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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
GMB TRADE UNION WELCOMES AGREEMENT WITH CARLISLE SUPPORT SERVICES TO INCREASE THE PAY OF STAFF ON THEIR NORTHERN RAIL CONTRACT IN LINE WITH THE FOUNDATION LIVING WAGE.
GMB has been in discussion with Carlisle Support Services to agree a pay increase for Revenue Collectors on the company’s Northern Rail Contract that will see minimum rates increase in line with the Foundation Living Wage.
After what has been another fast moving week as we continue to react to the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, I wanted to thank you all once again for you and your teams’ incredible support and hard work. At the moment, we are reacting to new situations every day, but you have risen to this challenge brilliantly. Reflecting on the week and going into the weekend, there are a few things I wanted to share with you.
We are in our second week of national calls to discuss business updates and member’s feedback and questions in relation to the Coronavirus. These sessions are invaluable for both the GMB Union and Asda. We will have two calls each week for the foreseeable future so that we can maintain key lines of communication. Items we have discussed include:
ASDA has agreed to pay 12 weeks pay to all those in the vulnerable category and those caring for extremely vulnerable people from today. This is good news and GMB pressure has paid off. Thanks for all your hard work.
ASDA message from Anthony. As you know, over the weekend the Government changed its guidelines around vulnerable workers.