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
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
Talks have been continuing with the police employers during the preparation for our industrial action over the 2014 pay dispute. In order to enable these positive talks to continue, UNISON, Unite and GMB have asked the employers to extend the period in which we can call industrial action to the end of January. This extension has been agreed, and as a result we have agreed to withdraw the industrial action scheduled before Christmas.Read more
By 9.10am this morning staff and officers at GMB’s Wakefield office had raised £75 for the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Appeal, just by wearing a Christmas jumper and making a small donation to a fantastic cause. And it’s not too late to spread the ‘jumper joy’ and donate a few quid!! You can donate through the region by simply sending a cheque made payable to GMB (don’t forget to let us know who you are and to say it’s for the Christmas Jumper Appeal) and we will do the rest.Read more
Pay for full time workers in the lowest graded jobs including security guards, shelf fillers, hospital porters, kitchen and catering assistant jobs, waiters and waitresses and bar staff is still 12.6% below its value in 2007 says GMB. GMB is supporting Decent Jobs Week running from 15th to 21st December which is organized by the TUC with a series of events across England and Wales to raise awareness about workers in precarious and low paid jobs struggling to make ends meet.Read more
Green Co 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.Read more
GMB commented on the Autumn Statement delivered on 3rd December 2014 by George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary said “The so called “prudent” Mr Osborne will borrow more in five years at the Treasury than Labour chancellors he labels as profligate did in thirteen. The welcome increase in economic activity is partly linked to population growth as GDP per head is still 3% below 2007 levels. The real value of take home pay for workers is 13% below pre–recession levels while many of the new jobs are precarious and badly paid. If this is success I would not like to think what failure looks like.”Read more
GMB is organising a protest on Friday 5th December in South Elmsall, West Yorkshire in response to the report that NEXT offered Christmas jobs to Polish workers at the warehouse there before being advertised in Britain. This coincides with the national tour by Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott calling on NEXT to pay enough hours of work for people to live on and as a first step towards £10 per hour living wage pay £7.85 per hour and £9.20 per hour in London. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott tour reaches Yorkshire on 4th December when they play in Sheffield.Read more
Protest Over Next Not Offering Jobs In UK As Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbot Tour Supporting Next Workers Returns To Yorkshire
This gross abuse of UK and migrant workers by NEXT is not unique as union estimates show that one million workers are exploited as posted workers annually says GMB