Unite in the news: Friday 11 December

Sports Direct value plummets £400m as sales stall and controversy grows over staff pay

The results came as Sports Direct was forced to defend working conditions at its vast Shirebrook depot in Derbyshire. Chairman Keith Hellawell said the staff-checking process had been “streamlined”. But Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Gulag working conditions have no place in 21st-century Britain.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/business/sports-direct-value-plummets-400m-6992049

The flipside of the online Christmas shopping miracle

Sports Direct is no aberration: Dickensian conditions are now the daily experience of many UK workers

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/10/flipside-online-christmas-miracle-sports-direct

 Sports Direct risks a lasting stain with its grubby behaviour

http://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2015/dec/09/sports-direct-risks-lasting-stain-grubby-behaviour

 More news on Sports Direct.

Jaguar Land Rover confirms Slovakia car plant in £1bn investment

Union welcomes ‘great news’ saying overseas ventures can mean more investment for UK plants

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/jaguar-land-rover-confirms-slovakia-10583584

Pay stalemate at Bombardier as union rejects changes

The manufacturer is set to remain in talks with trade union Unite after its membership rejected a proposal to alter wages and working conditions.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/pay-stalemate-at-bombardier-as-union-rejects-changes-34277380.html

Bombardier staff reject pay freeze proposals

Unite, which represents the majority of the workforce, said it would seek “urgent discussions” with employers.

http://www.irishnews.com/business/2015/12/11/news/bombardier-staff-reject-pay-freeze-proposals-350165/

Northern Ireland: Bombardier staff reject pay freeze

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-0ba6-Northern-Ireland-Bombardier-staff-reject-pay-freeze

More news on Bombardier.