GMB trade union has slammed Altcourse prison operator G4S for failing to give guarantees on sick pay for prison officers - revealed as some of the most likely to die from covid-19.
GMB has set up our Risk Register so that members, workplace representatives and officers can record where things have gone wrong with employers’ responses to the covid-19 pandemic.
Individual risk register
Individuals can complete this form to record their concerns about what has happened to them.
As with GMB’s historic Asbestos Register, this Covid-19 Risk Register will put on the record members’ concerns so there can be no dispute in the future about the level of risk they faced.
Workplace risk register
As I write to you, it’s now eight weeks since the nation entered ‘lockdown’.
I know what a challenging time this is for all of you who are staying at home to protect yourselves, your loved ones and other colleagues, as you adapt to huge changes to your normal way of life. I do hope you’re keeping as well as you can.
GMB ASDA union update for colleagues - You may have seen that the government had committed to increasing the number of tests for COVID-19 to 100,000 people in the UK per day. More testing will mean the country will have a better understanding of the true number of cases, making sure people who are ill are really clear about the steps they need to take to look after themselves and giving peace of mind to those who don’t actually have the infection.
GMB Ambulance Branch have sourced Face Visors from Merseyside PPE Hub, which is a school/college in Liverpool who have set up a small production team from its teaching staff to make Face Visors and other items of PPE.
Regional Secretary, Paul McCarthy, made the original contact and arrangements have been made from there. 200 visors were picked up today and hoping to submit a regular order in each week.
After realising his busy co-worker members would welcome much needed refreshments, and maybe someone to listen to and take forward their concerns, GMB Convenor Tony Dunn (GMB NW Ambulance Service Branch) took the initiative to load up a van with hot and cold drinks and some sandwiches and snacks, to give our heroic front-line ambulance workers some sustenance as well as a little down-time (albeit very short) ….So a big clap for Tony and the GMB NWAS Branch!
You are a GMB Super Member Tony, We Salute You.
Paul Turner, GMB Deputy Branch Secretary for North West Ambulance Branch, wasn’t going to let his members go without proper protection during the Covid-19 pandemic – he began sourcing local businesses to help supply front-line ambulance workers with plastic face visors as they battle the virus along with other NHS colleagues to keep us safe.
As we are all learning from the local and national news reports, more NHS and Care workers are themselves becoming infected by the deadly Covid-19 virus…..Great work Paul, the members and the GMB are very proud of you!
If anyone has any queries in relation to the scheme, please contact the HCONE HR Helpline on 03339998595. Lines are open 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday.
GMB members will be aware that your union has been in constant discussion with HC-ONE
during the COVID19 Crisis.
Many GMB members have been advised to shield by the Government due to health reasons
that put you at risk of COVID 19, When the government announced the Coronavirus Job
Retention Scheme, under which HMRC will protect workers’ wages up to 80% of their usual
pay, to a cap of £2,500 per month.
Originally, HC-One did not qualify for this scheme which meant that they were unable to
offer this to our Colleagues.
Are you a GMB Super Member? Please tell us your story.
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Are you a GMB 'Super Member'? Are you on the frontline delivering key support and services to the public or the NHS? If so please tell us your story.
We want to know how you are managing on a daily basis to deliver vital services and supplies to the public, caring for the vulnerable, sick or elderly and how you are working hard and maybe putting yourself at risk in the face of this Coronavirus pandemic.
FAO: GMB Members working across Local Government and Schools, including members in Academies that follow NJC, or who have NJC contracts
As you will be aware NJC trade unions have been in on-going pay talks with Local Government and School employers for some time. Talks started well before we moved into this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic.