Unite the Union

Delivering In Scotland Delivers Labour To No 10

Pat Rafferty | Posted 23.10.2017 | UK Politics
Pat Rafferty

Here in Scotland, the Labour party is at long last reversing what felt like perpetual free-fall. It is climbing out of the doldrums, leaving the Tories for dust in the polls, and at last giving Nicola Sturgeon cause for concern.

Suicide Rate Three Times Higher Among Construction Workers, Union Warns

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Politics

Construction workers are three times more likely to take their own life than the rest of the population, disturbing figures show. Data from the Office...

We Love Our Jobs But British Airways Needs To Know We Won't Give Up Our Fight For A Better Deal

BA Cabin Crew Member | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK
BA Cabin Crew Member

Instead of listening to us, British Airways seems to prefer to defend low pay and inequality by spending millions on hiring aircraft from other airlines and trying to bribe us with pathetic bungs to stop us going on strike.

Unite's Election Campaign Powered The 'Corbyn Surge'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics

Britain’s biggest trade union helped power the “Corbyn surge” in the general election by targeting more than a million of its members to get out...

Corbyn Defends Ex-Communist Drafted To Help In Election

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has made a staunch defence of his decision to draft in a former Communist trade union official to help run Labour’s general election c...

When Unity Is Required, Tom Watson Manufactures Division - It's Small Surprise He Has Worked To Split The Party Again This Week

Len McCluskey | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

For the last three months I have been touring the country meeting working men and women as I campaign to be re-elected as Unite's General Secretary... But there is another world in our movement, alas. A world of skullduggery, smears and secret plots. That is where you will find Tom Watson. When Labour has needed loyalty he has been sharpening his knife looking for a back to stab. When unity is required, he manufactures division. It is small surprise that he has then worked to split the Party again this week. He has form as long as his arm. And now his sights are set on abusing the internal democracy of Unite.

Tom Watson Warns Pro-Corbyn 'Momentum' Will 'Destroy' Labour In Twitter Scrap

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK

A civil war is threatening to tear Labour apart as deputy leader Tom Watson warned hard-left supporters of Jeremy Corbyn against trying “destroy” ...

Slavery Hasn't Ended, It Just Takes Different Forms - That's Why Unions Still Matter

Gerard Coyne | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Gerard Coyne

One of the most difficult challenges unions face after they win the right to organise is to convince employees to become workplace representatives. But when we asked workers at Shirebrook to volunteer, a queue of people came forward. It was inspirational. They had gone from frightened workers to emboldened individuals who understood the power they had to demand change. And they won. That's why I get so angry when people say unions don't matter. They do.

The Waugh Zone December 20, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday, December 20… 1) PURE MAY-BELIEVE There’s no Cabinet today and word in Whitehall is that’s bec...

The Waugh Zone December 16, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday, December 16… 1) BREXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR Theresa May legged it from the EU summit last night, dit...

I Am Standing On My Record

Len McCluskey | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

Trade unionism matters more than ever. With the economy still in a slump, the Tories in power and the shadow of Brexit hanging over millions of jobs, unions are the only line of defence for working families. So the future direction of Unite, the biggest trade union in Britain and Ireland, is vital. It is far too important to be reduced to an extension of the rows in the Labour Party. I am standing for re-election as Unite's General Secretary for two reasons: My record - and my vision.

Why There's A Foodbank Outside Parliament Today

Adrian Curtis | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Adrian Curtis

giving back.jpg We frequently meet people who find themselves making tough decisions like going hungry so their children can have a hot meal, or turning off the heating so they can keep the lights on for a little longer. We want to make sure that policymakers hear from the experiences of real people on the knife-edge of poverty.

Ed Balls Interview: On Len McCluskey, Migration, Osborne

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics

Replacing Len McCluskey as leader of Unite could “definitely” help Labour to get a new leader ahead of the next general election, Ed Balls has sug...

After Years Of Confusion, Labour Is Distinctive From The Tories - Now We Must Unite Behind Our Leader

Len McCluskey | Posted 30.09.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

Labour is now, after years of personality confusion, distinctive to the Tories. Fairness versus division. Investment versus cuts. On your side versus on your own. Now we need to stay united in what we stand for and behind our leader. Those who fail to read this new mood correctly must surely consider their consciences. Our duty as a party is to turn and fight with our every fibre for the best deal for the people we represent, not to wheedle and plot, to dissemble and deceive, to disunite our party and distract us from our purpose. That purpose is, unequivocally, to win power. And the purpose of that power is to make ours a better Britain.

Tom Watson's Ill-founded Attempt to Divide Our Union Will Fall Flat on Its Face

Len McCluskey | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

Doubling down on divisiveness, Tom Watson has chosen to attack Unite and myself personally for our position on the unnecessary Labour leadership election which his manoeuvres, amongst others, have forced on the Party at a time of national crisis... Indeed, Tom was more than keen on Unite members' money in the days before he fell for the charms of Max Mosley's support. His complaints now are hypocritical, as well as ill-founded, and his attempt to divide our union will fall flat on its face.

This Cowardly Attack on Jeremy Corbyn Betrays the Labour Party and Lets the Conservatives Off Scot-Free in Their Moment of Turmoil

Len McCluskey | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

Unite made its views clear from the start. We stood by Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-austerity message which is in line with our own union's position. How could we not? Not only was he the democratically-elected leader of the party with an unprecedented mandate, here was a man who had always - ALWAYS - stood by us, stood on the picket lines, joined our campaigns, argued our case in parliament, advocated for workers' rights. He stood by us. What sort of people would we be, had we joined in the witch-hunt. Never mind that I could not have come to this conference, I could not have looked myself in the mirror, had this union done anything other than stand by Jeremy.

The Sports Direct Shambles Shows Why the Law Alone Will Never Protect Workers

Rebecca Winson | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

One of the great things about the trade union movement though, is that simply by existing it protects workers whether it's allowed into a workplace officially or not. By ensuring that a big enough stink was caused about Sports Direct that Ashley has been dragged in front of MPs, Unite have done more for Sports Direct workers than Ashley has ever even considered doing.

We Need an Approach to Manufacturing That Is Less 'Arthur Daley'

Tony Burke | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Burke

We need to win back those workers who walked away from us in May this year. Jeremy and Angela can do that by being clear that by working together the UK will prosper and thrive. By having policies that means growth is fairly shared, that there will be decent, stable jobs and apprenticeships for their families. That is how we will begin the process of a fight back from the general election defeat and forward to Labour wins in those elections to come next year.

Caroline Lucas: We Must Stay In The EU, Regardless Of What Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party Says

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics

Green MP Caroline Lucas is calling on trade unionists to back staying in the EU ahead of a crucial vote on whether workers should campaign to leave. ...

Brexit Vow From Britain's Biggest Union As Labour's EU Confusion Grows

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett and Paul Waugh | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics

Britain’s largest trade union will recommend leaving the European Union if David Cameron gives away workers’ rights in his renegotiation with Brus...

'Simon Danczuk Is In Our Cross-Hairs' Union Organiser Plans For Cull Of Labour's Non-Corbynites

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MP Simon Danczuk has hit back at claims he is in the “crosshairs” for deselection by pro-Jeremy Corbyn trade unionists. Channel 4’s Po...

We Were Promised a Government for the Blue Collar - What We Got Is One for the Blue Bloods

Len McCluskey | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

We were promised a government for the blue collar. What we got is one for the blue bloods. In his first 100 days, Cameron has been blistering alright, tearing his way through the provisions and protections that provide some modicum of fairness in a country increasingly scarred by inequality. Power and resources in this country are being shaken up in profoundly anti-democratic ways.

If You Want Higher Wages You Need Stronger Unions

Steve Turner | Posted 03.07.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Turner

Tory guru Steve Hilton has had a revelation: low pay causes poverty. From one Steve to another, welcome to the real world. But as your party is about to unveil its first full blue-blooded Tory Budget in 19 years you need to think a bit more about what - and who - drives poverty in this country... The scale of cuts - the deepest yet to our public services and benefits - will hit all but the very wealthiest. Women, the disabled, the low-waged, those not in work, those who need help with ever-spiralling housing costs and children will not be spared.

Osborne's RBS Fire Sale Shows Reform of Britain's Banks Must Come From Within

Gail Cartmail | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gail Cartmail

Osborne is set to announce the fire sale of the public's share in the Royal Bank of Scotland. Since the taxpayers bailed out RBS to the tune of £45billion in 2008, the government have held an 80% share in the bank. This bailout saved the bank from the mismanagement of its own executives, including such luminaries as Fred 'The Shred' Goodwin. You'd be forgiven for believing that seven years on Osborne's sell-off must mean that Britain's banks have been purged of all that led to such bedlam in 2008; deregulation, bloated bonuses, toxic debts and a willingness to gamble money that makes Las Vegas seem puritan. In truth the Chancellor is selling our share in RBS at a massive loss.

Benefit Sanctions and Jeremy Clarkson - The Hell of Thatcher's Creation

John Wight | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Benefit sanctions and Jeremy Clarkson. What more evidence do we need that Britain in 2015 is the hell of Thatcher's creation? As she lies a-mouldering in her grave, the Iron Lady can take satisfaction in the knowledge that she did her job well.