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Issue 3

August

2016

UNITE GROWS AT THE

GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

Unite the union had a significant presence at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show in

Harrogate. The show, which took place on 12 – 14 July 2016, is one of the largest

events of its kind and Unite has been at the show for the past 68 years.

This year saw Unite continue to use its permanent stand at the showground to put on

an exhibition which took visitors through the story of the Luddites, mining, suffragettes

and Unite today.

This was the second year that Unite has held an exhibition at the show and the

feedback from the 2314 visitors has been extremely positive. There were also 17

school groups who went through the exhibition, with many commenting that the

content about suffrage will help them with their studies.

Unite staff and members dressed up in costumes to take visitors through the

exhibition. Actors from Red Ladder Theatre Company also joined Unite and brought to

life some of the stories contained in the exhibition.

Steve Jeffry, Unite the union retired member, said “what a great day out promoting the

best union in the world to a mainly younger generation. It was great to have repeat

visitors from 2015 and a lot more school children coming to see what we do!”.

Karen Reay, regional secretary, said “it’s vitally important that we use events like

the Great Yorkshire Show to demonstrate the work that we do for industry and the

community. It’s great to see our new exhibition growing in popularity each year”.


Regional

Secretary’s

Welcome

July saw Unite in our

region taking part in

the Great Yorkshire

Show. I’m incredibly

proud of the work that

Unite put in to making

our exhibition a great

success, and the link

between us and the

show ground grows each

year.

July also saw us at the

Durham Miners’ Gala, but

the excitement was short

lived when we learnt

of the death of Davey

Hopper. Personally, I will

remember Davey as a man

of integrity, passion and

determination, and Unite

the union will continue to

ensure his legacy lives on.

Karen Reay

Regional Secretary

WORKING TOGETHER IN THE FOOD

INDUSTRY

Dave Monaghan, regional officer, and Mark Hodson, shop steward from Icelandic Seachill,

recently visited Brussels to attend a meeting of the Belgium union shop stewards from the ACV

Union to share best practice. Also at the meeting were colleagues from UILA, an Italian union,

NNN, a Norwegian union, the IUF (International Union of Food workers) and EFFAT (European

Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions).

Although it became clear that the challenges shop stewards face are similar, the conditions in

Belgium were generally more favourable and relationships with the employers appeared to be

better than in the UK. Belgian colleagues were surprised to learn of the restrictions in place in

the UK, in particular regarding organising and the process for conducting ballots on industrial

action.

ACV also organised a demonstration outside the Seafood Expo Global exhibition. The

demonstration was to highlight the poor treatment of workers at Citra Mina in the Philippines,

and Mark and Dave flew the Unite flag to show our support.


PAY TALKS CONCLUDE AT 3M

In the face of a difficult world market, pay negotiations have

been successfully concluded with membership agreeing

an increase of 1.5% and the provision of three additional

Christmas holidays for 2016.

Tim Bush, regional coordinating officer, said “this is a good

result for our members at 3M, in particular due to the

difficult trading conditions on the world market”.

ACTION CONTINUES AT

RADFORD HMY GROUP

A dispute at Radford HMY Group Ltd continues to roll on in the form

of an overtime ban and work to rule which started on 11 July 2016.

In addition to this, Unite members took part in a 24 hour strike on 14

July 2016 and the employer has been notified of a three day strike to

take place on 3, 4 and 5 August 2016.

Mark Sanderson, regional officer, said “there is a new offer from the company for our members

to consider and it will be put to them on 29 July 2016. However, the offer is very poor and is

clawed back at the end of the year by dropping pay back to current levels. This would mean that

the 2017 negotiations start from no better position than the 2016 ones. I am fully expecting

members to reject the offer and for action to continue”.

PAY TALKS UNRAVEL AT

WESTEX CARPETS

Unite members at Westex Carpets look likely to be heading into a dispute over pay.

Following the rejection of the company’s latest pay offer, Unite members made their voices

known through a consultative ballot. Over 80% of members indicated that they would be

willing to take strike action.

At the final meeting with the company, Unite offered that, rather than escalate straight into an

industrial action ballot, we seek to use ACAS. Unfortunately, the company chose not to accept

this offer.

Sharon Ramsden, Unite regional officer, said “Unite are

now beginning the process of going to a formal ballot for

industrial action at Westex. Unite believes this will be the

first time members at Westex Carpets have taken industrial

action should we have a positive outcome to the ballot”.


SUCCESS IN HOLIDAY CALCULATIONS

Unite the union entered negotiations with David Brown Gears, Huddersfield, in respect of the

way the company calculated holiday pay. Unite took this action as it felt that the holiday pay did

not reflect a normal working week’s wage.

With support from the Unite legal team and the support of members, Richard Bedford, Unite

regional officer, presented the case for the calculation to be amend to reflect a working week

(ie a 13 week average to include all overtime and shift allowance, as well as back pay, to August

2015).

The company disagreed and offered a 13 week average going forward for the first 20 days’

holiday. In consultation with the stewards, Unite disputed this and lodged 120+ cases with ACAS

for early conciliation. This prompted the company to return to the table

and agree to back pay.

Richard Beford said, “the result of our negotiations on this matter led to

an agreement giving average pay going forward on 20 holidays and back

pay was paid to 69 members between £2.71 and £2,231.30. In total, 13

workers were paid above £1,000”.

DOUBLE SUCCESS AT THE

UNIONLEARN AWARDS

Two nominations were entered from Unite’s NEYH region into the annual

prestigious Unionlearn Awards which were presented on 4th July at the

10th Annual Conference held at TUC, Congress House.

Richard Gilbert a Unite ULR at Kirklees Council won the ‘Highly

Commended’ Award for his dedication and hard work in supporting

Unite members with Adult Literacy needs. This was followed by retired/

Community member and volunteer Brian Clarke from the Unite Barnsley Community Centre,

gaining the accolade of ‘Winner’ for his great work in supporting disadvantage members in the

Barnsley area, especially those with ESOL and ICT needs.

FIRST CLASS COLLECTION

The regional Legal and Affiliated Services stand at the Durham Miners’ Gala

and the Great Yorkshire Show collected £138.00 in donations for Unite

members who had recently taken part in strike action at First Leeds.


A GIANT OF THE TRADE UNION

MOVEMENT

Just days after this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala, Unite, and the whole trade union movement,

was shocked to hear of the death of Davey Hopper, General Secretary of the Durham Miners’

Association.

Davey was a long-time friend and comrade of Unite and Karen Reay, regional secretary, said

“Davey will be missed throughout the trade union movement. He was truly one of the giants of

the movement”.

Davey’s funeral took place on Friday 29 July 2016 with Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Labour Party

Leader, and Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, amongst the mourners.

Responding to the news of Davey’s death, Len McCluskey said “on behalf of Unite the union

I offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to Davey’s family, and to all members of the

Durham Miners’ Association.”

“Hearts will be heavy as we reflect upon the loss of this brilliant and determined man, a giant of

our movement, a man dedicated to justice, equality and the betterment of his community”.


LEGAL AND AFFILIATES

HAVE YOU OR FAMILY MEMBERS WORKED IN AN

INDUSTRY WHERE EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS MAY

HAVE OCCURRED?

DIAGNOSED WITH AN ASBESTOS RELATED ILLNESS?

NOT SURE?

Contact your local Unite office without delay.

Asbestos exposure questionnaires can be obtained from any one of our

offices, alternatively email

lesley.yule@unitetheunion.org

Remove the killer dust - an asbestos eradication law is needed

Unite supports a global ban on asbestos. And the best way to prevent more asbestos deaths is

to remove all asbestos still present in our buildings and ensure that

it is disposed of safely and never reused.

To do this we need much stronger legislation in Britain. This is

why we support and welcome the All Party Parliamentary Group on

Occupational Safety and health’s decision in June 2015 to call for

a new law on asbestos with a clear timetable for the eradication of

asbestos from every single workplace in Britain.

We also support their call for health and safety enforcement authorities to develop workplace

inspection programmes to verify that all asbestos is marked and managed, and that asbestos

eradication plans are in place – and be properly resourced to carry out this regulatory activity.

For more information click here.

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LEGAL AND AFFILIATES

DO YOU OR YOUR MEMBERS NEED HELP WITH

FINANCES – FED UP OF CONTINUALLY RECEIVING

BANK CHARGES – NEED FLEXIBLE FINANCIAL HELP?

Why not explore the Unite Credit Union Service, take a look at the link below from Prince

Bishops Community Bank one of Unite’s CU’s in the North East to see what a Credit Union can do

for you.

Watch a video about Credit Unions here

The service is regionally based and you can find out more about what facilities are available to

you by contacting Unite Credit Union Service central phone line on 0333 0110 450 or by email.

You can also click on the links below which will take you to the Credit Union covering your part

of our region.

Leeds City CU

Transave CU

Prince Bishops Community Bank

For more information: http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/memberoffers/

memberbenefits/unite-credit-union/#sthash.695doOVL.dpuf

If you would like to arrange a presentation from one of our CU’s then please do not hesitate to

contact Lesley at: lesley.yule@unitetheunion.org


Regional Office

Unite the union

55 Call Lane

Leeds

LS1 7BW

0113 236 4830

Middlesbrough Office

Unite the union

Fry Street

Middlesbrough

TS1 1HA

Grimsby Office

Unite the union

New Oxford House

Osborne Street

Grimsby

DN31 1EY

Newcastle Office

Unite the union

John Dobson Street

Newcastle

NE1 8TW

Hull Office

Unite the union

Anchor House

Silvester Street

Hull

HU1 3HA

Sheffield Office

Unite the union

Sovereign Court

300 Barrow Road

Sheffield

S9 1JQ

www.unitetheunion.org/northeastyorkshirehumberside

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