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03 March 2007

Parking attendants in Enfield fight for union recognition

24 February 2007
Seventy mostly African migrant workers in the GMB union are in a bitter dispute over union recognition in Enfield, north London.

Single status round-up

06 January 2007
Barking & Dagenham GMB and T&G union members who work for Barking & Dagenham council in east London have voted overwhelmingly in a consultative ballot for strike action over single status and equal pay claims.

One day strike over single status at Falkirk council

16 December 2006
Workers at Falkirk council held a one strike on Monday 18 December against the council's plans to impose wage cuts to pay for single status. The workers are members of GMB and Unison unions. They both held ballots at the same time, which decided in favour of industrial action to resist the council's attacks on wages and conditions.

Workers set for action over single status

16 December 2006
Falkirk The battle against the single status pay settlement in local government is hotting up across Britain. GMB and Unison union members working for Falkirk council in central Scotland are set to protest this Saturday and strike on Monday of next week.

Third one-day strike at JJB - and protests this Saturday

11 November 2006
Workers at sports retailer JJB in the GMB union staged a third 24-hour strike on Thursday this week in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Communist jibe stirs strike at JJB Sports

04 November 2006
GMB union members at the Martland Mill JJB Sports warehouse in Wigan held a 24-hour strike on Tuesday and another on Thursday of this week.

Cardiff home carers threaten strike over job losses

28 October 2006
At a packed emergency mass meeting organised by the GMB and Unison unions last week, 380 home carers agreed unanimously to go on strike if jobs are lost as part of a social services shake-up.

Demonstrating against the suspension of NHS activist Yunus Bakhsh

21 October 2006
Around 100 trade unionists from the Unison, Amicus, PCS, UCU, NUT, T&G and GMB unions demonstrated outside the meeting room of Newcastle Trusts headquarters on Wednesday of last week. They were protesting at the summary suspension of NHS activist Yunus Bakhsh.

Katsouris Foods workers plan campaign over safety

02 September 2006
Workers in the GMB union at Katsouris Fresh Foods, in Wembley, north west London, have organised a mass meeting for Saturday of next week following industrial accidents at the plant.

Stansted workers are angry over pay

26 August 2006
About 500 GMB and T&G union members, working for Swissport at Stansted airport were due to strike this weekend.

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.

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.

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.

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