‘It shouldn’t be like this’

Unite members in Deeside, North Wales, employed by DE&S DECA, formerly known as the Defence Electronics and Components Agency, are currently out on strike in a dispute over pay.

Following over a decade of extremely low pay increases, workers voted overwhelmingly to support strike action and began a series of 24 hour strikes in October 2023.

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‘Bringing people together’

Port Talbot sports teams and steel workers rallied at the beachfront on Saturday (November 11) to demand political action to save the industry. The rally comes as a petition calling on politicians to sign up to Unite’s Workers’ Plan for Steel reached over 21,000 signatures. Local sports teams in attendance will included Afan Lido FC, […]

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Go North East strike continues

Unite members working for Go North East are poised to enter their second week of all-out continuous strike action. On Friday (November 10) Unite staged a rally, attended by Unite general secretary Sharon Graham, which drew bus workers, community groups and members of the public who are united in support for the striking workers. The […]

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‘Future-proofing for the next generation’

Unite’s Workers’ Plan for Steel campaign has lit a fire in people from all walks of life — and all ages. Last week, the campaign held a day of action in the UK’s major steel towns including Port Talbot, Scunthorpe and Sheffield. The campaign has only just begun but it’s already making major waves. And […]

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UniteLive stories of the year – Landmark agreement

Every day over the Christmas period, UniteLive is running a different story from our top stories of 2023. Today, we look back at how Unite achieved a landmark national recognition agreement with housing and social care provider Mears. — Unite signed a landmark national recognition agreement on Tuesday (October 31) with housing and social care […]

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UniteLive stories of the year – Equalities ‘part of the fabric of our union’

Every day over the Christmas period, UniteLive is running a different story from our top stories of 2023. Today, we look back at Unite celebrating its first-ever National Black History Month awards gala in October. — Unite celebrated its first-ever National Black History Month awards gala in Birmingham last week – and what a celebration it […]

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‘Bizarre and deeply disappointing’

The following article is a follow-up story to a Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) feature we re-published yesterday, which you can view here. The head of the independent watchdog for immigration has criticised the Home Office for failing to publish a promised review of the UK’s seasonal worker scheme. David Neal, the government-appointed independent chief […]

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Black History Month awards gala

Unite hosted its first ever Black History Month awards gala on Tuesday (October 24) in Birmingham. The event drew more than a hundred of Unite’s BAEM reps and activists and paid tribute to their vital contributions to the trade union movement. Addressing guests in her speech, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “What’s taken us […]

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To cut a long story short – we won!

Hundreds of Unite members at homelessness charity St Mungo’s have just ended their long-running strike after accepting an inflation beating pay increase.

After three months of strike action and tireless campaigning, the workers have agreed to a pay increase which works out at 10.74 per cent based on a median wage or £3,125 in cash terms.

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‘Go North East – just pay us what we’re worth’

More than 1,300 Go North East bus workers have taken two weeks of strike action ending today (October 20) over fair pay and conditions. But their fight is only beginning – as management continues to dig its heels in, the bus workers will now embark on all-out continuous strike action from next Friday (October 28). […]

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Unite steel campaign goes to ShunkFest

Unite took its Workers’ Plan for Steel campaign straight to the heart of Port Talbot, at the ShunkFest 2023 music and culture festival last weekend (October 14-15). ShunkFest featured more than two dozen bands, including headliners, alt-rock band Trampolene and ‘shoegaze’ duo Pastel, over the two days of the festival. Unite’s organising and leverage team […]

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Wages ‘eroded over more than a decade’

Average pay growth rising above inflation in August for the first time in two years will be cold comfort for millions of workers who have suffered pay erosion for over a decade. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced on Thursday (October 17) that in the three months to August, annual pay growth rose by […]

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