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.



1 December 2012
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Long Term Service Award

GMB North West & Irish Region

Bob Gunn presented a long term service award to Anne Montgomery; one of our members who works for Harland & Wolff.  She has been a member for 31 years and has a long trade union history.

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