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 Lorry drivers’ lives being placed in danger due to long hours and lack of facilities, Unite warns The lives of lorry drivers are being placed in danger due to long hours and a chronic lack of adequate welfare facilities. according to new research undertaken by Unite, the UK’s largest union, which warns the true scale of deaths is not being properly investigated due to legal loopholes. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lorry-drivers-lives-being-placed-in-danger-due-to-long-hours-and-lack-of-facilities-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-34188 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:20:22 -0000 Exploitation of workers at logistics giant XPO under microscope today Unite national officer for road transport Matt Draper will be at the press conference at 16.00 (Paris time) as XPO workers and union activists from Belgium, France, Spain, the UK and USA unveil further evidence of worker abuses at the company http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/exploitation-of-workers-at-logistics-giant-xpo-under-microscope-today/default.aspx tcm:11-34107 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:59:49 -0000 Sainsbury's workers face ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ pay offer, warns Unite Unite said that that the firm’s proposal to increase pay to £9.20 an hour for workers at Sainsbury’s 1,400 stores from September would be eroded by such ‘strings’ as removing premium pay for Sunday working http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sainsburys-workers-face-robbing-peter-to-pay-paul-pay-offer-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33818 Tue, 6 Mar 2018 12:14:27 -0000 Union calls on Eddie Stobart in Cumbria to come in from the cold Drivers have launched a campaign for trade union recognition in their fight for fair pay at Eddie Stobart Ltd at the Carlisle, Lillyhall and Penrith depots in Cumbria. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-calls-on-eddie-stobart-in-cumbria-to-come-in-from-the-cold/default.aspx tcm:11-33820 Tue, 6 Mar 2018 08:16:13 -0000 Castle Cement drivers hail pay deal victory About 240 workers have accepted the overall package which will mean an increase of 3.7 per cent from 1 January this year; and for 2019, an increase which could range from 3.4 to 4.4 per cent http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/castle-cement-drivers-hail-pay-deal-victory/default.aspx tcm:11-33742 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:02:07 -0000 Castle Cement drivers set to strike over ‘unsatisfactory’ pay deal Unite and the management are holding last-ditch talks tomorrow in a bid to reach a settlement to avert strike action on 26-27 February http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/castle-cement-drivers-set-to-strike-over-unsatisfactory-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-33652 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:50:23 -0000 Unite vows to save jobs and fight 2 Sisters site closures Unite said it would leave no stone unturned in the fight to save jobs and avert the closure of three poultry plants after 2 Sisters Food Group announced plans to close its Cambuslang site in Scotland and the Smethwick and Wolverhampton sites http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-vows-to-save-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-33591 Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:16:35 -0000 Unite in key right to picket legal victory in north west Sutton Tankers dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, has won a key legal victory overturning attempts to restrict the right to picket during strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-in-key-right-to-picket-legal-victory-in-north-west-sutton-tankers-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-33541 Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:56:27 -0000 Unite calls for ‘no compulsory redundancies’, as Sainsbury's puts thousands of jobs at risk Unite acting national officer for food and drink Bev Clarkson said: "This is very bad news for those dedicated workers affected by the planned job losses and we will be giving our members maximum support at this difficult time." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-no-compulsory-redundancies-as-sainsburys-puts-thousands-of-jobs-at-risk/default.aspx tcm:11-33395 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:18:41 -0000 Post Office profitability fuelled by ‘slash and burn’ policies, says Unite Unite officer for the Post Office Brian Scott said: “We believe that the Post Office lacks a coherent strategy for the future and that much of its ‘success’ has been achieved through a ‘slash and burn’ approach to jobs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-office-profitability-fuelled-by-slash-and-burn-policies-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33186 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Sports Direct employment agencies top minimum wage name and shame list thanks to Unite Government figures naming and shaming 260 employers who have dodged paying 16,000 workers minimum wage rates are the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and show it pays to be a member of Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sports-direct-employment-agencies-top-minimum-wage-name-and-shame-list-thanks-to-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-33063 Fri, 8 Dec 2017 00:01:32 -0000 Kingsmill bakery pay dispute settled Unite announced today that about 130 drivers, maintenance staff and security personnel at the Birmingham Road site had agreed a new pay package http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/kingsmill-bakery/default.aspx tcm:11-33036 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:01:44 -0000 Unite statement on Kingsmill bakery ballot result Further talks on cards after overwhelming vote for strike action over pay by drivers and maintenance staff at West Bromwich site http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-kingsmill-bakery-ballot-result/default.aspx tcm:11-32963 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:48:19 -0000 Unilever should focus on jobs and quality products, say unions The background to this union call is that Unilever, after successfully resisting a takeover bid by Kraft Heinz, implemented a strategic review with the intention to increase profits by 20 per cent by 2020. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unilever-should-focus-on-jobs-and-quality-products-say-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-32947 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:19:11 -0000 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