Strong message

Unite kicked off its fight back against mass privatisation of Bromley council services today (April 7), in day one of a widely supported two-day strike.   Unite members working in libraries, adult services and parks, among other areas, are participating in the walk-out as the Conservative-led Bromley council embarks on a privatisation programme which will […]

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Who does this country work for?

Nothing was more indicative of the Tories’ base of support than a letter published in the Telegraph yesterday, signed by 103 big business leaders, calling on the public to vote Conservative in May.   Among the letter’s signatories were Bob Dudley, the American boss of BP, Tidjane Thiam, the chief executive of Prudential who received […]

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Supporting our reps

Pictured are some Unite Community members today (April 2) supporting Unite Smurfit Kappa members on their picket line.     David Condliffe, Unite Community Co-ordinator for the East Midlands, said he was proud Community could be there in solidarity for our industrial members. “Community members from Leicester and Derby were supporting Smurfit Kappa comrades today. […]

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Workplace justice access hope

Unite has warmly welcomed an election pledge from Labour to scrap controversial employment tribunal fees brought in by the Tory-led government almost two years ago.   The upfront fees – which have been heavily criticised by some bosses as well as trade unions – are believed to have denied millions their rightful access to justice. […]

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Attack on rural communities

Rural communities across Northern Ireland are under grave risk to their safety after Unite has discovered plans to severely cut road maintenance services.   Unite representatives were informed that Transport NI management have proposed reducing the inspection of rural roads for potholes from three times a year to only once a year. Management has also […]

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Could you live on a zero-hours contract?

Labour announced yesterday (April 1) that it would clamp down on exploitative zero-hours contracts, by guaranteeing people who work regular hours the right to a regular contract.   The video below features the decisive moment in last week’s ‘Battle for Number 10’ programme, in which presenter Jeremy Paxman presses David Cameron to answer a very […]

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20 days to go. Are you one in a million? Don’t be

1 million people have fallen off the electoral roll since the government changed the way we register to vote back in September. Many won’t even know.   If you’re a one in the million then you’ll miss out in the most important election in our times.   But there’s still time to make sure that […]

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Still waiting

When chancellor George Osborne gave his speech to outline the government’s budget earlier this month, he hailed the UK’s supposedly growing economy, calling it the “Comeback Country”.   He claimed living standards were rising and that the coalition government had created a labour market that “made work pay”.   That Osborne’s speech was far from […]

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Blacklisting – still going on?

A damning new report by the Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC) published on Friday (March 27), found that construction companies involved in the blacklisting scandal have hardly atoned for their sins.     It’s been six years since the Information Commissioner’s Office first discovered a database containing the names of more than 3,000 construction workers. Those […]

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