Since 1985 GMB’s Retired Members Association (RMA) has continued to grow. Retired members and their partners are urged to maintain an active interest in the activities of the RMA such as those below.
The RMA has four key objectives:
to provide practical assistance in the recruitment, retention and organisational objectives of the GMB wherever and whenever possible
to campaign on behalf of retired GMB members and thus bring about dignity in retirement
to work in partnership with like-minded pensioner groups whenever it is appropriate to do so and
at all times comply with the equal opportunity policies of the GMB.
These aims and objectives are about furthering the interests and aspirations of retired members and their partners, building and maintaining the goals of our 65,000 plus retired members nationally and developing a seamless link with the working membership of the GMB.
You joined the GMB to protect and advance your interests at work and the same criteria apply in retirement. If you are interested, or about to retire, and would like to stay active and involved in GMB activities, please contact either Trudy Frampton or Steve Jennings at GMB Wakefield. (contact details below)
Regional RMA Committee
Your committee members are Dick Hazel, Billy Hinsliffe, Neil Moore, Morgan Pugh, George Tutill, Jackie Tutill, Sandra Berwick, Jane Ford, Rita Knowles, Steve Huckerby and Iris Crummack. If any of our retired members have issues for the agenda that you wish the committee to discuss please forward them to Trudy Frampton at GMB Wakefield.
S99 South Yorkshire RMA Branch Meeting Dates
The branch meets in the ‘Frank Wilkinson’ room at the GMB Sheffield office on 188-190 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1SY, beginning at 10.30am.
Retired Members' Association Meeting Dates for 2015/16
Monday 4th July 2016
Monday 10th October 2016
All meetings start at 10.00am and are held at GMB regional office. Please contact Trudy Frampton to confirm your attendance on 0345 337 7777 or email email@example.com
National Pensioners Convention
Declaration: “This Convention declares that every pensioner has the right to choice, dignity, independence and security as an integral and valued member of society. These rights require an adequate state pension linked to average earnings, comprehensive free health care and concessionary travel on public transport.”
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Your regional RMA contacts are:
Trudy Frampton, Secretary, GMB Wakefield: Tel 0345 337 7777 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org and Steve Jennings, Senior Organiser/Regional RMA Coordinator, GMB Wakefield: Tel: 0345 337 7777 or email: email@example.com
*Remember - retire from work but not from the union!*
GMB Pensions Policy
To ensure all GMB members have the ability to live with dignity and security in work and in retirement.
*All employers should contribute a reasonable amount to their employees’ retirement through good occupational pension schemes
*Pensions should be a standard feature of all collective bargaining agreements reflecting the importance of this part of the remuneration package
*Better protection for pensions when a company’s ownership changes so that no employee is disadvantaged in terms of pension provision as a result of the change of ownership of their employer
*The Pension Protection Fund should incorporate provision for the terminally ill to access a lump sum benefit from the fund
*Consultation on pension changes should involved meaningful discussion of options and be approached with a genuine intention to reach agreement
*All pension schemes should have 50% member representation on their governance boards
*Immediate restoration of the earnings linked indexation of the basic state pension when better than RPI linking
*Cash injection to the basic state pension to restore its value since the link was broken
*Abolition of means testing for pension benefits
*Reform of National Insurance to enable more women and carers to build up pension entitlement
*Improved flexibility of the provision for individuals to buy back National Insurance contributions
*Opposition to the increase in the state pension age until there is an equitable distribution of longevity expectations
*Indexation of the Winter Fuel Allowance to cover pensioners’ utility bills
GMB Retired Life Membership
The RMA campaigns on behalf of retired members to bring about dignity in retirement. Among other issues, they campaign for better pension provision, affordable public transport and utilities, and improved care conditions. Most branches of the RMA meet several times a year and there is an annual national RMA conference. If you are interested in joining the RMA you should contact Lita Southam for further information.
GMB Congress 2015 agreed new rules for retired life members as follows: "If a member retires on or after 1st July 2015 they can apply for free retired life membership within three months of no longer paying contributions in line with rules 45 or 46." To qualify, a member has to be permanently retired from paid employment, have been a member for at least five years previously and apply in writing to become a retired life member of the union.
Benefits of life membership include:
• Legal Assistance for those aged 60 and over and who have been members for at least 10 years – provided primarily in matters concerning employment but can be authorised by a Regional Secretary for any class of matter
• Funeral Benefit of up to £300 is payable to members with at least 8 years continuous membership.