1 February 2013
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30 January 2013
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3213 names on the construction industry black list. Are you one of them?

GMB North West & Irish Region

GMB’s priority is to step up the campaign to get every blacklisted GMB member compensation. GMB Trade-Union is calling on councils not to award work to the companies that operated the blacklist until they compensate those they damaged. GMB is also pushing ICO for a proactive action to inform all builders affected that they are on the blacklist.



30 January 2013
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600 jobs at risk at Royal Liverpool hospital as health chiefs prepare cost-cutting measures

GMB North West & Irish Region

HUNDREDS of jobs are at risk at Liverpool’s Royal hospital as managers prepare to make cuts over the next five years. The startling figure – more than 10% of the hospital’s workforce – was revealed at a board meeting of the hospital trust. But health chiefs planning the cost-cutting measures described the number as a “worst case scenario” and vowed to protect frontline staff.



28 January 2013
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GMB begins living wage campaign for council staff

GMB North West & Irish Region

Cuncil union GMB launched a major campaign today to increase thousands of council workers' pay, warning many are forced to claim tax credits and free school meals to make ends meet.

GMB Trade-Union, which represents 280,000 low-paid local authority workers in England and Wales, said that it wanted to secure the living wage of £7.45 an hour outside London and £8.55 in the capital, which is well above the national minimum wage of £6.11. The union said that 27 councils in England and Wales had already introduced or were committed to a living wage.



24 January 2013
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A guide from GOV.UK regarding lay-offs and short-time working

GMB North West & Irish Region

Overview

Your employer can ask you to stay at home or take unpaid leave if there’s not enough work for you. A lay-off is if you’re off work for at least 1 working day.  A short-time working is when your hours are cut

How long you can be laid-off

There’s no limit for how long you can be laid-off or put on short-time. You could apply for redundancy and claim redundancy pay if it’s been:

4 weeks in a row

6 weeks in a 13-week period

Lay-off pay entitlement and short-time working payments



23 January 2013
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New council cuts spark a fresh round of protests

GMB North West & Irish Region

Councils across England have been drawing up plans to slash local services and implement new Tory funding cuts. These include those councils hardest hit by the Tories’ first three years of council cuts. Manchester council plans to slash 830 jobs, close libraries and cancel events to save £80 million. But it has already cut more than 2,000 jobs and £170 million.  Its workforce will have shrunk by more than a quarter under the coalition.



22 January 2013
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GMB Trade-Union expresses concern at Ineos job losses

GMB North West & Irish Region

Officials of GMB and Unite Trade-Unions representing workers at Ineos Chlor Vinyls Runcorn have written to the company expressing concern about potential redundancies and what they see as misleading media statements about job losses. The company announced the closure of its VCM and PVC plants last Thursday following the reduction in demand for PVC. They said at the time that no jobs would be lost as affected employees would be offered alternative roles at the site.



21 January 2013
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18 January 2013
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GMB Warns of Pay Strike Ballots

GMB North West & Irish Region

Ballots for strikes among public sector workers will be "inevitable" unless there are negotiated settlements in the coming pay round. The GMB Trade-Union said average earnings have fallen in real value by almost 13% since 2008, while household bills are "going through the roof". Average earnings have risen by 2% since April 2008, while inflation has jumped by 14.8% over the same period.



16 January 2013
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GMB raise concerns over coalitions flat rate pension plans

GMB North West & Irish Region

Fears that pension proposal will impose a £6 billion tax burden, scupper public sector pensions deals and price members out of company schemes.

Details of the Coalition Government's plans to simplify the state pension system with the creation of a "Single Tier" pension have been announced today as part of the Mid-Term Review.

The reform will create a simple flat rate pension set above the means test (currently £142.70) and based on 35 years of National Insurance contributions.

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