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GMB members Vote 87 percent to reject the NHS Pay Offer
Every Region voted by a substantial margin to reject, and the overall figures are    To reject 87.21%   To accept 12.79%   Thanks for all the work put in. A meeting will take place to determine next steps.    ...
GMB Congress 2018 successful, says regional secretary Paul McCarthy
“Delegates from the North West & Irish region are heading back today from Brighton following another successful GMB Congress. The annual event, which started on Sunday, took in 3 sectional conferences this year (Commercial Services, Manufacturing and Public Services) and more than 50 delegates from our region took part in shaping the industrial, political, and social policy of the union. Successful motions from our region included calling on the GMB to continue the 27 year fight in seeking justice for the families of those who died in the Hillsborough Disaster and to ensure the abhorrent way in which families and communities have been treated in recent years never happens again. Congress also elected a new President, Barbara Plant, following the sad passing of Mary Turner last year. Barbara was brought up on a South London council estate and was the first person in her family to go to university. A former teacher, Barbara took time out to have and look after her children, before returning to her children’s primary school as a teaching assistant - which is where she joined GMB, 20 years ago. Barbara takes up her position immediately and will receive the full support of the North West & Irish region”. Paul McCarthy, Regional Secretary...
ASDA Colleagues, have you lost hours on Step Up for your Pension?
Are you one of the Colleagues that is on Step Up for your Pension and have lost hours? If so please send us the following details:-Name, address, age, which store you work at, and how long you have worked for Asda.We need this information by Friday 15th June, please email giovanna.holt@gmb.org.uk.  ...
Awards at GMB Congress 2018 for Bob Welham and Alan Malcolm
GMB Congress 2018 Awards for Bob Welham and Alan Malcolm, Bob received the Special Retirement Award and Alan earned the Outstanding Activist Award....
GMB North West & Irish Region hosted the launch of GMB MAKING IT Campaign
On Tuesday 22nd May, the GMB North West & Irish Region hosted the launch of GMB MAKING IT Campaign, which is a National initiative being organised by the GMB Manufacturing Section. The event had a full house with over 60 people filling the Dougie Henry Education Suite at GMB Regional Office in Liverpool. The Event was Chaired by Andy Irving GMB Manufacturing National President and speakers include Kathleen Walkershaw GMB European Officer who gave an inciteful talk on the issues around Brexit and their potential impact on manufacturing in the region,  especially the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland border issues. Discussions were held on creating new regional manufacturing forums and work will begin on that over the summer. These forums will be the voice of the manufacturing members in the region and will feed into national manufacturing forums. The reason behind the campaign is that GMB is proud of our manufacturing members, proud of our heritage and ambitious for the future of manufacturing in the UK.  Some of the country’s best loved products are made by GMB members – but it’s fair to say that they don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Manufacturing needs to be at the heart of any industrial strategy if the Government is to build a strong and sustainable recovery. Politicians talk the talk, but that’s not enough. Who can forget the betrayal of Teeside Steelworks, the cancelling of the Sheffield Forgemasters loan or the devastation of a once-proud textiles industry? With real challenges on the horizon, we all need to stand up for manufacturing in the UK. Above all, we need to tackle the myth that Britain ‘doesn’t make things anymore.’ That’s why GMB has launched the We’re Making It campaign.  Celebrating our members’ achievements and diversity; campaigning to protect fair wages and high-skilled jobs. That’s what this campaign is all about. It’s time that manufacturing workers were given the support and recognition they deserve. GMB is right behind them.  The GMB Key demands call on all governments of the UK to: ·         Invest in manufacturing - and create an environment that encourages manufacturing employers to invest ·         Buy for Britain – we need a procurement strategy that supports UK industries and supported employment ·         Negotiate trade deals that deliver for workers and industry, avoiding damaging tariffs on British goods ·         Build strong UK-based supply chains to support local communities ·         Support equality and inclusion by tackling barriers to work wherever they exist ·         Invest in skills, research and development, and the technologies of tomorrow ·         Pursue a balanced energy policy that provides sustainability and security for the UK and our nations industries For more info on the campaign please click on the link below to the Making It website. This website has all the information and downloadble and printable resourses that were available to the Activists who attended. https://www.making-it.org.uk/ Contacts: Regional Manufacturing Senior organiser – neil.holden@gmb.org.uk National Secretary for Manufacturing – jude.brimble@gmb.org.uk...
GMB part of the solution at Liverpool City Council
Private companies delivering public services may be spivvs, ‘Don’t call it outsourcing – call it spivvery’. Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian Journal, April 24th, page 5. But the problem is the nature of the relationship created by contracts, which is a rent-seeking one. The returns enjoyed by many private companies are based on a management fee. Since Labour took over Liverpool City Council we have insourced some fifty million pounds worth of contracts for public services, from waste management and street cleaning to Highways and Liverpool Direct. In every area we have realized significant savings as a result. What has been striking is that while the savings on management fees have been substantial, productivity increases have been even bigger. In many of the services this has been achieved by reducing travelling time between jobs and thus increasing time spent directly working. In street cleaning a third of our workers were agency staff. Replacing these posts with full-time permanent posts saved money by eliminating agency fees and improved workers’ conditions. Why did the private companies who previously delivered these services not do this? Because management fees based on a percentage of the price of the contract meant the more it cost the more they got. None of this could have been achieved without support from the trades unions. In the street services I am responsible for we have adopted a stakeholder model with the GMB, meeting to discuss strategy on a regular basis. Most of the ideas for improved ways of working have come from the trades unions and the workforce. A stakeholder model and partnership with the trades unions must lie at the heart of the approach of the next Labour government in reversing decades of privatisation. We need their support to overcome the inevitable resistance and to create new forms of public ownership and control. Councillor Steve Munby Riverside Ward Labour Councillor Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods 11 Devonshire Road Liverpool L8 3TX Tel: 07769 678749...
GMB trade union Your Voice in ASDA - Pay Talks Update
The GMB negotiating team met with ASDA Logistics Services management on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May for further pay negotiations. Management put forward 3 pay increase proposals: Option 1 – 1.3% increase for 12 months Option 2 – 1.3% for 12 months, then an increase of 1.5% for 8 months (20 month deal) Option 3 – 1.3% 12 months, then an increase of 1.6% for 12 months (2 year deal) All three options would include the following change to terms and conditions In exchange for giving ALS employees a nominated day for 7 public holidays, excluding Christmas Day, employees would no longer receive sick pay for the first three days of absence and the number of weeks of sick pay entitlement would be cut from 26 weeks to 13 weeks. The sickness policy would also be rewritten. GMB Response The GMB negotiating team rejected all three options. All 3 proposals were a long way off our expectations. Our claim is for a substantial increase above the rate of inflation. Option 1 offered no new money, and options 2 & 3 were only increases of 0.2% or 0.3% on the first year. The current rate of annual inflation (RPI) is 3.3%. The ASDA offer is 2.9% for a two year deal or 2.1% less than the rate of inflation for a 1 year deal. We’re not interested in exchanging sick pay for the nominated day. The GMB negotiating team said GMB members want a cost of living pay rise that is not self-funded. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer...
JOIN THE PROTEST - PLEASE BRING UNION BANNERS/FLAGS
The far right group calling itself the 'Football Lads Alliance' (FLA) are holding a protest in Manchester on Saturday 19th May.  FLA protests have involved fascists such as EDL founder Tommy Robinson. JOIN THE MOBILISATION AGAINST THE ‘Football Lads Alliance’Saturday 19th May, 11.00 amPlease note new assembly point: St. Peter's Square, Manchester Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism are holding a demonstration to show opposition to the FLA in Manchester on that date. The mobilisation against the FLA is supported by: GMB North West & Irish Region; Neil Smith, Political Officer, GMB North West & Irish Region; 16 MPs; 2 MEPs; Richard Leese (Leader of Manchester City Council); 40 Manchester City Councillors; Show Racism the Red Card, and others. MPs who have signed the statement supporting the mobilisation in opposition to the FLA: Debbie Abrahams, Yvonne Fovargue, James Frith, Kate Green, Andrew Gwynne, Mike Kane, Barbara Keeley, Afzal Khan, John McDonnell, Liz McInnes, Jim McMahon MP, Jo Platt, Yasmin Qureshi, Angela Rayner, Jonathan Reynolds, & Jeff Smith. Dan Hett, brother of a Manchester attack victim and co-founder of Survivors Against Terror, is supporting our protest against the FLA.  Dan has said:  "The racist and Islamophobic Football Lads Alliance are planning on callously hijacking the anniversary of the attacks to march in Manchester.  No class.  No respect.  Not welcome." Link to FB event page here: CLICK HERE  The so-called 'Democratic FLA' - a split from the FLA - have now said that they will also be protesting in Manchester on Saturday 2nd June.  UAF and SUTR will be holding a protest against them on 2nd June, and we encourage everyone to join us on both 19th May and 2nd June.  For more info please contact 0750 737 3609 or  northwest@uaf.org.uk...