National News


Steel unions respond to British Steel ‘streamlining process’

This announcement will come as a body blow to the workforce who have already made huge sacrifices to make the business sustainable....

Posted: 14th September 2018

York NHS trust staff to strike in row over ‘tax avoiding’ hived-off company

Unite lead officer for health in Yorkshire Chris Daly said: “We have received a very impressive mandate from our members for industrial action which showed that our members are not prepared to let that public sector ethos slip away."...

Posted: 13th September 2018

Liverpool hospital cladding scandal means further vigilance needed across the board

Unite, the UK’s construction union, is urging thorough across the board checks on workplaces which have cladding after it was revealed the unfinished Royal Liverpool Hospital has been encased in flammable material which do not meet the current fire safety standards....

Posted: 13th September 2018

Legal aid system on ‘point of collapse’ as workers are excluded from justice

Cuts to legal aid are locking people out of the justice system and with potential legal aid providers increasingly no longer bidding for such work the entire system is on the point of collapse Unite, the UK’s largest union has warned....

Posted: 12th September 2018

XPO logistics must get its ‘house in order’ as workers face weekly ‘pay lottery’ misery

Unite is calling on XPO Logistics to get its house in order after workers have suffered over two months of ‘pay lottery’ misery, which has resulted in workers on occasion not being paid at all....

Posted: 12th September 2018

Unite hails Waltham Forest victory in campaign for ‘living wage’ for young people

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “This is fantastic news for young workers in Waltham Forest- our campaign has directly led to an increase of 25 per cent on the hourly rate."...

Posted: 11th September 2018

Kent NHS estates staff to strike in row over ‘tax avoiding’ hived-off company

The industrial action will affect Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury; Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate; and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford...

Posted: 11th September 2018

Unite calls for closure of ‘double whammy’ apprentice levy payroll deduction scam

“The government must immediately look at this scam and introduce measures to prevent workers from being charged in this way."...

Posted: 11th September 2018

Theresa May’s extra funding for electric vehicles is ‘chicken feed’, says Unite

The automotive sector and the hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs that rely on it desperately need a serious, long-term strategy for a just transition from combustion engines to electric vehicles. We are miles behind the US, Germany and China....

Posted: 11th September 2018

Unite calls on trade union movement to ‘heal the wounds of Brexit’

Steve Turner will call on trade unions to “rise like lions to challenge the threat of a hard-right Tory attack on working people”...

Posted: 10th September 2018

Unite chief calls for general election in the event of a bad Brexit deal for workers

“The vote we will need above all is a general election that can deliver a Labour government"...

Posted: 10th September 2018

Unite calls for criminal investigations into Carillion collapse

There must be an immediate criminal investigation into Carillion...

Posted: 10th September 2018

Health visiting in Birmingham ‘in meltdown’, warns Unite

Unite regional officer Su Lowe said: “The health visiting service in Birmingham is in meltdown, with health visitors leaving and not being replaced - this deteriorating situation impacts negatively on the services they can provide to families and young children."...

Posted: 7th September 2018

Crane workers in Sunderland vote to accept improved pay deal

Unite regional officer Mark Sanderson said: “I would like to thank our members for the strong solidarity that they have shown, which helped bring about a successful resolution to this dispute."...

Posted: 6th September 2018

More than 1,000 Sea King helicopter repair staff need asbestos exposure checks, says Unite

Unite national officer Jim Kennedy wrote: “There are in excess of 1,000 ex-MoD employees who were or could have been exposed to asbestos while working on the Sea King repair and maintenance facility."...

Posted: 5th September 2018

Unite disgust as RBS announce another 54 bank branch closures

It is utterly disgusting that Royal Bank of Scotland has the audacity to announce that yet more important local bank branches will permanently close their doors....

Posted: 5th September 2018

York NHS trust in row over ‘tax avoiding’ hived-off company

Unite lead officer for health in Yorkshire Chris Daly said: “We are strongly against the formation of these entities which could lead to a Pandora’s Box of Carillion-type meltdowns – with the adverse knock-on effects on patient services and jobs."...

Posted: 5th September 2018

Stadium of Light protest as crane bosses buy burgers for strike breakers

Unite, which represents 30 skilled crane assemblers who have been taking days of strike action since early August, said that managers are greeting strike breakers with handshakes - and free burgers and pizzas...

Posted: 4th September 2018

Unite welcomes former footballers to Show Racism the Red Card’s launch of ‘Wear Red Day 2018’

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is welcoming Show Racism the Red Card to the union’s headquarters on Wednesday 5 September to launch Wear Red Day 2018, which will be attended by former and current footballers....

Posted: 4th September 2018

‘Poverty pay’ prompts bus strikes in East Midlands, says Unite

Unite called on the management to negotiate in a positive way as strikes are planned for 10, 17 and 24 September and into October and November, after the workers had voted by 70 per cent for strike action...

Posted: 3rd September 2018