Lorna ‘branches out’ as new forestry rep

Every day this week on UniteLive, we’re featuring one of our many inspiring women members in the lead up to International Women’s Day on Friday (March 8). Today, we hear from Unite rep and forestry worker Lorna Bailey-Towler, who’s breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry. — Lorna Bailey-Towler works in habitat restoration for Forestry England […]

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DHL Aviation – on the picket line

Striking DHL Aviation workers at East Midlands Airport stood defiant on the picket line on Wednesday (February 28) as they were joined by their general secretary Sharon Graham. The Unite members are now fighting a massive real-terms pay cut by their employer DHL Aviation, which Unite research has shown has made record-breaking profits. You can […]

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‘DHL – shame on you!’

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham gave an inspiring speech on the picket line during the DHL Aviation strike at East Midlands Airport this week (February 28). The striking workers, who are responsible for bringing critical medical supplies as well as other cargo into the UK, worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. They played a crucial role […]

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‘We risked our lives – it wasn’t easy’

Workers at Barts NHS Trust and outsourcing company Synergy have taken strike action this week in protest at the failure to pay them the £1655 lump-sum payment NHS workers were offered for working during the pandemic. In the film below, we hear from the striking Unite members – mainly low-paid domestic and catering workers — who […]

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Today’s top news stories: M25 workers in strike vote

It’s only Monday (February 19) and it’s already been a busy week for Unite. Below is a selection of today’s top news stories: Balfour Beatty workers angry over profitable firm’s below inflation pay offer Around 150 M25 maintenance workers employed by Balfour Beatty are being balloted for strike action over pay, Unite said today. The […]

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Port Talbot fights for steel

The Port Talbot community joined Unite steelworkers, officers and activists for the union’s biggest demonstration to date on Saturday (February 17) in the fight to save steel jobs. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham joined the protest and gave an impassioned speech in a rallying cry for the thousands of jobs now at risk at Tata’s […]

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Ford workers angry after ‘years of loyalty’

With Ford showing “corporate greed” by refusing to give salaried staff and managers at UK plants a decent pay rise — and rejecting Unite’s demand for Acas to be involved — Unite members and reps from across the UK speak out. They are still hopeful that an agreement can be reached with the car giant, […]

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#HeartUnions Week: Want a pay rise? Join Unite!

It’s the conclusion of #HeartUnions week this week, and what a week it was! The theme of this year’s #HeartUnions week is ‘Want a pay rise? Join a union!” — and no other union has embodied this theme more than Unite. In the last year, Unite has secured hundreds of millions of pounds in pay […]

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Rally for steel

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham will be among the speakers at the trade union steel rally taking place in Port Talbot this Saturday (February 17). The rally will be followed by a march around the town centre involving trade unions and members of local businesses and organisations. The march and rally will allow local people […]

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#HeartUnions Week: ‘You’ve got to be in a union’

It’s #HeartUnions week this week, and perhaps no one has shown more love for their union than Unite deputy branch secretary and bus driver Len Newham (pictured above right) — he’s been a member of Unite and its predecessor union for nearly 60 years. This week UniteLive caught up with Len, 77, who not only […]

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Unite workers ‘looking for love’ from Ford

Over 3,000 salaried and managerial staff at Ford’s UK sites across the country are threatening to strike if Unite’s call for talks are ignored, the union said on Valentine’s Day (February 14). The company has been told it must attend negotiations with the conciliation service Acas, or Unite will begin preparing to ballot its members […]

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#HeartUnions Week: building better mental health

As #HeartUnions Week continues this week (February 12-16), today we take a further look at how Unite Education is leading the way with its popular mental health awareness courses for reps. In the story below, we hear from Luke Panesar, a rep who’s benefited from mental health courses, as well as Suz Muna, a Unite […]

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#HeartUnions week: ‘Invaluable’ training for reps

It’s the TUC’s #HeartUnions week this week (February 12-16) — and we’ve also just published a new edition of UniteExtra highlighting Unite Education’s reps courses! In the story below, we hear from Unite convenor Anthony Walsh from Toyota and how reps courses have helped him help his members. If you’re rep, check out this and […]

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#HeartUnions Week: Glee Club recognition win

During #HeartUnions week this week, the TUC shone a spotlight on Unite’s long and hard-fought campaign to secure union recognition last year at the world-famous Glee Club in Cardiff, Wales. This agreement represents the first of its kind within the Welsh hospitality sector and means that the 35 employees at the venue will be covered […]

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Tolpuddle Martyrs anniversary marked

Before sunrise on February 24, 1834, farmworker George Loveless left for work – it would be three years before he would be back with his wife and children again. George, and five fellow workers – James Brine, James Hammett, James Loveless, John Standfield and Thomas Standfield – were arrested, charged with making an illegal oath […]

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