Lifting the lid – major trade union uses wholly owned subsidiary company to undercut terms and conditions and union bust

Employers who create wholly owned subsidiary companies to engage workers with inferior terms and conditions conjures thoughts of the advancing neoliberal agenda in the public sector. However the Union Workers’ Union can reveal that a well known and long established trade union is a proponent of this practice which is often derided by the wider … Continue reading Lifting the lid – major trade union uses wholly owned subsidiary company to undercut terms and conditions and union bust

The fight against racism in the UK entertainment industry

Ian Manborde, Equality & Diversity Organiser, EquityThis article is published by the author as a UWU Guest Blog and originally appeared in Trade Unions: Fighting racism and the far-right At the time of drafting this article it was with great sadness that Equity learnt of the passing away of long-standing member, Earl Cameron. In recognition … Continue reading The fight against racism in the UK entertainment industry

Public event: Arise! Power, strategy and union resurgence

We're excited to announce that UWU will be hosting a free online seminar open to members and the general public. Prof Jane Holgate, (Professor of Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds Business School) will discuss themes from her book, Arise and the important lessons for the future of trade unionism. Register now Seminar title: … Continue reading Public event: Arise! Power, strategy and union resurgence

NEU branch members back industrial action in a consultative ballot over pension cuts

In a recent consultative ballot, UWU members at National Education Union (NEU) strongly supported strike action and action short of a strike over pension cuts being imposed by NEU bosses Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted. Despite our calls to pause the statutory consultation and to negotiate members’ reasonable demands, the NEU is set to impose … Continue reading NEU branch members back industrial action in a consultative ballot over pension cuts

Building the union for positive change and member education update

Butting heads It was inevitable. The bigger and more influential our union grows, the greater the push back will be. As some members know; the UWU received numerous member complaints following a speight of online attacks against our union just a few weeks ago. These attacks were unfounded, unreasonable and unprovoked. Worse still, these attacks … Continue reading Building the union for positive change and member education update

Press release: Union legal challenge to Exeter City Council over Covid pay

The Union Workers’ Union (UWU), has filed employment tribunal proceedings against Exeter City Council (ECC) following a dispute over furlough pay for some of its lowest-paid part-time workers. ECC furloughed numerous staff in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic. ECC advised workers they would be paid until the end of the scheme or … Continue reading Press release: Union legal challenge to Exeter City Council over Covid pay

Member feedback, new training courses and are our workplaces really ‘Covid Secure’?

Members speak! Following our very first all-member survey, 27% of members responded with your thoughts on the development of the union is the months ahead. Highlights as follows: 64% of responders would prefer a more direct democracy going forward;Legal cover, effective campaigns & bargaining were voted as the top 3 asks;  96% want to see a … Continue reading Member feedback, new training courses and are our workplaces really ‘Covid Secure’?

Press release: Investigation into sexual harassment within GMB union

For immediate release The Union Workers’ Union (UWU), the recently formed union for staff of trade unions, has reacted with shock but not surprise following the publication of the damming report by Karon Monaghan QC into sexual harassment within GMB. UWU Vice President Kay Nicholls said: “Our members work in unions across the UK and … Continue reading Press release: Investigation into sexual harassment within GMB union