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Help Support Homeless Charity Simon on the Streets (Leeds)
Every year Simon on the Streets hold ‘Sleep Out’ events across the region to raise much needed funding and awareness for homeless people. Our region has in the past arranged our own ‘Sleep Out’ in Millennium Square in 2012....
GMB UK MAIL DRIVERS TOLD ‘WORK SATURDAYS OR WORK ELSEWHERE’
This new attack on terms and conditions will have a major impact on work-life balance and childcare says GMB....
SHOCK CARE HOME CLOSURE LEAVES RESIDENTS AND CARE WORKERS STUNNED, HEARTBROKEN AND ANGRY SAYS GMB
To turf 28 people out of their homes, and give 45 dedicated carers the sack with no notice is nothing short of disgusting says GMB...
GMB Union Says It’s Time To 'Show Some Love' To Region’s Struggling Workforce
GMB trade union, which represents more than 640,000 workers across the UK, is set to target non-unionised workplaces across Yorkshire this week as part of its #LoveGMBUnion week, which will see unionised workplaces celebrate the fantastic work that GMB and its army of volunteers do to promote the welfare of workers and improve terms and conditions in workplaces across the region....
Feeling The Heat? Your Rights At Work In Hot Weather
Long hot summers are becoming standard in Britain. Which is great, of course - when you're out in the park and able to enjoy it. But not so much when you're stuck at work. It's not uncommon at the height of summer for offices and other workplaces to record temperatures of 37°(95°F). This makes work extra tiring for employees, and is a potential cause of accidents. What are the hazards? Hot temperatures can affect people working indoors or outdoors in a range of different workplaces including offices. If people get too hot, they risk dizziness, fainting, or even heat cramps. In very hot conditions blood temperature rises. If the blood temperature elevates above 39 °C, there is a risk of heat stroke or collapse. Delirium or confusion can occur above 41°C.  Blood temperatures at this level can prove fatal and even if a worker does recover, they may suffer irreparable organ damage. Hot work indoors can lead to increased stress and lapses in concentration. These in turn can affect work by leading to mistakes and a reduced work rate and greater risk of accidents. Employees who work outdoors run a higher risk of skin cancer. They may also experience heat stress and heat stroke. Exposure to sunlight can speed up the ageing process. Sunburn can also occur, and exposure to UV rays can trigger cold sores and lupus. Eyes can also be affected by exposure leading to problems in the long term. What does the law say? All employees are protected by law from having to work in excessively hot temperatures. And to make sure you know your rights, we've teamed up with UNIONLINE - GMB members' law firm - to produce our second Quick Rights legal briefing.  You can read and download it here: www.gmb.org.uk/heat Our Quick Rights legal advice will come in all sorts of formats, from brief PDF documents, to graphics and videos, but they'll all have one thing in common: professional, qualified legal advice delivered in a timely and easy to understand format. For a more in-depth look at dealing with hot temperatures at work - and for a printable reps' checklist for dealing with hazards - download our full health & safety guide at www.gmb.org.uk/heat-full Feeling The Heat Guide.pdf    ...
Celebrate & Defend Multicultural Leeds: Rally & March Saturday, 7th July at 12.30pm
We want to make you aware that we have organised an event to stand against the racial hatred promoted by right wing organisations following one of the leader's imprisonment, Tommy Robinson. His supporters will be marching in Leeds on the 7th July. We will be holding a counter rally and march to both celebrate and defend our brilliant multicultural city and in doing so, we will stand united against racism and fascism. GMB will be represented at this incredibly important event and we invite you, your family and friends to join us to make it clear that the hatred and violence of such groups is not welcome. “It is vital that the true voices of Leeds and Yorkshire are heard today; Multicultural, inclusive and tolerant voices which speak for our communities. Trade unions and GMB in particular are supporting this anti-fascist anti-racist rally because the racists and the fascists have no place in Leeds, Yorkshire or in our proud society - we will overcome.” Neil Derrick GMB Regional Secretary. Celebrate & Defend Flyer.pdf...
GMB Calls On Focus Academy Trust And The Government To Do What’s Right By Special Guardians
GMB, the Union for Foster Carers, has called on Focus Academy Trust to rethink its decision to deny one of their members of school support staff pay for a period of time when she was left unable to work due to taking into care her brother....
GMB UNION MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECT NHS PAY OFFER
87% of GMB’s NHS members in England, have voted to reject the three year pay deal for NHS and ambulance workers....
GMB AMBULANCE WORKER WHO SUFFERED ASSAULT THEN INSPIRED CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE LAW GIVEN AWARD
Sarah Kelly prompted GMB Protect the Protectors campaign to introduce tougher sentence for those who attack emergency service workers....
£24 Million For Lifelong Learning
SHADOW EDUCATION SECRETARY REVEALS £24 MILLION PROMISE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING FUND AT GMB CONGRESS...
GMB Congress 2018
500 delegates representing 642,000 GMB members from all parts of the UK and Ireland and from every sector meet to discuss the industrial, economic and political agenda of the third largest trade union....
GMB UK MAIL DRIVERS FURIOUS OVER FURTHER ATTACKS TO PAY
This new attack on pay will leave some drivers earning less than £5.00 per hour which is way below the National Living Wage says GMB...
Nestlé Trade Unions Call For Sustainability and Social Responsibility
Nestlé’s success has been built up over 150 years, based on an approach rooted in sustainability at all levels, including social, environmental and economic. In 2017, Nestlé announced a share buyback programme, increased structural cost savings and set its first-ever profit margin target, all in response to the inflated financial expectations of the activist shareholder community. The change in direction announced by Nestlé is an apparent rejection of sustainability and puts the future at risk. The power of Nestlé in recent years has been to invest in new products and development, in research and innovation and to promote the development of a skilled workforce in cooperation with trade unions. Even during the financial crisis, Nestlé’s strategy was to invest and to promote the virtuous circle, resulting in more job stability, good industrial relations, better working conditions and a safer workplace. The effects of Nestlé’s new approach are already being felt: job losses, pressure on wages, terms and conditions, more workplace stress due to increased workloads, job insecurity and consequences to worker health and safety and to food quality and food safety. Nestlé will dispose of categories and businesses that do not perform to expectation. Is this a smart approach? The virtuous circle has turned into a vicious circle. The vicious circle means 20% profit returns now, followed by 25% and later 30%. How far can the quest for profitability go until there is nothing left for investments, including in workers? We expect innovation and investment in our workforce – not the short-termism that is being proposed by Nestlé management. The IUF and its affiliates pledge full support to all affiliates in their actions to defend Nestlé’s continued sustainability. Solidarity is the key to success....
GMB ISSUES WARNING OVER ASDA-SAINSBURY'S ‘SUPERMARKET SWEEPSTAKE’
Union warns a ‘bargain basement' deal could risk gambling with 330,000 people’s futures - as workers kept in dark on grocery merger....
GMB to Lobby Doncaster NHS Board Meeting Over Plans To Outsource Hospital Services
GMB, the union for NHS workers across the UK, will hold a demo outside of Doncaster Royal Infirmary on Monday, 30th April, at the same time as the Trust’s board meet to discuss a feasibility study which if put into action will mean services at the Trust will be transferred to a wholly owned subsidiary....
We must remember the dead and fight for the living says Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield
GMB offices across the region fell silent today to remember the dead and fight for the living as the World commemorates International Workers’ Memorial Day....
NHS Pay Offer
GMB, the NHS Union, begins a national ballot on the NHS pay offer for 2018-21. The pay offer only applies to NHS Employers in England....
GMB MAYBOTS DESCEND ON LEEDS FOR NHS RALLY
This is a critical time to take to the streets and insist the Government stops wrecking our NHS and invest in hard-working loyal staff....
LOCAL GOVERNMENT & SCHOOLS PAY OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED
Agreement has been reached between the National Employers and the NJC Trade Union Side on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019....
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