After a week of negotiations with Govt we have emerged with a pay offer. The GMB committees agreed that should a pay offer emerge we would undertake a consultation of the membership. A pay offer has emerged. After discussions with the National Secretary, Brian Strutton we have recommended and agreed that whilst this consultation commences we suspend the NHS Strike in England. We remain in dispute in Northern Ireland.
It is fair to say the GMB NHS strike escalation, particularly in the ambulance service is what strengthened our bargaining position in these talks.
As we turn to the consultation there will be scheduled a special NHS meeting of reps. This will take place next Wednesday 4th February 11-3 at the GMB Euston office.
Further details to follow.
GMB, the union for NHS and ambulance staff, has issued the necessary formal notices to all relevant NHS employers for strike action on 29th January 2015 in the pay dispute in England and Northern Ireland. GMB also responded to the latest statement from Department of Health ahead of further talks to avert strike action.Read more
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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
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
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
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.”
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.