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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‘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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‘Historical achievement’

Unite, together with trade unions across the world, achieved unprecedented new policy guidelines for promoting the UN’s Decent Work Agenda for the agri-food sector, after intense negotiations in May. The International Labour Organization (ILO) convened the meeting in early May, which brought together representatives from unions under the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) umbrella, […]

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‘It’s almost the same as living on the street’

“I could open a farm there,” Vadim Sardov, 24, joked about the inside of his caravan window, where it was so mouldy that plants started to sprout. Sardov came to the UK from Kazakhstan last September on a British government visa scheme for farm workers. He worked at a packhouse in Essex for UK Salads, […]

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Migrant workers ripped off by employers on farms

Migrant agricultural workers who travelled thousands of miles to plug labour gaps on UK farms have faced unlawful wage deductions, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and VICE World News can reveal. Research by TBIJ and VICE World News, along with case work data from the Work Rights Centre, found that more than 20 people working […]

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Workers overlooked in egg industry crisis

Dramatic headlines in the newspapers and reports on the radio tell stories about forthcoming egg shortages and price rises, and the impact on farmers and consumers. But they fail to mention how the workers looking after poultry will be affected. Unite the Union is naturally concerned about the way in which our members are being […]

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Just transition for food workers call

At TUC Congress in Brighton on Wednesday (October 19), Unite called for a just transition for UK food industry workers impacted by efforts in the sector to reduce carbon emissions. Supporting composite three in favour of declaring a food emergency, Unite noted that last year Congress welcomed the government’s National Food Strategy. However Unite said […]

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