short changed’ over pay, says Unite Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King said: “We have evidence and feedback from our shop stewards that reveals the majority of the bus companies in London have not been paying their trainee drivers the London living wage." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-pensions-closure-a-cause-for-serious-concern-says-unite/trainee-london-bus-drivers-short-changed-over-pay-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30742 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:58:16 -0000 More Woolwich Ferry strikes announced in ‘bullying culture’ dispute The union has told Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd, which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London, that its members will strike for 24 hours from 00.01 on Tuesday 18 April and Friday 21 April http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/more-woolwich-ferry-strikes-announced-in-bullying-culture-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-30666 Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:09:18 -0000 Bus Éireann: Unite members backed by £35 million strike fund McCluskey says struggle crucial to future of public transport. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bus-ireann-unite-members-backed-by-35-million-strike-fund/default.aspx tcm:11-30538 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:12:26 -0000 Oxford Bus Company pay dispute settled A pay deal for the year, starting on 1 November 2016, and a lump sum to settle 2016 Christmas working issues were hammered out after talks under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oxford-bus-company-pay-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-30531 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:13:40 -0000 Black cab drivers call for Uber lobbying inquiry Unite today echoed calls for an inquiry into links between senior Conservative figures and Uber and their role in lobbying against tighter private taxi hire regulation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/black-cab-drivers-call-for-uber-lobbying-inquiry/default.aspx tcm:11-30525 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Incredible support for striking Oxford bus workers as Unite warns dispute could go nationwide Today’s action is the second 24-hour strike by the workers who are angered by the company’s intransigent stance on the issue of pay and by the hostility to their union displayed by the local management. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/incredible-support-for-striking-oxford-bus-workers-as-unite-warns-dispute-could-go-nationwide/default.aspx tcm:11-30256 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:25:34 -0000 Oxford bus bosses trying to ‘salami slice’ workers’ pay, as one day strike looms tomorrow Unite said that it appreciated the disruption that the strike will cause to the travelling public, but laid the blame at the door of the company’s managing director who wanted ‘to break the union http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oxford-bus-bosses-trying-to-salami-slice-workers-pay-as-one-day-strike-looms-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30194 Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:41:24 -0000 British Airways mixed fleet pile on the pressure over poverty pay with more strike days Unite regional officer Matt Smith said: ""We would urge British Airways to reconsider its costly intransigence and enter talks at Acas and reach an agreement." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-mixed-fleet/default.aspx tcm:11-29950 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:26:48 -0000 Progress in Woolwich Ferry dispute talks Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Enough progress was made yesterday for the unions to suspend next Friday’s planned 24-hour strike." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/progress-in-woolwich-ferry-dispute-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-29922 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:10:56 -0000 Unite chief urges mayor of London to build on ‘fairer deal’ for bus workers Unite general secretary Len McCluskey called on the mayor of London Sadiq Khan to build on the successful introduction of a minimum pay rate for London’s bus drivers, by working with Unite towards a harmonised London wide pay structure. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-urges-mayor-of-london-to-build-on-fairer-deal-for-bus-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-29896 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:26:48 -0000 Network Rail pay & allowances victory Unite secure two year pay deal and 29% allowance increase for Network Rail staff in London http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/network-rail-pay--allowances-victory/default.aspx tcm:11-29862 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Burton bus drivers seal union recognition deal with Midland Classic “We look forward to working positively with Midland Classic to improve the working lives of our members and the service they provide to the public.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/burton-bus-drivers-seal-union-recognition-deal-with-midland-classic/default.aspx tcm:11-29848 Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:29:18 -0000 Woolwich Ferry dispute escalates over health and safety concerns as worker collapses, says Unite The union said that on Saturday an ambulance was called to the ferry after the engineer collapsed from inhaling fumes in the engine room of one of the boats – after treatment, he was not detained in hospital http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-dispute-escalates-over-health-and-safety-concerns-as-worker-collapses/default.aspx tcm:11-29783 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:52:41 -0000 Drivers at Oxford Bus Company ballot for strike action over ‘total breakdown’ in industrial relations The union said that the issues included pay negotiations, disciplinary procedures and a proposed new holiday policy and lieu days - the ballot will open on 30 January and closes on 20 February http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/drivers-at-oxford-bus-company-ballot-for-strike-action-over-total-breakdown-in-industrial-relations/default.aspx tcm:11-29714 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:43:08 -0000 Woolwich Ferry set to be rocked by 12 days of strike action over bullying culture The first strike day is scheduled for next Friday and the final day is Friday 14 April - more than 40,000 car journeys could be hit http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-set-to-be-rocked-by-12-days-of-strike-action-over-bullying-culture/default.aspx tcm:11-29677 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:28:02 -0000 Bus companies urged to give clarity following ruling on priority wheelchair spaces Commenting Unite national officer for transport Bobby Morton said: “This ruling is a step in the right direction, but the ambiguity of it and the onus on the bus driver to resolve disputes over wheelchair spaces potentially places them in a position of conflict. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bus-companies-urged-to-give-clarity-following-ruling-on-priority-wheelchair-spaces/default.aspx tcm:11-29653 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:36:45 -0000 Union accuses transport councillors of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' Transport workers are warning councillors that they are putting the future of public transport in Edinburgh at risk – with cuts to services and increased fares the possible result. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/union-accuses-transport-councillors-of-robbing-peter-to-pay-paul/default.aspx tcm:11-29623 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:31:47 -0000 UK commuters spend up to 6 times as much of their salary on rail fares as other European passengers Rail commuters returning to work today will face fresh fare increases, while spending up to six times as much of their salaries on rail fares as European passengers on publicly owned railways http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-commuters-spend-up-to-6-times-as-much-of-their-salary-on-rail-fares-as-other-european-passengers/default.aspx tcm:11-29496 Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:01:29 -0000 Merseyside Stagecoach bus drivers set for fortnight’s strike in pay dispute Bus services on the Wirral and in Chester and Liverpool will be hit, especially the river tunnel from Birkenhead to Liverpool, when the drivers walk out at 00:01 on 28 December http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/merseyside-stagecoach-bus-drivers-set-for-fortnight-strike-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29501 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:12:51 -0000 ‘Scrooge’ Oxford Bus Company denies drivers Christmas holiday pay The bus company is set to become the UK’s meanest bus company this Christmas, after ‘Scrooge’ bosses refused to pay drivers extra for working on two bank holidays over the festive season http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oxford-bus-company-denies-drivers-christmas-holiday-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29492 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:12:40 -0000 Unite heralds Mayor of London’s ‘ground breaking’ deal for bus drivers Unite today welcomed the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s first step towards fulfilling his election manifesto promise to provide a new fairer deal for the capital’s 25,000 bus drivers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-heralds-mayor-of-londons-ground-breaking-deal-for-bus-drivers-1/default.aspx tcm:11-29473 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:19:55 -0000 Grayling’s rail plans threaten passenger safety, says Unite Plans to strip Network Rail of complete control of England's railway tracks are a retrograde step that raises the spectre of the Hatfield train crash in 2000 which happened under the privately-owned Railtrack http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/graylings-rail-plans-threaten-passenger-safety-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29356 Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:03:58 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers’ long running pay dispute settled Unite national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton said: “This has been a long running dispute; however we have finally hammered out a peace plan that was accepted by our members." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-long-running-pay-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-29316 Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:15:46 -0000 Unite to give evidence to Commons Select Committee on Rail Safety Unite will be representing to Parliament our members' poistion on Rail Safety http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/londonandeastern/londoneasternnews/unite-to-give-evidence-to-commons-select-committee-on-rail-safety/default.aspx tcm:11-29278 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers ‘peace plan’ talks in long running pay dispute Senior management from First Group, the parent company of First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd, as well as local managers, will meet with Unite national officer Bobby Morton and shop stewards from the bus drivers at Unite headquarters http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-peace-plan-talks-in-long-running-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29221 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:36:03 -0000 Essex, Kent and Surrey bus workers in strike vote over secret ‘mystery shopper’ Bus drivers operating out of nine depots across Essex, Kent and Surrey are involved in the dispute which follows a recent survey showing that a quarter of bus workers at Arriva Southern Counties have been bullied. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/essex-kent-and-surrey-bus-workers-in-strike-vote-over-secret-mystery-shopper/default.aspx tcm:11-29152 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:04:35 -0000 West Yorkshire bus drivers to strike over pay and safety It is expected that the strike involving drivers at depots in Castleford, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Selby and Wakefield will severely disrupt services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/west-yorkshire-bus-drivers-to-strike-over-pay-and-safety/default.aspx tcm:11-29093 Wed, 9 Nov 2016 15:10:26 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers to strike on 16 November in long-running pay dispute More than 70 bus drivers in Weymouth and Bridport voted overwhelmingly to turn down the latest pay offer from First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-to-strike-on-16-november-in-long-running-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29061 Tue, 8 Nov 2016 13:02:04 -0000