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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.

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.

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

30 July 2015
If the money from corporation tax cuts and uncollected taxes on property incomes ending up in tax havens went into social care the country could start looking itself in the mirror again says GMB

GMB, the union for care staff, commented on the Open Letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer on National Living Wage from the UK Home Care Association. See notes to editors for copy of the open letter dated 27 July 2015.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said "The dire warning from the care sector comes as no surprise to GMB.

GMB SAY DETRIMENTAL NESTLÉ PENSION CHANGES SHOULD BE PUT 'ON HOLD', WHILE FUND IS VALUED

30 July 2015
Actuarial valuation in December 2015 will provide informed position on scheme and is logical point to discuss what actions are required from all stakeholders to maintain the sustainability of it says GMB

GMB and Unite are calling for changes to the Nestlé pension scheme that could mean that 7,600 workers losing thousands of pounds in retirement income to be put 'on hold' until a proper valuation of the scheme in December. See notes to editors for copy of previous GMB release on the proposed changes to the scheme dated 2nd July 2015.

GMB DEMAND THAT SODEXO PAY 436 OUTSOURCED PROBATION STAFF FACING REDUNDANCY THE AMOUNTS THEY ARE CONTRACTUALLY ENTITLED TO

30 July 2015
Sodexo is trying to get rid of staff in Northumbria, Cumbria and Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex on the cheap says GMB

Probation unions GMB, Napo and UNISON are calling on multi-national company Sodexo to honour its own ethical charter and honour the redundancy terms which members are due as a result of the company's drastic plans to shed 436 staff (nearly 40% of staff) in the six community rehabilitation companies it now runs.

GMB TO BALLOT MEMBERS IN WATER INDUSTRY IN NORTH EAST AND EASTERN ENGLAND IN DISPUTE OVER PENSIONS CUTS

30 July 2015
Northumbrian Water returned approximately £630 million profit back to the Hong Kong based owners CKI in the last two years so there is no need for these cuts says GMB

GMB, the union for water workers, is to undertake a consultative ballot of members employed by Northumbrian Water and its subsidiary companies in a dispute over pensions.

GMB will ballot members in the North East and members in Essex and Suffolk Water who are owned by Northumbrian Water. Northumbrian Water supplies 2.7 million people in Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside as well as the counties of Durham and Northumberland and parts of North Yorkshire. Essex and Suffolk Water supplies 1.8 million people in southeast Norfolk, east Suffolk, Essex and the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

GMB LAUNCHES LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN FOR WORKERS AT CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

22 July 2015
Over 130 Local Authorities in England and Wales are now committed to pay a living wage and it is time that Cambridge County Council joined them says GMB
GMB, the union for workers in the public sector, has launched a campaign for a living wage of £7.85 per hour for staff working for direct for Cambridgeshire County Council and those working for contractors doing work for the council.
GMB has launched an E Petition and written to Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council, asking the council as a prominent employer to implement a living wage as soon as possible.
GMB is asking the public to support the campaign by signing E Petition via the link below: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/site/scripts/
google_results.aspx?q=petitions

THE GMB CAUTIOUSLY WELCOMES THE NHS PAY REVIEW BODY'S REPORT ON 7 DAY SERVICES

22 July 2015
GMB RESPONDS TO THE NHS PRB REPORT
The NHS PRB report was published on Thursday 16th July, full details of the report can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/
uploads/attachment_data/file/412261/
10357-OME-NHS_Pay_Review-ACCESSIBLE.pdf

The report states "As it stands the national Agenda for Change pay system is not the principal barrier to achieving the improvements offered by the expansion of seven-day services".
The GMB welcomes the NHS Pay Review Body's report recognition, that the unsocial hours premium is not a barrier to delivering seven day services, as claimed by the Government and NHS Employers.

GMB HEARING IN HIGH COURT IN LONDON ON 14 JULY TO SECURE COMPENSATION FOR 122 GMB MEMBERS BLACKLISTED BY CARILLION AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

16 July 2015
Court has to resolve resistance by companies for discovery of documents on the grounds that union requests will place onerous burdens on them to comply says GMB On Tuesday 14th July 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, 13th February and 14th May 2015.

GMB YOUNG LONDON DEMONSTRATION ON HOUSING ON THURSDAY 2ND JULY OUTSIDE HUSTINGS FOR LABOUR LONDON MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Rents are out of control in London, young people can't even dream of buying their own home and we have a severe lack of council and social housing says GMB Young London

GMB Young London are holding a demonstration on Thursday 2nd July from 5.30pm outside the housing hustings for the Labour Mayoral candidates at University of Westminster, Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS. The aim is to draw attention to the need for political action on housing in London. The hustings get underway from 7pm.

The legacy from the post war building boom where asbestos was used in town halls, schools, libraries and social housing carries on with disease and death says GMB

GMB members will join others from the Labour movement to mark the Action Mesothelioma Day with remembrance services, wreath laying, awareness raising and the release of doves.

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.

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