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.



15 January 2013
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14 January 2013
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GMB leads pubco fightback

GMB North West & Irish Region

GMB is hailing success for a campaign to protect tied pub licensees from exorbitant rents demanded by pub-owning companies.  The Union says pubcos have been "pricing pubs out of the market" with demands for ever increasing rents.

Pressure group the Campaign for Real Ale says that Britain has already lost thousand of traditional pubs through a combination of factors, including cheap supermarket beer and rip-off rents by pub owning chains - and more are closing for good every week.



10 January 2013
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Gas Boss Gets Multi Millions

GMB North West & Irish Region

British Gas Boss Phil Bentley will leave his job with a £13 million pay off.  His salary was £681,000.00 as he raised average energy bills to £1300 per year, an increase many of us GMB Trade Union Members cannot afford!  He may also get £6.7 million in shares, bonuses AND a £210,000.00 pension per year.  WHY IS THIS ALLOWED??  



8 January 2013
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Budget Cuts Affect Children in Care

GMB North West & Irish Region

Families who foster children face losing hundreds of pounds under changes to housing benefit that categorise bedrooms used by children in their care as "spare."

Strict rules require families to give foster children their own room.  But Welfare cuts mean that families eligible for housing benefit who have room,s not occupied by members of their direct family will lose up to 25% of their money.

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