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.
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.
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.
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.