On Tuesday 15th April Ed Balls visited the Asda Peterborough Store to speak with GMB members about the cost of living and the reduction in inflation rates which had been announced that day by George Osborne and the Government.
Asda employees and GMB members were very clear that they are still struggling to make ends meet and are still hearing this from customers when they do their weekly shop.
GMB Members employed by Hull City Council Museums turned out in force to give up their Easter Saturday to protest at the potential closure of our museums every fourth weekend due to budget cuts being imposed by the local authority.
Those affected, along with pressure groups and local politicians and union activists, gathered in Queen Victoria Square, Hull to send a loud and clear message to local government and national government:- “WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY” – “WE DEMAND A REPEAL OF THE BEDROOM TAX IMMEDIATELY”!!
This is simply Tory ideology and has no positive outcome. It is ludicrous to even think that by taxing the most vulnerable and needy, who are already living in third world conditions, that this will raise sufficient tax returns and mask the problem of a severe shortage in cheap social housing is quite frankly, cloud cuckoo land.
GMB activists joined MP’s, Councillors and fellow trade unionists and Hull families outside the offices of A.T.O.S. in Stanley Street Hull on 19 February 2014 at 11am to protest against A.T.O.S. Healthcare, the company that carries out ‘fitness for work’ tests on sick and disabled benefit claimants. (more…)
In January of this year, GMB representatives on the DHL/ Nisa site in Scunthorpe, had been alerted by agency workers that £15 had been deducted from their wages without prior notification. This sector of the workforce had been told that they were being charged for their mi-fare cards; these cards gain them entry through the turnstile gates onto the site, operate and gain them secure lockers, give access to the distribution warehouse, pay for food/ drink as they activate the carousel machines and canteen tills, they also activate the mechanical handling equipment (MHE) which is an essential requirement to fulfil their role. No other sector of the workforce employed on site has to ‘pay’ for these obligatory cards, without which, you cannot work.
In September the Asda Brackmills DC became the final one in the network to become a recognised GMB site. This followed months of hard work by the reps on site to increase GMB membership to a level where we were confident enough to go ahead with the ballot.
A series of briefings were given to the whole of the workforce so that they were clear what they were voting on and then the ballot ran over a two week period.
Diana Morrison, Senior GMB Rep, said “whilst the ballot was running we were confident that we would get a yes vote but we were all delighted when the result was 86% in favour of GMB recognition.”
This means that going forward Brackmills will join all of the other sites in the network in benefitting from the National Agreement that GMB has in place with Asda. Some of the policies have already been applied and Brackmills colleagues will all benefit from whatever pay award is agreed in May 2014.
Sian McClarence, Regional Organiser commented “It is long overdue that members at Brackmills receive the same benefits as those at the other Asda sites. I would just like to say a very big Thank you to the local reps and those NJC reps who have worked so hard to assist in getting to this point and, of course, to those at Brackmills who voted yes in the ballot”.
Following recognition last year at the Royal Air Forces Association, we entered into our first ever round of pay discussions.
After lengthy and complex negotiations in which our GMB Reps Emily Tagg, Kath Wood and Janice Henderson pulled out all the stops on behalf of our members, they succeeded in pushing management’s offer of 1.5% up to a very credible 2.2%. This is at the very top end of pay settlements in the voluntary sector and follows a very difficult 12 months for the Association with extensive changes to working practices.
The offer is currently out for ballot with the membership with a strong recommendation to accept.