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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...

We Cannot Trust The Rusty Lady - For Britain There Is Only One Choice

Len McCluskey | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

We now really do have a choice. It is between a man who wants our children to have the chances and opportunities they deserve, and a woman who won't rule out tax rises for struggling workers, whose policies divide and do not mend, and who refused six times to give an honest answer about the scale of her police cuts. This Thursday, please take a moment. Ask yourselves that question: who really can be trusted to do right by the people of this country? There really only can only be one answer. Labour - for the many, not the few.

Labour And Union Chiefs Say Theresa May 'Has Questions To Answer' Over Police Cuts

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics

Labour and union chiefs say Theresa May has questions to answer on emergency service cuts in the wake of terror attacks on Manchester and London. Shad...

Construction Firm Beard Ban Sparks Health And Safety Row

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK

A row has broken out after a construction firm banned its workers from having beards on health and safety grounds. Outsourced housing maintenance comp...

Len McCluskey Backtracked On Labour 200 Seats Success Claim Because He 'Woke Up Feeling More Optimistic', Says John McDonnell

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics

Unite leader Len McCluskey rowed back from claims holding just 200 seats would be a good night for Labour because he ‘woke up feeling more optimisti...

Automation And A Bad Brexit - Workers Are In The Eye Of An Economic Storm

Len McCluskey | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

If Brexit is the most pressing challenge working people face, it's not the only one. Automation is also casting a long shadow. The replacement of workers by robots is an issue facing all parts of manufacturing and many service sectors but it's presently focussed on the motor industry above all.

15 Brilliantly Rude Signs From The Unite For Europe Protest

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of London as part of the Unite for Europe march. The protest against Brexit is set against the b...

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.

These Three Strikes Announced On The Same Day, Are Bad News If You're Flying At Christmas

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK

BA cabin crew will strike on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in a row over pay - the latest airport staff to announce industrial action that threatens tr...

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.

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

Len McCluskey | Posted 29.09.2016 | 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.

'I Shook His Hand': Corbyn's Rapturous Salford Reception

Sam Harrison | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

Corbyn simply embodies a Labour Party which, to them, is finally doing what a left-wing party ought to do. Perhaps some less ideologically-driven Labour members will have peeled off from Corbyn simply in the hope of ending the chaos. But in Salford on Saturday, Corbynmania was alive and well.

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.

Corbyn Does NOT Need MPs For Leadership Ballot

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Politics

The battle for Labour’s future looks increasingly likely to end up in the law courts amid rival legal opinions over whether Jeremy Corbyn needs MPs...

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.

A Tale of Two Unions - Industry and the EU

Jacob Young | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Young

The EU has done nothing to protect the jobs of the local lads lining the gate, the steel workers at SSI and the fisherman across our coast. It has undermined democracy and skirted accountability. I believe one of the most important rights in any society is the right to vote on who governs you (and for that vote to count).

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.

Labour's Anti-Semitism Row 'Disgraceful' Attempt To Challenge Corbyn's Leadership

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK

The row over anti-Semitism within the Labour Party is nothing more than a "cynical attempt" to challenge Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, Unite chief Len M...

We Cannot Fight for a Better European Union If We Are Out of It

Len McCluskey | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

When I vote for Britain to remain in the EU in June, and when I argue for the members of my union and others to do likewise in the months ahead, I will not be voting for the status quo - let me be clear about that... We cannot fight for a better European Union if we are out of it. So I will be voting for the future on 23 June.

What It Means to Be in a Union - And Why We All Need to Defend Them

Frances O’Grady | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

We know that unions don't often get good press in the UK. Stories about the inconvenience of strikes dominate, while the day-to-day work of unions goes largely unreported. This is a real shame, as I've seen first-hand the incredible work trade union members are doing across the country...

Jeremy Corbyn: Blast From the Past or Leader of Tomorrow?

Len McCluskey | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

If the Labour MPs want something constructive to do, then start working out policies and ideas that might help attract voters back to Labour... I'm not saying that any Labour MP should have to abandon his or her own views, or cease to articulate them within the Party's democratic structures. But I am saying that this continual war of attrition is achieving nothing beyond taking the pressure off the government. So my clear message to the plotters is - stop the sniping, stop the scheming, get behind Jeremy Corbyn and start taking the fight to the Tories.

MPs 'Playing With Fire' If They Use Syria To Try To Oust Corbyn, Warns McCluskey

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MPs who use the issue of intervention in Syria to try to oust Jeremy Corbyn are "playing with fire", Len McCluskey has warned. In an exclusi...