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.



4 April 2020
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VUNERABLE MEMBERS AT ASDA OPTION TO WORK REDUCED HOURS ANNOUNCED BY ANTHONY

GMB UNION VUNERABLE MEMBERS ALLOWED REDUCED HOURS

Vulnerable colleagues who want to work reduced hours

We know that many colleagues who fall into the vulnerable category would like to continue working, but on reduced hours. We’re happy for them to explore this option, but it must be approved by their GSM/SM and their SMP, who will make sure the new working arrangement is recorded accurately.



2 April 2020
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GMB WELCOMES AMEY CHANGE OF HEART ON CORONAVIRUS SICK PAY

GMB welcome AMEY pay announcement

GMB has welcomed the change of heart by Amey senior management after the CEO of the infrastructure support service provider, Amanda Fisher, wrote to staff to inform them that following GMB raising the matter with the company they had reviewed their policy and would now pay any staff affected by the Covid-19 virus full pay if they are ill or self-isolated.

GMB Reps, including Paul Thompson in the water industry, lobbied hard on behalf of our members to bring about this result when the company had previously informed staff they would only receive SSP.

Amanda Fisher wrote:



1 April 2020
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GMB UNION MEMBER TERM TIME ONLY – COLLECTIVE GRIEVANCE AT ST HELENS COUNCIL UPDATE

Term Time Only grievance at St Helens Council

Covid-19 virus is taking priority at the moment

We just wanted to reassure all our members involved in the claim, that the GMB negotiations with the Council are still ongoing.

We will keep you all updated of any developments.

As you are all aware, the Covid-19 virus is taking priority at the moment, but we will be keeping you in the loop with any updates.

Please stay safe and take care

You can contact me or Maria Almond, GMB Regional Organiser, on 0151 203 0189; who will be happy to support at this challenging time.

Regards

Louise Convey

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