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    Union Learner Rep


    My name is Paul Glover and I have recently become a Union Learning Rep (ULR) for GMB. I work at Eastcroft as a Refuse Driver within the local area. I have a learning disability in the form of Dyslexia which means I have always struggled to read and write. Like many people born before the 1990s, my Dyslexia was not recognised at school, therefore I didn’t get much support and I struggled.

    I am writing this article to raise awareness of disabilities in the workplace and to encourage others to come forward for help and advice. I’m here to listen and advise you about any issues you may be experiencing around disabilities and difficulties in the workplace and to sign-post you to the relevant services. Common things I have struggled with are things like struggling to read instructions, to fill in forms and to access training. I have recently set up a group for people who struggle with literacy to help them understand the Safe Operations Procedure.

    To become a GMB Rep I have had to complete a Trade Union course at Nottingham College. In order to be able to access this course I have needed the support of a Learning Support Assistant – Sarah Meredith. The professional support has given me confidence in the classroom, helped me to understand the course content and learn my role as a Rep through Sarah helping me to read and write in class.


    “It has been a pleasure to work with Paul, he is such a hard working an dedicated person. His attitude to learning is brilliant and his ability to openly share about his dyslexia will encourage others to come forward who may also be struggling with a disability.”

    Sarah Meredith (English and Maths Support Assistant).


    GMB Union D44 Branch, and Midland and East Coast Region, presented Derby Women’s Centre with a cheque for £500 to support them in their campaign to prevent closure.

    The much used and vital organisation is desperately short of funding and GMB Union is assisting in the drive to prevent it from closing (more…)

  3. Nottingham City Branch Raise Funds for Hayward House

    Nottingham City Branch with Nottingham City Homes recently hosted a Halloween Dance to raise funds for Hayward House, which is based at the City Hospital Nottingham, part of the Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS trust. (more…)


    This was a concept brought up by unions wanting to be involved in the city of culture through the Trade Council. Hull City of Culture was not very helpful so the Trade Council with various unions went it alone.

    The GMB Hull No1 branch was involved with two of the members Lloyd Dobbs organising the bands and arranging the erection of the stage and sound system. Mick McGarry with the band the Hill Billy Troupe was also a prominent person with the Hill Billy’s starting the event off.


  5. NJC PAY CLAIM 2018-19

    Following the GMB NJC Pay Consultation the GMB NJC Reps met on Tuesday 13/06/17. A detailed discussion took place with extensive report back on the regional pay consultations. The general consensus was to keep the NJC pay claim succinct for 2018/19.  Read more on this story (more…)