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The Manchester 50+ Show

 MANCHESTER CENTRAL on 28th & 29th March 2014.

Manchester Central is in the heart of Manchester city centre and is easily accessible from all over the Northwest of England. Further information on getting to Manchester Central can be found by visiting the Manchester Central Website by clicking on the link below:

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  • Now in its 6th year, the London CRUISE Show at Olympia is the leading consumer cruise travel event in Europe
    • Meet the world's leading cruise lines and tour operators under one roof

     

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    Staythorpe Power Station campaign

     

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      UK engineering construction workers demand the right to work

    Overview

    At Staythorpe Power Station in Nottinghamshire Alstom has sub-contracted two overseas companies to carry out construction work on the site.

    Unite believes that the two overseas companies refused to accept applications for work from UK workers, intending instead to use more than 600 workers from other countries on the project.

    With local workers from the engineering construction industry now unemployed, this cannot be right.

    All UK workers are asking for is the right to be considered for work on this construction project.

    Unite the Union is calling on the government to ensure that all engineering construction employers recruit local labour, especially those out of work, onto all work in major construction projects.

     


    Unite secures landmark ruling on age discrimination against Rolls Royce


    Campaign for Energy Justice

    Overview

    Unite is fully convinced that the case for the implementation of a windfall tax on the UK energy and oil companies - and social capping to prevent further prices hikes - is a robust one.

    It is simply unacceptable that in the world's fourth richest economy, millions of households will be faced this winter with an inhumane choice: that of whether to heat or eat.

     


    Unite and Daily Mirror launch fair tips initiative for Manchester restaurants and hotels

    Unite the union and Daily Mirror newspaper will today (Friday 18th July) launch a campaign to urge restaurants, hotels and bars in Manchester to back their Fair Tips Campaign.

     


     Alarm over tactics of 'union-busting' firm

    US consultants imported by UK firms are reprimanded for their hard line

    An Amercian consultancy accused of bringing 'union-busting' tactics to Britain has been condemned for its 'unfortunate track record' by a government committee, but allowed to continue operating in this country.


    Temporary & Agency Workers

    At the UNITE EC meeting last week, there was more discussion about the deal done between the unions, CBI and UK government to give more protection for agency and temporary workers.

    Though the deal is far less than we'd want (protection only applies after 12 weeks on a job), we have finally applied enough pressure to stop the UK government blocking the EU directive altogether. We are told that about 70-75% of agency and temporary workers would benefit despite the 12-week rule, as well as there being a substantial benefit to the rest of the workforce whose bargaining position is undermined by the exploitation of temporary & agency workers with no rights.

    Derek Simpson was adamant that there is no truth in the stories in the press (put out by the CBI) that the unions have agreed to accept a weakening of the Working Time Directive in exchange for progress on the Temporary & Agency Workers Directive.

    Derek said he hadn't actually seen the deal itself, and nobody else at the EC meeting seemed to have done so, which seemed really odd.

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    UNITE AT THE YORKSHIRE SHOW

    The unite stand at the yorkshire show proved a great hit with members who attended, and the school kid's who visited the stand enjoyed it too.

     

     

    THE UNITE STAND AT THE YORKSHIRE SHOW

    AND WITH THE SHOW LASTING THREE DAYS AND WITH ALL THE STAFF HAVING TO GET TIME OFF FROM WORK, TO WORK ON THE STAND ALL ARE UNITE UNION MEMBERS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM ALL FOR THE FUNTIME WE HAD.

    THE STAND WILL BE OPEN NEXT YEAR AND WELCOMES ALL UNITE MEMBERS AND KIDS MAKE

    IT A DAY IN YOUR CALENDAR FOR NEXT YEAR JUST BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD AND ENJOY THE THREE COURS MEAL FOR £5.00.


     

     BRITAIN'S biggest union Unite will sign a "historic" agreement to merge with major north American union USW on Wednesday 2ND JULY 2008

     
    The formal signing of the agreement creating the first global union with Derek Simpson, general secretary of the UK-based international union Unite the Union (Amicus Section) will be on Wednesday, Jul. 2 at approximately 11:30 am, PDT (2:45 pm, EDT; 7:45 pm, BST in London). The signing and remarks by Gerard and Simpson, and a video roll-in by Tony Woodley, general secretary of Unite (T&GWU Section, the Transport and General Workers Union) will be transmitted via live webcast linked on union's website: http://www.usw.org/.
     
     
     
    Workers Uniting
     

    The United Steelworkers (USW), North America's largest private sector union, and Unite the Union, the largest labor organization in the United Kingdom and Ireland, are joining forces.

    At the USW Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas this week, the unions will sign an agreement clearing the way for the creation of Workers Uniting, the world's first global union.

    Workers Uniting will draw on the energies of the two unions more than three million active and retired workers from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland who work in virtually every sector of the global economy, including manufacturing, service, mining and transportation. 


    THE ROT IS SETTING IN. 

    300 jobs at stake as rising fuel costs claim haulage firm

    300 jobs were at under threat today after administrators were called in at Leeds haulage firm McFarlane Transport.
    The business, which had a turnover of £20m, ceased trading after rising fuel prices and a competitive market put its margins under pressure. 300 people there and large-scale redundancies are said to be "inevitable".

    Richard Fleming and Brian Green of KPMG's Restructuring practice were appointed joint administrators of the company at the request of its directors.

    Mr Fleming said: "A going concern sale of the business had been energetically sought but was not achievable.

    "It's very unfortunate that this long established business has been unable to survive and that large scale redundancies will be inevitable as a result."
    Around 300 jobs are going at Macfarlane
    Around 300 jobs are going at Macfarlane

    EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: This measure was developed by a special convention that first met in December 1999. On 7th December 2000, the presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission signed and proclaimed the Charter on behalf of their institutions. However, the current legal status of the Charter remains uncertain. It was not formally incorporated into the Nice Treaty, but it has been cited in European Court of Justice rulings and has become an important reference point during collective bargaining. It is now an integral part of the draft EU constitution and its future rests largely on the willingness of EU states to sign up to the constitutional agenda.

    EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (pdf)


    The European Convention on Human Rights

    Article 11

    1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

    2. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. this article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.

    Article 14

    The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.

     


     UNITED KINGDOM: EAT DEFINES MEANING OF 'SAME JOB'

    A recent ruling by the UK's Employment Appeals Tribunal has helped to clarify the rights of women resuming work after maternity leave to "return to the same job".

    Employers should ensure that the 'nature' of the job, as described in the employment contract, is preserved. They should also maintain the 'capacity' of the job (as might be set out in a job description) and require that the woman returner should work at the same location (even if a mobility clause exists in the employment contract).

    Thus, in the tribunal's view, it is not necessary to "freeze time" at the precise moment a job occupant takes maternity leave, but an employer may have regard to the "normal range within which variation has previously occurred." It went on to conclude that the regulations aim to provide that a returnee comes back to a work situation as near as possible to that she left. Blundell v St Andrews Catholic Primary School [2007] UKEAT 0329_06_10