GMB

GMB: mudslinging at the top

Allegation and counter-allegation about GMB full-timers have been flying thick and fast. According to an article in Jewish News an (unnamed) GMB full-timer, speaking at a GMB Christmas party in 2019, had said that claims of antisemitism in the Labour Party were a smear spread by “rich Jewish bastards”. Although the matter had been investigated and the full-timer, now retired, had been cleared, the article continued, the current GMB Acting General Secretary Warren Kenny was so concerned about the way the investigation had been conducted that he had brought in ACAS to review the case. Paul...

British Gas dispute: 14 April deadline approaches

British Gas engineers who have not agreed to new, inferior, contracts faced dismissal on 14 April, as their battle with their bosses' “fire and rehire” offensive reaches its culmination. The engineers, who are members of the GMB union, will strike again on 14 April, the day the new contracts are set to be imposed. The new contracts British Gas wants to impose would lead to an overall 15% reduction in the basic rate of pay, as well as: • A levelling down of holiday entitlement, representing a loss of up to a week’s holiday for many workers • A move to an across-the-board 40-hour week, an...

British Gas: sackings and strike on 14 April

British Gas engineers in the GMB union will strike for the 43rd time on 14 April, the latest date British Gas has set for the imposition of new contracts. Engineers who have not agreed to the new terms by that date face dismissal, as British Gas uses “fire and rehire” tactics to force through changes. The new contracts were due to be imposed on 1 April, but workers were informed by letter of the extension to 14 April. No reason was given for the change. British Gas says workers who do not accept the new contracts will be dismissed, with pay in lieu of notice, but no redundancy package. Justin...

Scottish NHS pay: where's the other 11%?

On 24 March the Scottish Government announced a pay offer of 4% for NHS workers. Staff on the lowest Agenda for Change pay point would get a 5.4% increase. The pay rise would be backdated to last December. And it would come on top of the £500 "thank you" payment already made by the Scottish Government. As the Scottish Government press release inevitably pointed out, the pay offer was much better than the pay rise of 1% proposed by the Tories to the Pay Review Body for NHS workers in England. But the offer is nowhere near the Unite and GMB pay claim for 15% (or £3,000, whichever is the higher)...

British Gas threatens "fire and rehire" for 31 March

British Gas engineers in the GMB union continued strikes against the imposition of new contracts via “fire and rehire”, from 19-22 March, with further strikes planned on 26-29 March. British Gas says it will dismiss the entire workforce en masse, and rehire only those who have agreed to the new contracts, on 31 March. GMB has advised its members to sign the contracts by 25 March, writing in an email to members: “If you plan to stay with British Gas after March 31 and intend to ultimately sign a new contract, our lawyers’ advice is to do so by noon on March 25 if you want to avoid the loss of...

GMB: lay democracy still needed

As of 10 March 2021, and until 17 April, GMB branches can nominate candidates to stand for election as the union’s General Secretary. To get onto the ballot paper, candidates need to obtain at least 30 branch nominations from at least two GMB Regions. Voting will be between 12 May and 2 June. The election was triggered by the resignation of the incumbent Tim Roache last year, following allegations of sexual harassment. A subsequent investigation, the Monaghan Report https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2020-09-09/gmb-democracy-vs-regional-secretaries, found that the GMB was rotten to the core...

British Gas engineers reject deal and fight on

British Gas engineers will fight on in their battle to resist attacks on their terms and conditions, after voting by an overwhelming majority to reject the employer’s latest offer. Workers voted by a margin of 4-1 to reject the deal, with the largest section of the workforce, Service and Repair engineers, rejecting by a 79% majority on an 88% turnout. Strikes continued from 5-8 March. 8 March was the 30th strike day in the dispute so far. Strikes from Friday-Monday are planned through the rest of the month. British Gas wants to impose new contracts via “fire and rehire”, effectively dismissing...

Gas workers' vote due 4 March

British Gas engineers struck again from 26 February to 1 March, and their dispute against worsening terms and conditions imposed through “fire and rehire” reached 26 days of strikes. Further strikes are planned throughout March and into April, but could be suspended depending on the outcome of an electronic referendum on British Gas’s latest offer. The result is due to be announced on Thursday 4 March. The GMB union has been running online meetings where members have discussed the deal. It involves a significant additional financial outlay from the employer, and represents some concessions on...

Workers, trade unions and climate politics

Calvin Lawson - an RMT rep in Newcastle, part of the RMT Environmental Action Group, and co-lead on trade union strategy for Labour for a Green New Deal - spoke to Solidarity. Our trade union group within Labour for a Green New Deal is working with local groups to establish union link officers who can connect with trades councils, union branches and so on to support workers’ struggles but also take up environmental questions. We’ve organised some roadshows to encourage discussion and engagement, for instance in the North East where I’m based and working with Unison in the Manchester area. That...

Keep up pressure on British Gas

British Gas engineers struck again from 19-22 February, in an ongoing battle to prevent their employer from dismissing its workforce en masse and rehiring them on worse conditions. The strikes succeeded in eliciting a new offer from British Gas, which was due to be issued to workers on Wednesday 24 February, and voted on over the weekend of 26-27 February. As Solidarity went to press on 23 February, strikes planned for 26 February-1 March were still due to take place. A previous round of strikes, due for 12-15 February, were called off, after British Gas agreed to further talks at conciliation...

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