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ASDA - How changes to the Step-Up Pension will affect you
Below are the examples of how ASDA changes to the pension scheme will affect colleagues who were paying into the Step-Up Pension Scheme. You will see from the illustrations that there is a significant reduction in ASDA contributions and the amount of money going in to your pension, and although there are transitional payments, these will come to an end and colleagues will receive a smaller pension when they retire or have to put more money in themselves to make up for the ASDA shortfall. We believe this is unacceptable. ASDA colleagues deserve a good pension and ASDA has the ability to pay. Step Up Impact April 2018 – March 2019 Pensionable Pay £1,200 Pre-April 2018 2% matched       £24.00 colleague/ASDA £48.00 total contributions Post-April 2018  Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) Applied 3% colleague      £22.44 (-£1.56) 2% ASDA              £14.96 (-£9.04) £37.40 total contributions Total Difference -£10.60 per 4 weekly pay period + £117.52 transitional payment (May 19) Pensionable Pay £2,000 Pre-April 2018 2% matched       £40.00 colleague/ASDA £80.00 total contributions Post-April 2018  LEL Applied 3% colleague      £46.44 (+£6.44) 2% ASDA              £30.96 (-£9.04)) £77.40 total contributions Total Difference -£2.60 per 4 weekly pay period + £117.52 transitional payment (May 19) Pensionable Pay £1,600 Pre-April 2018 3% matched       £48.00 colleague/ASDA £96.00 total contributions Post-April 2018  LEL Applied 3% colleague      £34.44 (-£13.56) 2% ASDA              £22.96 (-£25.04) £57.40 total contributions Total Difference -£38.60 per 4 weekly pay period + £352.52 transitional payment (May 19) Pensionable Pay £2,000 Pre-April 2018 3% matched       £60.00 colleague/ASDA £120.00 contributions Post-April 2018  LEL Applied 3% colleague      £46.44 (-£13.56) 2% ASDA              £30.96 (-£29.04) £77.40 total contributions Total Difference -£42.60 per 4 weekly pay period + £377.52 transitional payment (May 19)...
GMB Young Members raising awareness for their campaign “Wages Not Based on Ages”
On Saturday 7th April 2018, Young Members from all Regions gathered in Birmingham City Centre before their National Young Members Network meeting to raise awareness of this year’s priority campaign “Wages Not Based on Ages”. Armed with postcards and pens, our passionate Young Members had conversations with people of all ages, gathering signatures ahead of the second reading of the National Living Wage (Extension to Young People) Bill in Parliament on 6th July 2018, asking MPs to vote IN FAVOUR of the extension. The “Wages Not Based on Ages” campaign focuses on ending the pay discrimination young people are facing and hopes to make hourly wage banding for different ages a thing of the past. 'It's ridiculous how those who are aged 18-24 are often paid up to 46% less than co-workers for completing the same jobs. I am campaigning for a Living Wage for all as all workers have the right to a well-paid job no matter their age" – Ruth Pitchford, Chair of the Young Members Network Currently, young people can be paid up to 46% less* for doing the same roles as people aged 25 and above and the National Living Wage does not apply to under 25’s, meaning that younger, sometimes more experienced, workers are paid less than their older colleagues doing the same job. After conversations with the public in Birmingham, it became apparent that this was something the public are happy to support and the feedback on the day was positive and inspiring; with some parents telling their children they were signing the postcards to help them in the future whilst others were encouraging their teenage children to sign the postcards themselves. Afterwards, it was agreed at the Network meeting that a National Campaign Day of Action would be the next step to grow the campaign with all regions going out to gather signatures and raise awareness in their own areas. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Young Members Network via social media or follow this link to the regions Young Members section on the regional website CLICK HERE (*Based on the current minimum wage for people aged 16-17)...
ASDA announce consultation has stopped and security colleagues are no longer in consultation
In mid-February ASDA tabled proposals which included the restructuring of hours and outsourcing security in supermarkets to Cardinal.  This has been a worrying and stressful time for all concerned. GMB argued throughout the collective consultation process that supermarket security should remain in-house.  We are glad to report that ASDA has listened to representations and will not be going forward with the present proposals.  This means the consultation has stopped and security colleagues are no longer in consultation.  This is good news....
GMB regional Young Members AGM date set, Committee Roles up for election
The regions Young Members are an active group in our region, tackling issues that affect young members and driving new ideas for our trade union. New members are welcome. The GMB North West and Irish Region Young members AGM will take place at The Mechanics Institute  103 Princess Street (Major Street Entrance) Manchester M1 6DD on Wednesday 25th April at 7-00pm in the Purcell room. In order for our Northern Ireland Young Members to play a part in the region, a meeting will take place in our Holywood office at 6pm on Monday 23rd April. If you are attending on the night please confirm by contacting the GMB Holywood office on 02890393340. As it is the AGM there are committee roles up for Election, please see below what roles are available and what is expected if you decide to go for any of the roles on offer. If you are interested in any of the roles, please click on the survey monkey link and complete the questionnaire. Even if you can’t attend on the night, but would be interested in a committee role, then you can still follow the link and take part in the Elections. Elected Roles Chair Secretary Communications Officer    If you are attending on the night, please RSVP as soon as possible so that we select a room that is suitable for the meeting. Once we have a rough guide on the number of delegates there will be an Agenda sent out. Neil Smith Regional Political Officer GMB North West & Irish Region 108 Union Street Oldham OL1 1DU neil.smith@gmb.org.uk 0161 627 3062 GMB Young Members Regional Executive Committee - Role Descriptions   Chair   The GMB Young Members North West and Irish Committee has one Chair. The role is linked with the Secretary, the Chair’s main role is to provide leadership to the committee, be the main representative of GMB North West and Irish Young Members and give steer to the work of the Region. Responsibilities include:   ·         To effectively network and apply strategy ·         To ensure that the network's constitution is followed ·         To ensure that meetings are planned and chaired effectively  ·         To ensure that matters are dealt with in an orderly and efficient manner ·         To review the network's performance in line with the objectives of the constitution ·         To liaise between the committee, regions and regional/national officers ·         To deal with any internal issues within the region where appropriate ·         To represent the committee as it’s figurehead where appropriate, such as speaking at conferences/events       Secretary   The GMB Young Members Regional Committee has one secretary. The role is linked with the Chair, the Secretary coordinates the work of the GMB North West and Irish Young Members Networ und undertakes most of the administrative work of the committee.   Responsibilities include:   ·         Taking minutes at meetings ·         Sending minutes to young members & other interested parties ·         Arrange meetings with Region ·         Dealing with any internal communications such as national, young members queries & regional equality officers ·         Assisting the chair in any duties that may need to be undertaken ·         Attending meetings & being a proactive voice for young workers ·         Helping with campaign planning & other activities  ·         Liaising with other campaign groups to build support around common campaigns ·         Acting as chair when chair is not available ·         Being a good positive face of the union & young members ·         Liaising with Regional Office     Communications Officer   The GMB Young Members Regional Network Committee has two Communications Officer positions available, with one position reserved for a woman member. The Communications Officer works to make the voice of the GMB North West and Irish Young Members Network heard on young workers issues and that our campaigns and events are publicised externally when necessary.   Responsibilities includes:   ·         Ensuring Regional GMB Young Members online media platforms active and up-to-date such as our website, social media pages and any other online sites created by the National GMB Young Members Network. This includes regularly publishing content (news, images, videos) and passing on online queries from GMB members and members of the public to the Chair and Secretary.   ·         Real time coverage our events and activities on social media when required e.g. live tweets and Facebook posts of campaign action or events on the day.   ·         Working with the GMB Regional Press Office to prepare for any press media opportunities and coverage of our national campaigns and young workers issues, including helping to draft press releases and be a point of contact for journalist enquiries if required.   ·         Assisting the Chair in developing good external relations with other young workers’ groups and partners in the trade union and labour movement.  ...
GMB trade union lodges Failure to Agree on behalf of ASDA members
GMB has submitted a failure to agree on behalf of GMB members employed in ASDA Distribution and Retail. We welcome the news that those currently in the Step Up Scheme will retain 4x death in service and TUPE transferred staff will maintain their current entitlement. However, GMB believes, at least 4x death in service should be an option for all hourly paid colleagues. From April 2018, hourly paid colleagues will be expected to pay more in to their pension. ASDA has previously matched pension contributions, but this will no longer be the case. At a time when incomes are being squeezed and people’s standard of living and disposable incomes are falling, asking people to contribute more, but get less from ASDA, is unacceptable. This is in effect a pay cut. The move away from matched pension contributions is seen by GMB members as detrimental, unfair and a retrograde step. ASDA has also taken away choice. It’s closing the Step Up scheme, so it is now the statutory minimum Start pension, or nothing. ASDA’s current pension provision compares poorly with its competitors and the pension changes will widen the gap still further. The introduction of the lower earnings threshold hits the lowest paid, predominately part time, women workers the hardest. GMB believes the pension changes increase inequality and the overall gender pay gap. ASDA is a very large and profitable retailer. Pensions cost ASDA less than 1.5% of their total wage bill. ASDA has the ability to pay and should invest in its colleagues and their futures. The ASDA pension issue has stirred emotions and brought passions to the surface. GMB is not prepared to accept a “levelling down” or a race to the bottom. ASDA colleagues deserve a good pension scheme, now and for the future. For all these reasons, GMB has lodged a failure to agree and started the disputes process. If you or a member of your family works at ASDA and not yet a GMB trade union member, you can join us online today...
ASDA - WYTHENSHAWE STORE 4210
Workplace: B0174/42First name: IanSurname: WhittakerYesTelephone: 0161 435 3400Yesimage: ...
ASDA - WINSFORD STORE 4930
Workplace: B0174WIFirst name: DoreenSurname: GoochYesTelephone: 01606 553617image: ...
ASDA - WIGAN SUPERCENTRE 4611
Workplace: B0174WGFirst name: ThomasSurname: CadmanYesTelephone: 07912 286108Yesimage: ...
ASDA - WIDNES STORE 5818
Workplace: H0174/15First name: AnnaSurname: HarrisonYesEmail: annaharrison17@yahoo.co.ukTelephone: 07495 254207Yesimage: ...
ASDA - WARRINGTON STORE 4626
Workplace: B0174WAFirst name: LyndaSurname: SmithYesTelephone: 01925 659777image: ...