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ONLY 29% OF NHS STAFF IN ENGLAND SAY THERE ARE ENOUGH STAFF TO ENABLE THEM TO DO THEIR JOBS PROPERLY IN LATEST OFFICIAL SURVEY

Serious challenges lie ahead despite settlement of pay dispute in England and the political parties need to commit to reversing the deterioration in working conditions

GMB has called on the Westminster parties to re-focus their attention on working conditions in the English NHS now that the pay dispute for NHS staff in England has been resolved.

On 9th March the NHS Staff Council including GMB accepted the government's new pay offer for NHS staff in England. GMB members in the NHS in England voted by four-to-one to accept the new offer. The offer does not apply to Northern Ireland where the dispute continues.

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NHS @ Work Newsletter March 2015

GMB TRADE UPDATE ON EU-US TRADE DEAL (TTIP)

EU Parliament Socialist Group confirms opposition to investor rights in trade deals

The EU Parliament Socialist Group has adopted with near unanimity its formal position opposing the inclusion of an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in EU trade deals with the US (TTIP) and Canada (CETA).

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GMB CALL FOR SHOPPERS TO PRESS LORD WOLFSON OVER REFUSAL TO PAY LIVING WAGE TO NEXT RETAIL STAFF AS PROFITS RISE TO £782 MILLION

By asserting that there are a lot of people for whom £6.70 is enough to live on Lord Wolfson shows himself to be an out of touch arrogant hypocrite says GMB

GMB, the union for retail staff, is calling on shoppers to step up pressure on Lord Wolfson, chair of NEXT, over his refusal to pay staff a Living Wage, set at £7.85 across the country and £9.20 in London.

Lord Wolfson, announcing annual profits of £782m, criticised those calling for firms to pay staff a Living Wage. See notes to editors for text of report in Daily Mirror dated 20th March 2015. NEXT employ 52,533 employees in 2014 (full time equivalent – 28,568) at over 500 stores, call centres and warehouses in the UK and Ireland.

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GMB MEMBERS ON STRIKE AGAINST £1,000 WAGE CUT SHOCKED AT NEW SPENDING ON SECURITY GUARDS AND DOGS AT PICKET LINES

GMB members have received massive support from local residents who understand perfectly that a wage cut of any size, let alone £1000 a year, is a cut too far for families that have already suffered a drop in earnings since the start of the recession in 2008 says GMB

GMB members and their supporters were shocked to find Barking and Dagenham council has employed security guards and dogs at sites where strike action is taking place until Friday 20th March.

GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take strike action on 18/19/20 March and on 7/8 April over a £1,000 a year wage cut. See notes to editors for previous GMB press release.

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THE 2016 PAY CAMPAIGN FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND SCHOOLS STARTS NOW !

For the 1.5 million staff working in local authorities and schools, the pay deal agreed at the end of last year means that the next pay anniversary date will be April 2016. Negotiations for 2016 will get under way in just a few months. GMB and the other trade unions believe they are likely to be just as tough as in recent years, so it is vital that we set out our agenda and start campaigning as early as possible.

This is your opportunity to decide the Trade Union claim

The campaign starts with GMB giving you, our members, the chance to say what goes into our claim. For those not familiar with the process, the trade unions agree the items that we are going to ask for (the 'claim') and we present this in a formal submission to the national employer negotiators. Before that, GMB takes views on what should go into the claim, which we discuss at a national meeting of senior lay representatives from around the country to decide what to take forward on behalf of GMB members. As well as a pay rise, the sort of items that are usually discussed might be improvements to existing conditions, like holidays, or new ideas, like the Living Wage.

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GMB STRIKE IN BARKING AND DAGENHAM ON 18,19 & 20 MARCH WITH A FURTHER TWO DAYS ON 7TH & 8TH APRIL OVER £1,000 PAY CUT FOR REFUSE DRIVERS

An overwhelming 75% of the local community support the decision of members to take strike action to defend their wages says GMB

GMB members employed as bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services will take strike action on 18/10/20 March and on 7/8 April over a £1,000 a year pay cut. See notes to editors for previous GMB press release.

Keith Williams, GMB Senior Organiser said "Local residents were asked to respond to an independent online survey conducted by the Barking & Dagenham Post on Barking & Dagenham Council's decision to cut pay of refuse/ cleansing drivers by £1,000 a year. An overwhelming 75% of the local community support the decision of GMB members to take strike action to defend their wages.

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Harrow East – GMB Campaign Action Day ~ SATURDAY 28th March 2015

On Saturday 28th March, 'Team GMB' will be visiting Harrow East to support Labour Parliamentary Candidate Uma Kumaran.

Uma is a GMB member who was raised and continues to live in Harrow. She is standing against Tory MP Bob Blackman to protect the community she has grown up in.

On the day, we will be helping Uma by delivering campaign literature to targeted houses in the constituency alongside local members and activists.

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Harrow East Campaign

GMB London Region supporting Uma Kumaran

As you are aware Harrow East is a London Region target and also a seat that Labour must win. In this regard I am requiring all officers along with their Branches, Stewards and Activists to participate in supporting Uma on the following campaign dates.

• March 28th (Deliveries) • April 19th (Deliveries) • April 25th (Deliveries and postal vote, Knock-Up day)

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Environmental Services Division of Barking & Dagenham Council Survey

GMB members employed as Drivers within the Environmental Services Division of Barking & Dagenham Council have been forced into strike action to defend a £1,000 a year pay cut in their contractual pay.

At the same time as cutting the pay of low paid front line workers the Council choose not to mention that despite the austerity measures imposed on Local Government, they appoint a number of new high level posts within the Council on six figure salaries.

HAVE YOUR SAY, IS IT RIGHT FOR AN EMPLOYER TO CUT THE PAY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES BY £1,000 PER YEAR WITHOUT NEGOTIATION.

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GMB CALL FOR UNCOVER POLICE INQUIRY TO COVER BLACKLISTING AS UNION HOLDS PROTEST IN CAMBRIDGE TO SHAME GORDON MILLS EX-CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE LINKED TO BLACKLISTING CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

Manager and police shedding crocodile tears now for blacklisting of 3,213 workers won't wash, neither will the Nuremberg Defence of "just following superior orders" says GMB

GMB is calling on the Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Pitchford, appointed by Home Secretary Theresa May to head an inquiry into undercover policing and the operation of the Metropolitan Police's controversial Special
Demonstration Squad, to include blacklisting in the scope of the Inquiry. See notes to editors for copy of Home Office Statement.


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