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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‘Our future depends on steel’

Unite ramped up its steel campaign on Thursday (February 1) when it hosted a national day of action in British steel towns, including Port Talbot, Scunthorpe and Sheffield, among others. ‘UK Steel Jobs Not for Sale’ signs were erected in front gardens in streets throughout the towns to demonstrate the united stand steel communities have […]

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Our community is not for sale! 

A community gathered together in solidarity to say no to job cuts at Tata Steel in Port Talbot today (February 1) placing hundreds of signs of support saying “UK Steel Jobs Not For Sale” in gardens and outside houses across the town. The estate agent-style boards spread across the Westlands Estate, Windsor Village and Village […]

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‘We must keep up the fight’

Unite staged a demonstration outside Parliament’s Portcullis House to coincide with Tata Steel bosses giving evidence to a select committee hearing on the steel industry on Wednesday (January 31). The packed protest brought together Unite steel reps, activists and supporters who sent a loud and clear message that they will not stand for needless job […]

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Unite will resist

Unite members joined thousands of people from the trade union movement at the TUC’s Protect the Right to Strike march and rally on Saturday (January 27) in Cheltenham. Unite made a particularly strong showing at the demonstration, with members from all sectors represented including health, local government, steel and many others. They all sent a […]

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Steelworkers head to Parliament

Unite members from Port Talbot steelworks descended on Parliament earlier this week (January 23) ahead of an opposition day debate on protecting the UK’s steel industry. The debate was called following an announcement last week that Tata Steel is planning to close its blast furnaces with the potential loss of more than 2,800 jobs. Below […]

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