Unite launches new online tools to fight for increased pay in 2018

Unite launches new online tools to fight for increased pay in 2018



National Organising & Leverage
January 2018
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16 January 2018

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has armed its members with a powerful online weapon in the fight for increased pay and a fair share of company profits amid the worst pay stagnation since the Napoleonic Wars.

The retail prices index (RPI), was 4.1 per cent last month, up from 3.9 per cent in November.

Across the economy real wages have fallen 4.4 per cent between the end of 2007 and 2017, but company profits have grown from 11.4 per cent to 12.6 per cent over the same period.

Unite’s new online tool will mean that in just a few minutes union reps can arm themselves with the latest financial information and help prevent employers from claiming pay increases are not affordable.

At the click of a mouse the tool allows union reps to gather the latest up to date information from Companies House, the Office for National Statistics and the union’s own database containing the details of tens of thousands of pay deals.

The online tool then guides union reps through the potential workplace issues union members want raised as part of their pay negotiations, and within minutes the tool creates a professional and comprehensive pay and conditions claim including the most up to date information on their company’s financial performance, ability to pay, the latest economic indicators and pay deals at comparator companies by sector and postcode.

The Pay Claim Generator was designed as part of Unite’s industrial strategy entitled Work, Voice, Pay which is about empowering union members by giving them the tools and support in the workplace to help them win at work.

Sharon Graham Unite executive officer said: “Unite is working with members to ensure they have the best tools, information and representation to increase their pay and conditions. Unite’s Pay Claim Generator will help stop employers from claiming pay rises are not affordable where they clearly are.

“Over the last decade pay has shrunk while company profits are up and corporation tax is down. Workers deserve their fair share of the profits they created.

“Unite has secured some great pay deals at companies like Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Thomas Cook and Virgin because workers do better when they are in a union. Unite’s Work, Voice, Pay strategy is about working with members to help them win at work.”

Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security; Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work; and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.


For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315

Or for more information about the Pay Claim Generator see the following guide.

Create a professional pay claim in minutes

If you are a Shop Steward or Rep negotiating with a UK registered company you can now construct your own bespoke pay claim online in less than 10 minutes!

Your claim will be complete with the latest pay, inflation and company profits data; sourced from filed accounts, the Office of National Statistics and our own pay bargaining data – collected from thousands of reps across the UK and Ireland.

Within a minute it will be fully laid out and ready-to-print.

Click here or push the button below to get started.

For a handy guide on using the Pay Claim Generator click here.

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Unite membership offshore continues to grow Unite is the largest trade union for offshore workers in the North Sea UKCS




Keep the North Sea Super Puma free


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One of the great questions of 2017 for the trade union movement in Scotland has been “What is to become of the Super Puma 225 helicopter?” That question has been raised well beyond union circles because of Unite Scotland’s campaign against any return of the Puma to the North Sea for transferring workers from the heliports outside Aberdeen to the oil rigs. Our slogan of the year has become “No Comeback for the Super Puma. Keep the North Sea Puma Free.” So why the controversy about this aircraft?

Death is really the answer to that question. In April 2016, 13 people died after a Super Puma EC225 crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen. In effect operation of the Super Puma in the North Seas has been banned since then. The 2016 crash followed two crashes in 2012 in Scotland. Both crashes, which did not result in fatalities, were blamed on gear box problems. In 2009 all 14 passengers and two crew died when a Super Puma came down in the North Sea close to Peterhead. In total since the 2009 crash 33 families have lost loved ones who stepped aboard a Super Puma helicopter. Our members have made it absolutely clear that they have lost confidence in the helicopter. That confidence is not going to return – ever.

Even in-house surveys conducted by Airbus the manufacturers of the Super Puma back that up. In August 2017 Airbus published details of a workforce survey about the Super Puma. It revealed that 62% of those surveyed would not want to use the Super Puma. Ever. A further 15% said they would not be comfortable boarding one until more guarantees about safety changes had been delivered. So it is abundantly clear that even in Airbus surveys there is considerable opposition within the workforce about the Super Puma.

Unite has organised a petition opposing any return of the Super Puma and at the heliports workers have signed up in their thousands to show their opposition.  These figures, along with the Airbus Survey are significant about the feelings of those who have to get into a Super Puma to get to work.


To support the campaign sign Unites petition



Keep the North Sea Super Puma free


And despite the fact that the Super Puma has been given the all-clear by the UK civil aviation authorities there is also a growing recognition among the oil and gas companies that big questions still have to be answered. Unite’s Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty, has written to all the oil companies in the North Sea about the Puma. One of the biggest concerns Apache told him: “We have recently commenced a contract with a helicopter company to support our operations in the North Sea until 2022. Our contracted helicopters are Sikorsky S92 and Westland AW189.”

That type of stand is being matched by other major companies. ConocoPhillips say they also are using alternatives to the H225. BP, Shell and Compass are on record as saying until the findings of the causes of the Norwegian 2016 crash are known there can be no consideration of using the Super Puma.

This unanimity of opposition seems to have even shaken Airbus. An Airbus spokesperson was recently quoted as saying: There are still some challenges Airbus Helicopters needs to overcome before the H225 is used for passenger transport in the North Sea. However, we believe in the aircraft and have implemented a set of very stringent measures which, in addition to the H225’s capabilities, provide a very capable alternative for future offshore requirements. Ultimately it is down to customers to decide which aircraft will best meet their needs, however, recent events highlight the benefit of not relying on a single type of aircraft.”

So given the past and where we are at present would you travel across the North Sea to your work in a Super Puma? Or would you be happy about a loved one doing the same?

Tommy Campbell is a trade union official with Unite Scotland




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  • Unite will be meeting  again with the Scottish Parliament  transport minister  Humza Yousaf MSP early in 2018
  • Unite are calling for a full public inquiry into North Sea helicopter safety
  • Unite will be looking  to meet the Scottish affairs select committee to rais  the  issues again on North sea  helicopter safety with the UK government
  • Unite will be meeting  and campaigning  alongside Norwegian and offshore trade unions in the UKCS  for the non-return of the Airbus Super Puma 225  to commercial operations


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Unite membership offshore continues to grow Unite is the largest trade union for offshore workers in the North Sea UKCS