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Click here to read the latest Unite in AXA newsletter on upcoming 2014 pay negotiations.

Please contact your local union rep for details of your local pay meeting.

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Project Falcon bites!

Click here to read the latest Unite in AXA newsletter on today’s announcement of redundancies and redeployments  in AXA Head Office and Corporate Centre.

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March for the alternative demonstration

Unite is participating in the ‘March For The Alternative’ national demonstration against Government spending cuts on Saturday 26th March in London. If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more please click here. Transport for Unite members and their families is available for all regions, details of which can be found at the link above.

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TUC launches basic employment rights newsletter

The TUC has published the first in a series of newsletters to help vulnerable workers, and the union members who protect them in the workplace, find out more about their basic employment rights at work. Whilst primarily aimed at vulnerable workers such as temporary and agency staff, Unite in AXA members may find it useful for friends and family as well. The newsletter can be accessed by clicking this link: Enforcing Minimum Rights

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Unite to sue BMI

Unite is taking airline BMI to court over its failure to honour a negotiated pay rise.

More on this story can be read here.

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Directors’ pension pots 26x that of staff

The TUC’s latest Pensions Watch survey, which analyses the pension arrangements of 329 directors from 102 top UK companies, showed that the average value of a director’s pension was 26 times higher than that of staff.

Also, whilst most companies are moving away from defined benefit schemes for staff, the survey found that nearly two-thirds of companies continue to provide defined benefit schemes for at least some directors.

You can read more on this news item here.

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Labour party donations and the political fund

We are occasionally asked by members how to opt out of paying the political fund levy as they do not wish to donate any of their membership fee to any particular political party (normally the Labour party from a union perspective as they are regarded as being more supportive of workers rights).

The political fund is required by law to enable the union to campaign and lobby on political issues. You may ask why the union should be involved in politics, but the definition includes all the legislation on equal rights, working hours, health & safety, maternity, employment law etc., passed by Parliament. Without the levy the union could not attempt to influence the political process to make sure the appropriate legislation is in place to protect working members like yourself.

Regardless of this, whether union members chose to contribute (or not) to the political levy is entirely up to them. New members will receive an opt-out form in their new joiners pack to allow them not to contribute. Members who where members of unions such as Unifi before they merged into Amicus then subsequently Unite, will automatically have been “opted out”, however if you wish to make doubly sure please contact your local regional office and ask them to check your records.

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OMG! I hate my job!

Click here to read the latest Unite in AXA newsletter on the use of social networking sites outside work and the issues that can impact employees doing so.

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