Key WINS for workers

Since taking office at the end of August 2021, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham has led our union to deliver some incredible wins for our members. Here are some of the best:

August 2021

100 Kaefer workers at naval bases win 5.5 per cent plus increased holiday entitlement of two days within six months.

September 2021

Bexley refuse workers move off ‘worst pay rates’. Lowest paid workers win 11 per cent pay rise (£11.50 an hour).

North West Argos lorry drivers: Over 90 drivers based at Heywood depot see their basic rate of pay increase by 31 per cent meaning annual earnings increase from £26,699 to £35,100

October 2021

Wincanton two-tier workforce ended on Heinz distribution contract, Wigan. Workers also secure major pay increases of between 25–36 per cent, an additional five days' annual holidays and sick pay of six months' full pay, six months' half pay. 

DHL lorry6.2 per cent pay rise for Dartford DHL lorry drivers on Sainsbury’s contract, means at least £2,200 a year for the 200 drivers.

GXO drivers and warehouse workers secure up to 23 per cent pay increase for drivers and up to 10 per cent for warehouse staff. 300 staff in total. 

Manchester Metrolink: 300-plus tram drivers and supervisors seal two year pay deal worth 6 per cent backdated to January 2021

Co-op HGV drivers: 1,000 drivers win 10 per cent increase (5 per cent per cent backdated to 1 February 2021 plus 5 per cent from 1 November 2021). 

Hanson drivers (construction, cement): Over 200 drivers get 6 per cent (2.75 per cent increase backdated to 1 January 2021, 3.25 per cent increase paid from 1 January 2022).

Unite wins trade union recognition to negotiate pay and conditions at TWI (Cambridge, engineering). 

17.5 per cent for Liverpool tanker drivers employed by Turners of Soham, backdated to April 2021, plus a 4.55 percent increase for paid meal breaks.

 Scottish apprentice painters and decorators receive wage boost of 8.5 per cent.

ensure that the UK’s HGV lorry drivers receive substantial pay rises and improved conditions when they are on road.

XPO drivers receive a 20 per cent increase

November 2021

Nearly 150 workers at Wigan's Alpla plastics factory seal two-year pay deal worth at least 6 per cent

Lorry drivers for Imperial Logistics (MINI contract, Oxford) land pay deal worth 27 per cent over two years, plus pay parity on the contract, unsocial hours’ payments, and a lump sum payment of £3,500.

Massive win at offshore contractor Petrofac for 100 workers worth 17 per cent on pay. 

More than 50 Loughborough Kinchbus drivers receive increases of between 5.3 per cent and 8.5 per cent.  

 80 Wincanton lorry drivers on Argos contract (Basildon) land wage increases of 20 -30 per cent

£10.50ph, back pay and sick pay cuts averted at Stagecoach South Wales

Kent and Sussex (Stagecoach) sees 500 drivers receive pay increases of between 5 and 6.5 per cent. Drivers at Stagecoach’s depot in Ramsgate also received a pay rise of 5 per cent, while drivers in Canterbury received a 5.7 per cent increase. 
Ford workers receive an increase of 5.1 per cent in year one, year two to follow retail price index (RPI). 

Over 450 lorry drivers employed by Wincanton (Morrisons distribution, northern England and the Midlands) secure a huge pay increase of between 18-24.4 per cent

Altrad scaffold workers at the Mitsubishi Chemicals plant, Teesside, win 10 per cent over two and a half years. 

Over 200 Teesside Stagecoach workers receive a minimum pay increase of 8.5 per cent
DHL lorry


140 DHL Sainsbury’s drivers win 14 per cent on pay. 

Sharon's message

"I have been elected to do what it says on the trade union tin – fight for jobs, pay and conditions. Now is the time to build strong, effective trade unionism at every workplace." - Unite general secretary Sharon Graham

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