• Stop charging health staff for parking
    Health staff have been subject to years of pay freezes but parking charges are an extra tax on their wages. Public transport simply isn’t an option for many shift workers, who would be forced to travel late at night or early in the morning. In Colchester, this tax is due to treble in the New Year, while staff in Ipswich are already paying more than their colleagues in Essex. Shift work means public transport isn’t an option unless health workers get buses in the middle of the night or very early in the morning. Since a new parking system was introduced at Colchester, the whole situation has been a mess for staff and patients, with long queues to get in and out. Community staff have only been given a 30 minute grace period to drop equipment, blood and pick up drugs - many of these staff have already received £70 fines. The unions requested two months ago for the grace period to be increased. UNISON and the Royal College of Midwives have also warned that babies will be born in Colchester’s car park as there is no drop-off area for women in labour. Women are having to walk from the main car park over to the maternity wing or be dropped off by their partners who then risk getting a fine if they don't go and move their car after 30 minutes.
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  • Pay us fairly this Christmas
    Premium pay rates offer a small compensation for employees spending Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at work. Two years ago staff at TGI Friday’s restaurants across the U.K. were forced into signing contracts that took away their right to be paid time-and-a-half for working over the Christmas and New Year period. While many people spend this time at home with family and friends, workers at restaurants like TGI Friday's have to work. Workers were told there was no option but to sign the updated contract and that they would not be allowed to work again until they had. Some reported being coerced into signing the new contract halfway through a busy shift without being informed what it was they were signing away. TGI Friday's workers are often made to survive on minimum wage. Compensation for the time spent away from our family and friends over the festive season is the least a big profitable company like TGI Friday's can do.
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  • Care At Night, Pay Us Right!
    AFG have cut pay for sleep-ins so we are no longer being paid the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. Support Workers in some areas are receiving less than £50 for a shift of up to 11 hours (just £4.50 per hour). Councils say they are paying AFG enough and they are not happy that AFG is taking 28% out of taxpayers’ money instead of giving it to staff! We work hard to provide care for the most vulnerable in society –but why don’t AFG care about us? Please sign below to support our campaign!
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  • Champion fair pay for civil servants
    Ministers across the government are fighting for their public sector workers. It’s time for the civil service to have its own champion. The Government has officially lifted the public sector 1% pay cap, yet FDA members have been left barely better off. In other areas, we have seen action and results. Ministers have fought for better departmental staff pay rises, and won. However, civil servants have been left behind with employers adopting civil service pay remit guidelines and awarding below-inflation 1.5% raises. Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill has described the civil service as “brilliant.” But what is this brilliance worth? Recent discoveries show that the SCS’s pay gap is widening. When can these employees expect fair and equal reward? Join our call, and ask David Lidington to speak up for hardworking civil servants.
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  • Save Burman House Residential Care Home
    Burman House Care Home in Norfolk provides a safe and loving home for 27 vulnerable elderly people. It has been rated "Good" for its last two CQC inspections. But residents and staff have been alarmed by suddenly announced plans to close the home. The home is run by Norse Care, a well-rated care company that's owned by Norfolk County Council, and provides many local care services for the council. The Council claim running costs for Burman House are too high, even though Norse Care have already delivered millions of pounds in savings across the business. UNISON members working in home care at Burman House and nationwide believe the elderly people they support deserve quality care. Nobody in that situation should be uprooted from their families or local community in a forced move, or to suffer the trauma of an uncertain future. Burman House's 30 well trained and qualified staff are delivering a vital service for the village of Terrington St John. Norfolk County Council should be valuing their commitment rather than putting them at risk of redundancy.
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  • Workers need a seat in the boardroom
    Workers need a fairer share of the wealth they create. They are affected more than any other group by company decisions and deserve a say in how they are made. According to this week’s report by the High Pay Centre and CIPD, CEOs were paid a staggering £560.1 million in the financial year ending 2017. That works out as £5.7 million per CEO. By contrast, workers’ pay has only increased by 2% - well below the current rate of inflation. Countries with better worker participation tend to have lower levels of inequality and poverty, higher investment in research and development and better employment rates. Workers have a clear interest in the long-term success of their company, unlike many shareholders, who if things go wrong can – and do – simply sell their shares. Their participation would encourage boards to take a long-term approach to company success. While the government’s decision to bring in a pay ratio reporting requirement is welcomed, it's clear that much more needs to be done to help out the average worker. Workers on company boards is hardly a radical idea. They’re the norm across most of Europe – including countries with similar single-tier board structures to the UK, such as Sweden.
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  • Ban zero-hours contracts
    Every worker should have the right to a contract that guarantees the hours they work and the conditions they need for a decent working life. Too often zero-hours contracts are being used to exploit workers. Hours are never guaranteed, making financial planning impossible and anxiety inevitable. Workers' on zero-hours contracts are denied sick and holiday pay. If something goes wrong, there is no safety net. And there needs to be action to reduce other forms of insecure work that makes workers' lives a misery. And zero-hours contracts are only one part of the problem of insecure work in the UK. From bogus self-employment to underpaying agency workers, TUC research shows that 1 in 9 workers – at least 3.8 million – are now trapped in some form of insecure work. If ministers are serious about building a country that works for everyone, they must act now to ensure every worker gets fair pay, decent rights and a voice at work.
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  • M&S: Don’t keep your staff in the dark over massive cuts
    Marks & Spencer announced that they’re planning a massive restructuring, closing 100 stores by 2022. That potentially puts tens of thousands of jobs at risk. But workers still are in the dark as to whether or how long they will still have jobs. M&S are announcing closures in waves, and keeping staff at other branches in the dark. None of their 70,000 workers know if they’re safe. That’s just cruel, and no way to treat their loyal workforce. Many have worked for them for years, providing the high standards of customer service that are a hallmark for the company. Engaging honestly and openly with their staff from the outset could help the company plan better to save jobs and restructure more responsibly. M&S need to move to fix this now: • Enter into meaningful consultation with their staff through their union on the restructuring plan. Don’t keep workers in the dark about their futures. • Give their staff an assurance that they will work with the union to minimise the impact of the restructuring on workers and jobs. If you work at M&S and are worried about the closure plans, you can contact USDAW at enquiries@usdaw.org.uk.
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  • TGI Friday's: Pay us fairly
    My name is Lauren and I've been working at TGI Friday's for 8 years. Workers like me were given two days’ notice, before we were stripped of 40% of our tips. This means some of my workmates will lose £250 a month. We’ve put up with treatment like this for years, and now me and fellow Unite members are saying enough is enough. We’re standing up to a rotten system, built on low pay and exploitation. We won't back down. Please support us by sending a message that can’t be ignored. We know TGI Friday's are sensitive to public pressure so if enough of us send a message, they’ll be forced to respond and explain why they continue attacking our conditions.
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  • We demand the new blue UK passport is made in Britain to support UK jobs
    After years of our passports being made in Britain, the government has now decided that the UK’s new blue passport will be made in France. This decision has put hundreds of British jobs at risk, at print company De La Rue. This would not happen in France, where they produce their own passports in the interests of national security and it should not happen in the UK. De La Rue is the UK’s leading security printer making bank notes as well as passports, sustaining thousands of decent jobs in the UK. The company is more than capable of producing the UK’s post-Brexit blue passports. The government can’t try to hide behind EU procurement law. They took this decision and can just as easily reverse it. Unite, the GMB and the Daily Mirror are calling on the Prime Minister to reverse this decision and support British business and UK workers. Please add your name now.
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  • Premier Inn: Clean up your act
    “We’re now all working six days a week with double shifts, back to back. Starting at 7am and finishing at 11pm day after day is really hard” - Premier Inn housekeeper Channel 4's Dispatches programme: Undercover in Premier Inn (Monday 12 Feb) brought worker abuse at the hotel chain out into the open. Staff there are not getting paid for all the hours they work. They’re pressured to work 16 hour days, six days a week. Breaks are unpaid. They’re pushed to hit punishing productivity targets. This is exploitation, and it needs to stop. Premier Inn's owner, Whitbread, is the UK’s biggest hospitality employer and FSTE 100 company. Last year it made £328m profit. Whitbread can well afford to pay hard-working hotel staff fairly and treat them better. With 760 hotels across the UK, that is a lot of working people who need your support to tell Whitbread and Premier Inn to clean up their act. They can start by abiding by their own human rights policy - allow the workforce access to join a union, and have a real voice at work. Recognising Unite would help them save their reputation. Premier Inn workers in their own words….. “I’m scared of being sacked if I don’t come in at short notice or work over my shift.” “It’s awful. I’m paid under £9 an hour and I’m really struggling to pay my rent.” “We were told not to talk about trade unions with each other so it’s hard to get people to do stuff because they feel so intimidated.” Help Unite stop this exploitation. Please sign this petition to send Premier Inn the message that it must treat its workforce with respect.
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  • McDonald's: Keep your staff safe from abusive customers
    You don't expect to face verbal or physical abuse, just for doing your job and serving customers. But too many staff working at McDonald's encounter just that. They often don’t know what they can do to report abuse by customers, or what rights they have to refuse to serve them. As a volunteer union rep working at McDonald's, I've talked to colleagues who felt they have to suffer in silence. Local McDonald's managers don’t always support them as they should. McDonald's needs to act to ensure their workers, who are low paid and often on insecure contracts, don't have to face the difficult situations they currently have to. Our union has heard from one McDonald's worker who often works nights in the restaurant lobby. She told us how often she's groped and touched by drunk men. Another was surprised when she moved onto a different shift that she no longer got called a stupid c*** by customers every time she worked. Workers at my store have been threatened with physical violence. Persistent bullying by customers can lead workers into depression and breakdowns. Only by workers coming together and forming our union have we been able to change things so far. It's not too late for McDonald’s to become a good employer. They need to talk to Bfawu (the union for fast food workers) and implement a policy of zero tolerance for harassment at work. This means believing a worker when they say they have witnessed or suffered any form of abuse, violent, sexual, homophobic or racist. And it means acting to ban customers that behave in an abusive way to workers. We know McDonalds value what their customers think about them. Please add your support to the growing voice of McDonald’s workers as they stand up for dignity in work. A right that everyone deserves. Note: If you’re a McDonalds staff member who has experienced abuse from customers, contact your nearest Bfawu office for advice on your rights: http://www.bfawu.org
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