Ballot Of 300,000 GMB Members

14 Sep 2011

GMB announces plans to ballot 300,000 members in public services in dispute over pensions. The dispute covers GMB members in local councils, in private contractors working in the public sector, in the NHS, and in prisons, civil service and further and higher education

GMB, the union for public services workers, today announced at a debate at TUC Congress that the union will now proceed to ballot over 300,000 members in public services in a dispute over pensions.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services told Congress “ Talks over many months on changes to pension for GMB members in public services have got nowhere. GMB will now ballot these members for authority to conduct a sustained campaign of industrial action to secure a settlement acceptable to GMB members.

The dispute covers over 300,000 GMB members employed by local councils, by private contractors working in the public sector, by the NHS, and members employed in prisons, the civil service and further and higher education. GMB is only one of the many unions planning ballots for authority to take industrial action to begin in late November and to be sustained over the winter and into the spring and summer of 2012. GMB will co-ordinate action with the other trade unions involved in the dispute.”