Pushed to the wire

Unite’s public sector workers in Northern Ireland have had enough, writes Unite Ireland region secretary, Jimmy Kelly   Unite is joining forces with other unions to take mass strike action today (March 13) in defence of Northern Irish public services. Workers across the health, education, public transport, housing and wider public sector will be taking part in […]

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Final stop reached in search for missing voters

Alarming numbers across the north east have dropped off the electoral roll which has prompted the #NoVoteNoVoice campaign to head to Newcastle on the final day of its whistlestop trip around England and Wales.   Just 53 days from the 2015 general election the roadshow will hold a ‘mini carnival’ between 10am and 5pm with […]

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Typhoo staff climb on board vote sign-up bus

As the #NoVoteNoVoice bus pulled up outside the Wirral factory this week, workers left the tea-making production line to climb on board and ensure they’ll have their say in May’s General Election.   They need to. We all do. There is a wave of apathy verging on resentment towards the political classes right now. Scandals […]

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Hire and fire free for all?

  UKIP leader Nigel Farage has stoked up a firestorm after saying he would scrap laws that protect workers from discrimination.     Laws which protect workers from a range of discrimination by employers should be scrapped, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said. His comments have been condemned by Unite as “dangerous and crude”.   […]

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

In a sincere plea for a reformed, inclusive democracy, author and commentator  Owen Jones implored a Festival of Debate audience (March 9) to commit to actively taking part in uniting against the Establishment.   Speaking at a packed University of Sheffield meeting, he said, “I want to address this culture of redirecting our anger to our […]

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Apprentices locked out

It’s the government’s own National Apprenticeship Week – a week celebrating the positive impact training schemes can have for those seeking a way into skilled, well-paying work.   While many apprenticeships are little more than exploitative work arrangements, there are some on offer that truly change lives. Building Lives, a construction apprenticeship sponsored by the Construction […]

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Deeds not words

On International Women’s Day (March 8) women took to the streets around London Bridge, many in suffragette costume, to highlight the importance of women registering to vote.     Participants and speakers include Emmeline Pankhurst’s granddaughter Helen and great granddaughter Laura, who at 19 is a first time voter; Made in Dagenham star Gemma Arterton, […]

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Women apprenticeships call

A new Unite guide aimed at encouraging women into engineering and science apprenticeships, Women apprentices, has been launched today (March 10) with the help of Labour MP, Gloria de Piero.   As part of the pink bus ‘woman to woman’ tour of 70 key constituencies Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities took time to speak […]

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No to austerity

Northern Ireland, where public sector spending represents almost three-quarters of the region’s GDP, faces the worst cuts in 80 years.   The 2015-2016 budget, which follows four straight years of austerity, entails slashing £1.3bn in funding in the next four years – a budget which public sector workers have unequivocally rejected.   Unite members working […]

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