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Cammell Laird 37 The Truth a Play by Mike Howl 15 February 2019 at Birkenhead Town Hall
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. Book your tickets on Eventbrite online - Click Here 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. Proceeds from the event will either go to local causes or be reinvested in further productions, ensuring this important part of labour history reaches as many people as possible....
GMB Ambulance trade union News Update 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.   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. click to download document GMB Submission to Pay Review Body The Usual Joint staff side pay claim has been submitted to the NHS pay review body. The GMB have also made a submission on the following basis. • The value of NHS pay has been severely eroded since 2010. NHS workers have cumulatively lost thousands of pounds in real terms, and some of our members’ annual earnings have been devalued by nearly a fifth. • Inadequate pay levels have made a significant contribution to challenges of workforce recruitment, retention, and morale. • It is unlikely that these problems will be addressed through the NHS pay agreement. 98 per cent of our members believe that the pay agreement was inadequate, and the basic pay of most staff at the top of their pay bands is set to decline by 3.2 per cent in real terms by 2020/21. • The closure of Annex 5 for unsociable hour’s payments is a specific concern for our members in ambulance services. The full document is attached for your information. click to download document  ...
GMB dispute at Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead, the Company is currently looking at making nearly 300 employees redundant.
GMB dispute at Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead. As you may be aware, the Company is currently looking at making nearly 300 employees redundant. I am sure I do not need to tell you that these are skilled jobs desperately needed in an increasing economy of precarious employment. Throughout the consultation period, the GMB have pressed the company on their justification for this proposal as we firmly believe this is a cynical way to bring in a further casualisation of terms & conditions. Unfortunately, despite presenting many alternatives that could have avoided this, Union members commenced the action short of strike on Friday by withdrawing any overtime arrangements. Our members have been heartened by the solidarity from across the whole Labour movement and we are keen to keep this up. I appreciate some colleagues have already given their support and you will no doubt want to explore further practical ways you can assist and we will be back in touch on this. However, visiting the picket line would be one quick way as the strike started, Monday 26th November at 7am and there will be a picket line in place 7-5 Monday to Friday for at least 3 weeks. We all know it would be devastating for the members, the region and our communities if these jobs were lost. INDUSTRIAL ACTION AT CAMMELL LAIRD OVERTIME BAN - Commencing 16:00 on 23.11.2018 STRIKE DATES BY TRADE ALL FITTER AND WELDER MEMBERS – series of 24 hour stoppages commencing at 07:00 hours on 26th November 2018, 3rd December 2018 and 10th December 2018 ALL PLATER AND PLUMBER MEMBERS – series of 24 hour stoppages commencing at 07:00 hours on 27th November 2018, 4th December 2018 and 11th December 2018 ALL STORES, RIGGER AND LABOURER MEMBERS – series of 24 hour stoppages commencing at 07:00 hours on 28th November 2018, 5th December 2017 and 12th December 2018 ALL CLEANER, HEALTH & SAFETY AND SHIPWRIGHT MEMBERS – series of 24 hour stoppages commencing at 07:00 hours on 29th November 2018, 6th December 2018 and 13th December 2018 ALL PLANT, QUALITY CONTROL AND BURNER MEMBERS – series of 24 hour stoppages commencing at 07:00 hours on 30th November 2018, 7th December 2018 and 14th December 2018 ALL SUPERVISORS – have been identified by their trade on the company’s latest trade list, so please see above and take action with your trade. Any further dates will be notified to you in due course. If you’re in any doubt regarding dates, please see your GMB Shop Steward. Here are some of the comments of people in support of our members at Cammell Laird. Comments in Support Tim Roache I want to express the full support of our great GMB Union to our members in their fight for fairness, justice and job security. The proposal to make nearly 300 highly skilled workers redundant is disgraceful and made even worse in the run up to Christmas. Their fight is our fight. Solidarity to you all Jake McleanSolidarity to our shipbuilding brothers, keep fighting the good fight. We are facing site closure at Appledore 15th March, will try to get up and support on the picket. All members from Appledore Shipbuilders branch Z27 are in support of your action. We can’t let these companies casulise British shipbuilding any more. Cllr Rob Bisset Hi Neil More than happy to become involved in this. I will most certainly visit the picket line. Please come back to me with anything further. Cllr James Noakes Labour Councillor for Clubmoor Ward Neil Thanks for your email. If I can, I will get across but I am finding it difficult with Cabinet, Council and work commitments. Best wishes to your members. Thanks James Phil Dear Neil, Thanks for the information on the action taking place at Cammell Lairds, my branch has sent a £1000 in support and I will try and get to the picket line. Regards, Phil Cllr James Hull, Labour (St George's Ward) PCC We at Preston City Council (PCC) are fully behind you in the struggle to protect peoples' lives and jobs. I probably will not be able to get over to Birkenhead to join the picket, but our thoughts are with you Comrades at this difficult time in the negotiations. Anything i can do to help, please let me know. Councillor Wayne Blackburn Labour Councillor for Clover Hill Hi Neil, I hope you’re well. Many thanks for your email. I’d be more than happy to come and support the campaign. Do you have any particular days that you’re planning things? Also, do you have any materials that can be shared on social media? Please send my solidarity to your comrades and if I can be of any help then please let me know. Kind regards and best wishes, Wayne Julie McManus Ward Cllr Bidston St. James Thanks for sending this through. Like many people from Birkenhead, My Dad Grandad & uncles all worked & served apprenticeships at Lairds. I will be visiting the picket line to show my support. Julie McManus...
Eight paramedics beaten and sexually assaulted daily as 1,400 homes red flagged.
Paramedics are being stabbed, throttled, and sexually assaulted as shameful new figures show assaults on crew members have risen by one THIRD. About eight serious attacks a day take place on NHS ambulance crews and more than 1,400 homes in England are now red-flagged as “no-go” areas without police protection. GMB union National Secretary Rehana Azam said: “These terrifying figures underline that Ambulance Workers, along with all those who work in the emergency services, are forced to work under an increased threat of violence”. Paul Turner GMB Deputy Branch Secretary/Paramedic (NWAS) said “Police just don’t have the resources anymore,” he said. “We are asked to do a risk assessment first but the only way you can do a risk assessment is by finding out what’s on the other side of the door. By then it’s too late.” Assaults on crew members have soared by 36 per cent in five years. Figures obtained from 10 of England’s 11 ambulance trusts reveal more than 2,800 staff were attacked on duty last year up from just over 2,000 in 2013/14. Full report https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/violence-stabbings-sex-assaults-ag... Paramedics are being stabbed, throttled, and sexually assaulted as shameful new figures show assaults on crew members have risen by one THIRD. About eight serious attacks a day take place Key Facts on Assaults 14,433 - Reported Physical Assaults on GB ambulance workers since 2012/13 (NHS figures) 8.2 - Reported attacks on ambulance workers a day in Great Britain in 2016/17 20% - Increase in serious violent assaults on health workers reported to the Health and Safety Executive between 2012/13 and 2016/17 (HSE) 21% - Of ambulance workers have taken sick leave due to violent assaults (GMB survey) 34% - Increase in reported physical assaults recorded by Ambulance Trusts between 2013/14 and 2016/17 (NHS figures) 37% - Of ambulance workers have considered leaving their jobs due to the threat of violent attack (GMB survey) 39% - Of ambulance staff have experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (GMB survey) 81,669 - Days of sick leave taken by ambulance staff in England due to stress, anxiety, depression and related conditions in 2016/17 Download the Report 'In Harms Way' here...
Claire Hargreaves GMB Campaign Period Poverty
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Lorraine Winson, GMB Regions Women's Network at 2018 GMB Women's Conference
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Sarah James at 2018 GMB Women's Conference
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GMB Protect Female Cancer Cover, Supporting GMB Members
£25,000 cash benefit on first diagnosis of a covered female cancer or carcinoma in situ of the breast (an early stage cancer which hasn’t spread). £2,500 cash benefit on first diagnosis of carcinoma in situ in any covered female organs other than the breast. £50 inpatient benefit for all overnight hospital stays, up to £4,500. £25 outpatient benefit for all hospital visits, up to £1,000. For UK residents aged 18-69. No medical or health questions. This policy is underwritten by AIG Europe Limited. Previously diagnosed cancers are not covered. Our Female Cancer Cover is designed to be a financial safety net to help you cope with the impact of being diagnosed with a female cancer of: • one or both breasts • one or both ovaries • the cervix • the uterus • the vagina • the vulva, or • one or both Fallopian tubes The policy pays a £25,000 cash benefit on first diagnosis of a covered female cancer or carcinoma in situ of the breast (carcinoma in situ is an early stage cancer which hasn’t spread), to help you continue to lead as normal a life as possible, from diagnosis until you're getting better. Although the cash benefit isn't designed to replace your income, it can certainly make things easier while you’re having treatment. The money paid out under the policy is for you to use however you need – perhaps to help pay the household bills for a while, to cover travel costs to and from hospital appointments, fuel and car parking or return taxi trips to the hospital. Or maybe even take some quality time post-treatment to have a holiday without the financial headache – it’s entirely up to you. £2,500 is paid on diagnosis of carcinoma in situ in any of the covered female organs apart from the breast (when the full diagnosis benefit is paid). There are also cash payments for time spent at the hospital as a result of your diagnosis, including a £50 inpatient benefit for each overnight hospital stay up to a maximum of £4,500 and £25 payable for each outpatient day visit, up to £1,000. We don't need to know your family history and there are no health questions to complete. As well as the financial impact, we understand the emotional effects that a cancer diagnosis can have. So if you need to make a claim, you will also have access to a support team which is staffed by registered nurses who provide information and advice about living with cancer, including benefits, allowances and specialist equipment available to you. They can also arrange therapy or counselling and links to support services such as local support groups or charities. There are some things which the policy doesn’t cover: • Previously diagnosed cancers or tumours described as pre-malignant • Diagnosis within the first 90 days of taking out the policyº • Those who are under 18 or 75 and over • Non UK residents (Cover ends if you live outside the UK for more than 180 consecutive days) There is no cover if, during the first 90 days of the policy (the waiting period), you are diagnosed with a covered cancer, have symptoms or tests, receive medical advice, medication or treatment for a covered cancer. However, you will still be able to claim the Inpatient Benefit for each overnight stay you are admitted to a hospital during the waiting period. 90 days directly following diagnosis of that cancer the policy will end for you and no further benefits will be payable to you under this policy. Please also note that because the risk of gender specific cancers increases as you get older, your premiums will go up with age. We will notify you when this is due to happen. This policy covers the seven female specific cancers detailed above, other forms of cancer are not covered. This policy is underwritten by AIG Europe Limited. For a full explanation of the terms and conditions please read the policy documents carefully in the policy docs tab. https://www.unioninsurance.co.uk/products/female-cancer-cover/gmb...
Arthur Moss tribute to Paul Evans Oct 2018
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Barbara Plant GMB President at the 2018 GMB Women's Conference
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