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Fight for fair pay to shut down city of Birmingham

22 April 2008
Some 20,000 Birmingham council workers in the Unison, Unite, Ucatt and GMB unions are set to strike for two days on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in an ongoing dispute over single status pay cuts.

Birmingham workers to shut council over single status

08 April 2008
Some 20,000 council workers in Birmingham in the Unison, Unite, Ucatt and GMB unions are set to strike for two days on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 April in an ongoing dispute over single status pay cuts.

Merseyside Remploy shut down early

25 March 2008
A senior GMB union shop steward at Remploy returned from holiday to find out that all his personal effects and years of union paperwork had been thrown out by Remploy bosses. The steward Paul Bragg worked at Remploy’s Wallasey Central Cutting Unit in Merseryside.

Labour is no longer our party after Remploy betrayal, say union officials

04 March 2008
Five senior GMB union officials have resigned from the Labour Party over the "despicable betrayal" of disabled workers at Remploy factories, who are facing redundancy.

Fighting single status cuts in local government wages

26 February 2008
Over 50 angry and worried GMB union members, demonstrated outside Leeds Civic Hall on Wednesday of last week. The union wanted to lobby the council meeting, to show its opposition to pay cuts of up to £6,000 a year included in the council’s single status deal.

What was Peter Hain's GMB money spent on?

12 February 2008
Socialist Worker has previously reported that disgraced MP Peter Hain took over £15,000 from the GMB union and then decided to slash jobs for disabled workers at the Remploy factories, many of them represented by the GMB.

GMB and Laboursource

07 February 2008
GMB and LabourSource Ltd have reached agreement over the pay, conditions and treatment of the company's migrant workforce that resolves all misunderstandings and issues regarding accusations made in October of last year. GMB after being invited to conduct a full audit of the current practices relating to employment issues can confirm that LabourSource seem to be an honest, professional organisation. The GMB are happy to endorse LabourSource's new working practices.

Aberdeen ballot over single status

05 February 2008
Workers in the Unison, Unite, and GMB unions in Aberdeen are balloting over a revised single status offer.

GMB award CitySprint couriers “Scrooge of the Year”

08 January 2008
The GMB union presented a "Scrooge of the Year" award to the courier company CitySprint last month.

Single status round-up

17 December 2007
Leeds workers reject pay deal Leeds council workers in the GMB union have voted two to one against a single status pay deal.

Leeds GMB members reject single status deal

13 December 2007
LEEDS COUNCIL workers in the GMB union have voted two to one against a single status pay deal.

Leeds ballot on single status

11 December 2007
Some 5,500 GMB union members who work for Leeds City Council are balloting on the council’s single status pay and grading system.

Strike ballot over single status deals in Swansea

13 November 2007
Workers in the GMB union at Swansea council began a strike ballot this week over a single status pay deal.

Islington bin strike

18 September 2007
Refuse workers in the GMB union in Islington, north London, struck on Tuesday of this week against changes to recycling and collection rounds.

Unions join together to demand decent council pay

03 July 2007
Three unions – Unison, the GMB and the T&G section of Unite – have called a national lobby of parliament for Tuesday of next week to demand full funding for local government to pay single status deals.

Gatwick baggage handlers win employment tribunal

20 June 2007
Two GMB union members who were sacked from their baggage handling jobs at Gatwick by Aviance, the airport ground services company following allegations of theft from passengers’ luggage have been awarded £58,400 and around £50,000 in reparation by Croydon Employment Tribunals for their wrongful dismissals.

The GMB conference and Gordon Brown

05 June 2007
All the debates of delegates to the GMB union conference in Brighton this week were shaped by Gordon Brown taking over as the New Labour leader.

Private equity industry accused of raiding pensions at GMB conference

05 June 2007
The GMB union has accused the private equity industry of raiding workers’ pensions and dumping liabilities into insolvent pension funds.

Labour deputy leader contenders serenade the left at GMB conference

05 June 2007
It’s Monday at the GMB union’s annual conference in Brighton – and the air is thick with calls from senior Labour Party figures to strengthen workers’ rights and build more council housing.

Fury at councils over single status and outsourcing

08 May 2007
Birmingham Workers in the GMB union at Birmingham council showed overwhelming opposition to the single status agreement in the first of several mass meetings last week.

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