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National construction workers strike ballot has the potential to unite all workers

09 June 2009
The Unite and GMB unions are expected this week to begin a national ballot of tens of thousands of construction workers for strikes over pay.

Leeds bin workers refuse pay cuts

12 May 2009
GMB, Unison and Unite trade unions in Leeds say industrial action could be looming over the latest row over refuse workers’ pay.

Union leaders meet to discuss public sector pay

14 April 2009
Union leaders from Unite, GMB and Unison unions met on Tuesday last week to discuss public sector pay.

Council round-up

10 February 2009
Nottingham Nottingham city council has deferred a decision to axe hundreds of jobs after protests by workers. Over 200 Unison, GMB and Unite union members rallied in the city as councillors were due to discuss plans to slash up to 800 jobs.

Strike threat at Thames Water

10 February 2009
Workers at Thames Water in the GMB union may be balloted for strike action over job cuts and a threat to outsource call centre work to India.

Up to 60 redundancies announced at Chemilines

27 January 2009
The dispute at the Chemilines pharmaceuticals factory in Wembley, north west London, took another turn for the worse this week as the GMB union called off further strike action and the company announced plans for up to 60 redundancies.

Chemilines set for three strike dates

09 December 2008
Some 78 GMB union members at pharmaceuticals company Chemilines have voted unanimously for three days of strike action over pay.

Protest at Rochdale council over restructuring

25 November 2008
Over 500 people protested in Rochdale last Thursday over the council’s plans to attack the terms and conditions of its 8,000 workers through pay and grade restructuring. The lively protest had flags and banners from the Unison, Unite and GMB unions.

Scottish Water workers strike

25 November 2008
Some 3,500 workers at Scottish Water are set to strike for 24 hours from Thursday over pay. The workers, members of the Unison and GMB unions, are angry that management has imposed a below-inflation pay deal of 3 percent over 15 months.

Scottish local government workers in the GMB and Unite unions reject pay offer

18 November 2008
Members of the GMB and Unite unions have rejected the latest local government pay offer in Scotland, raising the possibility of further strike action.

Fighting to save jobs in York

11 November 2008
The GMB, Unite and Community unions have launched an initiative to save jobs and services in York.

Lobby of London Fire Authority

11 November 2008
Members of the GMB and Unison unions in the London Fire Authority have called a lobby of a meeting of their employer that will consider cuts in the organisation’s budget next week.

Scottish strike can win on pay

23 September 2008
We are taking to the picket lines this week with over 150,000 other local government workers. Colleagues in the Unite and the GMB unions are striking with us.

CE Electric workers vote for strike over wages

02 September 2008
Over 1,100 workers at CE Electric, in the Unite and GMB unions, have voted to strike for a 5 percent wage increase.

Nuclear workers reject pay offer

12 August 2008
Some 10,000 members of the GMB, Unite and Prospect trade unions at the Sellafield and Capenhurst nuclear power plants were to start balloting this week after pay talks broke down.

Sacked head chef cooks up protest for four star hotel

12 August 2008
Protesters called for the immediate reinstatement of Virgilio Teixira, a member of the GMB union, at Heathrow Arora Hotel on Friday of last week.

Shop Direct call centre workers vote on strike

12 August 2008
Some 1,100 workers in the GMB union at a Sunderland call centre are voting on whether to strike over low pay.

Reports round-up

05 August 2008
GMB ballot shakes Sellafield Some 2,400 workers in the GMB union at Sellafield in Cumbria will begin balloting for industrial action from 11 August over a below-inflation pay offer of two percent.

Single status judgement: A ‘poor deal’ that could cost the unions dear

22 July 2008
In a decision that could potentially cost unions over £100 million, the Court of Appeal last week ruled that the GMB union discriminated against its women members while negotiating a pay deal with their employer.

GMB conference: union cuts Labour funding

10 June 2008
The GMB, one of Britain’s largest unions, is to withdraw sponsorship from a third of the 108 Labour MPs it backs because they are not implementing union policies.

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