Unite is Britain's biggest union with 1.42 million members in every type of workplace
Unite is the union for the 21st century meeting the great challenges facing working people in the 21st century. It is a democratic and campaigning union which fights back for employees in the workplace, is taking trade unionism out to the millions of unorganised workers, is a union that stands up for equality for all and advances its members interests politically.
Parliament must clean up its act - recognise Unite, the union for MPs' and Peers' staffHarassment and bullying, including sexual harassment, makes the lives of workers a misery. Staff working for our legislators have a right to dignity at work too, and Parliament must send a clear signal that it will clean up its act. Unions help make workplaces safe and put power in the hands of staff. Recognising Unite will give staff a powerful voice who will fight for them. Recently, the Prime Minister met with Unite’s parliamentary and constituency branch. Now she, and all party leaders must call on IPSA to recognise the union of hundreds of staff working for our MPs and Peers. Max Freedman, chair of Unite’s parliamentary and constituency branch said: “The Prime Minister has agreed to consider the branch’s call for formal union recognition. Unite has emphasised the need for the voice of staff to be amplified in the discussion of new processes and in eliminating the culture of bullying and harassment.” Parliament cannot set itself apart from other workplaces. It must provide a safe working environment for employees. It’s time to recognise Unite.3,463 of 4,000 SignaturesCreated by Unite Campaigns
Tips are for staff not employersWhat do celebrity chef, Michel Roux Jr, Harrods and the Queen’s Grocer Fortnum and Mason have in common? They have all (in the last few months) been caught with their hands in the tips’ jar, a full 18 months after the government vowed to stamp out similar rip off tip scams. The three iconic establishments were revealed to be pocketing some or all of the service charge, rather than giving staff a fair share, often without customers’ knowledge. Now celebrity haunts the Ivy - where dinner for two costs at least £200 - has been exposed for giving staff just £1.30 per hour of the 12.5 per cent service charge it automatically adds to bills to its minimum waged staff. Unite members working in the UK hospitality industry are fed up of waiting for their fair tips. Diners want to know that the service charge or non-cash tip they have just paid is going to the low paid staff that served them and is not being pocketed by the company to do what they like with. After an eight-month review into tipping abuses, the government said: ‘Tips should go to workers, not employers’, so why are waiters and kitchen staff still waiting? It’s time for the government to close the legal loophole which allows employers to treat non-cash tips and service charges as restaurant revenue without any legal obligation to pass it on to staff. We are calling on the government to publish the recommendations of its consultation on tipping, gratuities, cover and service charges which closed on the 26 June 2016, and: - Make the code mandatory – the 2009 voluntary code of best practice has utterly failed to bring greater transparency and fairness to tipping. Employers can no longer be trusted to police their tipping policies. Clear and mandatory rules around tipping and the distribution of tips are needed to stamp out rip off tip and service charge scams. - Ban bogus tronc schemes –Too many employers are using tronc schemes to pool and distribute non-cash tips and service charges which are not genuinely independent from management interference. The government needs to get behind and support the jointly endorsed (Unite/AMLR Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers) guidelines to stamp out bogus troncs. - Give staff 100% ownership rights over tips with a say in how they are shared out. - Ban employers from using non-cash tips and service charges to cover breakages, till shortages, admin fees, and customers doing a runner.6,566 of 7,000 SignaturesCreated by Unite Campaigns
BMW play fair by British workers – no pensions robberyBMW group is seeking to rob its UK workers of their hard earned retirement income by closing their final salary pension scheme. The proposed closure of the defined benefit pension scheme by 31 May 2017 could result in car workers making the iconic Mini and Rolls-Royce motor cars losing as much as £140,000 over the course of their retirement. BMW’s UK workforce is world class making over 260,000 Minis and record numbers of Rolls Royce motor cars in the last year. Their hard work and efficiency has contributed hugely to BMW’s record breaking profits of approximately £6 billion, enabling the carmaker to lavish nearly £2 billion of dividends on shareholders. Yet BMW wants to reward this hard work by back tracking on past pension promises. This is deferred pay, money which BMW’s UK workforce has worked hard for to provide for a decent income on retirement for themselves and their families. With more and more highly profitable companies pleading poverty and looking to duck their pension promises, BMW workers are saying enough is enough.2,143 of 3,000 SignaturesCreated by Unite Campaigns
Sports Direct: Stop your shameful work practicesImagine being monitored every minute of the working day, ‘named and shamed’ over a tannoy system if your supervisor thinks you’re not working hard enough, and body searched after every shift. That's the reality for workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse. Most of the staff subjected to these harsh conditions are employed by two agencies – Best Connection and Transline. They are threatened with a ‘six strikes and you’re out’ disciplinary procedure. Staff can get ‘strikes’ for taking too long in the toilet, talking too much or even having time off due to sickness. It’s not just warehouse staff that are treated badly. Three quarters of the workforce at Sports Direct’s high street shops in the UK are employed on zero-hours contracts. These workers have no security, no sickness or holiday pay, no guaranteed hours of work and can’t plan for the future. Sports Direct is a hugely profitable retail giant. Latest company figures show a 7.4% increase in gross profit to £1.155 billion. We must not allow them to get away with this unacceptable behaviour. Every worker has the right to be treated fairly and with respect in their workplace. Please help us put pressure on Sports Direct – together we can make this happen.20,319 of 25,000 SignaturesCreated by Unite Campaigns