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In Defence Of Public Services

IN DEFENCE OF PUBLIC SERVICES

The Tory-Lib Dem cuts to public services are vindictive and wrong. The Coalition Government is attacking the services it took years of Labour investment to rebuild. This cannot go unchallenged.

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GMB Seek Living Wage For Staff At Lloyds Bank In Leeds, Sheffield and Halifax

Mitie employ 600 staff working in Lloyds Banking Group corporate buildings across England, Scotland and Wales. The talks on April 29th will cover paying a living wage for staff on Lloyd Bank sites in Gloucester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newport, Swansea, Leeds, Sheffield, Halifax, Chester, Warrington, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Support Green Co Workers In Sheffield


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Green Co GMB members (Sheffield Household Waste Recycling Centres) are embroiled in a bitter battle after staff have been sacked or forced to leave their jobs in a long dispute about how the centres are being run.  Bullying, pay and poor welfare facilities are the key issues and in recent weeks the company has upped their use of zero hours contracts, ended of the living wage and threatened disciplinary action for the entire work-force for expressing an intention to take legitimate and lawful strike action. 

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Employers Named & Shamed For Not Paying National Minimum Wage Will Owe Holiday Pay Arrears

HMRC does not have enforcement powers to deal with holiday pay. Their powers are limited only to enforcing the national minimum wage for time spent at work. There is no enforcing body to oblige employers to pay holiday arrears. The only option open is for workers to take out Employment Tribunal claims to seek to recover unpaid wages. Many will be deterred by fees of up to £1,200 for employment tribunal claimants introduced by the outgoing government.

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Tories Plan A 40% Threshold For Strike Votes In The Public Sector

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “Only 16 out of 650 elected Members of Parliament secured the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in their parliamentary constituency area election in 2010.  Only 15 Tory MPs out of 303 secured that level of support. We will soon see the double standards in operation as if the Tories are returned again they will have no hesitation in forming a Government while not securing 40% support from the electorate.

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GMB Members at Cinch In Dispute With Employer Over Living Wage


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GMB members working at Cinch in Worksop unanimously voted in favour of a series of one day strikes in protest over their pay claim for the living wage (currently £7.85).  Today was their first day of action. 

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GMB Welcomes Labour Election Manifesto To Shield Workers From Exploitation

GMB welcomed the Labour Party election manifesto pledges on building an economy that works for working people. 

Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary said “At long last we have a major political party prepared to address and give rights to workers to shield them from exploitation in their workplaces.

Voters are faced with a stark choice - a party governing in the interest of corporate bosses with zero hours contracts and for tax breaks for the wealthy elite or a party seeking to provide rights and protection for working people.”

 


GMB About To Set Dates For Industrial Action Ballot

As of December 2014, the British Steel Pension Scheme had 143,000 members, with 17,004 making up employee members and 91,264 making up pensioner members. As of November 2014, the assets of the scheme were valued at around £13.6 billion and continue to increase..

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GMB Welcomes Labour Pledges On Workers’ Rights

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said, “At long last we have a major political party prepared to address and give rights to workers to shield them from exploitation in their workplaces. At long last the damage of zero hours contracts is to be addressed. This news will be welcomed by thousands of people for whom the world of work is a daily lottery. Voters are faced with a stark choice - a party governing in the interest of corporate bosses with zero hours contracts and for tax breaks for the wealthy elite or a party seeking to provide rights and protection for working people. Hopefully David Cameron will find himself on a zero hours contract come 8th May.”

This is the link for the work manifesto: http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/a-better-plan-for-britains-workplaces.


Labour Party Work Manifesto - A Better Plan For Britain’s Workplaces

Labour’s plan is based on a simple idea: that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed. The key tests of economic success aren’t statistics. They are the living standards, the security, and the hope for the future of working families. Fundamentally that is about a well-paid and rewarding world of work. For too many people in Britain, working life is characterised by insecurity. This is making it harder for families to make ends meet or balance their work commitments with family life. And it is limiting the ability of young people who struggle to find a decent job that sets them up for a career.

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