The combined experience of Unity and GMB will create a stronger more secure union for the benefit of all our members says Unity General Secretary. It was announced on 9th January 2015 that members of Stoke based ceramics union Unity had voted in favour of a merger with GMB. A majority of 93% voted in favour of the merger. Nearly 4,000 ballot papers were issued to members eligible to vote.Read more
People are being put off holding unfair employers to account by too high fees and a lack of awareness about support, Citizens Advice has found.
The report, “Fairer fees: fixing the employment tribunal system” found:
- more than 4 in 5 (82%) said the current fee prices would make them less likely to claim or deter them from claiming altogether
- the income of people with employment troubles highlighted the problems with the level of fees
- over 4 in 10 (43%) had a household income of less than £46 a week after essential bills
- only 3 in 10 (30%) were aware of elegible financial support for those on low incomes
- over half (53%) didn’t know what they could get out of making a claim and therefore whether it was financially worth their while
A new year, all exciting, but January can be a very stressful month financially for many the Guardian reported recently and millions fear missing January’s rent or mortgage payments, says Shelter.Read more
Regional Secretary Tim Roache commented, “The region has now grown for 7 consecutive years at a time when working people in particular are facing increasing attacks from a hostile ConDem government and unscrupulous employers. Those out of work and seeking employment are commonly retaining their membership for when they are succesful in gaining work. This all demonstrates the value of union membership whatever the right wing press might have you believe. It’s never been more important to be a GMB member.”
The government is being penny wise and pound foolish as money saved not fixing potholes leads to much more serious damage that can only be fixed at a much higher cost later says GMB, the union for highway maintenance workers, commenting on the announcement by Department of Transport that £6 billion will be spent on maintaining and improving local roads in the six years between 2015 and 2021.Read more
All GMB offices in the region will be closed from midday on 23rd December 2014 and reopen on 5th January 2015.
For any urgent employment related issues please contact your local workplace representative or branch official. For any urgent legal matters please call Unionline on 0300 333 0303 but please note that any administrative matters or enquiries will be referred back as they are unable to deal with these matters.
The regional secretary, Tim Roache, all full time officers and staff wish you all the best for the festive season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
As we reach the festive season and the promise of a brighter year in 2015 GMB continues to campaign for a better future for our members and their families. The continued growth of GMB this year, up by nearly 10,000 shows the ever growing reputation of a union fighting for its members and for the social justice so many in the United Kingdom are denied. GMB local and national representatives have won pay rises and working improvements despite political and management opposition. 2015 will show that more workplaces will refuse to accept living standards being cut or threats to job security.
Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists. Talks between GMB and lawyers representing construction employers (Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC) on a compensation scheme for 3,213 blacklisted workers broke down in June over the amount of money being put into the scheme by the employers. Employers have unilaterally launched a cut price scheme GMB estimates will cost less than 2% of the combined profits of the eight construction firms.Read more