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McCluskey warns of hard Brexit threat to supply chain and logistics sectors

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite the union, will pledge to fight to protect Yorkshire’s manufacturing supply chain and logistics sectors from a hard Brexit when he visits Gist Ltd in Barnsley today (22 March). And he will promise his support for striking Unite members at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, in dispute over the reorganisation… Read more »

Len McCluskey urges prime minister to calm Brexit fears

Commenting on Theresa May’s confirmation that Article 50 will be triggered on 29 March, Len McCluskey said: “In just over a week, this country will begin its exit from the European Union yet still we’ve had not one word of assurance from the prime minster that jobs and the economy are her top priorities. “I… Read more »

Len McCluskey pledges to fight for North East manufacturing and decent jobs

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite the union, will pledge to fight to protect North East manufacturing and jobs and end the scourge of insecure work when he visits Newcastle, Darlington and Durham today (20 March). Mr McCluskey, who is standing to be re-elected to the top post in Britain and Ireland’s largest union,… Read more »

McCluskey to call for urgent industrial strategy for Scotland

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite the union, will call on both the Scottish and Westminster governments to produce a meaningful industrial strategy for Scotland, when he meets with members and reps at workplaces on Friday and Saturday (17-18 March). Mr McCluskey, who is standing for re-election to the top job in the biggest… Read more »

McCluskey congratulates Toyota workforce as Burnaston investment announced

Commenting on Toyota’s confirmation of a platform upgrade at its Burnaston plant today (Thursday 16 March), Len McCluskey said: “This investment is welcome news for Unite members in Toyota at a time of uncertainty for the auto sector, and I congratulate them. It is further evidence that the UK car industry and the people who… Read more »

Len McCluskey supports calls for increased Stansted investment

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite the union, will call on the government to invest in key infrastructure to support increased airport capacity, when he visits Stansted today (16 March). Mr McCluskey, who is standing to be re-elected to the top post in Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will also pledge to defend workers’… Read more »

Government must get back to the drawing board on rise in self-employment

Commenting on today’s national insurance contributions increase u-turn, Len McCluskey said: “Philip Hammond’s ham-fisted increase in National Insurance contributions for the increasing numbers of self-employed people in last week’s Budget demonstrated again how little this government understands the realities of modern-day employment. “The vast majority of these workers are among the swelling army of the… Read more »

Budget: no sign government is serious about industrial strategy

Responding to today’s budget Len McCluskey said: “Brexit, the biggest challenge facing the UK economy for generations, and the government’s preparedness for dealing with it only received a passing mention. “There was no sense that the chancellor or the government grasped the enormity of the shock that Brexit will bring to core manufacturing industries and… Read more »