Due to the large geographical area of Severn Trent Water, most GMB members are from the Birmingham & West Midlands Region or the Midlands & East Coast Region. However, we have over 100 members who belong to Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Region.
Most members are based at Bamford, Buxton, Worksop, Ogston, Homesford, Hady and Derby. We are engaged in water treatment, distribution and sewage treatment with lesser numbers in administration and management. We are all part of Chesterfield Number 1 Branch. Our full-time officer is Sue Wood from the Chesterfield Office. We have one shop steward who can be contacted as follows:
Colin Bennett – firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping You Informed
Colin edits and contributes to an internal newsletter which is distributed to all GMB members employed by Severn Trent Water - Contact him if you are not already receiving it or for any other internal information.
We have a Partnership Agreement with the company, full bargaining recognition, and work jointly with our colleagues from other GMB regions, Unison and Unite in securing a better and safer working life for all our members. If you are not already a trade union member; why not join us to secure and improve your future, and our collective future, and also to provide protection for when working life doesn’t go too well?
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Pay Claim 2016
After negotiations, the employer’s final offer is rise of 2% on base pay except for those who currently earn less than 85% of the median point for their pay level/layer who will received a rise of 2.6% instead. The increase will apply from July.
In a consultative ballot, members voted to accept the offer with an 79% majority.
A new challenge is the increasing use of electronic surveillance to monitor employees, including vehicle tracking, forward-facing vehicle cameras, smart phone personal tracking, and the monitoring of social media.
The company is committed to further efficiency savings over the next 5-year regulatory period, but also seeks to improve customer service and rise up the league table of UK water companies. Taken together, this is likely to cause further challenges for GMB members.
Severn Trent Water committed to a “Journey to Zero”, referring to workplace accidents, some years ago. Most of the easy to resolve issues have been addressed and GMB representatives are now pressing for action on the more difficult issues such as fatigue, driving, and crossing third party owned land to reach valves and pumping stations.
A growing and united GMB membership is the best way to meet future challenges. If you are not already a member, please see the web-link above or contact Colin Bennett for a membership form.