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.



7 January 2013
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Equal Pay for Equal Work

GMB North West & Irish Region

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary said, "Figures show that for workers resident in most areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are more women in employment that there are men in employment.  That means that equal pay for women is not just an issue of fairness but is something that directly impacts on the economic prosperity of many areas.

Politicians should no longer think of men as the breadwinner.  they should consider the impact of women's wage packets and their experiences at work when they propose changes to employment policies.



24 December 2012
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Looking ahead to 2013

GMB North West & Irish Region

2012 has been a very difficult and trying year for a lot of us. At this special time of the year we would like to wish all our members and their families good health and happiness over the holidays. 



18 December 2012
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GMB member awarded £475,000 in damages

GMB North West & Irish Region

A GMB member injured whilst working for a North West Council has been awarded £475,000.00 in damages after GMB solicitors fought his case.  The member (who cannot be named for legal reasons) suffered severe injuries, including a fractured skull, when he had a fall at work because of poorly maintained lighting.



12 December 2012
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Redundancy consultation peeriod to be halved to 45 days

GMB North West & Irish Region

Unions have accused the government of making it easier to sack people after a minister announced that the period before large-scale redundancies can take place is to be cut from 90 to 45 days.

Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat employment relations minister also announced plans to exclude fixed-term contracts from collective redundancy agreements when they reach the end of their 'natural life'.  Swinson said the changes were aimed at helping workers and businesses.



7 December 2012
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Christmas on the dole for the disabled workers at Remploy

GMB North West & Irish Region

With Christmas around the corner, there's no let up in the grim future the Government has set for disabled workers.  Hundreds more workers at Remploy factories are at risk of losing their jobs under fresh closure plans announced last week.

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