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Speech At The CSEU On The Trade Union Bill

Union members from across shipbuilding and engineering today (July 15th) slammed the government’s Trade Union Bill, as unjust and in favour of employers. Moving an emergency motion, Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said, the Bill was a pernicious, all-out … Continue reading

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USW Toronto :Crown Packaging Workers Have “Tentative” Deal

The 22 month strike at Crown Packaging in Toronto looks like it could be over soon. A tentative agreement reached in the last week. 120 USW members at Crown Holdings Inc.’s Toronto plant have been on strike since September 6th, 2013, after … Continue reading

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Global union network formed to fight back at Huhtamäki

Unions from paper products plants owned by the Finnish multi-national Huhtamäki met in Helsinki recently to establish a global trade union network. They also slammed the behaviour of the company Vice-President, Sami Pauni, who refused to answer questions from US workers and … Continue reading

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UK union membership ‘broadly unchanged’ – but it pays to be in a union.

The latest trade union membership figures and statistics published by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) in its statistical bulletin shows union membership for 2014 in the UK is ‘broadly unchanged’ on the figures for 2013. The report … Continue reading

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Support Phil Turner NUJ FoC Rotherham Advertiser

Phil Turner NUJ Father of the Chapel for 30 years at the Rotherham Advertiser needs your support. He was made for “compulsory redundant”. Phil is a well-respected and hard-working union rep, elected by his NUJ members to represent their interests at his company. He … Continue reading

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Keith Ewing: Where Do We Go Now?

Trade unions face a crisis like no other as 5 years of Tory rule beckon. We need a new vision — and we need it now, by Keith Ewing.  Shortly after the general election in 2010, I wrote in these … Continue reading

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Manufacturing in the balance?

By Philip Pearson of the TUC At the very time when manufacturing should be expanding its share of UK GDP, its contribution is now lower than in 2010. Evidence suggests that our ‘foundation industries’, the industrial heartland of UK manufacturing, … Continue reading

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Labour’s Manifesto For Britain’s Workplaces

Here is an edited version of Labour’s ‘A Better Plan For Britain’s Workplaces’, produced by Unite. The central task for the next Labour government is to build an economy that creates better and more secure jobs and stop the Tory race to … Continue reading

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We’re Not Loving It – Protest At McDonalds, London

Unite London hotel and hospitality workers are protesting against Fast Food giant McDonalds on the morning of April 15th – the international day of action in solidarity with fast food workers in the USA and all over the world.  Where … Continue reading

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UK Must Become Modern Manufacturing Economy Says TUC

The employers body Confederation of British Industry has set out its proposals for the first hundred days of the new Government – and it doesn’t make comfortable reading for the Tories. The CBI’s ‘Best Foot Forward’ report states that the next … Continue reading

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