WINNING FOR YOU
Unite continues to secure victories for its members each and every month. Here is a snapshot of some of our most recent wins
FIRE AND REHIRE/PASSENGER TRANSPORT
Go North West
Bus drivers at Go North West in Manchester have defeated attempts to fire and rehire them, after 82 days of all-out strike action – one of the country's longest-running industrial disputes in recent history. A deal was struck following high-level negotiations led by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey with senior company representatives at Go North West’s parent company, Go Ahead Group. The drivers now no longer stand to lose thousands of pounds in wages every year.
Manchester Airport Group
Unite has signed a ground-breaking agreement to preserve jobs and protect wages at Manchester Airport Group (MAG), which includes workers at Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands Airports. As part of the deal, MAG has agreed that there will be no compulsory redundancies while the government’s furlough scheme remains in operation.
PAY/ PASSENGER TRANSPORT
After 10 days’ strike action over their employers’ plans to water down T&Cs and impose contracts that would see their pay plummet, bus drivers employed by London United, a subsidiary of French company RATP, secured a significantly improved pay offer of 2.25 per cent.
ZERO HOURS/HIGHER EDUCATION
Sheffield University Students' Union
Unite members employed by the Students' Union at Sheffield University have recently won their long-running campaign against zero hours contracts. After pressure from Unite, the board of trustees voted to support the union’s proposals, which include minimum hours for all staff and full sick pay after 12 weeks’ service.
Ts & Cs/MANUFACTURING
Strikes at Cheshire-based glass drinks bottle firm Encirc were called off after Unite members accepted an "excellent" new offer from the company that resolves problems created by new flexible working practices, including pay levels.
Atholl Arms Hotel
Unite notched up a win in the hospitality sector after it recognised The Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld, Scotland, as a Fair Hospitality employer – the first hotel in the area to receive such a designation. This hotel became a full signatory to Unite's Fair Hospitality Charter, ensuring their workers will receive the real living wage –regardless of age – guaranteed hours they can rely on, a proactive anti-sexual harassment policy and 100 per cent of their tips.