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REASONS TO JOIN GMB

REASONS TO JOIN GMB

GMB London Region Offices

Chelmsford ~ 01245 345165
Gants Hill ~ 020 8518 9200
Hayes ~ 020 8756 0276
Hendon ~ 020 8202 8272
Luton ~ 01582 404842
Norwich ~ 01603 626492/625260
Southend ~ 01702 390512
GMB Academies Members Helpline
0800 035 6406
Unionline ~ Members Legal Helpline
0300 333 0303

Political

GMB want to help our members get involved in politics at all levels. Standing for your local council in devolved elections, for Westminster or European Parliaments are good ways of making sure that the views of ordinary working people are heard in the corridors of power.
Email: Gary Doolan Tel. 020 7391 6748

Thinking of Joining

If you are an existing member or thinking about joining the GMB and would like to speak to one of our Organising Team officers first. Please complete our

workplace request for support

form if you think that there is a possibility of increasing GMB membership or, you would like us to assist in developing GMB organisation and representational structures where you work.

Retiring from Work

You don't have to give up GMB because you have retired from work. The GMB Retired Members Association (RMA) is just for retired members who want to continue their GMB work. As of 1 July 2015, Retired Life Membership is free as long as you retire permanently from work, have 5 years membership and apply within 3 months from your last contribution. You become a life member of GMB RMA and join thousands of other GMB members who have lots of spare time to organise and be involved in GMB campaigns and activities.

Representation & Negiotiation

Experienced GMB Organisers can arrange to represent members at their workplace if necessary and can all upon specialist legal advice on members' behalf for matters such as Employment Tribunals.

Phone GMB London Region Office on 020 8202 8272.

Health & Safety at Work

For a comprehensive support and guidance service including visits and inspection of GMB members workplaces, phone 020 8202 8272 and get expert advice from our specialist GMB Health & Safety Officers.

It is recognised that you are 50% safer at work if you have a union to support you.

Legal Compensation

With years of experience, professionally trained and motivated representatives, staff and solicitors, you are in good hands. The GMB legal services recover millions of pounds each year for members and their families without members paying a penny more than their monthly contributions.

Brighter Prospects

Workers in unionised workplaces are more likely to receive job related training than their counterparts in non-union workplaces. The GMB has thousands of Learning Representatives who can unlock the door to education for you – whether it's training to get more pay, a better job or just learning something that is of personal interest to you.

Better and Safer Pension

Trade unions have won better occupational pensions for part-time workers and we have forced the Government to set up a pension protection fund which means if your pension scheme goes bust you are fully protected.

More to Say

People working in unionised workplaces are twice as likely to have a say through consultative committees as people in non-union workplaces. Regular meetings with management are more likely where unions are present and the GMB will be working hard to ensure that employers comply with laws on information and consultation which mean you get a say in your workplace.

Strong Political Voice

The GMB, working with other unions, has won 56 new commitments out of the previous Labour Government, including the right to five weeks paid holiday each year, excluding bank holidays, greater pension protection, the extension of protection pay and conditions in public services, and a procurement policy that will safeguard jobs and skills in manufacturing.

Job Security

Non-union members are twice as likely to be sacked as members.

Better Pay

Workers who belong to a trade union are paid about 8% more than non union workers in comparable jobs.

HOW TO JOIN GMB

HOW TO JOIN GMB

HOW TO JOIN THE GMB UNION

Join Online Today

Click on the link below to go to the secure online application form on the main GMB website which will take you around 10 minutes to complete. Before you begin make sure you have your bank account details to hand to complete the direct debit form.



Join by Post

Click on the link below to download a GMB Membership form from the main GMB website which you can print off, complete and either hand to your local GMB representative or Freepost back to us.



Join GMB Form in 4 Languages

Click on the link below to download a GMB Membership form in 4 other Languages

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GMB PRICES

GMB MEMBERSHIP PRICES

GMB is the UK's third largest, trade union and probably the fastest growing with a 15% increase in members in real terms in the last five years.

WORKING FULL TIME MORE THAN 20 HOURS A WEEK



12.14

Month

If you work in a school please check the current GMB rate with your local GMB office.

Other rates available for:

Apprentices = £2 per month

Students who are in employment will continue to pay the rate applicable to their employment and hours of work.

WORKING PART TIME LESS THAN 20HRS A WEEK



7.15

Month

And for GMB members under 18 years.

If you work in a school please check the current GMB rate with your local GMB office.

Non-working Students = £1 per month

Sick and unemployed members = 5p per week.

RETIRING FROM WORK




Free

Terms Apply

Retired Life Membership is free

As long as you retire permanently from work

Have 5 years membership

Apply within 3 months from your last contribution

RETIRING FROM WORK

RETIRING FROM WORK

Retired Life Membership

As of 1 July 2015, Retired Life Membership is free as long as you retire permanently from work, have 5 years membership and apply within 3 months from your last contribution.

CONTACT

Should you require any further information please
contact Tony Warr on tony.warr@gmb.org.uk

CALL

Alternatively contact Jerry Nelson, GMB National Coordinator

E.mail jerry.nelson@gmb.org.uk
Tel: 0207 391 6700 or
0207 391 6721
Mobile: 07958 156846

NATIONAL

Alternatively contact Monica Smith,
GMB RMA National Secretary
210 Moor Road,
Chorley,
Lancs,
PR7 2NT

RMA ASSOCIATION


Members of the GMB who are about to retire or have retired can retain their GMB membership.

To apply, once you have retired please email us to advise that you have retired on _ _/_ _/_ _ _ _ and you would like to apply for Retired Life Membership. We would then change over and no more direct debits would be collected.

As for benefits, you will continue to be able to use our legal services through Unionline which includes Personal Injury claims for you and your family, free wills service and other legal services. We also offer other benefits such as a funeral benefit for your Next of Kin/Beneficiary which is currently £350 and other smaller benefits such as home and car insurance. As for comparing to being at work, well of course you would not require representation/workplace advice, so you would still be able to receive all the benefits you are entitled to now, apart from ones which you would require when working.

The GMB Retired Members' Association (RMA) aims to:

Provide practical assistance in the recruitment, retention and organisation of objectives of the GMB wherever and whenever possible;
Campaign on behalf of retired GMB members, and thus bring about dignity in retirement;
Work in partnership with like minded pensioner groups whenever it is appropriate to do so; and
Comply at all times with the equal opportunity policies of the GMB.

A life time membership card will be sent and this ensures that members can continue to receive and use all the benefits and services as before.
In addition, retired members have access to the regional and national structures, involvement in campaigns.
All Branches should affiliate to the National RMA for an annual affiliation fee paid on an annual basis. The money is used to fund campaigns on issues affecting retired members and to help achieve their aims in bringing about a more balanced and fair society. Cheques should be made payable to the RMA.
The National RMA Committee meets quarterly, with an AGM in March of each year. In addition, there is an annual conference held in June with branch delegates elected at Regional RMA Conference held in January.
There are over 100 branches currently affiliated in the London Region and their fees help support campaigns to improve pensions and pensioners' rights. The committee organises lobbies of MPs and rallies and these events are advertised in the newsletter and through the branch structure.

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WORKPLACE REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

REQUEST FOR WORKPLACE SUPPORT

If you are an existing member or thinking about joining the GMB and would like to speak to one of our Organising Team officers first, please complete the following information below.
Please also complete this form if you think that there is a possibility of increasing GMB membership or, you would like us to assist in developing GMB organisation and representational structures where you work.
Alternatively for further help and advice call the regional office on 020 8202 8272.

Are you an existing GMB Member
Are you a GMB Rep or Workplace contact
Are your Workplace Colleagues interested in joining the GMB
Please Note this form is sent via your email address which must be typed in the Email Address box






GMB ~ OUR SERVICES

OUR SERVICES

GMB is your union. It is not out to make a fast buck, its job is to provide the best services in the country to GMB members.

Members Legal Help

You can call us about any employment law or personal injury law problem and we will provide legal advice if you are a GMB member.

Our employment law service provides complete advice and representation to GMB members at no cost. Call 0300 333 0303

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Equality Survey

Take part in our Equality Survey, this information is vital to our union in making sure that we are representative of our members.

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GMB Equality

Our Self-organised groups are confidential, safe-spaces for members who want to talk about their issues and campaign together. The strands are:

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Thinking of Joining

We provide many services and benefits to our members for a small monthly cost. Not sure, fill out our

for a member of our organising team to contact you and discuss our membership benefits.

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Motor Legal Services

If you are involved in a non fault accident, your UNIONLINE Motor Legal Service provides a replacement vehicle, organise and handle the repairs, as well as dealing with the recovery of all losses and handling any personal injury claim

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Hearings and Appeals

Workers have the right to be accompanied at grievance and disciplinary hearings and appeals, even if their employer does not recognise GMB.

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Your Civil Rights

Every worker has the fundamental civil right to join GMB, and to take part in its activities. Nor can an employer offer better terms and conditions to non-members than to GMB members.

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Cash Benefit

GMB can help by paying members the following benefits. Weekly Accident Benefit for up to 13 weeks, Permanent Total Disablement Grant, Occupational Fatal Accident Benefit, Non-occupational Fatal Accident Benefit and Victimisation Benefit.

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Motor Legal Services

UNIONLINE Motor Legal Service is available to GMB members and their families free of charge for if you need to make a motor Service claim following an accident or damage to your vehicle.

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Social Security Advice

Free help with queries about pensions, industrial injuries, sickness, unemployment and all other benefits. Free help if you need to appeal against a DSS decision.

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Strike or Industrial Action

The law requires unions to hold fully postal ballots of members before calling a strike or other industrial action.

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Unionline

Worried about debt, or a bad landlord? Call UNIONLINE 0300 333 0303

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BENEFITS OF GMB MEMBERSHIP

BENEFIT OF GMB MEMBERSHIP

The GMB have sort companies that may be able to give you help or special discounts. An extra benefit to joining the GMB.

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GMB App
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GMB JOHN COPE TRUST TRAINING FUND

(Available to London Region members only)

Established in 1997 the John Cope Trust offers Branch members in the London Region, in need of additional financial assistance, wishing to undertake additional training or further education. This may be vocational, occupational or linked to the Labour or Trade Union movements.
The Trust recognises that while members have the dedication and commitment to pursue their objectives it is often financial challenges which cause the greatest difficulty and can be an overriding barrier to achieving these goals.
The specific aims of the trust are:

To be open to all members, even those who are unemployed or retired from affiliated Branches;

Offer equal access regardless of personal status;

Provide sponsorship for non-residential courses;

Seek to provide real financial assistance for the duration of the course;

Cover enrolment fees, travel and material expenses;

Promote education which will benefit the trade Union and Labour movement;

To be flexible in its delivery and approach; and

To monitor, encourage and promote the individual's success

Contact

Contact Suzanne Louka in the Education Department for an application form on 020 8202 8272.

 

The Trust aims to try and remove this burden and, in turn, help our members achieve their full potential.

 

All sponsorship is awarded on merit and commitment.

 

A set of criteria, such as length of union membership, activity within the union and/or community, type of course and previous access to education are taken into consideration by a panel of Trustees.

Member's Requirements

All members of London Region affiliated Branches, upon completion of an application form, can apply for sponsorship via their local Branch meeting. Once endorsed by the Branch in writing, the application can be forwarded to Regional Office and a date will be set to attend an interview with the Trust Panel.

There is no charge to members of affiliated Branches and the only conditions for application and sponsorship are:

Letter of endorsement from the Branch

Continued membership of the GMB (subscriptions maintained at the appropriate rate)

Report on course progress to Region at set intervals

Provision of receipts as necessary

Permission to use sponsorship in recruitment literature on behalf of the Region

Agreement to return any monies not used for the purpose granted by the Trustees

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GMB VALUES

ABOUT GMB VALUES

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Investment in Jobs

Best Practice for Terms and Conditions of Employment

Decent Housing for all

A Health Service that we can all access and of which
we can be justly proud.

An Education System that gives all children an
equitable and decent start in life, not based on wealth
and privilege.

A Pension Scheme that fairly rewards all people for a
lifetimes work.

A society that values everybody free from racial, religious,
and class privilege.

Our values are not the Tory values.

GMB & POLITICAL

POLITICAL

GMB want to help our members get involved in politics at all levels. Standing for your local council in devolved elections, for Westminster or European Parliaments are good ways of making sure that the views of ordinary working people are heard in the corridors of power.

POLITICAL ACTIVIST

GMB recently agreed that every branch should have it's own political activist, linking into the work the London Region are doing. If you want more information on what this role will mean please email politicallondon@gmb.org.uk

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POLITICAL TRAINING

There is also political training available for branches and activists who want to get active to register for this, please contact politicallondon@gmb.org.uk

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MP CONTACT

To obtain the name and address of your local MP, call the House of Commons on 0207 219 4272 or look online at www.findyourmp.parliament.uk

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WRITE TO THEM

http://www.writetothem.com A quick and easy way to write to your local councillor, MP or MEP etc. You don't need to know their names or addresses as this is all available via the site. You type your letter in the form provided on the site (including spelling checks) and email your letter directly to your chosen public servant.

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NATIONAL TEAM

The National Political Team are here to help you through the process of standing in elections. Please click here to visit the National Political web page for more information.

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POLITICAL ARENA

As well as the industrial activities which the union takes forward, we are also very active in the political arena.

AFFILIATION

The GMB has a proud history of working as an affiliate member of the Labour Party - fighting for fairness, equality and social justice on important issues like the rights of workers and housing.

Labour Candidates Programme

Download ~ Candidates Form

Affiliated Supporters

JOIN LABOUR PARTY

Please visit http://tujoin.labour.org.uk/tu to join the Labour Party.

Once you have joined the Labour Party you can start changing its policies to reflect the things that you believe need to be done to make things better for the ordinary working people and GMB members in the UK.

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POLITICAL FORUM

The London Region have a now established and very active Political Forum. The Committee consists of a number of people who each bring their own expertise and experience to the Forum and meet on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of political issues.

The Committee Consists of:-

  • Gary Doolan - Chair
  • John Cope - Vice Chair
  • Vaughan West - Branch Secretary
  • Warren Kenny - Senior Officer Luton
  • Shaun Graham - Senior Officer Hayes
  • Tony Warr - Senior Officer Hendon
  • Dave Powell - Senior Officer Chelmsford
  • Keith Williams - Senior Organiser Gants Hill
  • Richard O'Leary - Officer
  • Vacant position - Officer and Schools Board
  • Paul Ward - Head of Education and Training
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GMB LONDON REGION MP's

There are over 80 MP's who are members of the GMB. 10 of these are London Region Members:-

Through our Parliamentary Group we lobby Government and MP's over policies and issues that affect GMB members. If you have any concerns you would like to raise please contact your Officer or the MP direct.

To contact a GMB MP just click on their name below and an E.mail address will pop up, or you can telephone the House of Commons on 0207 219 3000.

In the London Region:-

 

GMB MP's have helped raise a wide variety of issues and therefore it is always worth copying your Officer into any communication that you send to an MP as we may be able to assist further.

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Political Activists Sign up

GMB has its regional political activists list, which you can become a part of. This means you can be kept up to date with political activity happening in the London region.

Please fill in your details below to be added to the list.

Please Note this form is sent via your email address which must be typed in the Email Address box





GMB LATEST NEWS

Numbers On Zero Hours Contracts In UK Grows By 47,323 To 744,442 In Six Months

2 September 2015

The deal employers are offering workers is seriously decreased while workers often have little alternative but to accept what is on offer but workers are fighting back says GMB

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GMB SECURITY SCANNERS STRIKE AT STANSTED TO GO AHEAD ON MONDAY 31ST AUGUST IN PAY DISPUTE AS MITIE REFUSES TALKS AT ACAS

27 August 2015

Maybe Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO of Mitie Group PLC, who is on the list of peers announced today, has been too busy getting close to the Tory Party to tell her managers to get around the table to avoid disruption at Stansted says GMB
The strike on Monday 31st August by 30 GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at London Stansted Airport will now go ahead in a dispute over pay.

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GMB CALL ON MITIE TO ATTEND ACAS TALKS TO AVERT FURTHER SECURITY SCANNERS STRIKE AT STANSTED ON 31ST IN AUGUST IN PAY DISPUTE

26 August 2015

Mitie refusal of talks at ACAS shows that the company disregard for their employees also applies to their customers says GMB
GMB is calling in Mitie to attend talks at ACAS to avert a further strike on Monday 31st August by 30 GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at London Stansted airport in a dispute over pay.
These members took strike action over a single shift on Sunday 23rd.

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GMB SUPPORT CALL BY CARE EMPLOYERS FOR ADEQUATE FUNDING TO PAY LIVING WAGE AND PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY CARE

26 August 2015

We need action from the Chancellor in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review to make funds available to pay increases in living wage says GMB
GMB, the union for care staff, commented on the letter written by five of the biggest care home providers in the UK to Chancellor George Osborne dated 20th August on the planned increase in the national living wage.
A new National Living Wage is intended to come into force from April 2016 for workers of 25 and over, initially paid at £7.20 per hour and increasing to £9.00 per hour by 2020.

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GMB SECURITY SCANNER OPERATORS AT STANSTED AIRPORT TO STRIKE ON 23RD AND 31ST IN AUGUST IN PAY DISPUTE

18 August 2015

Mitie shareholders saw a 7% increase in dividends for 2014 and Mitie achieved a 13.5% increase in profits after tax which compares to 1.5% pay offer rejected by members says GMB

30 GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at London Stansted airport have given notice to their employer Mitie that they will take strike action on Sunday 23rd and Monday 31st August in a dispute over pay.

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Stand up to Your Landlord

18 August 2015

GMB is hosting a special event. Women suffer the effects of the housing crisis more than men. We are at the forefront of the fight for the Housing Justice. Speak ers and Workshops from key women in the battle for Housing Equality.

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GMB CALL ON RYANAIR AT STANSTED NOT TO BAR DISABLED PASSENGERS FORM FLIGHTS BECAUSE OF FAILINGS OF ITS OWN DEPARTURE PROCEDURES

11 Aug 2015

GMB completely understands the need for all flights to depart on time but it is unacceptable to blame and punish disabled passengers for the arrangements entirely outside of their control

GMB, the union for airport ground support staff, is calling on Ryanair to change its policy on disabled passenger boarding as in recent weeks disabled passengers who have arrived at the boarding gate on time have been refused travel if they are unable to board the flight without assistance.

Stansted airport contractor Omniserv holds the contract to assist disabled passengers to board flights.

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Retired Membership Rule Changes

11 Aug 2015

As of 1 July 2015, Retired Life Membership is free as long as you retire permanently from work, have 5 years membership and apply within 3 months from your last contribution.

To apply, once you have retired please email us to advise that you have retired on _ _/_ _/_ _ _ _ and you would like to apply for Retired Life Membership. We would then change over and no more direct debits would be collected.

As for benefits, you will continue to be able to use our legal services through Unionline which includes Personal Injury claims for you and your family, free wills service and other legal services. We also offer other benefits such as a funeral benefit for your Next of Kin/Beneficiary which is currently £350 and other smaller benefits such as home and car insurance. As for comparing to being at work, well of course you would not require representation/workplace advice, so you would still be able to receive all the benefits you are entitled to now, apart from ones which you would require when working.

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LEIGH DAY LEGAL ACTION FOR GMB UBER DRIVERS TO SECURE RIGHTS ON PAY, HOLIDAYS, HEALTH AND SAFETY, DISCIPLINE AND GRIEVANCES

30 July 2015

The Uber assertion that drivers are "partners" who are not entitled to rights at work normally afforded to workers will be legally contested in court says GMB

GMB, the union for professional drivers, has instructed Leigh Day to take legal action in the UK on behalf of members driving for Uber on the grounds that Uber is in breach of a legal duty to provide them with basic rights on pay, holidays, health and safety and on discipline and grievances.

GMB is contesting the Uber assertion that drivers are "partners" so are not entitled to rights normally afforded to workers. Uber operates a car hire platform that connects passengers to thousands of drivers through an app on the passenger's smartphone.

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High Court Orders Construction Firms To Search For Documents On Secretive Blacklisting Activities Inside The Companies

30 July 2015

Key individuals, who up to now have hidden inside the construction firms, will have to explain in detail how the blacklist was serviced and operated by them says GMB

Following a hearing in the High Court on 16 July 2015, the application for disclosure of documents on behalf of blacklisted workers, including 126 GMB members, was successful. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the hearing in the High Court.

The claims for compensation were served by law firm Leigh Day for GMB members on 27th November 2013. GMB's claims were joined with a further 449 claims by other unions and parties at a High Court Hearing in July 2014. There was a directions hearing on all 571 cases beginning on 17th December 2014, 13th February, 14th May and 14 July 2015.

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GMB EVENTS CALENDAR

GMB LONDON REGION EVENTS CALENDAR

To view the GMB events calendar please visit using a desktop or alternatively click here to be redirected.