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 Unite calls on government and councils to stop passing the buck on truck stops A lack of adequate truck stops is resulting in lorry drivers being forced to park in industrial estates, lay-bys and even in residential roads, where they have no welfare facilities, which damages their health and results in wider environmental implications. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-government-and-councils-to-stop-passing-the-buck-on-truck-stops/default.aspx tcm:11-32914 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:45:47 -0000 Unite warns government tax reforms could result in workers being taxed like millionaires Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that government plans to crack down on bogus self-employment could result in tens of thousands of workers being taxed like millionaires. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-government-tax-reforms-could-result-in-workers-being-taxed-like-millionaires/default.aspx tcm:11-32911 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:53:07 -0000 “Please boss can I go to the loo?” Anger over the treatment of DPD workers Unite will stage a demonstration outside DPD’s headquarters in Smethwick in protest over allegations of bullying and the poor treatment of workers at its superhub in Hinckley. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/please-boss-can-i-go-to-the-loo-anger-over-the-treatment-of-dpd-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32851 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:49:43 -0000 Yorkshire Christmas ‘beer drought’ threat as drivers hold strike ballot over health and safety issues If the drivers and their mates vote for strike action deliveries to hundreds of clubs, pubs and restaurants from Leicester to Huddersfield and Scarborough will be hit in the run-up to Christmas http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/yorkshire-christmas-beer-drought-threat/default.aspx tcm:11-32849 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:33:32 -0000 Pre-Christmas ‘bread drought’ threatened in the North West and Midlands, warns Unite The West Bromwich site produces 1.5 million loaves a week and, if there is a strike before Christmas, the regions which will bear the brunt of the 'bread drought will be the east and west Midlands, and the North West. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pre-christmas-bread-drought-threatened/default.aspx tcm:11-32822 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite calls on Britvic independent directors to intervene in closure of Robinsons factory in Norwich Unite national officerJulia Long said: “Britvic needs to come forward with full answers to our members’ concerns about the reasoning for the closure proposal – it should not be forgotten that 240 jobs are at stake." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/britvic-independent-directors/default.aspx tcm:11-32775 Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:00:13 -0000 ‘Bogus’ self-employment in the road haulage industry to come under spotlight at employment tribunal Unite, today served a claim on behalf of Gary Sharrock, a driver from St Helens, against ADR Network Limited, the Co-op’s preferred agency, and PPF Limited in relation to 'bogus' self-emploment allegations http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bogus-self-employment-in-the-road-haulage-industry-to-come-under-spotlight-at-employment-tribunal/default.aspx tcm:11-32735 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:20:55 -0000 Commercial drivers win right to spend a penny following Unite campaign Unite, the UK’s largest union, has won a long–running campaign for the right of delivery drivers to use an employers’ toilets while conducting deliveries. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/commercial-drivers-win-right-to-spend-a-penny-following-unite-campaign/default.aspx tcm:11-32728 Wed, 1 Nov 2017 15:17:39 -0000 Halloween protest over DPD ‘Toilet Terror’ Unite will stage a Halloween themed protest outside one of Europe’s largest parcel sorting facilities to call for union recognition at the DPD Super Hub in Hinckley. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/halloween-protest-over-dpd-toilet-terror/default.aspx tcm:11-32708 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:39:58 -0000 Christmas drinks’ deliveries to pubs under threat, warns Unite Pubs, clubs and restaurants could be hit as seasonal festivities reach a peak, if drivers employed by DHL Tradeteam at Enfield in north London vote for industrial action over ‘appalling’ working conditions http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/christmas-drinks-deliveries-to-pubs-under-threat-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32650 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:40:20 -0000 Strike vote warning at Kingsmill bread over below inflation pay workers who supply Kingsmill bread to Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco across the west and east midlands, as well as the north west, have grown increasingly frustrated with the firm since pay talks started in May earlier this year." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-vote-warning-at-kingsmill-bread-over-below-inflation-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32592 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:09:50 -0000 Co-op Christmas deliveries under threat as Thurrock ‘disability sacking’ row escalates Unite’s 345 drivers at Thurrock are currently voting as to whether they wish to go to a full-scale industrial action ballot in defence of two sacked colleagues with disabilities http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/co-op-christmas-deliveries-under-threat-as-thurrock-disability-sacking-row-escalates/default.aspx tcm:11-32259 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:21:02 -0000 A new Postbank would aid small businesses and combat social exclusion, says Unite Unite officer for the Post Office Brian Scott said: “It is a blueprint to reinforce the Post Office as a central part of the nation’s social and economic fabric." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/a-new-postbank-would-aid-small-businesses/default.aspx tcm:11-32183 Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:45:53 -0000 Unite warns over ‘platoons’ of driverless lorries “It remains to be seen whether wireless convoys of lorries are actually a realistic option in the UK." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-over-driverless-lorries/default.aspx tcm:11-32099 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:36:05 -0000 Argos faces legal action over ‘illegal’ attempts to ‘strike bust’ Unite has evidence that Argos, Single Resource and Templine have been involved in what we believe is the illegal use of agency staff to break lawful industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-faces-legal-action-over-attempts-to-strike-bust/default.aspx tcm:11-32070 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:03:16 -0000 Co-op drivers begin balloting for industrial action over ‘appalling treatment’ of disabled colleagues The disabled drivers have for many years been provided with work they have been able to undertake. However this work is no longer available because of outsourcing or internal reorganisation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/co-op-drivers-begin-balloting-for-industrial-action-over-appalling-treatment-of-disabled-colleagues/default.aspx tcm:11-31969 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:24:03 -0000 Unite calls on Royal Mail to explain ‘complex’ pension proposals Unite officer for the Royal Mail Brian Scott said: “The main message is that the evenly split ballot result demonstrates the complexity of the company’s position." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-to-explain-complex-pension-proposals/default.aspx tcm:11-31898 Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:55:02 -0000 Argos customers face disruption, as workers gear up to strike in redundancy payments row The four sites at Basildon, Bridgwater, Castleford and Heywood , covered by the employer/union national forum, will be joined on strike by workers at the Barton Business Park, Burton-on-Trent - the three week strike starts on 15 August. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-customers-face-disruption/default.aspx tcm:11-31869 Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:20:01 -0000 Alliance Healthcare workers strike over £35,000 pension loss “The derisory £200 one-off payment to settle the dispute was overwhelmingly rejected. However, Unite remains committed to resolving this dispute, if the company removes these barriers and engages in meaningful negotiations which address our legitimate demands.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/alliance-healthcare-workers-strike-over-35000-pension-loss/default.aspx tcm:11-31866 Tue, 1 Aug 2017 16:43:01 -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 to hold consultative ballot on Royal Mail pension proposals The union said that it would be making no recommendation to its members on the package, with the balloting of members due to start early next week and close on 7 August http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/consultative-ballot-on-royal-mail-pension-proposals/default.aspx tcm:11-31643 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:58:27 -0000 Unite hails victory in M&S food delivery dispute The crux of the dispute at GIST Ltd centred on equal pay parity for the 23 ‘pickers and loaders’ who were being paid considerably less than the majority of the workforce http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-victory-in-equal-pay-for-equal-work-ms-food-delivery-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31607 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:36:09 -0000 Unite negotiates ‘good’ redundancy deal for Aylesbury logistics workers Unite regional officer Marie Hall said: “The message that should go out is that belonging to a union is highly beneficial to workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-negotiates-good-redundancy-deal-for-aylesbury-logistics-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-31497 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:23:12 -0000 About 200 jobs at risk after Aylesbury logistics company loses contract, says Unite The reason for the jobs' threat is that Cinram lost its Universal Pictures contract to Sony DADC UK in Enfield in May http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/about-200-jobs-at-risk-at-aylesbury-logistics-company/default.aspx tcm:11-31458 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Acas talks tomorrow in ‘equal pay for equal work’ M&S food delivery dispute Unite regional officer Alan Brkljac said: “We will be holding talks with the management tomorrow under the umbrella of Acas and we will be entering into those negotiations in a constructive frame of mind." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/acas-talks-tomorrow-in-equal-pay-for-equal-work-ms-food-delivery-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31477 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:07:57 -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 M&S food store deliveries could be hit in fall-out from ‘equal pay for equal work’ row Unite represents about 20 ‘pickers and loaders’ earning about £22,000-a-year under a local agreement, while an estimated 280 workers under national terms and conditions earn about £30,000 for doing the same work http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/food-store-deliveries-could-be-hit-in-equal-pay-for-equal-work-row/default.aspx tcm:11-31416 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:56:47 -0000 Co-op’s preferred employment agency faces legal action over ‘bogus self-employment’ Unite announced today that it was preparing legal action against an employment agency supplying drivers for Co-op supermarkets. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/co-ops-preferred-employment-agency-faces-legal-action-over-bogus-self-employment/default.aspx tcm:11-31294 Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:54:13 -0000 Argos loses High Court bid as warehouse strikes continue A High Court judgement thwarting a further attempt by the retail giant Argos to stop a two week strike was hailed as a ‘significant’ victory by Britain’s largest union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-loses-high-court-bid-as-warehouse-strikes-continue/default.aspx tcm:11-31182 Fri, 26 May 2017 15:29:38 -0000 Joint statement Agreement reached in CEMEX dispute After further discussions between CEMEX UK and Unite, the UK’s largest union, in relation to the 2016 pay discussion for cement logistics drivers, CEMEX UK and Unite are pleased to announce that our cement logistics Unite members have accepted the offer made on Monday 22 May, to resolve the on-going dispute over the 2016 pay award. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-statement-agreement-reached-in-cemex-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31166 Thu, 25 May 2017 11:02:15 -0000 Argos deliveries to be hit as warehouse workers get set for two week strike The warning from Britain’s largest union, Unite comes as a high court judge today (Tuesday 16 May) threw out an application by Argos to stop the strike. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-deliveries-to-be-hit-as-warehouse-workers-get-set-for-two-week-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-31083 Tue, 16 May 2017 15:19:20 -0000 Construction materials shortages loom as Cemex drivers vote for strike action Shortages of construction materials are expected to lead to delays on sites throughout the industry, including major projects, after HGV drivers at Cemex UK Operations Ltd, overwhelmingly voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-materials-shortages-loom-as-cemex-drivers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30995 Tue, 9 May 2017 15:04:08 -0000 DHL Yorkshire pay dispute resolved, says Unite Unite said that the 15 days of planned strikes would not now go-ahead, as workers at three DHL Supply Chain sites in Yorkshire overwhelmingly accepted an improved pay offer of 2.6 per cent http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dhl-yorkshire-pay-dispute-resolved-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30978 Mon, 8 May 2017 12:44:24 -0000 DHL faces 15 days of strike action in Yorkshire site closure and pay row About 120 warehouse workers, at the two sites at Tickhill, Doncaster and at the nearby site at Harworth will start a rolling programme of strikes on 15 May in protest at the closure of the Harworth site and a pay offer of 1.25 per cent for the year starting June 2016 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dhl-faces-15-days-of-strike-action-in-yorkshire/default.aspx tcm:11-30934 Thu, 4 May 2017 08:34:27 -0000 Royal Mail pension talks ‘complex and difficult’, says Unite Unite officer for the Royal Mail Brian Scott said: "These negotiations are complex and difficult, and it is not possible to say if an agreed solution can be found, but we are making every effort to ensure our members have decent pensions’ provision in the future." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-pension-talks-complex-and-difficult/default.aspx tcm:11-30879 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:09:23 -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 Construction material warning as Cemex drivers ballot on strike action Warning of project delays if members back industrial action, Unite called on Cemex to offer a pay deal which better reflects the contribution drivers make to the business or risk a programme of industrial action through the spring and into the summer when construction sites are at their busiest. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-material-warning-as-cemex-drivers-ballot-on-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30785 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:07:18 -0000 Record car production figures renew Unite’s call for access to the European single market and customs union Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “These astonishingly good figures clearly demonstrate that the automotive industry is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of British manufacturing which the prime minister needs to vigorously fight for in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/record-car-production-figures-renew-unites-call-for-access-to-the-european-single-market-and-customs-union/default.aspx tcm:11-30478 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:56:55 -0000 Unite welcomes Welsh government’s clampdown on immoral employment practices Unite, the largest union in Wales, has strongly welcomed today’s (Thursday 9 March) announcement by the Welsh government that will eliminate illegal and unethical employment practices on all public sector contracts including in the supply chain. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-welsh-governments-clampdown-on-immoral-employment-practices/default.aspx tcm:11-30305 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:56:03 -0000 Tesco demo at West Bromwich on Monday in protest at 2 Sisters treatment of workers The heavy handiness of the new bosses has prompted a demonstration by workers on Monday at the Tesco store at 46 New Square, West Bromwich B70 7PR between 11.00-12.00 - the supermarket giant is 2 Sisters customer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tesco-demo-at-west-bromwich-on-monday-in-protest-at-2-sisters-treatment-of-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-30223 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 14:51:00 -0000 Unite calls for urgent talks over threat to 300 jobs at Nottinghamshire food company Unite regional officer Steve Syson said: “The union wants an urgent meeting with the management next week, with the aim of mitigating and reducing the large scale job losses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-talks-over-threat-to-300-jobs-at-nottinghamshire-food-company/default.aspx tcm:11-30215 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:32:37 -0000 Unite Vauxhall stewards gather to defend UK car jobs “I repeat, I will not allow Unite members’ jobs - whether at the Vauxhall sites or across the supply chain – to be put at risk.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vauxhall-stewards-gather-to-defend-uk-car-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-30134 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:15:49 -0000 Protest at Argos’ ‘hidden cuts’ agenda by Unite members on Monday Unite, is angry that Argos has failed to give guarantees at all its logistic sites that workers’ terms and conditions will be safeguarded in the future - about 1,400 of its members could be affected http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rotest-at-argos-hidden-cuts-agenda-by-unite-members-on-monday/default.aspx tcm:11-30110 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:49:36 -0000 ‘Up to 155 jobs’ under threat at Bernard Matthews ‘deeply disappointing’, says Unite Unite said that 96 production jobs at the chicken production south site at Great Witchingham were under threat, with the remaining job losses coming from the head office managerial, technical and clerical staff http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/up-to-155-jobs-under-threat-at-bernard-matthews-deeply-disappointing-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29902 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:47:09 -0000 ‘Rickety bosses’ blamed for the latest round of Post Office job cuts by Unite The union said that the Post Office wanted to axe another 150 jobs just five weeks after the company announced the appointment of more than 30 highly paid-directors http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rickety-bosses-blamed-for-the-latest-round-of-post-office-job-cuts-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29887 Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:23:36 -0000 Petrol pump threat dispute settled A joint statement from DHL and the union said: “Following productive talks with DHL management, Unite is pleased to confirm that this matter has been resolved satisfactorily.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/petrol-pump-threat-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-29764 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:17:53 -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 Joint statement on the DHL/Unite dispute re: Morrisons’ supermarket petrol stations Following talks between Unite the union and DHL Supply Chain management both sides have agreed that they found them proactive and meaningful. Unite are now taking a proposal back to their members involved for consideration http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-statement-on-the-dhlunite-dispute-re-morrisons-supermarket-petrol-stations/default.aspx tcm:11-29687 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:45:40 -0000 Petrol pump threat at Morrisons’ supermarkets in dispute over ‘docked’ driver’s pay, warns Unite Nineteen drivers, employed by DHL Supply Chain and based in West Thurrock, who deliver petrol and diesel to 55 petrol stations at Morrisons supermarkets across the South East region are currently being balloted for strike action and industrial action short of a strike http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/petrol-pump-threat-at-morrisons-supermarkets-in-dispute-over-docked-driver-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29667 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:09:45 -0000 Nottingham’s Pizza Factory blames Brexit for job losses, says Unite The union is due to hold crunch talks with the company, owned by food giant 2 Sisters, later today, as 280 workers face redundancy http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pizza-factory-blames-brexit-for-job-losses-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29643 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:43:23 -0000