Unite the union
13 May 2020
Issue 9
Unite has launched a social media campaign with a powerful video highlighting just how vital our council worker members are in keeping us safe and our communities working during the crisis, in order to get them all the pay rise they deserve.
McCluskey: Decisions taken now will shape our country's future - we need clarity to build public confidence
Responding to the statement by the prime minister on Sunday, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey called for "clarity and caution" as the government works to pull the country out of lockdown - and that ministers get the sequencing of the return to work right.

And he repeatedly called on the government, in a series of media interviews, to deploy the “standing army” of tens of thousands of trades union safety representatives in a national effort to unlock the economy in a safe, responsible way, pointing out too that every worker has the right not to work if they feel unsafe.
Message to members on the government’s back to work proposals
Len McCluskey has also written to all members about the union's approach to the government's developing proposals to get the country fully back to work as we seek to take the country out of the coronavirus lockdown.

“Just as they have throughout this crisis, three principles will guide us through these talks and govern the judgements your officials make on your behalf: your safety; your income; and your job security.”
Unions and food industry body working together to feed the nation and keep workers safe
Unite has teamed up with sister unions Usdaw, BFAWU and GMB and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), to commend the efforts of all those working in food and drink manufacturing who are doing so much to keep the nation fed and to maintain the UK’s food security.

In a joint statement, the unions and the FDF highlight the critical importance of working together at this exceptionally demanding time to ensure our workforce is safe, protected and respected.
Unite intervention delivers benchmark agreement at FedEx amid coronavirus outbreak
Unite has delivered a benchmark agreement with FedEx in the East Midlands to protect essential workers during the pandemic, after members submitted a collective grievance calling on the company to ensure robust workplace protections were put in place.
Jobs retention scheme extension must mean no rush to redundancies
Unite welcomed the announcement on Tuesday by the Rishi Sunak that the job retention scheme will be extended in its present form until July, then tapered from August until October.

We've been meeting regularly with the chancellor to secure the extension.
Student workers furloughed on full pay after Unite intervention
Students working on zero-hour contracts at the University of West Scotland are to receive financial support after negotiations between Unite and management.

Their original request to be furloughed was rejected by the university, but following positive negotiations between Unite and senior management, agreement was reached to ensure all casual workers in the catering team would receive financial support equivalent to 100 per cent of wages until at least 31 July.
Workers sacked by Stansted ground handler in fight for jobs
Over 100 ground staff at Stansted airport sacked by Blue Handling, rather than being furloughed, are fighting to save their jobs.

Unite is demanding that they be rehired and that the employer, ABM Aviation, use the government’s job retention scheme to furlough them. The workers have launched a petition calling on the firm to reinstate them and there have been talks between the union and employer.
Britons want major economic reform – now and after the COVID19 crisis
A major Unite survey has found a country 'hungry for major change' to how our economy works and how key workers are rewarded.

The poll, carried out by Survation during the run up to May Day, finds widespread public support for a shift to pro-worker policies in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis.
Liverpool Philharmonic in tune with Unite on furlough deal
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has worked closely with Unite and furloughed all its workers, on full pay. The world-famous venue has also paid variable hours staff an average wage instead of the actual hours they were scheduled to work.
Unite in the community
Unite’s Lancaster University branch have donated towards their School of Engineering which is using its skills to make face masks for local hospitals.
While Derbyshire community health services thanked our Rolls Royce staff branch members for their collection of essentials for Whitworth Hospital workers.
To catch up with all Unite’s statements, stories and actions on #coronavirus go to our News and Events page HERE

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