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Important Notice - Central Bedfordshire Living Wage Campaign

GMB petition to campaign for the implementation of a Living Wage at Central Bedfordshire Council

26 June 2015
The council has agreed to set the petition up on their own website and the closing date to reach 100+ signatures is 24th July 2015

If this campaign is successful it would secure a minimum hourly pay rate of £7.85 for anyone currently below this rate and would see Central Bedfordshire council join the growing list of employers who have already signed up to pay their staff a Living Wage.

To visit the e-petition and show your support click http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/modgov/mgEpetitionlistdisplay.aspx?bcr=1

408,700 IN WORK FAMILIES IN LONDON FACE CUTS TO £141.25 AVERAGE WEEKLY TAX CREDITS AS CAMERON AND OSBORNE BRIEF IN ADVANCE OF JULY 8TH BUDGET

26 June 2015
Government must raise tax thresholds and insist that employers pay a living wage to compensate for the losses for these lower paid workers says GMB

GMB is calling on Government to raise tax thresholds and insist that employers pay a living wage to compensate 408,700 in-work families in London who face cuts to the average of £141.25 weekly tax credits they now receive. In London the total paid is £3 billion per year.

Over the weekend Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne stepped up press briefings on in advance of in the post-election budget on July 8th. See notes to editors for article in FT dated 22nd June and Sunday Times dated 21st June.

267,100 IN WORK FAMILIES IN EAST OF ENGLAND FACE CUTS TO £121.58 AVERAGE WEEKLY TAX CREDITS AS CAMERON AND OSBORNE BRIEF IN ADVANCE OF JULY 8TH BUDGET

26 June 2015
Government must raise tax thresholds and insist that employers pay a living wage to compensate for the losses for these lower paid workers says GMB

GMB is calling on Government to raise tax thresholds and insist that employers pay a living wage to compensate 267,100 in-work families in the East of England who face cuts to the average of £121.58 weekly tax credits they now receive. In the region the total paid is £1.6 billion per year.

Over the weekend Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne stepped up press briefings on in advance of in the post-election budget on July 8th. See notes to editors for article in FT dated 22nd June and Sunday Times dated 21st June.

GMB CARE WORKERS IN HAVERING FACE MASSIVE PAY CUTS AS A RESULT OF REDUCTIONS IN LOCAL AUTHORITY BUDGETS

Members are outraged at proposals from Outlook Care and if the offer is not improved the union will seriously consider further action says GMB Outlook Care in Havering in London propose to cut wages for care workers by between £3,000 and £10,000 a year as a result of the latest round of government cuts in funding to local authorities.

The local Council in Havering has slashed funding for supported living. The hourly rate the Council pay for these services is now half the payment made a year ago. Outlook Care are seeking to pass these cuts in funding directly on to their staff

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NJC TRADE UNION SIDE PAY CLAIM 2016-2017

We are writing to submit the following NJC Trade Union Side pay claim for 2016/17:

1. Deletion of NJC and all local pay points which fall below the level of the UK Living Wage (and deletion of GLPC pay points below London Living Wage) and a flat rate increase of £1 per hour on all other pay points
2. Retention and protection of Green Book Part 2 terms and conditions
3. Fair treatment for school support staff through a joint review of term time working

LOCAL GOVERNEMENT AND SCHOOL STAFF – NEW PAY CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

Following on from the agreement between GMB and the other local government unions to open the 2016/17 pay round as early as possible, the trade union side of the National Joint Council has agreed a joint claim which has been formally submitted to the national employers as follows –

1. Deletion of NJC and all local pay points which fall below the level of the UK Living Wage (and deletion of GLPC pay points below London Living Wage) and a flat rate increase of £1 per hour on all other pay points.
2. Retention and protection of Green Book Part 2 terms and conditions.
3. Fair treatment for school support staff through a joint review of term time working.

GMB MEMBERS IN ROYAL PARKS IN LONDON FURTHER STRIKE FOR 2 DAYS ON FRIDAY 12 AND SATURDAY 13TH JUNE

This dispute can be resolved if management are willing to negotiate, compromise and look at everyone's best interests and not simply their own says GMB

GMB members employed by OCS to maintain Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park, The Green Park, Grosvenor Square, Downing Street and Brompton Cemetery in London will take strike action further strike action on 12th and 13th June over OCS move from weekly to monthly pay in a manner detrimental to staff without agreement and on a number of other issues such as non-payment of a living wage. They took strike action on 26th May on this matter. See notes to editors for copies of previous press releases.

A 48 hour strike is planned from 00.01 on Friday 12th and finishing at 23:59 on Saturday 13th June 2015.

GMB CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF LIVING WAGE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF WORKING FOR CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE COUNCIL

A decent living wage is good for workers, employers and society says GMB GMB have written to the Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire Council, Richard Carr, to ask for a meeting to discuss implementation of the Living Wage of £7.85 for all staff working for the authority, including contracted-out services. (see notes to editors for copy of the GMB letter)

The number of accredited Living Wage employers has more than doubled in 2014. Over 130 local authorities in England and Wales are now committed to paying the Living Wage to staff. However, the lowest pay rates in local government are still below the Living Wage, and with three quarters of the relevant workforce being women this is also an equalities issue.

Many outsourced staff deliver essential council services on appallingly low pay, as well as zero hours contracts and National Minimum Wage evasion and GMB's letter calls for the a commitment to the Living Wage to also cover these staff.

GMB @ Next Retail Stores

GMB is concerned that our members in next retail stores have been told that if they do not agree to these changes that they could be faced with dismissal...

Have you
? been asked by next to change your contract?
? Do you think that your Sunday trading premium pay is affected?
? Have you felt under pressure to sign something that you are not sure about?

STRESS IN THE NHS An important gmb survey

GMB is launching a campaign to reduce the appallingly high levels of stress across the entire health service. We need evidence to show why action is desperately needed and to highlight the major sources of stress.

NHS workers provide an amazing service to the public. Even with rising demand on the NHS, you have a right to healthy and safe working conditions, and NHS Leaders and the Government need to realise this.

We want to put stress and workload high up on the agenda in negotiations and joint working with employers and other parties.

GMB@NHS

Please complete this GMB "Stress in the NHS" survey. GMB is launching a campaign to reduce the appallingly high levels of stress across the entire health service. We need evidence to show why action is desperately needed and to highlight the major sources of stress.

You can hand your completed GMB survey to your GMB Staff Representative or send it freepost to: FREEPOST GMB. You don't need a stamp or any other address details. Alternatively you can do the survey online at GMB_NHS_stress_survey.

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