11:45 am, Wed 18 Jun 2014
Redundancy package for Imperial Tobacco workers
The Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham
Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Workers at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham have accepted a 'substantial' redundancy package.
The company announced the closure of the factory in April, saying it is to move production of cigarettes to eastern Europe. The Nottingham site is due to close in May 2016, making 540 people redundant.
Unite union regional officer, Luke Primarolo, said:
The closure of the Imperial Tobacco factory is a bitter blow for the workforce and very serious for the local Nottinghamshire economy. It ends a link with the city that goes back to the first half of the 19th century.
Unite and the GMB union have negotiated what we feel is a substantial redundancy package for our members, but this should not distract from the fact the staff will have to find new jobs.
4:35 pm, Thu 24 Apr 2014
Unite union is to hold urgent talks with the Wolverhampton engineering firm, Sandvik, after management said production may stop in August, causing 143 jobs to go.
The two groups will talk at a meeting on Tuesday 29 April.
This is a hammer blow to the workforce, their families, the West Midlands economy and manufacturing capacity in the UK generally.
The 143 jobs at risk are good skilled jobs. While this is still a proposal, many employees with long and dedicated service were deeply shocked and stunned by the announcement.
– Andy Taylor, Unite regional officer
11:31 am, Fri 30 Aug 2013
Union advises Jaguar settlement
Britain’s largest union, Unite, will recommend a settlement to its members to end the dispute with DHL and other agencies providing services to Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry.
DHL workers picketed outside JLR plants on Wednesday
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There was a short strike on Wednesday when workers from DHL picketed outside the plants at Castle Bromwich and Solihull for half an hour.
2:29 pm, Tue 04 Dec 2012
Birmingham Airport and Unite the Union have announced an agreement over the long-standing pay deal dispute.
In a statement, the groups announced that employees who benefit from the pay increase will receive a back dated pay increase before Christmas.
Birmingham Airport say there will be no delays this Christmas.
2:48 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012
Unite's national officer Roger Maddison said the JLR pay deal is a good result for the workers.
"This is a very good result for JLR in particular and the car industry in general. We can now move forward to reinforce the renaissance in British car production.
"The deal is nothing less than the workforce deserve as they have contributed greatly to the nearly £3 billion profit made by JLR over the last three years."
– Unite National Officer Roger Maddison
2:43 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012
A two-year pay deal has been accepted by workers at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said to be worth up to 9.8%.
Unite said its union members at Castle Bromwich, Solihull and the research sites in Gaydon and Whitley voted by 3-1 in favour
9:55 am, Wed 25 Jul 2012
Jaguar Land Rover
ITV has learned that as many as four new models may come to Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham.
Today the company announced it was taking on 1,100 new people to build the XF Sportbrake - a new estate car.
But Tim Parker, from the union Unite, said four models could be built at the factory over the next five years.
6:15 am, Fri 27 Apr 2012
In Other News...
The union Unite has called for people in Birmingham to sign a petition to protest against the privatisation of West Midlands Police Force.
Unite fears that contracting police work out to the private sector will compromise response times.
The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says if the move does go ahead it could be cost-effective and free up more officers for front-line duties.
4:49 pm, Wed 21 Mar 2012
Jaguar Cars Made in China
Unite officials said they have received assurances that investment and growth in the UK will continue. The Union said it will continue to remain watchful to ensure that the UK workforce is not compromised by global expansion.