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No compromises on health and safety under the guise of cutting bureaucracy, says Unite 21 March 2011

There can be no compromises on health & safety in the workforce introduced under the camouflage of ‘cutting bureaucracy’, Unite has said. Unite was commenting as Employment minister, Chris Grayling unveiled proposals which could mean that inspections in Britain’s workplaces could be slashed by 11,000 annually, with future automatic practice inspections targeted on high risk sites, such as the nuclear and chemical industries....

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Show Chilean PM safety at work matters to UK 19 October 2010

With the visit to the UK this week of the Chilean prime minister, Sebastian Pinera, Unite is calling on the Coalition government not to back slide on essential health and safety at work measures....

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Government action required as snowballing decline of chemical sector continues 30 July 2009

Unite has stressed to the government the importance of securing the Wilton plant, the only UK plant still making ethylene oxide (EO) and as such pivotal to the continuation of the UK chemical industry. However, the site is facing run down as operators on the site close. ...

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Construction strike ballot at power stations and petrochemical sites 17 July 2009

Unite is to ballot its members for strike action at seven major power and petrochemical plants across Britain. The ballot will run from 11 August and end on 1 September with any agreed industrial action following shortly after....

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Dow closure sparks chemical crisis 14 July 2009

The national officer for the chemical sector at Britain's largest trade union has expressed deep concern over the state of the UK's chemicals industry following news that The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) intends to 'walk away' from its Teesside operation. The union fears that a chain reaction of closures across the UK's chemicals sector following last week's news that Dow – one of the world's biggest chemical companies – is to close its Wilton Plant in Teesside next January....

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Chemical plant closure massive blow for Teeside and industry 10 July 2009

Dow, one of the world's biggest chemical companies, is to pull out of its Wilton plant in Teesside. This will not only devastate a community already battered by job losses but will also destabilise the vital UK chemical sector, warns Unite, the UK's largest union. Dow will walk away from the plant in January 2010 with the immediate loss of up to 260 skilled jobs in the north east....