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Ban blacklist bosses from public contracts

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey called on the Scottish government, at the STUC in April, to use the procurement reform bill to ensure employers who use blacklists are banned from tendering for future public contracts.


Fox’s takes biscuit in leave fight

The axing by Uttoxeter-based Fox’s Biscuits of an extra day’s holiday for every five years of employment is probably illegal, Unite said in March.

Unite said the mean-spirited management was “taking the biscuit” in unilaterally ending the accrual of an extra day’s holiday for every five years of service for the 600-strong workforce, up to a maximum of five days (25 years’ service). This came into force in April.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said, “We have invoked the dispute procedure and if we can’t get this matter resolved, the prospect of industrial action is on the cards. Our members are also taking out individual grievances which could run into hundreds for their HR department to deal with. “

Len McCluskey said, “Blacklisting is a scandal that has affected workers and families right across Scotland and the UK. It’s a national disgrace that has ruined lives and indelibly stained our construction industry, its biggest employers and successive governments.


NHS free future in doubt

In April, Unite called on health secretary Jeremy Hunt to deny reports the NHS will soon be forced to charge patients for care.

The call follows press revelations that the most powerful figure in the NHS in England, Malcolm Grant, has warned the failing economy could end the NHS’s free at the point of use commitment to patients and instead usher in charges for NHS services.

Unite fears the coalition’s NHS policies, including the biggest reorganisation in the service’s history, coupled with a multi-billion pound funding squeeze, will break the NHS – and pave the way for a new marketised health service where, for example, paying up to £3,250 for a cataract operation is the new normal.


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Rachael Maskell, Unite national officer said, “It’s clear now the NHS is far from safe in David Cameron’s hands. Jeremy Hunt must come clean and deny that a future of NHS user charges is on the cards. Nothing short of a categorical public denial and a recommitment to the ‘free at the point of use’ principle will do.”

With the April 1 reorganisation, 10 per cent of GP surgeries are now run by private profit making companies.

Jeremy Hunt – come clean on NHS

Unite is convinced blacklisting continues in the industry; 18 of the known 37 contacts for the blacklisting organisation, the Consulting Association, are engaged with companies on Crossrail, the biggest construction project in Europe.

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