Oil workers vote for strikes

Submitted by Matthew on 2 October, 2013 - 12:53

Unite members in the Ineos oil refinery in Grangemouth have voted by 81% for strikes and by 91% for action short of strikes. The turnout was 86%.

Unite called the ballot, and recommended a “yes” vote, to defend shop stewards’ convenor Stevie Deans, who has been subject to ongoing investigation by senior management since the summer of this year.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 2 October, 2013 - 12:50

The 20,000 members of Unite working in Higher Education have joined Unison and the University of College Union in balloting for strikes to win better pay.

Unite says its members in HE, who work as technicians, laboratory assistants, facilities management workers, and admin staff, have faced a five-year “pay drought”, and have seen their real pay decline by around 13% since 2008.

A Unite statement said: “The employers have shown a callous disregard when it comes to fair pay treatment for their staff — and now strike action is very much on the cards.”

Oil refinery workers' strike vote

Submitted by AWL on 24 September, 2013 - 12:57

Unite members in the Ineos oil refinery in Grangemouth are voting on whether to take industrial action in defence of senior shop steward Stevie Deans. Unite is calling for a ‘yes’ vote.

Stevie is chairperson of Falkirk Labour Party. He was suspended in June after national party officials raised allegations that Unite in Falkirk had signed up people to be party members without their knowledge and had forged their signatures on direct debit instructions.

On Ed Miliband’s instructions, the dossier containing the allegations was handed over to the police.

Crossrail bosses beaten on blacklist

Submitted by Matthew on 10 September, 2013 - 6:16

Frank Morris, an electrician sacked from his job on a Crossrail construction site in Westbourne Park, London, in September 2012 for raising health and safety concerns in his capacity as a trade union representative, has been reinstated.

The deal between Unite and Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK, the construction consortium operating construction work on Crossrail sites) is the result of a year of relentless campaigning by rank-and-file trade union activists.

Two “red lines” in union link fight

Submitted by Matthew on 10 September, 2013 - 6:13

In his speech at the TUC (10 September) Ed Miliband said: “I want to make each and every affiliated trade union member a real part of their local party. Making a real choice to be a part of our party. So they can have a real voice in it...We could become a Labour Party not of 200,000 people, but 500,000 or many more”.

Labour clears Unite of rigging

Submitted by AWL on 9 September, 2013 - 12:34

The Labour Party has officially cleared Unite of attempting to rig Falkirk Labour Party’s selection process for its next general election candidate.

Over the summer months Unite had been accused of signing up union members as Labour Party members without their consent and filling in direct debit instructions by forging their signatures.

Two Unite members of Falkirk Labour Party, Karie Murphy and Stevie Deans, were suspended from party membership.

Unite can save Labour-union link

Submitted by Matthew on 28 August, 2013 - 10:23

The United Left group, which commands a majority on the Executive of the giant Unite union, meets in Manchester on 31 August to discuss the Collins-Miliband proposals on the links between the unions and the Labour Party.

UL secretary Martin Mayer, in convening the meeting, has made clear that he disagrees with Ed Miliband’s suggestion that trade unionists counted as “affiliated members” only if they explicitly and individually “opt in”.