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GMB RESPONDS TO REPORTS WALMART TO SELL CONTROLLING STAKE IN ASDA
What they now need is stability, job security and decent pay and conditions. GMB Union will always fight tooth and nail to protect our members' jobs and their terms and conditions GMB, the union for Asda workers, has responded to reports Walmart are to sell a controlling stake in the UK supermarket. A joint statement by Walmart and Asda said: "Together, we are in discussions with a small number of interested parties.” [1]  Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said: ”GMB has been in contact with ASDA senior management and we will be seeking meetings in the coming days, weeks and months. “Shortly after the ASDA/Sainsbury’s merger fell through last year, Walmart confirmed they were looking at alternative options including selling shares in the ASDA business. “This is yet another unsettling and stressful time for our members at Asda - they’ve had everything thrown at them in the last couple of years.  “What they now need is stability, job security and decent pay and conditions. "GMB will always fight tooth and nail to protect our members' jobs and their terms and conditions.”...
GMB Connect February 2020
MB TRADE UNION EQUALITIES GROUP CELEBRATE LBGT+ HISTORY MONTH
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GMB TRADE UNION EQUALITIES GROUP CELEBRATE LBGT+ HISTORY MONTH
GMB union celebrates LGBT+ History Month An event organised by the Regional Equalities Group was held at Bill Smith House in Liverpool on Friday Feb 14th. A day to celebrate LGBT+ History Month and the progress the region is making supporting equality for members. Christian Owens, Detective Sargent on the Merseyside Police, was first to share his story. Christian only recently completed the final stages of his surgery late in 2019, after a 10 year journey transforming from female to male. He undertook this journey as an active police officer, bravely pushing forward through al the challenges. He is an inspiration, so positive and ready to help anyone who may want a little support through their journey. Reverend Sr. Maria Renate, is active in the church today and been brought out of retirement by the Merseyside Police. She was born INTERSEX, in the 1950’s when these things were pushed under the carpet and made to go away. As she explains the default solution was to remove any male genitalia and ignore any mental side effects or hormones driving that persons gender orientation. She was unfortunately bullied during her younger years and whilst the church was accepting of her intersex status, she had a battle to be ordained. Reverend Renate has the most fantastic sense of humour, an ability to find the positive in every situation and we are very lucky to have her support and commitment. Mathew Denton is a GMB member, Representative, member of the Equalities Group and part of the Mersey Marauders FC. Working in a male dominated factory environment he was not comfortable to let his work colleagues know that he is in fact gay man. Shop floor banter often included homophobic remarks, but with support of the GMB union and Mersey Marauders FC he has been able to come out at work. Lindsay England, GMB member and founder of Just a Ball Game? Is part of the GMB Equalities group that put this event together is very happy with the progress the group is making, reaching out to members and helping them make a difference in their workplace. ‘’We are making the history of tomorrow, the GMB North West & Irish Region is very progressive when it comes to LGBT+’’ Lindsay England...
GMB trade union celebrate LGBT+ History Month with an event at Regional Office with a few poems
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Consultation document of the Framework Agreement endorsed by the Minister of Health Robin Swann MLA
GMB trade union is consulting with our members about these proposals Framework Document: This consultation document supplements the content of the Framework Agreement endorsed by the Minister of Health Robin Swann MLA and the factual content has been verified by the Department of Health & Trade Unions. It forms a reference point for all stakeholders to the proposals in the framework agreement. Proposals for Agenda for Change refresh and Safe Staffing in Health & Social Care, Northern Ireland As a result of negotiations between the Health Trade Unions, Northern Ireland Department of Health and HSC employers, the Minister for Health has endorsed proposals to bring about pay parity with the NHS in England and to address safe staffing issues. These proposals cover two issues: • Agenda for Change pay increases for 2019/20 & 2020/21 and a refresh of the AFC pay structure. • Proposals for safe staffing. If agreed following trade union consultations, the proposal on pay would ensure that health and social care staff in Northern Ireland have pay parity with colleagues in the NHS in England from 1 April 2019. All staff on Agenda for Change (AFC) would have the same pay rates as colleagues in England in 2019/20 and in 2020/21. Pay rates in 2019/20 would be backdated to 1st April 2019 and 2020/21 pay rates would have effect from 1 April 2020. What happens next? GMB trade union is consulting with our members about these proposals.  ...
IMPORTANT LOCAL GOVERNMENT & SCHOOLS PAY OFFER UPDATE FEBRUARY 2020 GMB UNION REJECTS OFFER
Local government workers are the backbone of our communities; overwhelmingly part-time and female. Unions reject ‘woeful' local government and schools pay offer The three unions representing council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) rejected the 2% pay offer made by the local government employers. Last summer GMB, Unison and Unite – which between them have more than a million local government members – submitted the pay claim for 2020/21. If accepted, this would mean that £10 an hour would be the lowest rate for town hall staff from this April. Everyone else would receive a 10% wage rise. Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary said: “This offer does nothing to address the decade of savage cuts our members have suffered – their wages have been devalued by 22% over the past ten years. It's a no from GMB. “This is Johnson’s first test on how his government will treat public sector workers and the offer tabled today is woefully short of a proper decent wage. "Local government workers are the backbone of our communities; overwhelmingly part-time and female. “We demand a proper negotiation, in good faith, that restores public sector workers’ confidence that Johnson and his new MPs – many who represent public sector workers – value the vital services they provide. “The election is over and soundbites are worthless unless words are followed by deeds.”   I will keep our GMB members updated when information is passed on to me, further meetings are booked in diaries and again I will update you following these....
PHUTI LEKOLOANE BECOMES A PATRON OF JUST A BALL GAME?
Phuti Lekoloane becomes a patron South African full-time goalkeeper Phuti Lekoloane becomes a patron of JUST A BALL GAME? As LGBT History Month 2020 kicks off, here at JUST A BALL GAME? (JBG?) we are happy to announce that the only ‘out’ gay South African full-time footballer, Makapanstad Romans’ goalkeeper Phuti Lekoloane joins us as a patron. Co-Chair of (JBG?) Alan Mercel-Sanca says, “We feel privileged when athletes from across the globe join our campaign and are excited at having Phuti on board.” Phuti wasn’t always a keeper, during his school days at Nkoana Primary and then Alan Ridge combined school he began his playing days as a right-winger and sometimes a striker. Sadly Phuti faced bullying at a young age and in those days considered this to be the norm. He quit the game and instead played netball. Physical harm followed when he was in his teenage years and it’s there realisation kicked in that this discrimination was wrong. As a full-time player Phuti also faced much discrimination and homophobia so it took some years to settle with a team and be accepted. Looking back to when he joined Tornardo FC the best thing about his time there was, Phuti says, “It’s that I was allowed to be myself and express myself all the time. I think the most important thing was I was never reminded that I am sexually different to others, the brotherhood was on another level.” When asked about his thoughts on joining JBG? and being an ‘out and proud role model’ Phuti says, “ There are big responsibilities in shaping the future of the next generation of young LGBT+ athletes and taking the bait – I’ll help to create a safe space for them.” For more information please contact Lindsay England at info@justaballgame.co.uk...
GMB MEMBERS AT KNOWSLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL WASTE SERVICES NEW TASK AND FINISH AGREEMENT
We will discuss this draft agreement during our meeting scheduled for Thursday 6th February 2020, Large Conference Room, Stretton Way at 6.30 A.M. For some time now, The GMB and colleagues from Unite have been in discussions with management to try and resolve outstanding issues & concerns raised by our members in the waste services on the Task and Finish agreement, One of the main issues for our members and myself was 'forced overtime'. Management wanted our members to complete their rounds and in some cases help other teams out that fell behind due to unforeseen circumstances which could then force members to work overtime, some members did not want to work overtime as this is optional, the council cannot force our members to work over 36 hours and once their 36 contractual hours of working is complete then our members have the right to finish work and not be disciplined or have any sanctions held against them. During earlier meetings with management, it was put forward to the TU's that staff who work in the waste service could work up to 4 hours overtime per month if requested to by their line manager, straight away I informed management and HR that the GMB could not agree to this proposal and we want it removing from any new agreement, I can now confirm that this has been removed. I have been made aware from our GMB Steward in this service 'Mike Newcomb', that GMB members have again raised concerns around the 'help out arrangements' I have written to the head of service and made him aware of this, The GMB will discuss this in more detail with management at our next meeting. Please see below the latest agreement and soon the GMB along with Unite will arrange to meet up with our members to discuss this. Update, We will discuss this draft agreement during our meeting scheduled for Thursday 6th February 2020, Large Conference Room, Stretton Way at 6.30 A.M.-----------------------------------------------------------   COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT ON LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION OF TASK AND FINISH ARRANGEMENTS IN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICEPARTIES:This agreement is made between: Knowsley Council (‘the Employer’) And UNISON, GMB and UNITE trade unions (‘the Joint Trade unions’) Together ‘the Parties’ hereby enter into this Agreement.WHEREAS: The Joint Trade Unions are the recognised trade unions entitled to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of employees employed by the Employer; The Parties enter into this Collective Agreement in accordance with S.178 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992; This agreement embodies the working arrangements and employment conditions into the employment contracts of affected staff and those so affected will be advised of this when the agreement becomes operative.EMPLOYEES WITHIN SCOPE OF THIS AGREEMENT:This agreement applies to all Knowsley Council employees employed within the Waste Management Service.EMPLOYEES NOT WITHIN SCOPE OF THIS AGREEMENT:This agreement does not apply to any Knowsley Council employees employed in any other Council Service.BACKGROUND:The operation of a ‘task and finish’ system for collection of household waste is commonplace in the Waste Management Industry. ‘Task and finish’ is a flexible working pattern whereby the organisation of work is based on completing a specified task but reflects the sometimes unpredictable nature of waste collection.AGREED TASK AND FINISH ARRANGEMENTS:Through collective bargaining and constructive engagement, the parties have agreed a shared commitment to continue operating a ‘task a finish’ working arrangement in the Waste Management Service. The working arrangement allows for:- Continuation of a standard 36-hour contracted working week; Flexible hours of working on each day of the week (Monday – Friday) to ensure completion of allocated waste collection rounds; Although typical working hours will be 7.5 hours (Monday to Thursday) and 6 hours (Friday), daily working hours may exceed these hours. However normal weekly hours of work are not expected to exceed 36 hours. While each team will be responsible for completing their own waste collection round, there may be occasions where they are required to assist a neighbouring team who have suffered a delay of 1-hour or more (for example, a vehicle breakdown, significant traffic congestion, severe weather conditions, a delay at the Waste Transfer Station or a delayed start to the working day due to an absence in the team).  In such circumstances, the Operational Management team will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating the necessary support arrangements and it is not anticipated that the team offering ‘assistance’ will exceed their normal weekly hours of work; In response to unforeseen events that disrupt the provision of waste collection services (as described above) there may be a requirement, recognising the principle of flexibility that this agreement is based upon, for overtime working. This will be kept to a minimum and where practicably possible, will be carried out by staff who have volunteered to undertake overtime working. In any event, overtime working will be monitored by the Waste Management Service operational management team, and details of overtime worked will be shared with the relevant trade unions every quarter to demonstrate the expectation that overtime working will be an infrequent requirement; Operatives are expected to work in accordance with all health and safety system requirements and to ensure they comply with the requirements of the British Domestic Drivers Hours Regulations and the Working Time Regulations 1998; Although waste operatives are required to ‘book on’ at Stretton Way depot each morning at 6.30 AM, they are permitted to ‘book off’ with their Team Leader (without returning to the depot) provided that their waste collection round for the day has been completed in full (and where necessary, they have assisted a neighbouring team); and The operation of this agreement (including the availability of volunteers) will be reviewed after 6-months and thereafter annually. IMPLEMENTATION PRINCIPLES:All employees within the scope of this agreement will receive a copy of the signed collective agreement which will form part of their contract of employment with the Council, the terms of which will apply until otherwise notified.EFFECTIVE DATE:The effective date for implementation of the revised ‘Task and Finish’ arrangement is 2nd March 2020....
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....