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BOSSES OF FAILED ENERGY SUPPLIERS SCOOPED ALMOST £1.7MILLION LAST YEAR

Analysis by GMB, the energy union, reveals the bosses of four failed energy suppliers trousered almost £1.7 million in pay and benefits last year.

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GMB warns no "Get Out of Jail Free" card for energy firms

GMB, the energy union, says any Government bailout for failing energy companies must come with guarantees for the future of the UK’s energy security.

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GMB members reject NHS pay deal - strike ballot to follow

More than 9 out of 10 GMB members in the NHS have rejected the Government’s pay ‘insult’. 

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TUC: CONGRESS 2021

This week we had TUC: Congress 2021, with a packed agenda and plenty of debates and discussions.   The line-up of guest speakers included leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, and on the final day there was recognition of the outstanding achievements of dedicated trade union reps who stepped up to the challenges of the pandemic. 

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1.6 million furlough cliff edge risks killing recovery before it even starts

GMB has called for urgent talks with the Government and employers to avoid mass lay-offs when the Job Retention Scheme ends after 30 September. 

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NHS and Care Levy Cash Must Be Ring-Fenced For Workers

GMB, the union for NHS and social care workers, says any new funding must include ring-fenced cash for the workers who keep things running every day.

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Local government, councils and schools: pay ballot is now open

GMB members working in local government, councils, schools and academies, and whose pay, terms and conditions are governed by the National Joint Council, are taking part in the biggest GMB pay ballot of the year, as balloting opened today (1 September).

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GMB RESPONDS TO CALLS FOR 'URGENT' NHS RESCUE PLAN

GMB, the union for health workers, has responded to Labour’s call for an urgent NHS rescue plan.   Analysis by the party shows patients are routinely waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment. 

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GMB AND UBER PLEDGE TO END EXPLOITATION OF MORE THAN 200,000 DRIVERS

GMB Union and Uber committed to end the exploitation of more than 200,000 drivers who use ride hailing apps.

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Government pay deal shows ‘disregard’ for Environment Agency workers

Unions have described the real terms pay cut as ‘a national embarrassment’ in the run up to COP24

GMB union have called on the government to ‘change their approach’ after offering a miserly, real terms pay cut in this year's pay offer to Environment Agency (EA) staff.

The Government have offered a £250 or 0% consolidated increase, which amounts to a real terms pay cut in this year’s pay offer 

The offer come after The Secretary of State for DEFRA in June implemented a policy set down by the Chancellor to “pause” pay increases for most staff, and award £250 to those paid less then £24,000.

So far Environment agency have received a cumulative pay cut of over 20% since 2010.

Environment agency staff have been at the forefront of fighting the environmental emergencies in the UK, including the major flooding incidents over the last 20 months.

Staff were on hand at Todbrook Reservoir, Storms Ciara and Dennis in February 2020, and Storms Bella (over Christmas 2020) and Christoph in January 2021. 

At the time both the Environment secretary and the Prime Minister praised staff in their response to those incidents, but now expect them to take a pay cut for their bravery

GMB has demanded that the government change their approach, and are seeking an urgent meeting with the Environment secretary George Eustace to ensure that staff are paid the fair amount they deserve.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National officer said:

“Our members are appalled and angry that the Government have capped their pay.

“It shows a new level of disregard and contempt for first responders in an emergency such as a flood, chemical fire, or major pollution incident.

“EA staff were on the frontline saving lives and property when rivers burst their banks multiple times over the last decade and, we can expect more of their sacrifices in the coming years given the ravages of climate change.

“The Government must change its approach and provide funding to the EA to give everyone a pay rise”.



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