On this day in 1855 Eleanor Marx was born. Eleanor was a co-founder of our union in 1889. Eleanor was at the forefront of the campaign for the eight hour working day and consistently fought for both economic and gender equality, being the foremother of socialist-feminism. Today we celebrate Eleanor's achievements and are proud to have a membership of which more than 50% are women.
Posted: 16th January 2019
NHS Long Term Plan The government have published its long term plan for the NHS, we have attached the full document for your perusal. It is clear that there are implications for ambulance services and we can only hope that it will be fully funded. Download from regional website - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-ambulance-trade-union-news-update-january-2019
Posted: 15th January 2019
This very popular play, commissioned by the GMB North West & Irish Region and produced by Mike Howl, showing at Birkenhead Town Hall on 15 February 2019. It’s the story of a 10 month strike; of politics born of the head and heart; and of 37 young men who dared to stand up against the power of the state and all that it had to throw at them. They went on strike together; they stood side by side in struggle, endured unjust jail sentences, and emerged unbroken and unrepentant. Book your tickets today, click here for the link from the regional website - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/cammell-laird-37-truth-play-mike-howl-15-february-2019-birkenhead-town-hall
Posted: 14th January 2019
Paramedic Ballot At our Branch Meeting in December the members gave us a mandate to continue with our action for the legacy Paramedics. There have been a number of issues raised by the Trust who had challenged our right to hold a ballot, the GMB national office has now sanctioned our ballot and ballot papers have now been sent out by the electoral service. It is clear that the Trust consider the issue resolved as they had agreement from the other two unions on the process. However, we firmly believe that that process was flawed as NWAS had involved NHS Employers who may have applied pressure, we don’t know if this is the case, but we continue to call for an independent investigation into this. It is critical that you make your feeling known this ballot will probably be your last chance to have your say, so please complete and return your ballot paper as soon as possible as the ballot closes on 17th January 2019. http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-ambulance-trade-union-news-update-january-2019
Posted: 11th January 2019
GMB Member Rates FROM OCTOBER 2018 ENGLAND Full Time is working 21 hours or more per week Part Time is between 11 and 20 hours per week Promotional rate is working 10 hours a week or less Full Time Rate = Weekly £3.15 or Monthly £13.70 Part Time Rate = Weekly £1.83 or Monthly £7.96 Promotional Rate = Weekly £1.00 or Monthly £4.34 Unemployed Rate = Weekly 5p or Monthly 22p Apprentice Rate = Weekly 50p or Monthly £2.00 – will be increasing to £3 on the 01/01/2019. Student Rate = Weekly 23p or Monthly £1.00 (This is for Full Time students only, if you have a job whilst studying, you need to pay the appropriate rate). If you are off Sick or on Maternity leave (and on half pay or less) the rate is only 5p per week or 22p per month. Please note you cannot join on the 22p rate, you have to pay the part time rate for the first 6 months. RTF (Road Traffic Fund) is 10p extra per week (43p per month). You now have the option of opting into the Political levy Fund. In this case you will pay an extra 1p per week or 5p per month. When you are permanently retired from paid work and have been a member for over 5 years, you can request to be a retired life member for free! FROM OCTOBER 2018 NORTHERN IRELAND Full Time is working 21 hours or more per week Part Time is between 11 and 20 hours per week Promotional rate is working 10 hours a week or less Full Time Rate = Weekly £3.01 or Monthly £13.06 Part Time Rate = Weekly £1.75 or Monthly £7.60 Promotional Rate = Weekly £1.00 or Monthly £4.34 Unemployed Rate = Weekly 5p or Monthly 22p Apprentice Rate = Weekly 50p or Monthly £2.00 – will be increasing to £3 on the 01/01/2019. Student Rate = Weekly 23p or Monthly £1.00 (This is for Full Time students only, if you have a job whilst studying, you need to pay the appropriate rate). If you are off Sick or on Maternity leave (and on half pay or less) the rate is only 5p per week or 22p per month. Please note you cannot join on the 22p rate, you have to pay the part time rate for the first 6 months. RTF (Road Traffic Fund) is 10p extra per week (43p per month). When you are permanently retired from paid work and have been a member for over 5 years, you can request to be a retired life member for free! http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/join-now
Posted: 8th January 2019
Sickening that top bosses recieve 133 times more than a worker earning the average UK wage. It's time to narrow the pay gap 👇💰 GMB Union
Posted: 7th January 2019
ON FAT CAT FRIDAY - Please raise a glass to our nation’s exceptionally talented CEOs and their superhuman work ethic and skills which have earned them the equivalent of an average workers annual salary in the first 4 days of the year. They must truly deserve the 11% hike in their huge salaries since last year, unlike millions of good-for-nothing slackers like nurses and teachers who have endured years of stagnating pay. Top bosses now earn 133 times more than the average worker – a gap that has almost trebled since 1998. The salary of the average FTSE chief executive is the same as that of 386 Britons on minimum wage combined. This in a country where workers have suffered the worst squeeze in wages for generations, where most Britons languishing in poverty are actually in work, where child poverty has increased at its fastest rate for three decades, and where one in every 200 people are classed as homeless or in inadequate homes. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/04/uk-ceos-make-more-in-first-three-days-of-2019-than-workers-annual-salary
Posted: 5th January 2019
Happy New Year 🌟 Let's seize the day.
Posted: 2nd January 2019
Play the Amazon game, can you pack enough parcels?
Posted: 31st December 2018
Today the UK House of Lords will be debating whether to save Appledore shipyard. Appledore has a proud 163 year history having built 197 ships. We need to keep these skills and keep building in UK shipyards, now and in the future. We're calling on Government to support this historic site and to support building navy ships in UK shipyards like Appledore - not overseas.👇
Posted: 20th December 2018
The GMB trade union members from this region turned out in number to carry banners and support the unveiling of the statue in Oldham for Suffragette Annie Kenney. Regions Political Officer, Neil Smith, said ''It is about time we honoured local Suffragette Annie Kenney. This region has a rich history is fighting for equal rights and we should celebrate more the hard fought victories of these trade unionists''.
Posted: 17th December 2018
Annie Kenney Statue Unveiling December 14th 2018
Posted: 14th December 2018
At Oldham Gallery for Annie Kenny statue unveiling today
Posted: 14th December 2018
Good to see our region's elder statesmen joining Regional Secretary Paul McCarthy on the Cammell Lairds Picket Line - Solidarity
Posted: 6th December 2018
GMB members across the ASDA distribution network have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Company’s two pay offers. • 99% voted to reject offer 1 • 99.6% voted to reject offer 2 The number of GMB members voting was also over 90% Over 300 ASDA colleagues also joined GMB to “have a say on their pay”. This is a tremendous result, which sends a loud and clear message, which ASDA should listen to. GMB members, depot reps, RJC reps and NJC reps have been consistent and clear • ASDA should be offering an inflationary pay increase, and in line with average pay increases • ASDA should be offering a pay increase on both basic rates and premiums • ASDA should be offering a one year pay deal • ASDA should be fully funding the pay increase • ASDA should not be taking colleagues’ terms and conditions to fund the pay increase. We have notified ASDA of the ballot result and we will be seeking an early meeting with the company and an improved pay offer. Thank you to all GMB members, reps and officers who organised and took part in the ballot.
Posted: 5th December 2018
Join Now Workplaces with recognised union representation enjoy higher wages and better safety records than workplaces without. Be part of that collective bargaining power and Join the GMB today Click Here - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/join-now
Posted: 3rd December 2018