Category: Unite the Union

Out and About on the Streets of Barnsley


Unite Community activists have been out and about this week spreading the message about the Community Support Centre at the NUM Headquarters, 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S70 2LS Telephone 01226 215557
The Freezing weather didn’t stop a dozen or so activists from leafleting around Peel Square in Barnsley, where members of the public told us of the difficulties either they, or their friends & families were experiencing because of welfare cuts and the hated bedroom tax.

The day was a great success, with our activities being reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Dearne FM And Radio Sheffield. On the second day of activity, we took our message out to Worsbrough Common and Honeywell estates, delivering leaflets throughout the estates and arranging for posters to be displayed in a number of local shops, businesses and the local Workmen’s Club.

Again, the day was a great success with locals already arranging appointments to visit the centre for advice.

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Campaigners take cuts protest to Durham streets (From The Northern Echo)

The Northern Echo: Campaigners take cuts protest to Durham streets
Campaigners take cuts protest to Durham streets

VOLUNTEERS from a new campaigning community centre took to the streets to highlight problems caused by welfare cuts.

Unite community volunteers based at the new part-time community and advice centre at Red Hills, in Durham City, staged an information event in Durham Market Place on Monday (January 6).

They handed out leaflets and offered advice on avoiding debt.

They say the Government’s welfare reforms are putting people in need.

Robbie Faulds, one of the volunteers, said: “Everyone we spoke to was in agreement that people are hurting, especially after Christmas.

“Even if they weren’t experiencing difficulties themselves, they invariably knew a friend or family member who would benefit from the advice we will be offering at the centre and understood the need to campaign against the cuts which are so damaging to the most vulnerable in our society.”

The Community Support Centre is open from 10am to 3pm every Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, visit

Original article here:

Unite Community wants to help you

We are offering free advice and translations for Polish and Russian speakers living in Doncaster.

We can help you with, filling out forms, work place disputes, claiming benefits and much more.

Please come along to our free advice session in the Doncaster central lending library from 13-14pm on Saturday the 25th of January to see how we can help you.

For more information please call Tom on 07849039427 or write to him at

Download the leaflet here: Unite community wants to help you

Campaign Bootcamp

We discussed this briefly at the last team meeting, it now looks as though Pauline Doyle has struck a deal where we can sponsor four places to Bootcamp.

The organisers are ideally looking for people who are young (I think that is a requirement) from outside the M25, when I spoke to the organisers about 95% of applicants were from London. They are also hoping to increase the number of people from BAME backgrounds and those without a university degree. Though our work we must have some excellent people out there.

The website is –

If you know anyone who is keen to apply or anyone you think should apply please put in touch with me and I can have a chat with them

Coca Cola in Wakefield urged to rethink compulsory job losses

Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) in Wakefield has been urged to rethink its compulsory redundancy drive, as more than enough staff have come forward to go voluntarily.
Unite, the country’s largest union, called on the company to rethink its ‘rigid’ stance on seeking 42 job losses at its new automated warehouse in Kenmore Road.
The job losses are made up of 30 volunteers and 12 compulsory – but Unite says that ten more workers have come forward for voluntary redundancy with similar skills, so there is no need for all the compulsory redundancies.
To reinforce the message, Unite will be arranging a demonstration at the Cola Cola site on the industrial park, Wakefield WF2 0XR between 17.00 -20.00 on Thursday 19 December.
Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: “Throughout the consultation process, Unite has urged CCE to ‘do the right thing’ and allow those who volunteer for redundancy to go, thus ensuring there is no need for compulsory redundancies.
“Coca Cola has received sufficient volunteers to allow them to retain the right number of staff with the right skills, but it is still using this restructuring process  as an opportunity to make compulsory redundancies, and we believe this is just plain wrong.
“Unite recognises the important role that CCE plays in the local Wakefield economy – but what  it is proposing is too rigid and needs an urgent rethink. 
According to the company’s website, the Wakefield plant was established in 1989 and employs 466 employees. It is the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe.

Great work this morning from our Leeds Unite Community Members

Fantastic Solidarity action this morning from our Leeds Unite Community Members. Unite Community members teamed up with one of our Geographical Branch’s to help Organise and Recruit at Emis in Leeds a company which plans to make their workers suffer next year when the governments compulsory pension scheme comes into being. Community braved the freezing temperatures to distribute the leaflet below to workers at EMIS on both sites great work which we plan to repeat again next year. Leaflet below, and pictures attached.

The EMIS Pension Scheme:
For a company pension and a living wage!
For the first time EMIS has announced a pension scheme, which is a great step forward.  We will pay 2% of our pay and EMIS (as our employer) must legally make a further 2% contribution. However, the company has announced that they intend to pay their “contribution” at our expense…

“…this year there will be a proportionally reduced amount available for pay rises for 2014.” – Neil Laycock, Managing Director

EMIS employees need a decent pay rise in 2014 after having years of below inflation pay rises, which have seen wages actually fall relative to prices. Inflation is currently 2.7% but food prices are rising at a rate that is closer to 5% a year whilst we have seen energy prices rise by as much as 10%!

But whilst we have suffered a deterioration of living standards EMIS has experienced a tremendous growth in profitability and revenues thanks to our efforts in making EMIS Web and other projects a success. In fact we have been so successful that the company has increased its dividend to shareholders by 13% this year! Why not pay a smaller dividend and fund a decent pay rise for EMIS workers? Why should our living standards stagnate, leaving many employees in debt or barely able to afford more than the essentials whilst shareholders rake in vast profits?

We don’t think this is fair. As such we believe we are being modest when we ask for:

1) A well funded pension scheme.

2) An above inflation pay rise to make up for years of stagnant and declining pay that reflects rising living costs and growing profitability.

3) The right to a Recognised Union to bargain every year for greater benefits from a position of collective strength rather than individual weakness.

We, as EMIS workers, are the ones who make this company successful but we need a recognised union to be able to claim our fair share. Join our union, UNITE, and talk to your friends/colleagues in your team/department about also joining so we can really win higher pay and greater benefits through collective bargaining.

Joining is an EASY 5 minute task, is 100% CONFIDENTIAL and is your LEGAL RIGHT.
Simply go online to join at

Download the flyer: emis

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Unite Engagements at The University of Sheffield – Key to Growing Unite Community Membership!

As part of a set of on-going engagements – Legacy of Thatcher debate, Unite Fresher’s Stall and Red Ladder Wrong Un Play – with the Students Union at the University of Sheffield. Unite Education and Community held a two day Public Speaking Course on the 27th November and 4th December. Fifteen students attended both the theory and practice sessions.  The wide range of subjects spoken upon ranged from Mathematical Theory to English Culture.

The aim to establish a Unite Community Branch at the University of Sheffield is well on its way with over 30 students joining in the past few weeks. The branch has an international flavour, with the 4 students joining – whilst on the Public Speaking Course – coming from Palestine, China and Spain.

The next planned event is a Trade Union open day with debate to follow, in February 2014.

If you want to know more about Unite Community membership and free educational opportunities such as New Media, Blogging , Facebook and Twitter  please email or ring 0779 111 3806.

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Giant Unite Recruitment Posters

Unite Doncaster Geographical Branch unveiled Two new giant Recruitment Posters today at the Doncaster Dome with the aim to spread our message of “solidarity and respect” to the people of Doncaster. The Doncaster Geographical Branch has been actively supporting the Community initiative over the last twelve months and our joint work looks set to continue with our first  educational weekend school in Scarborough January 2014. We are stronger together.

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Student demos crackdown condemned by Unite

Heavy handed tactics by university vice chancellors and the police over recent student demos have been condemned by Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Wednesday 11 December).
Unite called for the university bosses and the police ‘to back off’, as Britain’s students have a time-honoured and legitimate right to protest against economic, political and social injustice.
The call from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey came as demonstrations were due to take place today (Wednesday) against a string of arrests and student suspensions at a number of universities, including Sussex and the University of London (ULU).
Len McCluskey said: “Unite is showing strong solidarity with the students of the UK who are being demonised by a coalition government which has precious little to offer anyone under the age of 40.
“Students have a legitimate right to protest peacefully against a governing elite intent on privatising higher education and cutting budgets.
“Some vice chancellors have adopted macho tactics to crush dissent and the police appear to be collaborating with this hardline approach. It’s time to back off.”
Last month Unite condemned a bungled attempt by police to spy on the legitimate protest activities of students at Cambridge University which, the union, said smacked of the police state and undermined democratic rights’.