Planned strike action this coming weekend by Paramedics has been suspended to allow talks between GMB and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to continue. Two meetings have taken place in the last few days, with the involvement of ACAS, to try and address the long running dispute over job evaluation. GMB Paramedics have been on strike over the past 7 weeks and are due to continue to strike each weekend for 26 hours starting at 6.00 am each Saturday until the end of October. GMB Organiser Mike Buoey said “After consulting our members at a branch meeting, we have agreed to postpone this weekend’s strike action and will be having further meetings with the employer and ACAS next week. Whilst it is early days we are hopeful these exploratory talks may prove fruitful and help us address the concerns of our members. We will be having a further branch meeting to consider the next steps”. An on-going overtime ban and withdrawal of event cover will remain in place. http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/paramedic-strike-action-put-hold-one-week-allow-talks-take-place
Posted: 24th August 2018
ARCO served the notice to de-recognise the GMB trade union, following the knowledge of ballot returns and then canvassed the workforce asking if they wanted the GMB to represent them. ARCO and The GMB Trade Union have held long established industrial relations, a joint recognition agreement has been in place since 2012, and historically between CCM LTD which existed prior to this back in 1993. Over recent years the style of management has become aggressive and many of our members have suffered disciplinary action as a result. They have been taken to CAC on more than one occasion and as a result of this years pay negotiations and the members rejection via an ERS ballot the company then used the figures returned and canvassed the workforce as to whether they wish The GMB Trade Union to remain as their negotiating body. Karen Lewis, Regional Officer says,"This is nothing more than bully boy tactics meant to intimidate and put fear amongst those less able to speak up for themselves, we ask for support from those companies such as BAE Systems who ARCO incorporate the logos for to put pressure on ARCO to change their minds and return to the table to discuss an amicable way to continue with our industrial relations and retain the recognition agreement, without which terms and conditions can be driven down and pay rises in line with RPi will become a thing of the past ". There is also a site at Hull and Blackburn. The company employs approx 139 employees of mixed race and ethnicity. The GMB union members will demonstrate at the company offices in Preston on Wednesday 29 August 2018 between 12 & 2pm, urging management to come to the table on this issue. http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/arco-serve-notice-gmb-trade-union-de-recognise-union-their-workplace
Posted: 23rd August 2018
GMB membership includes a £350 funeral benefit, which will be paid to your next of kin and comes into effect after five years of full paid up membership. In the unfortunate event that a claim has to be made a GMB membership, the union will need a photocopy of the death certificate and contact details of next of kin. Check out the Member Benefits section on the regional website – http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/content/gmb-funeral-benefit
Posted: 22nd August 2018
The Annual GMB Campaigns for Justice Conference is taking place in a few weeks, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September. Places are limited, so please register your interest early. Follow this link to register - http://www.campaignsforjustice.com/register-your-interest
Posted: 20th August 2018
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/rachel-harrison/nhs-deal-is-not-acceptable-settlement?utm_source=OurNHS&utm_campaign=30c878713f-OURNHS_RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_25189be8a1-30c878713f-407942833 More unions should of stood side by side with the GMB.
Posted: 17th August 2018
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/rachel-harrison/nhs-deal-is-not-acceptable-settlement?utm_source=OurNHS&utm_campaign=30c878713f-OURNHS_RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_25189be8a1-30c878713f-407942833 More unions should of stood side by side with the GMB on this issue.
Posted: 17th August 2018
Paramedic Strike Update This dispute affects only those GMB members who were HCPC registered as paramedics before 31 August 2016 and does not include NQPs since their introduction in September 2016. We are not asking other groups of staff who may be qualified paramedics but have different substantive roles to join this action i.e. SPTLs, AP, CP, OM or sector managers. The strike action will be for a full, continuous period of 26 hours and will affect either day, night or, late/link shifts of those individuals involved in the dispute. GMB Paramedics will not cover overtime from Friday 17th August at 6pm until Monday 20th 8pm. The no cover for all external events will remain as continuous action from 6th June 2018 until further notice. read more on regiona website - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-nwas-paramedics-strike-update-thursday-16-august-2018
Posted: 17th August 2018
Thank you to all GMB members who used their vote in the recent consultative ballot as a part of the GMB NHS Pay campaign. The government’s anti-trade union laws, specifically the new Trade Union Act, has made it extremely difficult for trade unions to meet high thresholds of allot turnout requirements. As this was a consultative ballot only, we used the legislation requirements as the test and the relevant ballot thresholds have not been met. Therefore, on this occasion we are unable to trigger a formal industrial action ballot. However, the message from GMB members is loud and clear - we must continue to campaign for more funding for NHS Pay. GMB members have used the recent ballot process to communicate with reps on the ground to convey their huge disappointment in this pay award and how let down they feel by a government who promised them so much more. A joint meeting between GMB National NHS and Ambulance Service reps and officers took place on Thursday 9th August and all overwhelmingly agreed that the GMB campaign does not stop here. As promised to members, GMB will continue to call on the government to increase funding into the NHS for pay. It is important that all GMB members have their say on NHS pay – what do you want to see your Union do next? Over the coming months you will have the opportunity to get involved in local GMB events as a part of the campaign so keep an eye out for newsletters and speak to your local reps. http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-consultative-ballot-result-nhs-pay-campaign-august-2018
Posted: 14th August 2018
GMB Paramedic Dispute - more photos from Saturday's picket lines around the region. Please send us your photos.
Posted: 13th August 2018
Some of you may have received a letter today from the interim chief executive, in which he outlines his beliefs regarding the current dispute. Let me correct some of the factual inaccuracy contained in that letter; 1. The role of the paramedic has been evaluated nationally, yes it was during 2015/16 it was evaluated as pay band 6 and all paramedics went onto that band in 2017. What he fails to say is that the four legacy paramedic jobs were all matched to a band 5 locally by each trust in early 2005. The unions representing those staff applied for a review of that job match along with a number of other staff within each trust in that year and we still await this to be done. Read more on the regional website - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-ambulance-branch-secretary-steve-rice-reply-letter-sent-out-intermin-chief-executive
Posted: 13th August 2018
All GMB Paramedics across North West Ambulance Service As you know the GMB is in dispute with the employers over the legacy paramedic JE review and we are calling for all GMB members who carry out the role of paramedic to take strike action which will commence on Saturday 11th August at 6am and will continue throughout until 8am on Sunday 12th August 2018. This dispute affects only those GMB members who were HCPC registered as paramedics before 31 August 2016 and does not include NQPs since their introduction in September 2016. We are not asking other groups of staff who may be qualified paramedics but have different substantive roles to join this action i.e. SPTLs, AP, CP, OM or sector managers. The strike action will be for a full, continuous period of 26 hours and will affect either day, night or, late/link shifts of those individuals involved in the dispute. GMB Paramedics will not cover overtime from Friday 10th August at 6pm until Monday 13th 8pm. The no cover for all external events will remain as continuous action from 6th June 2018 until further notice. This call for action follows a full lawful ballot of our paramedic membership in which 84.5% stated they were prepared to take strike action on this issue. We are therefore expecting full support for this call to action. If you experience any problems on the day, please do not hesitate to contact your GMB representative. Thanks for your continuous support. Branch Executive http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-ambulance-trade-union-strike-update-all-paramedics-across-north-west-ambulance-service
Posted: 10th August 2018
GMB Paramedic members on picket lines across the region.
Posted: 9th August 2018
Paramedic Dispute We were invited to a meeting with the interim CEO and the chair of the Trust. The invite followed our request for a meeting early last week and the intervention of the deputy director of opps on Friday suggesting they were looking to resolve the dispute. At the meeting it was clear that the Trust see the only resolution to be via the new JEG Evaluation they have agreed with the other two unions. They did express concerns that our members were losing money that would be better spent buying their children ice cream but were not willing to move on our request for an independent investigation or evaluation. They did, however, say they would discuss the issues between themselves and respond accordingly. Today we have received that response which is that if we agree to the process being completed under the current terms of reference, they will be willing to commission ACAS to review what went wrong between 2004- 2018 so it doesn’t happen to anyone else in the future. Read more Vision Newsletter update on regional website - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-ambulance-trade-union-voice-newsletter-update-7-august-2018
Posted: 8th August 2018
What do you think about the amount of tax Amazon paid?
Posted: 3rd August 2018
We are the Credit Union for GMB members and their families nationally. Founded by the GMB in 1999 as an alternative ethical savings and loans provider we are 100% owned and operated by GMB members. GMB Credit Union is regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and the PRA (Prudential Regulator Authority). Member savings are fully protected up to £75,000 Get more information from the regional website – http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/content/gmb-credit-union
Posted: 2nd August 2018
Over the last few years the GMB has built up a large group of political activists throughout the North West & Irish Region, with the guidance of regional political officer Neil Smith. These activists have come out on many occasions to campaign against national and local government irrespective of political party, taking part in regional conferences like ‘Campaigns for Justice’ and ‘Activists Conference’. Join the team, become a GMB Political Activist, Click Here – http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/political-activist/signup
Posted: 1st August 2018
Our Trade Union members have access to FREE legal assistance. The GMB Trade Union has a team of expert personal injury and employment lawyers who have successfully represented our members and their families for many years. Find out more on our regional website - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/content/unionline
Posted: 31st July 2018
GMB Ambulance trade union members have been forced to take industrial action. All they are asking for is that management allow an independent external evaluation of their jobs as it was in 2004.
Posted: 30th July 2018
GMB - the Union for people working in all areas of the health service - are continuing our campaign for fair pay and secure terms in the NHS and we are consulting our members through a postal ballot to determine the strength of feeling and what action you may wish to take after 87% of members rejected the employers offer. GMB WAS THE ONLY TRADE UNION TO REJECT THIS OFFER. All other NHS trade unions voted to accept and therefore the pay offer will be imposed. GMB members voted to reject the pay offer to let the government know that after almost a decade of austerity and real term pay cuts, enough is enough. This is a consultative ballot only at this stage for you to let us know what you would be willing to do next. (This is not a formal ballot for industrial action). This is for the GMB to determine strength of feeling amongst our members. It’s vitally important that you have your say so please make sure you take part in this vote JOIN NOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY CLICK HERE for more info on our regional website - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-campaign-fair-pay-and-secure-terms-nhs
Posted: 30th July 2018