SSE deal creates 'massive uncertainty' says union

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The Unite union is concerned about SSE's deal to sell its domestic energy business to Ovo. It has 3,000 members among the 8,000 staff.

Unite national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “This announcement is causing massive uncertainty among workers who are concerned that they will pay the price for the sale with their jobs, pay and terms and conditions.“Unite will not tolerate any move to erode our members’ conditions as a result of this sale. We are seeking urgent meetings with both SSE Energy Services and OVO Energy to secure cast iron assurances about our members’ futures.”

Use UK steel for frigates says union

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The union Unite has welcomed the announcement that a consortium led by Babcock is to build a new generation of Royal Navy frigate. The ships will be assembled at Rosyth in Fife.

But, Steve Turner, the union's assistant general secretary for manufacturing, says that it is "just one piece in the jigsaw needed to secure the future of UK shipbuilding and the thousands of jobs that it sustains in communities across the country.

"It was always going to be the case that these Royal Navy warships would be built here in UK yards.

"The government must ensure these ships are built using UK steel and that UK firms in the manufacturing supply chain reap the economic benefits".

States asks for civil service views on new pay offer

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Jersey's government employment board has written to all 3,000 civil servants to ask for their opinion on the latest pay offer.

Members of the Unite and Prospect unions have so far rejected all previous offers.

The latest offer includes previous backdated improvements in pay for 2018 and 2019, as well as a forecast 4.1% rise in 2020 - based on current predicted inflation levels.

Union members will soon be able to vote on the latest offer, although the employment board has accused union officials of being "far from neutral" in their approach.

"The language of their communications to members, along with their insistence in continuing with planned industrial action, suggests that they are far from neutral in their approach," a letter from it has stated.

"Yet they know, as do we, that this final offer is the best that can be negotiated."