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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.


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.

Morrisons supermarkets

17 September 2005
Thousands of Morrisons distribution workers could strike as the supermarket giant plans to shut several depots. The result of a joint T&G and GMB ballot for industrial action was set to be announced on Thursday of this week.

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.

DHL Express ballot set to deliver message to management

06 August 2005
The GMB union has organised a consultative ballot for its 4,500 members at the DHL Express parcel company. GMB members rejected the company’s 3 percent pay offer in a ballot earlier this summer.

Breakaway union attempt at AA and DHL

09 July 2005
The GMB has represented staff at the AA since our merger with the Apex union in the mid-1980s. The union has had many successes, including the protection of the final salary pension scheme last year.

Supermarket workers pay disputes are stacking up

02 July 2005
Members of the GMB union at Asda’s Washington depot in the north east of England have rejected an improved pay offer from management.

Union anger at DHL parcels company

02 July 2005
The GMB union is battling to stop an attempt to form a right wing breakaway to it in the DHL parcels company.

GMB union conference

18 June 2005
The GMB union conference last week saw Paul Kenny, previously London regional secretary, take over as acting general secretary for the next year.

News in brief

11 June 2005
GMB backs the protests Members of the GMB union meeting at their national conference in Gateshead this week voted unanimously to back protests at the G8 summit.

Analysis from inside GMB on mergers and organising

12 March 2005
A deep mood of pessimism seems to have struck the leaders of many of the big unions as they cast about for solutions to membership decline and financial crisis in their organisations.

Keep up the pressure over pensions fight

26 February 2005
THE GMB is the latest major union to consider strikes against New Labour’s public sector pensions robbery.

Why we believe a merger between Amicus and the T&G unions will not be so super for workers

12 February 2005
Amicus THE NATIONAL executive of the Amicus union was told on Wednesday of last week about plans for a three-way merger with the T&G and GMB unions. Almost every executive member knew about the plans in advance—by reading about them in the newspapers.

Brighton and Hove

15 January 2005
OFFICIALS FROM the Unison and GMB unions were due to meet Brighton and Hove council for talks this week about the dispute over pay for teaching assistants. Teaching assistants in Brighton and Hove struck on three days last year against council plans to cut the number of weeks they work, effectively wiping out a promised pay rise.

In brief

18 December 2004
Let’s strike while the iron’s hot ABOUT 80 members of the GMB union working for the Multiserve steel company were set to strike on Monday of next week over pay.

Funeral Directors

11 December 2004
HARD-HITTING industrial action at Co-Op Funeralcare has forced bosses to make a new pay offer. Members of the TGWU and GMB unions at the company are now voting on a new pay rise.

In brief

11 December 2004
GMB rejects steel deal MEMBERS OF the GMB union working for the Multiserve steel company have voted to reject a pay offer, renewing the possibility of a strike that would hit steel production across South Yorkshire.

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