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GMB North West & Irish region says goodbye to our long-serving Finance Officer Jenny Crawford
Jenny began her career with the GMB in 1991 as an accounts clerk in the finance department, over the years Jenny took on more responsibilities until she eventually became our Regional Finance Officer, We’re really going to miss you! Hope you’ll enjoy every minute of your retirement. Best wishes!...
A vacancy has arisen in the GMB Southern Region for a Membership Development Officer
A vacancy has arisen in the GMB Southern Region for a Membership Development Officer and applications are sought from those who are suitably qualified. I attach a copy of the Job Description for the Membership Development Officer. The Membership Development Officers will play a fundamental part in maintaining and improving upon the Region's recruitment levels. Applicants should submit in writing, for the attention of myself as Regional Secretary, an application covering their name, workplace experience, both as a lay member and Officer, their trade union education undertaken and a brief resume of not more than 200 words, explaining the candidate's understanding of the role of Membership Development Officer and how workplace recruitment and organisation should be tackled, together with details of any recruitment and organisation campaigns which the applicant has either initiated or been involved in. All applications received will be acknowledged and any applicant failing to receive notification of receipt of application should contact my office direct. I would be grateful if all applications are addressed to Paul Maloney, Regional Secretary, 205 Hook Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 1EA and marked "Strictly Private and Confidential for Addressee Only". Closing date for receipt of applicationsis Friday, 7thJune 2019.  ...
BRANCHES NEED TO NOMINATE FOR ELECTIONS TO THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 2019
As you know, 2019 is an election year for the Central Executive Council. I am the CEC appointed Regional Returning Officer for this Region. See below a summary timetable for these elections. Nominations will open on Monday 24 June, and close on Monday 19 August. Voting will be from Wednesday 9 October to Wednesday 30 October. Nominations will be by Branches as follows. All Branches can nominate for the Region’s General Seat(s) save for the Ireland General seat which can only be nominated by Branches in Ireland; its Women’s Reserved Seat and nationally elected Race Reserved, Young Member, Disabled and LGBT seats. Only Section Branches and relevant Section members in a composite Branch can nominate for a Section Seat. You will be sent the appropriate nomination forms in due course. Voting will be by all financial members of the Region, i.e. all those members who are in benefit on 31 August. New members joining after that date, and members clearing their arrears after that date, are not entitled to vote. Only members in Ireland can vote for the Ireland General Seat. As required by law, voting will be fully postal, conducted by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services. It is imperative that between now and 31 August you ensure that the register of members for your Branch is complete and accurate. I am sure I can depend on your co-operation to ensure that this election is conducted fairly and efficiently. Yours sincerely Terry Mellor REGIONAL RETURNING OFFICER    ...
GMB, your Union of choice in the NHS & Ambulance Service is committed to campaigning
GMB, your Union of choice in the NHS & Ambulance Service is committed to campaigning for: 1. More FUNDING for NHS Pay & Services More funding for fairer pay and more funding for NHS services, to help build an NHS that is fit for the future. 2. Let’s get Serious about STAFFING LEVELS Celebrating the role of NHS workers and campaigning for safe staffing levels. 3. Protect our Emergency Service & NHS Workers in line with the GMB IN HARM’S WAY Report Campaigning for safe working environments for all of our Ambulance Service and NHS Workers. 4. Change the CULTURE within the NHS to tackle Bullying, increase Staff Morale & improve Mental Health. Campaigning for a culture change within the NHS by challenging all bullying and working to improve working environments for our members. 5. Challenging OUTSOURCING & PRIVATISATION Challenging further outsourcing and privatisation of the NHS and campaigning for s75 of the Health & Social Care Act to be repealed. Download the PDF booklet - Click here  ...
GMB Reach Out Learning Event with GMB Knowsley K28 Branch
Colleagues, we have received a number of inquiries about the GMB training courses, therefore, on Thursday 16th May we have set up an event in the Venue Civic Way, Huyton with the GMB Reachout team, we would like to invite all members, colleagues and family members along to meet the Reachout Project officers who will be on hand to assist you. There will be an opportunity for members to register for the new GMB Learning App as well as information on some of the FREE courses available. Some of the free courses available on the day include.. Maths and English A range of distance and online learning Level 2 Mental Health Awareness Level 2 Nutrition and Health Equality and Diversity Courses A wide range of Care courses A selection of ICT / Computing courses A large selection of short courses Welfare Rights Advice Plus Much More! We hope you enjoy the event and look forward to seeing you there! For staff who need to be released to attend for a short while the usual provisions apply. Please ensure you get your managers permission in advance.    ...
HOSPITAL STAFF VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION AFTER £400 MILLION OUTSOURCING COMPANY IMPOSES ‘PAUPER’ PAY
SS Mediclean forked out £30 million to shareholders – they can afford to lift their hard working staff out of poverty, says GMB Union Hospital staff have voted to strike after a £400 million private outsourcing company refused to increase their ‘pauper’ pay. The low-paid workers – who provide cleaning, porter and catering services at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals – voted unanimously for industrial action. Outsourcing giant ISS Mediclean has refused to match the pay rise other members of staff across the hospitals have received. ISS Mediclean turned over more than £400 million last year and made a pre tax profit of £28 million. The company forked out £30 million to shareholders. Michael Evans, GMB Organiser, said: “GMB members working for ISS Mediclean at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals have sent a clear message to their employer and the trust that they are committed to getting the pay rise they deserve. “This results of the ballot shows that members are willing to take industrial action if the matter can’t be resolved. “This is a company that forked out £30 million to shareholders – they can afford to lift their hard working staff out of pauper pay.”...
ASDA ARE GIVING YOU NOTHING & YOU ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE UP A LOT
For too long Asda retail colleagues have borne the brunt of a race to the bottom in supermarkets ”Lowest cost to operate”, costing colleagues a lot more than it's delivering to customers. THE LATEST PROPOSAL IS A STEP TOO FAR ASDA are proposing a new base rate of £9 per hour This wouldn't be paid until after all consultations are finished and the new contracts are implemented, so it’s unlikely to be before the end of the year. In April 2020 (just 4 months later) the minimum wage is set to increase to… guess what? Yes £9 per hour and without giving up all your benefits. WAIT 4 MONTHS AND GET IT ANYWAY WITHOUT GIVING UP ANYTHING ASDA are proposing more flexibility! You are already doing less with more: QUEUE BUSTING - PICK BUSTING - COVERING 2 JOBS (because the store won’t cover sick calls or sometimes even holidays). Flexibility clearly isn't the problem or colleagues already on Contract 6 since 2017 would have been moved about, but guess what? They haven’t. THE PROBLEM IS TOO FEW COLLEAGUES - TOO MANY HOURS HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE BUSINESS BREAKS Removing paid breaks has been done via the back door for years by moving your lunch breaks. Unfortunately there’s no law that says breaks should be paid so ASDA remove paid breaks and that goes towards funding the pay increase. SO NOT ONLY DO YOU LOSE OUT - YOU'RE EXPECTED TO FUND IT! CURRENTLY IF YOU WORK BETWEEN 6 - 8 HOURS YOU GET A PAID 20 MIN BREAK ON THE NEW CONTRACT YOU WOULD HAVE AN UNPAID 30 MIN BREAK TAKEN OFF YOU - DOUBLE WHAMMY!!!! HOURS ASDA are saying; if you need to keep your hours (who doesn’t?) and if the store has the hours they can add them onto your contract so you don’t lose. GUESS WHAT? There are no hours! We've just been through 12 months of cuts! WHAT ABOUT COLLEAGUES ON CHILD TAX CREDITS? WHAT ABOUT COLLEAGUES WHO WORK 2 OR EVEN 3 JOBS BECAUSE THERE ARE NO FULL TIME HOURS? THEY CANT STAY PAST THEIR CONTRACTED HOURS SO MAY HAVE TO LEAVE NIGHT SUPPLEMENT Originally, Night rate was time and a third until ASDA refused to pay it and moved to the ‘supplement’ scenario. Over the years this has significantly eradicated night pay and the new proposed rate is still lower than it would have been if they had left colleagues on time and a third. The removal of the night window from 10 - 6 to 12 - 5 makes it even less, so Guess what? Night colleagues & Twilights colleagues are again funding the proposed 'increase'. HOLIDAYS Previously your holiday year didn't include bank Holidays , under this proposal it will. The law says every employee is entitled to a minimum 5.6 weeks paid leave (28 days if you work 5 days per week), this can include bank holidays, so whilst the proposal isn't illegal it is immoral! By including bank holidays, what’s to stop managers insisting they need colleagues in, knowing that they don't want to work them and will book a holiday which of course the manager will have no problem authorising, because that would leave you with less than 3 weeks to have with your family in blocks. THE LOW BLOW IS INCLUDING THE FLOATING DAY - THAT SHOULDN’T BE INCLUDED IN ANNUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENT WHY? All this is because ASDA want to be ‘LOWEST COST TO OPERATE’ Gone is wanting to be ‘BRITAIN’S MOST TRUSTED RETAILER’ How long since they were ‘EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR’? Distribution colleagues get treble time for Bank Holidays (if and when they work them) They get day rate between 6am - 2pm, additional rate between 2pm - 10pm (because in distribution these are classed as unsociable hours). They get night rate between 10pm - 6am. YOU WORK FOR THE SAME EMPLOYER YOU HAVE THE SAME FAMILY COMMITMENTS YOU HAVE THE SAME BILLS TO PAY YOU WORK JUST AS HARD AS THEY DO SO ISN’T IT TIME YOU WERE TREATED & PAID THE SAME?   DISTRIBUTION COLLEAGUES ASDA claim the new contract will mean a higher rate of pay. You will get it anyway next April ASDA claim working festive Bank Holidays would be voluntary They already are ASDA claim you will have guaranteed contracted hours There’s no such thing - you’ve seen hours cut everywhere over the last 12 months No guaranteed hours then! So in other words… THEY ARE GIVING YOU NOTHING & YOU ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE UP A LOT Click Here to download a PDF booklet to share        ...
IT’S OUR MONEY, WE WANT IT BACK SAY GMB TRADE UNION NHS MEMBERS
In 2015 new Pension Schemes were introduced across the Public Sector. These schemes increased the retirement age. In order to protect members from sudden increases in their retirement age, those within 10 years of retirement were exempt from being transferred into the new schemes. These ‘protected’ members were allowed to stay in their pre-2015 schemes. Additionally, new financial arrangements (known as the ‘Cost Cap’) were introduced into the new Pension Schemes. The arrangements allowed for any shortfall in Pension Fund to be made good by increased contributions and/or reduced benefits. It also allowed for any excess monies in the scheme to be redistributed back to members via reduced contributions and/or improved benefits. In the NHS Pension Scheme excess monies have been generated which have allowed for improvements in benefits as follows with effect from 1st April 2019. Part timer pension contributions to be based on Actual Pay not WTE pay Structural reform to remove ‘cliff edges’ and align contribution rates with tax thresholds Introducing a top contribution rate of 12.5% Addressing pre 1988 survivor equality issues An increase in Death Benefits The remainder to be used on a mixture of reductions to contributions, improved lump sums and a better accrual rate However, the principle of ‘Protection’ has been found to be Age Discriminatory and the government has therefore paused the improvements in Benefits until a further decision by the courts. GMB trade union considers this pause to be unfair because. It undermines the 25 year government guarantee in respect of the changes It undermines the rules of governance of the scheme It undermines Collective Bargaining principles The issue should be addressed by the Comprehensive Spending Review not by removing the proposed improvements we have already paid for. GMB is campaigning to un-pause this pause. We need you to support our call asking Liz Truss MP to UNPAUSE THE PAUSE Sign the petition at:- https://www.gmb.org.uk/campaign/tell-liz-truss-stop-public-sector-pension-swindle "It's outrageous and unacceptable for the Government to pinch over £2.4 billion out of 4.1 million people's pensions to pay for its own mistakes."...
GMB TRADE UNION WIN FOR FUTURE WINTER GRITTING ARRANGEMENTS IN KNOWSLEY
A number of issues were raised by members which we attempted to iron out with management, some agreements were met swiftly, however, there was still one major issue that we couldn't get agreement on in relation to the rest periods which stood at 7 hours. We consulted GMB members who made it clear to us that the rest period was not sufficient and wanted it to be extended in order to maintain work-life balance we also raised health and safety concerns not just to our members but also the residents of Knowsley. As you will be aware Knowsley GMB have worked alongside other unions in resolving issues around the working arrangements for the winter gritting service.We were unable to reach an agreement so we again met with members to update them on the standstill position and agreement was reached that we should lodge a formal collective dispute. At this point, we consulted other trade union colleagues and put together a statement of case that we needed to provide. As far as the branch is concerned a collective dispute is the last resort so as a final attempt to break the deadlock GMB regional officer Michael Clark met with senior management to try and resolve this matter. I am pleased to report that the major sticking point for members has now been resolved and that management has moved from the 7 hours rest period to 9 hours. We have met with our members to inform them of the proposal which was accepted along with all the other agreements proposed such as Back payments Increase to the standby payment £25 call out payment which will be paid to 2 operatives who volunteer to work on a new, additional rota to service the Anfield contract. All future rates to increase annually with future NJC pay awards I would personally like to record my thanks to the GMB Reps and GMB members for their support and cooperation during this journey, equally, thank you to the North West and Irish Region, particularly Michael Clark for his input. update by GMB Knowsley Branch K28  ...
GMB trade union respects fallen colleagues, Workers Memorial Day at Bill Smith House
Each year GMB remembers the workers lost, on Workers Memorial Day and this year we gathered at Bill Smith House to pay our respects to remember fallen colleagues. In 2019 we should not lose a many as 50 000 people a year to work related illness, that is just not acceptable. Every worker has the right to return home safely from work and the GMB trade union will maintain pressure on employers to keep our members safe at work. Speakers included, Alfie Jones Bob Welham Mark Roberts Paul McCarthy Dougie Henry In 2019 we should not lose a many as 50 000 people a year to work related illness, that is just not acceptable. Every worker has the right to return home safely from work and the GMB trade union will maintain pressure on employers to keep our members safe at work. Construction is the min industry for fatalities, followed by agriculture and manufacturing. Main fatal accidents are, Falls from a height Struck by a moving vehicle Struck by a moving object Trapped by something collapsing/overturning Contact with moving machinery The union offer training courses for our representatives on Health & Safety and can help our reps/members with health & safety in their workplace. It is well documented that workplaces with union representation are safer than those without. If you want to become a GMB representation or interested in a GMB trade union Health & Safety course then please contact Alfie Jones and Paul Holleran at Bill Smith House 0151 727 0077 or you can email Alf.Jones@gmb.org.uk or Paul.Holleran@gmb.org.uk for more information. You can also book online via the regional website here - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/2019-course-dates-and-venues-gmb-north-west-irish-region And you can join the GMB trade union online here today - http://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/join-now   Check out the photo gallery and video summery of the day!...