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Purina petfoods: Pay rise? Have some free cat food instead

08 July 2006
Factory workers in the GMB union went on strike last weekend for 24 hours after they were offered free pet food as part of an "improved" pay deal.

Reports round-up

08 July 2006
Gill Whittaker campaign Over 60 people lobbied the disciplinary hearing for Chesterfield PCS activist Gill Whittaker on Friday of last week. Those attending included delegations from the GMB, CWU, Amicus, UCU unions, Chesterfield trades council and the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centre. Speakers at the rally included Paul Holmes MP.

Asda: every little helps, but even more could have been won

08 July 2006
Workers showed how it is possible to win a victory for union rights over the world’s largest retailer last week. Depot workers, members of the GMB union, have forced a level of union recognition from the food giant Asda.

Supermarket strike ballot

24 June 2006
Asda suspended Hugh Bennett, a truck driver and GMB union steward in Wigan, for supporting the union’s strike ballot by writing "vote yes" on an England flag.

Suspended for supporting the union’s fight at Asda

17 June 2006
Asda suspended Hugh Bennett, a truck driver and GMB union shop steward in Wigan, last week for writing "vote yes" on an England flag attached to his cab. The words refer to a strike ballot currently under way.

GMB union conference: Blair and nappies

17 June 2006
The first two days of the GMB union conference in Blackpool saw talk of fighting the bosses.

Reports round-up

23 May 2006
GMB lobby GMB union members lobbied parishioners of the Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common, London, last Sunday. Damon Buffini, head of the venture capital company Permira which part-owns the AA, is associated with the church. Since Permira took over the AA in 2004 bosses have sacked one in three workers, including a number of disabled staff.

Asda strike off

22 April 2006
The GMB union has called off a strike ballot of depot workers at Asda.

Asda holds out on compensation

01 April 2006
Some 340 GMB union members working for Asda at the ADC Depot in Washington, Tyne & Wear, who were awarded compensation of £2,500 each by an Employment Tribunal last month are still waiting for payment. Asda, which is now owned by the US Wal-Mart corporation, is appealing against being penalised for a failed attempt at union busting.

Asda depots balloting for action

25 March 2006
Members of the GMB union at more than 21 Asda depots are balloting on strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

GMB recall conference

18 March 2006
Over 500 delegates attended the recall congress of the GMB union to discuss in detail the findings of the inquiry into allegations of corruption and fraud during the 2003 general secretary election.

Asda depots

11 March 2006
Members of the GMB union at more than 20 Asda depots are balloting on strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions. A strike could affect supplies to about 300 stores.

GMB joins battle to save local government pension scheme

04 March 2006
Fresh forces joined the battle for pensions this week, underlining the immense potential for united strike action by 1.5 million workers.

The GMB: cleaning up our union

04 March 2006
The executive of the GMB union re-convened this week to discuss in detail the findings of the inquiry into allegations of corruption and fraud during the 2003 general secretary election. Some have argued that it is damaging to the movement to publicly display the corrupt practices that may have occurred in the past.

A step closer to pensions strike

04 February 2006
A massive strike over pensions at the end of March, involving 1.5 million workers, came a step closer last week after important moves by the Unison and the GMB trade unions.

Pensions at British Gas

07 January 2006
The GMB union has won significant concessions over pensions following the strike before Christmas by 6,000 British Gas engineers.

Gas workers fighting for future workers’ pensions

03 December 2005
Nearly 6,000 GMB union members working as British Gas engineers have voted by four to one to strike over pensions.

Pensions

12 November 2005
Some 5,500 members of the GMB union working as British Gas engineers are balloting for strikes in the run-up to Christmas over the company’s intention to close the final salary pension scheme of parent company Centrica to new starters from April next year.

Sunderland council workers

08 October 2005
Council workers in Sunderland council are set to be balloted over a pay review that would lead to wage cuts for at least 2,700 staff. The Unison and GMB unions are recommending that members reject the deal.

Reports round-up

17 September 2005
Wanted: fair play at Arsenal The GMB union has taken up the case of member James Ramsey against Arsenal football club.

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