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ASDA PROFITS ROCKET ALMOST £100 MILLION, WHO NEEDS A GOLDEN QUARTER WHEN YOUR ARE MAKING THOSE SORTS OF PROFITS SAYS GMB UNION
ASDA PROFITS ROCKET ALMOST £100 MILLION AS THEY THREATEN STAFF WITH SACK OVER CONTROVERSIAL CONTRACTS Asda directors trouser whopping £12million ascompany slashed 5,000 jobs. Asda profits have rocketed more than £92 million at the same time they threaten staff with the sack if they don’t sign a controversial new contract. The supermarket giant’s latest accounts, release this week, show pre-tax profits have shot up almost 13% to almost £805 million. Asda directors trousered a whopping £12million – up 25% from 9.4 million the year before. The accounts also show the supermarket has slashed almost 5,000 jobs from shops and distribution centres. Thousands of Asda workers across the UK protested yesterday in anger at the new contracts.   The company has told workers they must sign the so-called 'flexible' Contract 6 - which will see them lose all their paid breaks and forced to work bank holidays – or be sacked on November 2. Now Asda has told those who are yet to sign the contract they will not be paid for any sick leave until they do.   Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said: “Asda is making a fortune on the backs of its loyal workforce. “But instead of rewarding them, bosses are forcing them to choose between signing a brutal contract or getting the sack in time for Christmas. “Shoppers will be horrified to see Asda turning the lives of its workers upside down while at the same time lining directors' pockets to the tune of £12 million quid. “Asda can more than afford to show respect its workforce and offer dedicated, long-serving staff a better deal.”...
GMB STAGES FRESH ASDA PROTESTS ACROSS UK AS WORKERS FACE SACK IF THEY WON’T SIGN CONTROVERSIAL CONTRACT
Workers who have given years or loyal service are being told ‘sign this brutal contract or get the sack in time for Christmas’ GMB is staging fresh Asda protests across the UK as workers face the sack if they don’t sign a controversial new contract. Asda is already ‘punishing’ workers who haven’t signed a controversial new contract by taking away their sick pay. Protests will take place at Asda stores in Leeds, Glasgow, Nottingham, Walsall, Bolton, Brighton, Ellesmere Port, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Norwich Stanley, Taunton and Manchester. [1] It follows thousands of Asda workers protesting in Liverpool, London, Hull, Crewe, Dundee, Sheffield, Glasgow, Cwbran, South Shields, Sheffield, Stockport, Portsmouth, Livingston and Newcastle-under-Lyme The company has told workers they must sign the so-called 'flexible' Contract 6 - which will see them lose all their paid breaks and forced to work bank holidays – or be sacked on November 2. Now Asda has told those who are yet to sign the contract they will not be paid for any sick leave until they do. Many GMB members say the contract is forcing them to choose between caring for vulnerable relatives or losing their jobs in the run up the Christmas. Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said: “Our members are angry. “Workers who have given years or loyal service are being told ‘sign this brutal contract or get the sack in time for Christmas’. “By forcing people to sign this contract, Asda are making people choose between their families or their jobs. “We’re calling on Asda to respect its workforce and offer dedicated, long-serving staff a better deal.”...
GMB TRADE UNION HITS BACK AT CITY CLAIM ASDA-SAINSBURY MERGER COULD ABSORB 132 STORE SELL OFF
With job losses and closures rampant on the high street, this huge sell off would disastrous for consumers, employees and local communities. Says GMB Union GMB, the union for ASDA workers, has hit back claims from the City the supermarket’s merger with Sainsbury could ‘absorb’ the sell off of 132 stores. UBS, Sainsbury’s house broker, has even disposing of 132 stores ‘and potentially dozens more’ the merger could still achieve ‘targeted return on invested capital of more than 10 per cent’. Meanwhile Bank of America Meryl Lynch added ‘even a high disposal number would not be a risk to the deal.’ The Competition and Markets Authority has highlighted 463 locations where the two brands overlapped and posed a “realistic prospect of a significant lessening of competition”. Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said: “GMB believes the sell off of 132 would be disastrous for consumers, employees and local communities. “Asda and Sainsbury’s say they’re committed to keeping open all their stores. “But with job losses and closures rampant on the high street , realistically which retailers are going to take on these size premises? “The CMA needs to take account of the current retail climate where the move from high street to online is having a dramatic effect. “Consumer and business confidence is at a low and 70,000 retail jobs went in the last quarter of 2018. “If 132 is the number CMA have in mind they leave consumers with less choice, cause large scale redundancies and leave local communities stripped of stores and jobs. “GMB will not sit by and let stores and jobs go to the wall. “...
Oppose the fascists! Keep Manchester Nazi Free! No Pasaran! Rally 10:30am Sat 9 Feb 2019 Piccadilly Gardens
After attacks and harassment of RMT pickets, Muslims, disabled people, bookshops, a Holocaust survivor, trades unionists, socialists, and anti-racist campaigners...the racist 'yellow vests’ have announced they will be back in Manchester on Sat 9th Feb. We oppose anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, all forms of racism! We call for the widest unity and support for a Rally in Manchester city centre 10.30am Saturday 9th February, in Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester. (top of Market St) Oppose the fascists! Keep Manchester Nazi Free! No Pasaran! The GMB Northwest & Irish trade union is a supporter, political officer Neil Smith is organising GMB members to attend and looking for a strong support from this regions membership. Neil said ''We have to fight racism and fascism, there is no place for it in our society and we can make a difference as a trade union. By organising ourselves showing unity and solidarity, we can win this fight.'' MANCHESTER UNITY STATEMENT We, the undersigned, oppose plans by fascists to demonstrate in Manchester city centre on Saturday 9th February. In early January, the fake 'Yellow Vest' fascists targeted RMT members on a picket line at Victoria Station and - over the past couple of weeks - have targeted anti-racist street stalls in Manchester. We oppose the fascist 'Tommy Robinson' - and the leader of the fascist 'Yellow Vest' protests, James Goddard - and note with concern the linking up between 'Robinson' and the mainstream right in the form of UKIP, under Gerard Batten's leadership - as well as the rise of fascist organisations across Europe. We oppose anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, all forms of racism, and support the rally organised by Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism, in Manchester city centre on Saturday 9th February, to oppose the fascists. We also support the Stand Up to Racism mobilising rally in Manchester on March 2nd, to promote support for the TUC supported National Demonstration against racism in London on 16th March - part of an international day of action to challenge the growth of the far right across Europe, US and Brazil. To add your name to the statement, please email northwestuaf@gmail.com Name. Union/Organisation. Position (This statement initiated by Greater Manchester Unite Against Fascism & Greater Manchester Stand Up to Racism.)...
Salford’s bin men have praised local residents for an overwhelming response to the city’s first Santa appeal
GMB Branch Secretary, Bob Chritchly said: ''This is what being part of a trade union is all about, it's in our core DNA caring about the people in our communities. I am really impressed what this group has been able to achieve and I think we can all appreciate their efforts, sure next season will be even bigger and better'' The big hearted crew asked householder to donate gifts for local children who might otherwise miss out on Christmas – and were blown away by the amazing response. Over five thousand presents – from selected boxes, toys, teddies and toiletries to games, books and clothes for all ages were donated and it is estimated they have a value of over £25 000. Salford City staff sorted the toys into age categories and filled more than 125 large bags with gifts which were shared directly with families being supported by social and support workers and local charities. Sam Barry, who came up with the idea, said he was delighted and humbled by people’s generous response. ‘’Salford people are known for their kindness and they have done their city proud with their response to our appeal. I couldn’t bear the thought of children waking up on Christmas Day and not having a present to open and thanks to the people of Salford that’s not going to happen’’. City Mayor Paul Dennett added, ‘’I walked into the Civic Centre and it was like walking into Santa’s toy factory – there were gifts and bags and volunteers everywhere busy sorting them out ready for delivery. It has been truly fabulous and I can’t thanks everyone enough for their kindness. This shows the true spirit of Salford and makes me very, very proud of our wonderful city.” Article and pic from Salford Voice - http://salfordvoice.uk/article/local/bin-men-turn-santa-for-kids-christm... Click image for short video on BBC...
NHS PAY – PAY CAMPAIGN SURVEY THE RESULTS ARE IN!!!
THANK YOU to all GMB members who took the time to complete our recent survey following on from last year’s pay campaign. The message was loud and clear! 98% of GMB members thought that the pay award was too low. Many members expressed how overworked, undervalued and underappreciated they feel. The long awaited and much delayed NHS Long Term Plan publication has done little to reassure NHS staff that things are going to change. The Government has let down NHS staff again by delaying the workforce part of the plan until later in the year. How do they expect to deliver everything in the Long Term Plan without first addressing the 100,000+ staffing black hole?! We have to wait again to hear what their staffing intentions are. However, with the plan outlining a wish to double the number of volunteers and no financial amount yet being agreed to address staffing, it may not turn out to be worth the wait. Other concerns raised in the GMB survey were: • 92% of members raised pay as one of their main concerns working in the NHS • 80% Staff Morale • 78% Staffing Levels • 48% No Time to Care • 46% Mental Health • 45% Privatisation • 35% Bullying • 28% Violence, Assaults and Abuse • 15% Allegations 23% of members reported other concerns to us which included forced and unpaid overtime, no respect and feeling worthless, exhaustion and a general fear for the future of the NHS. The data collected in this survey has been used to produce the GMB evidence which has now been submitted into the NHS Pay Review Body. You can read our submission at: http://www.gmb.org.uk/GMB_NHSPRB%20evidence_2019.pdf Your GMB NHS National Committee promised you the GMB campaign for better pay and terms would continue – and so it will. GMB – 5 Key Asks for the NHS 1. More funding for pay and services. 2. Let’s get serious about staffing levels. 3. Support for the GMB ‘In Harm’s Way’ Report – 26 recommendations for protecting our emergency service workers. 4. A change of culture within the NHS to address bullying, staff morale and mental health. 5. Oppose privatisation. Keep an eye out soon for further information on our campaign and details of how you can get involved....
TRADE DISPUTE WITH NORTH WEST AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST BALLOT RESULT
We have received the independent scrutineer’s report following the ballot of GMB Paramedic members that closed 17th January 2019. Whilst a significant majority of those taking part in the ballot voted yes for strike action and action short of strike, unfortunately the total number of members taking part in the ballot was less than the 50% threshold requirement. It is a legal requirement that 50% of those eligible to vote actually do so for us to be able to call on members to take action following a ballot. It is also a legal requirement that 40% vote yes when those balloted work in ‘important public services’. As you will see from the independent scrutineer’s report to follow only 36.6% of those eligible to take part actually voted. We can confirm that GMB will not be calling upon members to take part in industrial action following this ballot. We know this is a disappointing result but we can only assume it reflects the feelings of the membership. We are aware that some members are claiming that they never received a vote, however, the ballot was sent out in the same manner to the same people as the last one. That ballot received a response of well over the required 50% this one fell short of that figure. NHS - Overtime Payments included in Annual Leave Pay The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Flowers v East of England Ambulance Trust considered the inclusion of voluntary overtime payments in the calculation of holiday pay - this was an argument pursued on two distinct basis. Firstly, that voluntary overtime should be included in the calculations to ensure compliance with the Working Time Directive. The EAT held that ‘non-guaranteed overtime or shift overruns and voluntary overtime payments made should be regarded as part of normal remuneration for the purposes of calculating holiday pay, provided the shifts were worked regularly’. That reasoning follows a line of cases culminating in Dudley MBC-v_ Willets heard last year. Arguably more significant was the second argument, namely, that clause 13.9 in the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook requires its inclusion; so that a failure to pay on that basis amounts to a breach of the contractual entitlement and gives rise to an unlawful deduction from wages. Since the Dudley case, NHS and Ambulance Trusts applying Agenda for Change should already have been paying voluntary overtime as a part of annual leave pay calculations. The new case of Flowers is even more relevant to our members as it deems the right to be contractual, so a claim for back pay over a 6-year period could be pursued. We have written to the trust to highlight this issue and would ask members who regularly work overtime and think they may have a claim to complete the attached. Click Image to download Questionnaire  ...
GMB pleased to announce Salford Council sign the National Pay Assimilation Agreement
Jackie French, GMB Organiser and Bob Chritchly GMB Branch Secretary pictured with Head of HR Samantha Betts chief executive and the mayor Paul Dennett; joint signing of the 2yr pay assimilation national Agreement. Salford Council are the first Northwest Council to agree and sign the National Pay assimilation Agreement with joint Trade Unions ( GMB and Unison). The agreed pay review has also been forwarded to all companies who provide a service within Salford Council with an expectation to negotiate on the same terms for arms length Employees. This agreement brings the lowest paid members above the Living wage within Salford Council....
2019 Course Dates and Venues for GMB North West & Irish Region
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 25 February to 1 March & 11 to 15 March 3 to 7 June & 17 to 21 June  9 to 13 September & 23 to 27 September 25 to 29 November 9 to 13 December Cheadle Hulme Office 11 January to 15 February & 25 February to 1 March 29 April to 3 May & 13 to 17 May 2 to 6 September & 16 to 20 September 18 to 22 November & 2 to 6 December Preston 18 to 22 March & 1 to 5 April 14 to 18 October & 28 October to 1 November Holywood Office 25 to 29 March & 8 to 12 April 7 to 11 October & 21 to 25 October Advanced Courses Bullying & Harrasment Cheadle - 15th & 16th April Holywood - 13th & 14th May Liverpool - 24th & 25th June Preston - 15th & 16th July Confidence Building/Coaching Liverpool - 25th & 26th April Cheadle - 22nd & 23rd July Holywood - 19th & 20th August Confidence Building For Congress Delegates Liverpool - 12th April Employment Law/ Grievance & Discipline Liverpool - 1st & 2nd April Holywood - 10th & 11th June Preston - 8th & 9th July Cheadle - 11th & 12th November Health & Safety/Risk Assesment Cheadle - 20th to 24th May Liverpool - 1st to 5th July Holywood - 4th to 8th November Tackling Mental Health & Stress Liverpool - 14th & 15th January Cheadle - 21st & 22nd January Holywood - 28th & 29th January Liverpool - 4th & 5th February Oldham - 4th & 5th March Pension Holywood - 21st March Cheadle - 17th June Liverpool - 16th September Politics Liverpool - 10th May Women's Health & Safety Liverpool - 8th March Holywood - 12th June Cheadle - 19th July  ...