Tags: unions

High worker turnout expected as 9 in 10 say they will vote in Scottish referendum

Nine in 10 working people across Scotland will be casting a vote next Thursday according to a new poll conducted by the country’s biggest union Unite released yesterday (11 September). With one week to go until the referendum, the vast majority of Unite members have already made up their minds about how they will vote;…

‘Big Society’ giving way to ‘Greedy Pig Society’ says Unite’s Len McCluskey

Disastrous economic policies are dividing Britain and destroying hopes of recovery, the leader of the country’s biggest union stated yesterday (Monday 8 September 2014). Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, called for collective bargaining to be reintroduced to arrest the decades long fall in the value of wages, and give workers a fairer share of…

Charging NHS staff to park at work is “immoral”, says Unite

Extortionate car parking charges in South Tyneside for health visitors and community nurses, who use their vehicles for work, highlight a problem across England, Unite, the country’s largest union, has said.  South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust introduced charges of £1.20 an hour or £12 a month from 1 July affecting more than 60 community staff,…

UK employment is in a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ situation, says Unite the union

Record low pay and rising insecure employment are blighting economic recovery, despite the apparent fall in unemployment, Unite, the country’s largest union, said. Unite repeated its call for Britain’s workers to receive a pay rise to generate economic activity, make workers and their families more secure and to lift thousands out of reliance on benefits…

Employers who engage with unions have better equality record and are more family friendly

Equal opportunities and family friendly practices are more likely to be adopted by organisations that consult or negotiate with unions, new research has discovered. The researchers argue that for the Conservatives’ 2010 election manifesto pledge to make Britain ‘the most family friendly country in Europe’ to be finally met, the government should encourage employers to…

Charities urged not to take part in new Workfare scheme

The bosses of the 200,000 registered charities in the UK were urged not to take part in the government’s new ‘workfare’ programme launched today (Monday 28 April). The new mandatory Community Work Placements require that jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) claimants do six months work placement – or risk losing their benefits. Unite, the country’s largest union,…

Greenwich council accused of ‘bullying culture’

Occupational therapists (OTs) at Greenwich council, fed up with an alleged ‘bullying culture’, are gearing up to vote for strike action. The eleven therapists, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will start voting on whether to take strike action or industrial action short of a strike on 28 April. The ballot closes on 7 May.…

Eleanor Rogers: Strike season and childcare – how to come out on top

The latest tube strike may have been called off, but there is another strike planned just around the corner. This time, teachers plan to walk out on 26 March over pay, pensions and conditions. They blame Michael Gove’s persistent refusal to address their complaints. In the past we have seen that teachers’ strikes can be…