Your Trade Union Law Firm
 Your Trade Union Law Firm
 Your Trade Union Law Firm

Welcome to the GMB London Region Website

STRIKE ON 23/24 APRIL BY BARKING AND DAGENHAM REFUSE DRIVERS IN PAY AND SAFETY DISPUTE AFTER NO TALKS AT ACAS ON 21ST APRIL TO AVERT 10 DAYS OF STRIKE

ACAS has convened further talks next week when GMB will be prepared to work for an outcome and we hope the council turn up this time with a fresh approach says GMB

Over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take strike action from 6am on Thursday 23rd April until 10pm on Friday 24th April in a dispute over a £1,000 a year cut in contractual pay arising from the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles. Details of where the picket lines will be on both days are set out below. This is after Barking and Dagenham managers refused to meet with GMB for talks at ACAS on Tuesday 21st April. The managers attended at ACAS but refused to sit in the same room as GMB and their own employees at ACAS.

The talks has been called to avert a further 10 days of strike action after GMB gave notice of two days strike from 6am on Thursday 23rd April until 10pm on Friday 24th April and a further 8 days from 6am on Friday 1st to 10pm on Friday 8th May. Members have already taken five days of strike action on 18/19/20 March and on 7/8 April in this dispute. See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases.


Read More

NO TALKS TOOK PLACE AT ACAS ON TUES 21ST APRIL ON FURTHER 10 DAYS OF STRIKE BY BARKING AND DAGENHAM REFUSE DRIVERS IN PAY AND SAFETY DISPUTE

This must be a massive disappointment to the residents of Barking and Dagenham that the council they elected does not seem interested in bringing this dispute to an end says GMB

Barking and Dagenham managers today refused to meet with GMB for talks at ACAS on Tuesday 21st April. The managers attended at ACAS but refused to sit in the same room as GMB and their own employees at ACAS.

The talks has been called to avert a further 10 days of strike action by over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services in a dispute over a £1,000 a year cut in contractual pay arising from the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles.

Read More

LAST DITCH TALKS AT ACAS ON TUES 21ST APRIL TO AVERT FURTHER 10 DAYS OF STRIKE BY BARKING AND DAGENHAM REFUSE DRIVERS IN PAY AND SAFETY DISPUTE

We are prepared to work for an outcome at ACAS and we just hope the council turn up at the talks with a fresh approach says GMB

There will be last ditch talks at ACAS tomorrow (21st April) to avert a further 10 days of strike action by over 100 GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services in a dispute over a £1,000 a year cut in contractual pay arising from the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles.

GMB has given notice of two days strike from 6am on Thursday 23rd April until 10pm on Friday 24th April and a further 8 days from 6am on Friday 1st to 10pm on Friday 8th May. Members have already taken five days of strike action on 18/19/20 March and on 7/8 April in this dispute. See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases.

Read More

Letter from Political Officer

I've been appointed the 'Political Officer' of the Branch for this year and as such am urging you to vote Labour in the forthcoming General and Local Elections.

The Labour Party was founded over a century ago by the Trade Unions to defend and advance the interests of working class people and to give us a voice and influence in the parliamentary system. The last Labour Government did many positive things but many of our class and Union members will have felt let down by the continued incursion of the Private Sector into Public Services during it's terms of office.

I work as a social,care assistant and now find myself working for an 'Arms Length' organisation about to cut conditions of service. Another term of Tory led government would mean the total decimation of the Public Sector and the transfer of almost all jobs to private companies.

Read More

GMB@Work in the NHS

Revised NMC Code Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives

The NMC have updated the Code of professional standards. It sets out the universal standards expected of nurses and midwives that they must uphold in order to be registered to practise in the UK. The revised code became effective for all nurses and midwives on 31 March 2015.

NHS Newsletter FAQ's The Code The Code

211 EMPLOYERS NAMED AND SHAMED BY BIS FOR NOT PAYING NATIONAL MINIMUM W ARREARS ON HOLIDAY PAY TOO SAYS GMB

As HMRCs enforcement powers are limited only to the national minimum wage so there is no enforcin those employers to pay holiday arrears says GMB

GMB is warning that 211 employers across the UK named and shamed by the Business, Innovation and Skill since October 2013 for failing to pay the national minimum wage to staff most likely have underpaid the sam holiday pay. See notes to editors for full list of all 211 employers by region.

Read More

LABOUR COMMITS TO NATIONAL PAY AND CONDITIONS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF

THE LABOUR PARTY has announced that if elected it will introduce national pay and conditions for school support staff, just like teachers.

Labour tried to do this when it was last in government by setting up the School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB). But the Conservatives and Lib Dems scrapped the new body before it had a chance to get going. Now Labour's education manifesto says Labour will put national negotiations for school support staff back in place.

Read More

£9.3 Billion Housing Benefits To Private Landlords As Tories Unveil Plans To Open Housing Association Property To Private Landlords

While tens of thousands of ordinary London families are unable to find a council house to rent rich farmers and the elite are scooping them up by the tractor load and the "right to buy" has turned into a rich harvest for greedy farmers says GMB.

A new GMB analysis shows that of the approx. 4.2 million households living in private rented accommodation in Great Britain the rent to landlords in 1.6m or 38% of them is paid in part or in full by taxpayers paying an annual total of £9.2 billion to these landlords in housing benefit in 2013/14. See table below for the full data by region.

This new analysis is published as the Tory Party pledge to open up housing association property to buy the let landlords as the Tory party did with over 40% of the council housing sold in the 1980s.

Read More

ONLY 16 OF 650 MP'S ELECTED IN 2010 SECURED 40% OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS AS TORIES PLAN 40% THRESHOLD FOR STRIKE VOTE IN PUBLIC SERVICES

We will soon see the double standards as if the Tories are returned again they will have no hesitation in forming a Government while not securing 40% support from the electorate says GMB

GMB commented on the Tory Party election manifesto commitment that strike ballots in public services will require 40 per cent support from those entitled to vote. See notes to editors for copy of Tory Party manifesto pledge.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said "Only 16 out of 650 elected Members of Parliament secured the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in their parliamentary constituency area election in 2010. See list in notes to editors 1 below. Only 15 Tory MPs out of 303 secured that level of support.

Read More

Re: Refuse/Cleansing Drivers Industrial Action.

My purpose in writing again advising why GMB members felt it necessary to take strike action to defend a wage cut of £1,000 a year is, whilst I am not a journalist, I am sure you would share with me that one of the golden rules for reporting matters of interest to the public is clarity. Which I believe is being lost in this dispute.

It is clear that what is being reported in the local media in regards to the Councils response to this dispute is devoid of clarity, and could be construed as misleading.

This dispute was initiated by Barking & Dagenham Councils initial decision 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.

Read More

GMB Online Magazines


GMB Magazine

GMB Academies Helpline


 Academies Telephone Number

 
 

Speech by Paul Kenny


Description: Register to Vote Animation

GMB Contacts Quick Reference

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 Helpline

0800 035 6406

Unionline

0300 333 0303

Useful Contacts

Union Energy on 0800 094 9039
Money Club on 01753 733333
The Peoples Operator 0845 225 2505
Free Debt Advice Call 0300 011 2340
GMB Protect Insurance 0800 033 4181
UIA Home Insurance ~ 0800 072 9922
Convalescent Home call Hilda Tavolare 01462 499650
GMBdrive 0845 122 6919
LV Liverpool Victoria 0800 756 8349
GMB Professional Driver call Michelle Bacon 020 8202 8272
Financial Services call Gary Keeley 0845 190 5832
Gary Jacobs at Drivertax on 020 8529 2600
Direct Chauffeur Line on 0845 3304460

Unionline


 Unionline

Your GMB

Join GMB Online Today

Get peace of mind and join the GMB today to benefit from GMB representation or advice and be part of the 630,000 members.


Retiring from Work

Don't cancel your membership! Apply to pay the one-off £40 life membership rate and join GMB's Retired Members Association. You can still benefit from the GMB services and discounts


Legal Advice

Do you need the advice of a solicitor, then call us for help on Unionline 0300 333 0303


Personal Injury

Have you had an accident at the fault of someone else? Do you want to claim? We have a team of solicitors that can help you. Call us on Unionline 0300 333 0303


Membership

Once you have joined the GMB, take advantage of your membership benefits. We have many discounts available to members


Will Service

UNIONLINE offers a FREE will-writing service for members and their partners. You can take advantage of this service by telephoning Unionline on 0300 333 0303.


Change of Address

Moved? Change of Name, Fill out our online form to update the GMB of your new details.


Members Area


Login to gain access to the Member's Resource Area for both members and reps.

http://www.gmb.org.uk/join/login

Download the GMB App

GMB App logo

GMB National News