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GMB UNION WANTS YOUR OPINION ON WHO SHOULD BE THE NEXT LABOUR PARTY LEADERS
Candidates for the 2020 Labour Party Leadership Election The GMB is looking at taking on board our members' thoughts on who we believe will make the best Leader and Deputy Leader. The timetable for the above two posts has now been finalised and is a very tight schedule, with trade unions nominating no later than 14th February.  Because of this, we are unable to ballot all GMB members on who they would wish to nominate as we simply couldn’t turn the process around in the time. Instead, there will be a Special CEC Hustings on Tuesday, 21st January, at which candidates for both positions will be in attendance. These are vital elections that will influence the future leadership and direction of the party, so your participation is most welcome The Labour Party Leadership election: the 5 candidates are as follows. Keir Starmer - (read more here) Rebecca Long Bailey - (read more here) Lisa Nandy  - (read more here) Jess Phillips - (read more here) Emily Thornberry - (read more here) Deputy Leader: The 5 candidates are as follows: Rosena Allin-Khan - (read more here) Richard Burgon - (read more here) Dawn Butler - (read more here) Ian Murray - (read more here) Angela Rayner - (read more here) How will the leadership race unfold? 13th January: Nomination period closes 14th-16th January: Application period for registered supporters 15th January - 14th February: Second stage of nominations from Constituency Labour Parties (CLP) and affiliates, including unions 18th January: The first of seven scheduled hustings takes place in Liverpool 20th January: Freeze date for voting eligibility for new members and affiliated supporters 16th February: The last scheduled hustings will be held in London 21st February: Ballot opens 2nd April: Ballot closes 4th April: Special conference to announce the result If you wish to share your views can you please email labourleadership@gmbnorthwest.co.uk no later than 5pm on Monday the 20th of January 2020....
2020 Course Dates and Venues for GMB North West & Irish Region
GMB trade union training for 2020 The GMB North West & Irish Region runs training courses at various venues throughout the region for GMB member representatives, all organised by our own training department at regional office. If you are are interested in a course, please contact Julie Dowling on 0151 728 2905 or julie.dowling@gmb.org.uk. You can also fill out the form below Induction Course Regional Office - Liverpool 3 February to 7 February & 17 to 21 February 2020 17 April to 1 May & 11 to 15 May 2020 24 to 28 August & 7 to 11 September 2020 23 to 27 November & 7 to 11 December 2020 Cheadle Hulme Office 10 to 14 February & 24 to 28 February 2020 22 to 26 June & 6 to 10 July 2020 12 to 16 October & 26 to 30 October 2020 Preston 16 to 20 March & 30 March to 3 April 2020 2 to 6 November & 16 to 20 November 2020 Holywood Office 9 to 13 March & 23 to 27 March 2020 5 to 9 October & 19 to 23 October 2020 Advanced Courses Bullying & Harrasment Cheadle - 7 & 8 May 2020 Holywood - 28 & 29 May 2020 Liverpool - 17 & 18 August 2020 Preston - 13 & 14 July 2020 Confidence Building for Negotiation Cheadle - 3 & 4 August 2020 Holywood - 24 & 25 August 2020 Liverpool - 1 & 2 December 2020 Employment Law/ Grievance Cheadle -9 & 10 November 2020 Holywood - 20 & 21 July 2020 Liverpool - 1 & 2 October 2020 Preston - 21 & 22 September 2020 Health & Safety/Risk Assesment Cheadle - 14 to 18 September 2020 Holywood - 15 to 19 June 2020 Liverpool - 27 to 31 July 2020 Preston - 10 to 14 August 2020 Stress Cheadle - 6 & 7 August 2020 Holywood - 20 & 21 April 2020 Liverpool - 28 & 29 September 2020 Preston - 8 & 9 June 2020 Pension Cheadle - 18 May 2020 Holywood - 3 August 2020 Liverpool - 12 October 2020 Politics Liverpool - 17 July 2020 Women's Health & Safety Cheadle - 1 & 2 December 2020 Holywood - 18 & 19 May 2020 Liverpool - 1 & 2 June 2020  ...
VOTE WITH YOUR HEAD AND HEART, VOTE FOR PUBLIC SERVICES INVESTMENT AND VOTE LABOUR SAYS GMB UNION
VOTE LABOUR, VOTE FOR PUBLIC SERVICES INVESTMENT On 12 December you will decide the future of our country for decades to come. Labour will build a fairer Britain that cares for the many, not the few. 10 reasons why a vote for Labour will mean a vote for both your head and your heart Vote with your head 1. Because Labour will put money back in your pocket. With a £10-an-hour minimum wage, more welfare support for working families and an instant cap on energy bills 2. Because Labour will invest in your kids’ future. With 30 hours of free childcare for all; £5billion extra for our cash-strapped schools and the end of university tuition fees 3. Because Labour will end the NHS crisis. With an immediate halt to hospital and A&E closures; an extra £6billion-a-year for more doctors, nurses and bed places; and a huge investment in mental health services 4. Because Labour will care for you and your loved ones in old age. With a new National Care Service for those needing social care; and protections of the ‘triple-lock’ on pensions and the winter fuel allowance for every pensioner 5. Because Labour will build the homes we need. With a massive house-building programme to help first-time buyers; a pledge to build 100,000 new council homes every year; and new rent controls to help those struggling to get by. Vote with your heart 6. Because society is too unequal and we must make Britain fairer. Only Labour will cap fatcat pay, hike taxes for the biggest earners and boost the incomes of those on welfare and the minimum wage 7. Because a vote for Labour is a vote to help the most vulnerable in our country. Only Labour will reverse brutal welfare policies such as the Bedroom Tax, benefit sanctions and fit-to-work tests 8. Because workers and bill-payers need protection from big business. Only Labour will offer a revolution in workers’ rights while bringing the big utility firms back into the public sector 9. Because our brave and tireless public servants deserve a pay rise. Only Labour will lift the cruel cap on public sector pay that has seen the wages of police officers, soldiers, nurses and teachers fall further behind each year 10. Because we owe it to the working men and women who battled for generations to win us the rights we enjoy today. Only Labour has the century-old tradition of fighting for the working class....
ASDA MEMBERS IF YOU ARE NOT CONTRACTED TO WORK THIS CHRISTMAS DO NOT WORK
If you are contracted to work and do not work, you would have normally been paid on either of the above festive Bank Holidays. For this year only, if you are scheduled to work any of the above festive Bank Holidays this year and do not wish to work but would still like to be paid, there will be a process in place to make sure you are paid for full contracted hours at your holiday rate of pay. The festive Holidays this year are:- 26th December 1st January YOU DO NOT NEED TO BOOK A HOLIDAY. The process (including if you have already booked this day(s) as a holiday will be as follows:- If a colleague has top up day(s) remaining at the point they move across to the new contract then we will process this as a day holiday(s) Our Asda Contract – Holiday Entitlements Standard Days If a colleague does not have top up hours or sufficient top up hours remaining as they move across to the new contract then we will pay any remaining hours at their holiday rate of pay, as a cash payment. This payment would be paid on 31st January 2020. This protection applies to colleagues who agreed to move onto the new contract on or after 14th July 2019. If you moved over to Contract 6 before this date, then the holiday rules as per Contract 6 will apply....
GMB UNION EQUALITIES, JUST A BALL GAME?
Barbara Plant, GMB union National President & Lindsay England, Just a Ball Game? JUST A BALL GAME? would like to bring to your attention that despite advancement and acceptance in certain social contexts homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying and abuse still occurs for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within a sporting environment. This discrimination often becomes hate crime and affects athletes, managers, club staff, match day casual workers and public alike. There is still very much a need to combat the discrimination, provide education through the many benefits of equality, inclusion and diversity to help put an end to exclusion, bullying or physical violence. Research shows half of football/sports fans - say they have heard homophobic abuse at matches. Many football fans think having a gay player on a team would make other team-mates feel uncomfortable, they also believe gay players should "keep it to themselves” while some said they would stop watching their team if they signed a gay player. Despite many players in the women’s game being “out” HBT bullying occurs here too. Just a Ball Game is linking GMB union Equalities Group, to work with our existing LGBT+ campaign organization both regionally and nationally. Providing financial support from branches and experience with workplace equality structures and educational settings, so we can tailor our interactive workshops and presentations to fit accordingly. We have a number of resources available, a few of these have been created in partnership with the TUC and trade unions, and we also have educational exhibition panels, some of which feature our LGBT+ patrons. Our founder Lindsay England is a GMB activist and in the past 3 years has been recognized with being Bradford City FC’s first-ever LGBT+ champion, given the Bradford Pride LGBT+ Champion in 2017, and in 2019 awarded UK Prime Minister’s Points of Light award for 17 years service to LGBT+ inclusion in sport. JBG? who have been at the forefront in challenging HBT bullying and abuse for 9 years believe that their project work is a great way to showcase LGBT+ inclusion and visibility. In addition to this, there is a captive audience of potential new trade union members, and a chance to showcase GMB trade union equalities workload and educate around trade union history....
GMB UNION CEC 2019 ELECTION RESULTS
Please see attached CEC Results for GMB North West & Irish region. Members are entitled to a copy - please contact terry Mellor at terry.mellor@gmb.org.uk. Results for National seats will be posted later....
GMB union Asda members demonstrations
ANN O'BRYNE AT THE 2019 GMB WOMENS CONFERENCE, ANERA REFUGEES
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GMB Women's Network Beacon Award, Claire Throssell
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