22 April 2020
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GMB AMBULANCE BRANCH – PROVIDING DRINKS AND FOOD TO AMBULANCE WORKERS IN LANCASHIRE

Tony Dunn GMB Super Member

Tony Dunn GMB Super Member

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.



22 April 2020
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GMB NW AMBULANCE BRANCH SOURCES FACE-VISORS FOR MEMBERS

GMB Ambulance union get masks for members

GMB Union Ambulance Branch

supply members with plastic face visors

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!



17 April 2020
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GMB UNION HC-ONE MEMBERS UPDATE FURLOUGH

GMB union branch HC-ONE update

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.



17 April 2020
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ARE YOU A GMB SUPER MEMBER? WE WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU ARE MANAGING

GMB union super member

Are you a GMB Super Member? Please tell us your story.

email us info@gmbnorthwest.co.uk

GMB Super Members we want to know how you are getting on

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.



17 April 2020
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IMPORTANT LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOLS PAY UPDATE

GMB union member pay update

FAO: GMB Members working across Local Government and Schools, including members in Academies that follow NJC, or who have NJC contracts 

Dear Member 

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. 



11 April 2020
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ASDA UPDATE - GMB UNION REPS GET RESULT, THANK YOU PAYMENT TIME TO BE PAID ON ACTUAL HOURS

GMB union ASDA update on pay

This payment will be calculated on actual hours worked, based on the average of actual weekly worked hours, between Sunday 15th March 2020 and Saturday 16th May 2020 (or contracted hours whichever is the higher)

GMB ASDA union national retail and distribution reps have been pushing for the thank you payment time be paid at actual hours, so this is good news for all their endeavours.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak and the fast changing nature of things, I've wanted to communicate with you on a daily basis to make sure you're getting everything you need – when you need it. After Easter, if things continue to settle I'm going to step-back these notes, to three times a week, so you can focus on supporting your colleagues and serving your customers.



8 April 2020
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ASDA UPDATE FOR GMB MEMBERS FROM ANTHONY

GMB union negotiate better pay at ASDA

Our reps have been pushing for the first three days of sick to be paid during the second period of isolation, so this is an achievement and the same as distribution.

Thanks again for all your support during what's been another really busy week. I know a lot of information has come your way so thanks to you and your teams for reacting so quickly.



8 April 2020
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RECKLESS’ NON-ESSENTIAL JOURNEYS RISK DRIVERS HEALTH SAYS GMB TRADE UNION

GMB union says avoid Translink transport

Our drivers are out risking their health and the health of their families

Translink drivers are out risking their health and the health of their families to deliver essential services

GMB, the Union for the Northern Ireland transport provider Translink, have called on the public to avoid using public transport unless ‘absolutely necessary’ to protect drivers and other essential workers.

The union argues that drivers are risking their health and the health of their families to transport NHS workers, care workers and other essential workers during the pandemic.



8 April 2020
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COMPANIES TAKING ADVANTAGE OF COVID-19 TO STOP WORKERS FROM JOINING A TRADE UNION

GMB trade union helping workers during COVID-19

We will not allow these employers to profit unfairly on the back of these workers

The GMB North West & Irish region has been made aware of companies stopping members and new recruits from joining a trade union, this is absolutely not acceptable and something we are taking very seriously. We are focussing our attention on these companies, who have a legal requirement, to make sure workers are represented and fairly treated.



6 April 2020
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GMB UNION MEMBER NOTICE KNOWSLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL HR POLICY HIGH RISK MEDICAL CONDITIONS

GMB union coronavirus update Knowsley Council

Coronavirus – Human Resources Policy Emergency Provisions

Knowsley Council Update - Please find below Knowsley Council’s new HR Policy in relation to ‘High-Risk Medical Conditions’ & Other useful Information

The policy takes immediate effect. It has been discussed with GMB and the other Single Status unions and is broadly supported. Please take time out to read the policy which is below.

If you have already taken time off work to self-isolate, then the declaration will need to be completed retrospectively and review arrangements put in place from next week onwards.

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