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GMB URGE TIED PUB TENANTS TO ATTEND LONDON, LIVERPOOL, YORK, LEICESTER AND EXETER MEETINGS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW LAW ENDING PUB TIE

Tied tenants and brewers should engage with the leaders who led the campaign for the new law to understand how they can benefit and secure pubs for local communities says GMB

GMB, the union for tied pub tenants, is urging tenant to attend briefings by The Pubs Advisory Service in London, Liverpool, York, Leicester and Exeter in June at which the change in the law which provided replacing the tie with a Market Rent Only (MRO) option will be explained to licensees, brewers and other interested parties.

The purpose of the briefings is to explain how the new law market rent only option is likely to work for tied tenants and how they can take best advantage of it. The events will be will be hosted by the MRO Advisory team: Chris Wright, Simon Clarke and Dave Mountford. They played a leading role in the long campaign to secure this change in the law.

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GMB SUSPENDS STRIKE ACTION AT BIDVEST LOGISTICS HODDESDON SITE TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO VOTE ON NEW OFFER TO RESOLVE PAY DISPUTE

We believe that members will accept the new recommended offer from the company says GMB At a meeting on 19th May between the MD Bidvest Logistics and the GMB National Officer a new offer was made by the company which GMB consider should be put to members as it is attractive enough for the union to recommend that it be accepted to resolve the dispute over pay. See notes to editors for copy of GMB release on the dispute.

The planned strike action for May 25th has now been suspended pending members voting on the offer from the company. Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Logistics, said. The meeting was held in a very constructive and cordial manner, which befits the long relationship that exists between GMB and Bidvest Logistics.

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GMB 28th MAY GATWICK PROTEST OVER APCOA PARKING BULLYING AND DENIAL OF RIGHTS FOR CAR PARKING STAFF TRANSFERRING TO EMPARK LTD

It is regrettable that Gatwick Airport Limited seem keen for firms holding contracts at airport to engage in race to the bottom on rights and terms and conditions of employment says GMB GMB, the union for airport car parking staff, will hold a protest demonstration in Gatwick on Thursday 28th May over bullying and harassment and denial of legal rights of 300 members employed by APCOA Parking Ltd in the airport car parks. See notes to editors for copy of previous GMB press release.

These members face being transferred to new provider Empark UK Ltd who will take over services on the 17th June 2015. APCOA Parking is denying staff the legal rights they have under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) which covers this transfer. APCOA Parking Ltd run the car parking contract for Gatwick Airport Ltd for both the north terminal and south terminal. The services they offer are short stay, long stay, valet parking and summer specials.

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GMB MEMBERS IN CENTRAL LONDON ROYAL PARKS STRIKE ON MAY 26 OVER DETRIMENTAL CHANGES TO PAY SYSTEM AND FOR LONDON LIVING WAGE

Downing St gardeners will protest outside workplace over OCS paying two week's pay already earned as a "loan" that will be "recovered" over 12 months putting staff into debt and wiping out pay award 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 on 26th May 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.

This follows an overwhelming vote for action in a ballot that closed on15th May and after GMB served official notice for action on OCS. See notes to editors for previous GMB press release on the issue.

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STRIKE LOOMS AS 82% GMB MEMBERS VOTE FOR ACTION AT BIDVEST LOGISTICS HODDESDON SITE IN PAY DISPUTE

19 May 2015
The company can avert this strike action by discussing the implementation of pay parity with Banbury for our members says GMB

80 GMB members employed as LGV Drivers and Drivers mates at Hoddesdon Bidvest Logistics site have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute about pay. Dates for this strike action will be announced later.

Workers employed at Bidvest Logistics sites at Banbury, Oldham (Royton) and Larbert (Scotland) are paid significantly more than the staff at Hoddesdon

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FURTHER 22 DAYS STRIKE BETWEEN 13 MAY AND 7TH JUNE BY BARKING AND DAGENHAM REFUSE DRIVERS OVER LOSS OF £1,000 PER YEAR IN REGULAR PAY

There is an elitism and imbalance within the Council in dealing with the impact of the dispute and the intransigence of leading councillors who caused it is having an adverse impact on residents says GMB

Over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take a further 22 days of strike action in a dispute over cut of £1,000 a year in regular contractual pay which arises from the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles. This is a cut to their regular pay not to overtime and as well as being a loss of £1,000 while at work will also impact on their pensions.

There will be 13 days from 6am on Wednesday 13th May until 10pm on Monday 25 May followed by a further 9 days from 6am on Saturday 30th May to 10pm on Sunday 7th June. See notes to editors for copies of previous press releases.

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GMB PROTEST OVER APCOA PARKING BULLYING AND DENIAL OF LEGAL RIGHTS FOR GATWICK CAR PARKING STAFF FACING TUPE TRANSFER TO EMPARK LTD

Sara O'Toole the APCOA Parking HR Manager is largely responsible for the breakdown in industrial relations and for the needlessly poor workplace culture says GMB GMB, the union for airport car parking staff, plan to hold a protest demonstration in Gatwick over bullying and harassment and denial of legal rights of 300 members employed by APCOA Parking Ltd in the airport car parks.

These members face being transferred to new provider Empark UK Ltd who will take over services on the 17th June 2015. APCOA Parking are denying their staff the legal rights they have under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) which covers this transfer.

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GMB HEARING IN HIGH COURT IN LONDON ON 14 MAY TO SECURE COMPENSATION FOR 122 GMB MEMBERS BLACKLISTED BY CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

High Court should apply the same standards on disclosure as in phone hacking and Libbor rigging scandals so that world can see what the construction firms did to ordinary workers says GMB

On Thursday 14th May there is a further hearing in the High Court in London seeking compensation for 122 GMB members blacklisted by Carillion and other construction employers.

The claims 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 on 17th December 2014 and 13th February 2015.

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.

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GMB CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO RULE OUT CUTS TO £121.80 AVERAGE WEEKLY TAX CREDITS FOR 3.3 MILLION IN-WORK FAMILIES IN UK

Unless they do so the claim that Tories represent working families will be a hollow sound bite says GMB

GMB is warning that some 3,277,300 in-work families who currently receive Child Tax Credits (CTC) and Working Tax Credits (WTC) face a potential threat of £40 per week on average being cut from their weekly incomes. This is as part of the Tory Government £12 billion welfare cuts.

These 3,277,300 families get an average of £121.80 per week or £6,335 per annum. Of the total some 1,665,600 in-work families are part time workers (16-34 hours). This is 50.8% of the total.

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NEXT STORES THREAT TO SACK LONG TERM STAFF WHO DO NOT AGREE TO £1,000 PER YEAR PAY CUT FOR WORKING ON SUNDAY

NEXT consider Sunday to be a normal working day and use that view to justify cutting pay for low paid for working that day which shows the company has a total disregard for family life says GMB

On Friday 8th May, the day after the General Election, GMB members employed by NEXT since before 2009 were told that they faced the threat of dismissal if they did not agree to a cut in pay of £1,000 for working on Sunday.

When Sunday opening was introduced NEXT agreed to pay staff required to work on Sunday time plus 50% of the hourly rate for each hour worked on a Sunday. This is worth £20 per week or £1,000 per year for long term staff. The company now want to end this premium for those employed since before 2009 and will sack staff who do not agree to this cut.

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Barking & Dagenham Dispute

Can we remind ourselves this dispute was sparked by Barking & Dagenham Councils initial decision, without negotiation to cut Drivers wages in the Environmental Division of the Council by £2,000 a year, £40 a week. Following the initial protest by the workforce this was adjusted to £1,000 a year, £20 a week.

What the Council did not report in the local media, was that following the call from John Cruddas for both sides to involve ACAS, the Council issued letters to all staff affected the following day advising that unless they accept a reduction in their wages of £1,000, they will revert back to their original decision to cut their wages by £2,000 a year in July. Not the actions of an employer claiming they want to resolve the dispute.

Moreover following the ACAS meeting of 21st April 2015, the Council issued a press release and circulated an email to all their employees advising that GMB refused to meet with the Council along with ACAS. That correspondence to staff gave the impression that GMB would not allow other Unions into those talks, but has agreed that they be included in the next meeting with ACAS on 28th April.

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