News Stories

  • EC Report – March 2017
    Unite Alliance EC report from March 2017 Executive Council meeting Read the latest Unitenow Executive Council Report from March 2017
  • Unitenow statement on General Secretary Election 2017
    After extensive debate at a national meeting, Unitenow have decided that at this present time, we will not endorse any of the candidates in the upcoming General Secretary Election of Unite the Union. We believe that the election of the Executive Council of the Union is of more importance, this is something that appears to be losing focus since the announcement of the General Secretary election. In order for transparency and democracy to flourish within our union, it is paramount that we elect
  • Len McCluskey submits his resignation as General Secretary of Unite
    Len McCluskey the General Secretary of Unite the Union submitted his resignation to the Unite Executive Council this afternoon. The resignation will take effect after the requisite notice period which means the resignation takes effect from 28th April 2017. The General Secretary Election timetable will follow the Executive Council timetable. Gail Cartmail the Assistant General Secretary of Unite the Union has been appointed as a temporary active General Secretary working alongside Len McCl
  • EC election key dates and information
    EC election key dates and guidance
    • W/C 31st October 2016 All Unite branches and workplace reps will be sent communications inviting members who are interested in standing in the EC elections to submit a campaign statement (150 words max) which asks branches or workplaces to nominate them as a candidate during the nomination period. This statement will be sent out with all the nomination packs for branches and workplaces to consider. The deadline for the rec
  • Policy Conference 2016
    The report of the 4th Unite Policy conference is available on the Unite conferences website. The report contains the full text all of the Executive Statements and motions agreed at the conference. An up to date policy manual is being prepared by the Research Department which will be posted on the Unite Website due course.
  • Corbyn strengthens position as final leadership nominations come in
    Jeremy Corbyn has secured the backing of almost 300 Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), in the latest sign that the favourite remains in pole position to be re-elected leader next month. Supporting nominations closed in the leadership contest today, with 285 CLPs giving their support to Corbyn, and 53 going to Owen Smith. Corbyn also won the support of eight trade unions, compared to four for Smith. These nominations will not affect the final result by themselves, but in the past have been a
  • Unite secures minimum wage victory for Sports Direct workers
    Thousands of workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire are set to receive back pay totalling an estimated £1 million for non-payment of the minimum wage, Britain’ largest union, Unite announced today (Monday 15 August). 96 per cent of Unite members directly employed by Sports Direct at Shirebrook backed the deal secured by Unite. The payments, back dated to May 2012 for direct employees and agency workers, cover unpaid searches at the end of shifts and could be worth
  • Why are people so disaffected by the Labour party
    Why are people so disaffected by the Labour party? As I write this there has been a backlash against MP’s that have delivered a significant vote of no confidence in their leader Jeremy Corbyn and whilst the members of the Labour party are up in arms about this as they voted him as their leader with a 60% majority, there must be some underlying reason for this gulf of opinion. I am not a Corbyn supporter, not because I don’t think he is a decent man, not because I don’t think his polici