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If you currently pay your contributions through your salary, the government are proposing to stop your union subscriptions being deducted from your wages.

Therefore we are asking you to transfer your subscriptions by secure link to direct debit now to ensure that your voice at work is protected.

Please visit our secure online facility at
http://www.gmb.org.uk/switch-to-direct-debit to add your bank details and switch to Direct Debit. For more information visit GMB Trade Union Bill letter.
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MARCH 2016 LATEST NEWS

The campaign for London Mayor is approaching its final stages ~ Tower Hamlets on the 23rd April ~ Redbridge on the 30th April

19 April 2016

The GMB have organised two days of campaigning where we will be delivering letters to Voters in:

Tower Hamlets on the 23rd April starting from 349 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9RA at 10am Sharp
Redbridge on the 30th April starting from 6 Mildmay Rd, Ilford, IG1 1DT 10am Sharp
We are therefore asking for your Urgent assistance.

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3000 JOB LOSSES AT CENTRICA IN 2016 AS PART OF £750M PER ANNUM CUTS

19 April 2016

Staff are confused and disillusioned, managers don't know if they're staying or going and the only word from the top is cut, cut, cut says GMB

GMB, the union for energy workers, commented on the announcement today, Monday 18th April 2016, from Centrica that it would cut a total of 3000 jobs in 2016, with 800 jobs being cut in the first three months of the year. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about Centrica). The job losses are part of an expected £200 million of efficiency savings in 2016 towards Centrica’s £750 million per annum cost efficiency programme.

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GMB DEMAND B&Q REINSTATE BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES FOR WORKING SUNDAYS AND BANK HOLIDAYS

19 April 2016

On 1st April the government brought in National Living Wage of £7.20 for those over 25, a rate that’s well below GMB #£10now campaign’s £10 an hour living wage. Since then B&Q have raised wages for all staff but have attempted to mitigate the additional cost of wages in the following ways:

· Removing time and a half pay for working Sundays
· Restructure allowances for working in high cost living areas
· Remove double time for working bank holidays (Now proposed to be 1.5)
· Remove summer/winter bonuses which equates to 6% of annual salary

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COPERFORMA END CONSULTATION AND NEGOTIATION WITH GMB FOR STANDING UP FOR PATIENT SAFETY AND PROTECTING MEMBERS’ TERMS AND CONDITIONS

13 April 2016

We will not sit back and simply ignore this direct attack on members says GMB Coperforma has confirmed that they will end all private consultation and negotiation with GMB following the outsourcing of patient transport services in Sussex on 1st April 2016.

As part of a four year contract to provide patient transport services, GMB members have transferred to Coperforma from their old employer, South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb). However, unlike SECamb, Coperforma has made the decision not to recognise GMB, meaning they will no longer enter into consultation

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PAY INCREASE FOR STAFF IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND MOST ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS DELAYED

13 April 2016

Although GMB members voted 9 to 1, in a secret postal ballot of all members, to accept the two year pay offer, there will now be an indefinite delay on implementation of the pay rise.

This is because Unison wants to ballot their members to take all out strike action. As a result, the national Employers cannot implement the pay rise which is due on 1st April.

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London Mayoral Election

12 April 2016

Dear Member
The London Mayoral Election will take place on the 5th May 2016. We are taking this opportunity to remind you of the importance in making sure you have your say in who controls London for the next five years. You have a choice, more Tory party austerity cuts, or a fair equal London with a Labour Candidate representing you and your family.

GMB is supporting Labour Candidate Sadiq Khan. Sadiq understands the values which are important Issues for many of our GMB members in the workplace.

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PAY NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

12 April 2016

The National Employers met today in order to consider developments in this year's pay round and I am now writing to you with a summary of the current position. On 9 December the National Employers made a final two-year pay offer of 1.00% increases in 2016 and 2017 for employees on pay points 18 and above.

However, over that same two-year period employees on pay points 6 to 17 would receive increases in pay of between 10.28% and 2.30%. The increase on the bottom pay point 6 would produce an hourly rate of £7.52 this year and £7.78 in April 2017; some way above the new National Living Wage of £7.20.

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70% OF PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS FROM ‘BOGUS’ TEST CENTRES FAILED WHEN RETESTED BY TFL

12 April 2016

The consistent complaints by other road users since the boom in driver numbers only goes to show what the charlatans in bogus test centres caused says GMB

Information from TfL shows that 70% of private hire drivers from ‘bogus’ testing centres failed when retested by TfL on their knowledge of London roads. (See notes to Editors for previous GMB press releases about private hire drivers).

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GMB CALLS ON HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE TATA ABUSE OF VISA SYSTEM

12 April 2016

Tata can't be allowed to flout visa rules to put British Airways workers out of a job says GMB 

Tata, the company putting thousands of jobs at risk by selling off its UK steel business, is today the subject of a letter from GMB, on the behalf of British Airways workers, calling for an investigation into the company's use of visas for foreign workers. (See notes to editors for a copy of the letter and GMB press releases about the Migration Advisory Committee). 

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GMB COMMENT ON REPORTS THAT B&Q ARE USING NATIONAL LIVING WAGE IMPLEMENTATION AS ‘EXCUSE’ TO CUT PAY AND BENEFITS

12 April 2016

National Living Wage will be of small comfort to members and their families if employers seek to undermine it by making changes such as these says GMB

GMB, the union for B&Q workers, commented on a report that B&Q are using National Living Wage implementation as an excuse to cut overtime pay and employee benefits. The report comes from a change.org petition drafted by a B&Q employee that has so far attracted more than 134,000 signatures. (See notes to editors for a link to the petition).

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WORKPLACE REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

REQUEST FOR WORKPLACE SUPPORT

If you are an existing member or thinking about joining the GMB and would like to speak to one of our Organising Team officers first, please complete the following information below.
Please also complete this form if you think that there is a possibility of increasing GMB membership or, you would like us to assist in developing GMB organisation and representational structures where you work.
Alternatively for further help and advice call the regional office on 020 8202 8272.

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GMB RATES

GMB MEMBERSHIP RATES

GMB is the UK's third largest, trade union and probably the fastest growing with a 15% increase in members in real terms in the last five years.

WORKING FULL TIME MORE THAN 20 HOURS A WEEK



12.57

Month

If you work in a school please check the current GMB rate with your local GMB office.

Other rates available for:

Apprentices = £2 per month

Students who are in employment will continue to pay the rate applicable to their employment and hours of work.

WORKING PART TIME LESS THAN 20HRS A WEEK



7.37

Month

And for GMB members under 18 years.

If you work in a school please check the current GMB rate with your local GMB office.

Non-working Students = £1 per month

Sick and unemployed members = 5p per week.

RETIRING FROM WORK




Free

Terms Apply

Retired Life Membership is free

As long as you retire permanently from work

Have 5 years membership

Apply within 3 months from your last contribution

REASONS TO JOIN GMB

REASONS TO JOIN GMB

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 Members Helpline
0800 035 6406
Unionline ~ Members Legal Helpline
0300 333 0303

Political

GMB want to help our members get involved in politics at all levels. Standing for your local council in devolved elections, for Westminster or European Parliaments are good ways of making sure that the views of ordinary working people are heard in the corridors of power.
Email: Gary Doolan Tel. 020 7391 6748

Thinking of Joining

If you are an existing member or thinking about joining the GMB and would like to speak to one of our Organising Team officers first. Please complete our

workplace request for support

form if you think that there is a possibility of increasing GMB membership or, you would like us to assist in developing GMB organisation and representational structures where you work.

Retiring from Work

You don't have to give up GMB because you have retired from work. The GMB Retired Members Association (RMA) is just for retired members who want to continue their GMB work. As of 1 July 2015, Retired Life Membership is free as long as you retire permanently from work, have 5 years membership and apply within 3 months from your last contribution. You become a life member of GMB RMA and join thousands of other GMB members who have lots of spare time to organise and be involved in GMB campaigns and activities.

Representation & Negiotiation

Experienced GMB Organisers can arrange to represent members at their workplace if necessary and can all upon specialist legal advice on members' behalf for matters such as Employment Tribunals.

Phone GMB London Region Office on 020 8202 8272.

Health & Safety at Work

For a comprehensive support and guidance service including visits and inspection of GMB members workplaces, phone 020 8202 8272 and get expert advice from our specialist GMB Health & Safety Officers.

It is recognised that you are 50% safer at work if you have a union to support you.

Legal Compensation

With years of experience, professionally trained and motivated representatives, staff and solicitors, you are in good hands. The GMB legal services recover millions of pounds each year for members and their families without members paying a penny more than their monthly contributions.

Brighter Prospects

Workers in unionised workplaces are more likely to receive job related training than their counterparts in non-union workplaces. The GMB has thousands of Learning Representatives who can unlock the door to education for you – whether it's training to get more pay, a better job or just learning something that is of personal interest to you.

Better and Safer Pension

Trade unions have won better occupational pensions for part-time workers and we have forced the Government to set up a pension protection fund which means if your pension scheme goes bust you are fully protected.

More to Say

People working in unionised workplaces are twice as likely to have a say through consultative committees as people in non-union workplaces. Regular meetings with management are more likely where unions are present and the GMB will be working hard to ensure that employers comply with laws on information and consultation which mean you get a say in your workplace.

Strong Political Voice

The GMB, working with other unions, has won 56 new commitments out of the previous Labour Government, including the right to five weeks paid holiday each year, excluding bank holidays, greater pension protection, the extension of protection pay and conditions in public services, and a procurement policy that will safeguard jobs and skills in manufacturing.

Job Security

Non-union members are twice as likely to be sacked as members.

Better Pay

Workers who belong to a trade union are paid about 8% more than non union workers in comparable jobs.

OUR SERVICES

OUR SERVICES

GMB is your union. It is not out to make a fast buck, its job is to provide the best services in the country to GMB members.

Members Legal Help

You can call us about any employment law or personal injury law problem and we will provide legal advice if you are a GMB member.

Our employment law service provides complete advice and representation to GMB members at no cost. Call 0300 333 0303

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Equality Survey

Take part in our Equality Survey, this information is vital to our union in making sure that we are representative of our members.

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GMB Equality

Our Self-organised groups are confidential, safe-spaces for members who want to talk about their issues and campaign together. The strands are:

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Thinking of Joining

We provide many services and benefits to our members for a small monthly cost. Not sure, fill out our

for a member of our organising team to contact you and discuss our membership benefits.

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Motor Legal Services

If you are involved in a non fault accident, your UNIONLINE Motor Legal Service provides a replacement vehicle, organise and handle the repairs, as well as dealing with the recovery of all losses and handling any personal injury claim

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Hearings and Appeals

Workers have the right to be accompanied at grievance and disciplinary hearings and appeals, even if their employer does not recognise GMB.

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Your Civil Rights

Every worker has the fundamental civil right to join GMB, and to take part in its activities. Nor can an employer offer better terms and conditions to non-members than to GMB members.

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Cash Benefit

GMB can help by paying members the following benefits. Weekly Accident Benefit for up to 13 weeks, Permanent Total Disablement Grant, Occupational Fatal Accident Benefit, Non-occupational Fatal Accident Benefit and Victimisation Benefit.

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Motor Legal Services

UNIONLINE Motor Legal Service is available to GMB members and their families free of charge for if you need to make a motor Service claim following an accident or damage to your vehicle.

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Social Security Advice

Free help with queries about pensions, industrial injuries, sickness, unemployment and all other benefits. Free help if you need to appeal against a DSS decision.

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Strike or Industrial Action

The law requires unions to hold fully postal ballots of members before calling a strike or other industrial action.

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Unionline

Worried about debt, or a bad landlord? Call UNIONLINE 0300 333 0303

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BENEFITS OF GMB MEMBERSHIP

BENEFIT OF GMB MEMBERSHIP

The GMB have sort companies that may be able to give you help or special discounts. An extra benefit to joining the GMB.

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