Unite the union
11 April 2020
Issue 5
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Len McCluskey sends personal video message to members and activists
There's no manual for how we approach this crisis. But we will do whatever it takes to keep you safe, secure your jobs and make sure you are properly paid.

Unite will leave no worker behind

Across Britain and Ireland many workers are facing uncertainty over the future of their jobs and their income, whilst many more are facing a battle to ensure their workplaces are safe during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Over 16,000 workers joined Unite in March as the lockdown took hold. You cannot ensure the security of your job or income, or maintain the safety of your colleagues and the public on your own. To do these things you need the collective strength of a union of workers.

Sharon Graham, Unite executive officer for organising and leverage, writes for UNITELive.

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Thousands watch Unite's Facebook Live advice event
Nearly 17,000 people have viewed our first Facebook Live coronavirus advice session, with our panel of union legal experts. If you missed it you can still watch it over on our FB page. We plan to run another live event very soon.
Unite renews charity bailout call
News that the Sue Ryder palliative care and bereavement support charity is on the brink of collapse led to Unite renewing the call on the chancellor to give an urgent financial bailout to the not for profit sector.

Unite members can help put pressure on Rishi Sunak to support our struggling charities by writing to their MPs and asking them to contact him.
Unite stands ready with a manufacturing army to create the PPE workers need

Our union has been at the forefront of the push to make the PPE that frontline workers desperately need, writes Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner for Labour List.

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Health and Safety Executive told to up its game in coronavirus battle
Len McCluskey has written to the government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) demanding the safety regulator ups its game, to ensure that workplaces remain safe and enforce social distancing rules during the coronavirus crisis.

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Bus worker safety call

Bus worker deaths from coronavirus have highlighted the urgent need for stronger safety measures.

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BA members vote overwhelmingly for deal on jobs and pay
Our members at British Airways have overwhelmingly voted for the furlough deal negotiated to preserve jobs.
We will continue to monitor the arrangements throughout the crisis and work on ensuring our members who are still flying remain fully protected.
Hospitality wins
  • Negotiations between Unite reps and Compass Group, the biggest hospitality employer in the UK, have resulted in the employer agreeing to pay 100 per cent of wages for the first two weeks of furlough to over 60,000 workers in the UK.
  • Following an inspiring campaign at Pure Spa, Unite and GMB members forced the owner to commit to 100 per cent wages in March and 80 per cent after that. The company had tried to force staff onto a zero hour contract.
  • Following pressure from Unite members and reps, Premier Inn will pay all furloughed staff 100 per cent of their wages for the entire period. We are still seeking assurances for their safety.
Improved furlough deal for workers at Leeds Bradford Airport
Leeds Bradford Airport bosses have committed to a no redundancy deal, and to furloughing up to 250 workers on full pay, after Unite challenged an original deal proposed by management.

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Jobs saved at Halewood on Merseyside following Unite intervention
Over a 100 workers employed on the DHL logistics contract at Jaguar Land Rovers’ plant at Halewood in Merseyside have had their jobs saved thanks to the intervention of Unite.

The workers, who are employed by the employment agency Staffline, were informed they were to be ‘let go’ after the JLR site announced that it was temporarily ceasing production during the coronavirus crisis.

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Unite in the Community
Wheels for Heroes
Unite members at Brompton Bikes are raising funds and building bikes to support NHS staff to travel for free during the pandemic. The Wheels for Heroes fundraiser aims to provide up to 1,000 bikes for frontline medical staff across the country.
You can help them achieve their goal by donating to their crowdfunder here
Branch initiatives
Unite Community branches across Northern Ireland are teaming up with community groups to help the most vulnerable. In Derry they have been helping to raise funds for an initiative by healthy project Moji which is providing a vital service in preparing and delivering meals to the elderly.

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 Meanwhile, our DuPont/Lycra branch donated a £500 shop at Tesco in support of NHS staff on the frontline.
It is hard times in civil aviation, so Unite Scotland said a massive well done to our ICTS Glasgow Airport branch which donated £700 worth of toiletries to the Salvation Army and another £350 to hospitals.
Unite South West member Jane Haden has set up a #COVID19 community support group in Newton Abbot to provide help and support for vulnerable people in the area.
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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