22 May 2020
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GMB UNION SECURES COVID-19 SICK PAY BREAKTHROUGH IN PRIVATE CARE

Pay Win for Carers during Covid-19 by GMB trade union

GMB Trade Union North West & Irish region welcomes the announcement from Britain’s largest care home provider HC One that they will pay full sick pay to care workers who have to go off sick following exposure to COVID-19.

Prior to today’s announcement, staff employed by the private care provider could only access statutory sick pay of £95.85 per week if unable to attend work having been infected by the virus.



18 May 2020
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GMB Update on Government proposals to increase school and early years pupil numbers in England from 1st June

1 June is too soon says GMB union

GMB Update on Government proposals to increase school and early years pupil numbers in England from 1st June

On Friday 15 May GMB, along with other education unions, met with Professor Chris Whitty the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Patrick Vallance the government’s Chief Medical Advisor, along with other government scientists and members of SAGE (Scientific advisory group for emergencies) to discuss the risks of Coronavirus transmission by children, and the science behind the proposals to widen the opening of schools from 1 June. 



18 May 2020
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13 May 2020
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GMB TRADE UNION COVID-19 RISK REGISTER

GMB union Covid-19 risk register

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



13 May 2020
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ASDA UNION UPDATE BY HAYLEY EIGHT WEEKS AFTER START OF LOCKDOWN

GMB ASDA union update Hayley 13 May 2020

Stay safe, look after yourself

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.



12 May 2020
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ASDA UNION UPDATE ON COVID-19 FOR COLLEGUES

GMB ASDA trade union update 12 May 2020

ASDA UNION update for GMB trade union colleagues

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.



24 April 2020
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GMB AMBULANCE UNION BRANCH SOURCE VISORS

GMB Ambulance trade union source visors

Merseyside PPE Hub

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.
Michael Buoey
REGIONAL ORGANISER



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.

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