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School support staffs pay, conditions and pensions will be threatened if Herts schools move away from local authority control

GMB has written to all the 26 head teachers in Hertfordshire whose schools have been identified as having registered interest in making their school into an academy, under the government’s new school scheme as early as September this year.



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The government has released a list of schools which have expressed an interest in becoming academies. The GMB website has the two lists – ‘the outstanding schools’ which can be ‘fastracked’ by September, and ‘non-outstanding schools’ that will be considered later.

If you haven’t seen these lists look here to check which schools in your area have expressed an interest.

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8,000 GMB members have voted overwhelmingly for strike action at British Gas GMB announced today. Over 82% voted YES for strike action and 90% voted YES for industrial action short of a strike. The next step is for GMB Shop Stewards to meet to consider the ballot result and to agree the appropriate forms of industrial action to take and when to take it.

Ballot papers were sent out on Friday 5th March to 8,000 GMB members in an official strike ballot at British and Scottish Gas over macho management and bullying which is leading to attacks on terms and conditions of employment. The ballot, organized by the Electoral Reform Balloting Services, closes on March 23rd. These members at British Gas are employed in industrial grades and do jobs like gas service engineers, central heating boiler engineers and work at the distributions depots across Great Britain.


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600 members of GMB and Unison have been on strike since the 7th September over Leeds Council’s proposals to level down pay for workers in the refuse and street cleaning department to achieve equal pay. These workers face pay cuts of up to £6,000 down from an average of £18,000. The City Council is run by a Lib Dem/Tory administration.


Tim Roache, GMB Regional Secretary today reacted to the 92% vote by union members of the cleaning staff in Leeds City Council to reject the council’s ‘final offer’ and to continue the strike now in its seventh week.


He said, “GMB members rejected the offer for a number of reasons. First, a significant number of the strikers are being asked to work longer and harder and in return they are expected to take pay cuts of over £1,000. They cannot afford pay cuts of this magnitude. Second, the offer from the council to alleviate the pay cuts of up to £6,000 involves new productivity elements with which there are problems. The main problem is that GMB members feel that the productivity targets are unachievable in that the council expects bin lift rates of 220 properties per hour. Such performance levels are unachievable. The members rightly feel that the scheme will never deliver the money and that they will still be facing the substantial and unaffordable pay cuts.


GMB members want to see Leeds City Council adopt the same approach adopted elsewhere in Yorkshire in introducing equal pay in the Council that involves levelling up women’s pay and not levelling down men’s pay.


The City Council has an annual wage bill of £830 million. There are 663 people employed by the Council who earn over £50,000 a year. Of these, 67 earn over £80,000 and 19 over £100,000. Leeds is the only authority in Yorkshire that has failed to resolve the equal pay issue with its street cleaning and refuse workers. It is increasingly looking like that there is an absence of political will to sort this issue out without attacking the wage levels of the lowest paid employees in the Council.”


Donations to the two union strike funds:


The address to send the cheques may payable to ‘GMB strike fund’ to GMB strike fund, GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Region, Grove Hall, 60 College Grove Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RN.


Donations to the hardship fund can be marked for the attention of Loraine Senior and sent to UNISON, Yorkshire and Humberside Region, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ. Cheques should be made payable to UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

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GMB Engineering Construction Workers Vote To Reject Employers Final Offer On Pay And Conditions

 Members insist on the skills and unemployment registers and to copper-fasten the pre award audit to screen out employers who plan to undercut the agreed rates and terms and conditions says GMB 5 Oct 2009 (more…)

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GMB Central Executive Council provide £10,000 to hardship fund for victimised workers facing pay cuts and launch appeal to all 3,000 GMB Branches for support for the Leeds strikers

GMB today disclosed that the Lib Dem/Tory administration in Leeds City Council failed to collect almost £17 million in unpaid Council and Business taxes in the year to 31st Match 2009. The figures are as follow: uncollected Council Tax £9,247,000; uncollected non domestic rates £7,484,000; a total uncollected taxes of £16,731,000. The figures are from the Department of Communities and Local Government and are from the tax year 2008/9. (more…)

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The objective of this dispute is to eliminate discrimination, unfair treatment and exploitation in this industry of workers wherever they come from

16 Jul 2009

GMB today announced that it will conduct an official strike ballot of engineering construction members working in the building and maintenance of Britain’s power stations and oil refinery sites. Members working for contractors at the following sites will be balloted:- BP FPS Grangemouth and Ineos Grangemouth in Scotland, Sellafield, Shell UK Stanlow and Staythorpe RWE in Nottinghamshire and Chevron Pembroke and Aberthaw in Wales. Unite will also ballot its members on the same sites with the same timetable. (more…)

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