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  1. FT Alphaville

    November 28, 2012

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - What about that hyperinflation you predicted in 2008? - Student debt == subprime? - The Recession...

  2. Westminster Blog

    February 23, 2011

    Runner-up for Unite leadership has left the union

    Les Bayliss was the contender for the leadership of the Unite union last autumn who called on the movement to resist the...

  1. November 21, 2010

    McCluskey wins Unite leadership

    Britain’s biggest trade union has chosen a new leader, with Len McCluskey – dubbed “Red Len” by his critics – easily beating...

  2. November 10, 2010

    BA suffers setback in cabin crew clash

    British Airways’ attempt to reach a settlement in its acrimonious dispute with cabin crew has hit another stumbling block...

  3. November 10, 2010

    BA unions reject latest offer

    British Airways’ attempt to reach a settlement in its acrimonious dispute with cabin crew has hit another stumbling block...

  4. October 24, 2010

    Unite front runner calls for action on cuts

    The favourite to win the leadership of Britain’s most powerful union – dubbed “Red Len” by his critics – has claimed there...

  5. Westminster Blog

    July 26, 2010

    Candidate for Unite leadership backs Diane Abbott

    Not everyone at Unite is endorsing Ed Miliband. Jerry Hicks, maverick candidate for the union leadership – the battle takes...

  6. June 15, 2010

    Tale of two strikes

    Two disputes tell us something about the future of industrial relations - and a lot about the politics of Unite, the largest...

  7. June 14, 2010

    Backing England nearly all the way

    As an English football fan who lived for years in Scotland, I often witnessed the relish for supporting “anyone but England”...

  8. June 1, 2010

    Labour attacked over 'anti-union' laws

    The co-leader of Britain's largest trade union blasted Labour yesterday for its failure to scrap Tory trade union laws and...

  9. June 1, 2010

    Marathon poll

    Unite faces a five-month election this year for its first single general secretary - a contest that risks underlining its...

  10. May 31, 2010

    Labour attacked over ‘anti-union’ laws

    The co-leader of Britain’s largest trade union blasted Labour on Monday for its failure to scrap Tory trade union laws and...

  11. May 31, 2010

    Biggest test ahead for trade unions

    A moment of truth is approaching for Thigmoo - "this great movement of ours", aka the UK's once mighty trade unions, now...

  12. May 30, 2010

    Biggest test ahead for trade unions

    A moment of truth is approaching for Thigmoo – “this great movement of ours”, aka the UK’s once mighty trade unions, now...

  13. March 16, 2010

    Militant legacy

    Len McCluskey , the Unite assistant general secretary leading the fight with British Airways, will be an important political...

  14. March 15, 2010

    Industry fails to warm to politicians

    Here are views on the two main political parties I heard recently at a dinner of manufacturers:“I am philosophically a...

  15. March 13, 2010

    High stakes in test of wills for Unite

    For Unite, Britain's biggest union, the stakes in its dispute with British Airways are high. Not only is this a test of...

  16. March 12, 2010

    High stakes in test of wills for Unite

    For Unite, Britain’s biggest union, the stakes in its dispute with British Airways are high. Not only is this a test of...

  17. Westminster Blog

    December 3, 2009

    Jack Dromey to run for Unite leadership?

    Britain’s biggest union will get its first solo leader next autum and the result could be significant for British politics...

  18. September 16, 2009

    Absent friends

    It was Derek Simpson who uttered the dreaded words "Tory landslide" at this week's TUC conference in Liverpool. The...

  19. September 15, 2009

    Tough talk from brothers in alms

    Your cut-out-and-keep guide to union threats. Threat: “There will be no more blank cheques to Labour unless it listens to...

  20. Westminster Blog

    July 10, 2009

    Exclusive: Unite "loses" 300,000 members

    Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has revealed a sharp drop in global membership after discovering a quarter of a million...

  21. July 8, 2009

    Unite reports £19.5m deficit

    Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has reported a £19.5m ($31.4m) deficit for the last year after writing down investments in...

  22. Westminster Blog

    June 19, 2009

    What happened to the Unite rebel?

    You may remember back in March that Unite suspended three senior officials without explaining why it had done so. Britain’s...

  23. March 28, 2009

    Unite suspends three officials

    The seething tension within Britain’s biggest union broke to the surface on Friday as Unite suspended three officials,...

  24. March 28, 2009

    Tension spills into the open as Unite suspends three officials

    The seething tension within Britain's biggest union broke to the surface yesterday as Unite suspended three officials,...

  25. Westminster Blog

    March 27, 2009

    Unite the Union suspends Simpson challenger

    Kevin Coyne, north-west regional official for Unite, was today suspended by the union’s hierarchy. As were two other...

  26. Westminster Blog

    March 7, 2009

    Derek Simpson survives attempted coup

    Derek Simpson may have only got 38 per cent of votes in the Unite/Amicus leadership election but he is home and dry. (I’ve...

  27. January 17, 2009

    Fraternal Friction Could Cost Labour Dear

    I wrote in the FT over the New Year about the leadership election for the Amicus wing of super-union Unite - now widely...

  28. Westminster Blog

    January 12, 2009

    Derek Simpson faces four challengers

    I wrote in the FT over the New Year about the leadership election for the Amicus wing of super-union Unite*. Derek Simpson...

  29. January 2, 2009

    Union election threatens Labour funds

    Labour’s dependence on the Unite super-union for its financial survival could be jeopardised if Derek Simpson, joint general...

  30. September 4, 2008

    Ways for trade unions to avoid redundancy

    Have you seen the hilarious new sitcom, Ms Comrade (BBC2, 9.30pm, Thursdays), in which Catherine Tate plays Emma Doyle,...

  31. September 3, 2008

    Ways for trade unions to avoid redundancy

    Have you seen the hilarious new sitcom, Ms Comrade (BBC2, 9.30pm, Thursdays), in which Catherine Tate plays Emma Doyle,...

  32. May 26, 2008

    Unite and US union in historic tie-up

    A historic alliance between Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, and the almost 1m-strong United Steelworkers union in...

  33. February 15, 2008

    North Sea offshore union merges with RMT

    A North Sea union founded after the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster is joining forces with the much larger Rail, Maritime and...

  34. February 15, 2008

    North Sea offshore union joins forces with RMT

    A North Sea union founded after the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster is joining forces with the much larger Rail Maritime &...

  35. July 26, 2007

    Review snubspension costs reforms

    Measures that would have cut the cost of providing occupational pensions at the expense of lower benefits for members...

  36. July 20, 2007

    Co-op finance axes 10% of staff

    The financial services arm of the Co-operative Group is to axe 1,000 jobs or about 10 per cent of its staff in a...

  37. July 3, 2007

    Unite seeks protection for jobs after takeovers

    The conflict between trade unions and the private equity industry deepened today with calls to extend the reach of job...

  38. July 3, 2007

    Unite seeks job protection after takeovers

    The conflict between trade unions and the private equity industry deepened on Tuesday with calls to extend the reach of job...

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