Injury and ill-health statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14. As a result, the cost to society from such injuries and new cases of ill health due to current working conditions is an estimated £14.2 billion (2012/13 figures based on 2012 prices), according to the latest annual statistics published by HSE today. Judith Hackitt, the chair of HSE, says that behind every number is the reality of a real person being killed or suffering injuries or ill health while simply doing their job.Read more
A recent ruling in the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that UK law in relation to the calculation of holiday pay is not in line with European law.
As paid holiday is a health and safety measure, members should not be deterred from taking holiday because they will be paid less than their normal pay.
For most members the calculation of holiday is straightforward and they receive the same pay for each week of holiday as they do for the rest of the year. But the position is more difficult where pay varies because of factors such as overtime, shift pay, commission and some allowances, but not expenses.Read more
GMB, the union for ex Remploy staff, commented on the first anniversary of the closure of the last of the 51 of 54 Remploy factories that shut down.
Remploy had 54 factories at Aberdare, Aberdeen, Abertillery, Acton, Ashington, Barking, Barrow, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Bridgend, Bristol, Burnley, Chesterfield, Cleator Moor, Clydebank, Coventry, Cowdenbeath, Croespenmaen, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Heywood, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Leven, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, Motherwell, Neath Port Talbot, Newcastle, North London, North Staffordshire, Norwich, Oldham, Penzance, Pontefract, Poole, Porth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Spennymoor, Springburn, Stirling, Sunderland, Swansea, Wigan,Worksop and Wrexham. All but 3 closed. Rempower Ltd took over the Remploy Automotive factories in Birmingham, Coventry and Derby.Read more
Join us for a free GMB Young Member social on Thursday 18 April at Henry Boons Function Room, 130 Westgate, Wakefield WF2 9SW, 7pm start. Anyone who is 27 and under is invited to attend. Under 18’s are also welcome at the venue. We encourage you to bring a friend. There will be live music from band ‘The Cheats’ who will also be partnered by DJ Wags. There will also be food provided and free drinks per person.Read more
The last Tory government attacked workers’ collective rights and this new one now plans to attack your individual rights. It is aiming to make it far harder for workers to get access to justice in the Employment Tribunals and shift power even further in favour of bad employers.Read more
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.
GMB is a campaigning union and we must be at the forefront of the fight to defend our public services. There needs to be major workplace campaigns mounted across the country to stop the mindless destruction of jobs and services. Our job is to speak to as many staff affected as possible, tell them GMB thinks these cuts are wrong and unfair and let them know what we plan to do about it where they work.Read more
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today issued county court proceedings against the British National Party in respect of its constitution and membership criteria. The court has set a date of Wednesday 2 September for a hearing for the Commission’s application for an injunction against the BNP.Read more