GMB Scotland members are in Forfar for today’s meeting of COSLA leaders, where local government pay is on the agenda. The offer on the table, that 92% of GMB Scotland’s 30,000 members in local government have rejected, gives a bigger cash increase to Chief Executives on six figure salaries than those actually providing our services. After a DECADE of austerity, we’ve got a question for Scottish council leaders; why are we, the workers who clean your schools, care for your elderly, sweep your streets and empty your bins, worth less than you?
Posted: 31st August 2018
Our members in local government will be stepping up their campaign for a fair and equal pay offer tomorrow, with a lobby of the COSLA Leaders meeting in Forfar. GMB Scotland's ballot of our 30,000 members in local government returned a 92% rejection of the pay offer, a strong mandate to insist that the COSLA leaders to do more for the lowest paid council workers. Under the existing offer, the pay rises for staff earning over £80,000 a year in local government will be up to eight times greater than the average carer, cleaner or caterer – that is absolutely shameful. GMB's Senior Organiser for Public Services, Drew Duffy, said "It cannot be right that after a decade of cuts to pay and conditions that the highest earners in local government receive the biggest cash lift. This offer is blatantly unfair and unequal which is why it was so resoundingly rejected by our members. The message we will give to council leaders and chief executives as they walk through the door is simple: Our members are delivering your core services - you must do more for the lowest paid in our local authorities and bring forward an improved offer for their consultation.” MORE: http://bit.ly/COSLALobby
Posted: 30th August 2018
Less than a month after posting eye-watering operating profits of £3.7 BILLION, Diageo have made a 3% "final offer" to their workers on pay. GMB Scotland have moved to ballot on this offer with a strong recommendation to REJECT on the basis that it represents a real terms cut to our members pay, lagging behind the current RPI of 3.2%, while CEO Ivan Menezes is set to enjoy a 266 per cent increase to his own pay and conditions. Diageo have since threatened to block trade union representatives from conducting the ballot in the workplace, in a shameful new low for employment relations in the UK. GMB Scotland Organiser Keir Greenaway said "This represents everything that’s wrong with the economy but we won’t back down to bully-boy tactics and whether the factory gates are opened or closed to us, we will campaign to ensure our members receive a fair share of their employer’s profits." MORE: http://bit.ly/DiageoPayOffer
Posted: 29th August 2018
School cleaners in 13 local schools across Ayrshire aren’t being paid the Living Wage, despite the Scottish Government and local councils claiming to be committed to it. School cleaners employed by local schools contractor, Mitie, are paid around £1 an hour less, whilst janitors in the 13 schools are also paid less than other council staff doing exactly the same job. This isn't fair and GMB Scotland, the union for school support staff, say enough is enough. As the new school term gets underway, school cleaners and janitors employed across Ayrshire by the local schools contractor, Mitie, are taking to the streets to campaign against their second-class treatment by Mitie and the local council. To support GMB Scotland’s campaign for all our school staff to earn at least the Living Wage. 📝 Click below and SIGN the petition! 📢 SHARE this post and spread the word!
Posted: 20th August 2018
98% of GMB members have REJECTED the unfair and unequal NHS Scotland pay offer! “We said from the outset this offer was unfair and unequal, and while it is very disappointing this offer will be implemented, we won’t be silent on the facts”. MORE INFORMATION: https://bit.ly/2MoGpLb
Posted: 17th August 2018
In case you missed it, the news that GMB Scotland has served Glasgow City Council formal notice of an industrial action ballot of our members in Cordia over the issue of equal pay led STV News at 6 last night. "They know what they're worth and they'll fight for it". ✊🏻
Posted: 17th August 2018
"While these officials continue to duck the council's responsibility for years of discrimination, the final bill for the monies stolen from our members continues to rise into hundreds of millions, and possibly over a billion - the deception is shameful. "Our members’ patience has been exhausted. "They want a fair and negotiated settlement of their equal pay claims within a reasonable timescale; not some half-baked bribe before Christmas offering far less than they are owed. "Without an immediate intervention from the council leadership, strike action in Cordia is inevitable because these women know their worth and they’ll fight for what they are owed.”
Posted: 16th August 2018
GMB SCOTLAND MEMBERS IN BAKKAVOR/CALEDONIAN PRODUCE VOTE ON STRIKE ACTION OVER POVERTY PAY Workers preparing and packaging fresh food exclusively for the High Street giant Marks and Spencer begin voting today in an official strike ballot over poverty pay at a food manufacturing facility in Bo’ness. Workers at the Caledonian Produce plant in Bo’ness are being offered a pay increase well below the Scottish Living Wage and just 2 pence above the National Minimum Wage by their employer, the global packaged food company Bakkavor Group, which has revenues of around £1.8 Billion. Bakkavor, which describes itself as an international player and leader in the fresh prepared food market, has revenues of around £1.8 Billion but are trying to force their staff to accept a derisory 2.25% pay offer, which is below inflation, and at just 2 pence above the legally allowable minimum wage. This isn’t just poor pay, this is poverty pay. The full industrial action ballot begins today, Monday 13 August, and will run until noon on Monday 3 September. GMB Scotland are recommending members to vote for strike action, and for action short of strike.
Posted: 13th August 2018
There have been two significant interventions today in the ongoing battle to secure new contracts for BiFab and bring work back to Fife and Lewis. First, former Energy Minister Brian Wilson has written to DEME Group to make the case for awarding contracts to BiFab. “These are areas of Scotland in much need of good quality manufacturing employment and are capable of producing excellent work.” - http://bit.ly/WilsonBiFab Former Prime Minister, and MP for Kirkcaldy, Gordon Brown has also written in support of "the campaign that has been led by the Scottish workforce itself to secure work, manufacturing the infrastructure which the offshore renewables industry needs to exploit Scotland’s offshore wind asset". - http://bit.ly/BrownBiFab GMB Scotland visited BiFab today, and we are as determined as ever to see work brought back to these yards. Today, times are tough – but we can have a bright future.
Posted: 10th August 2018
📢 SAVE 100 JOBS AT GREENLIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL ♻️ More than 100 recycling workers in the West of Scotland have been issued with redundancy notices due to the threat of administration hanging over Greenlight Environmental, a long established social enterprise providing recycling services to West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde and Argyll & Bute councils. The social enterprise is understood to be in trouble due to a loss of contracts from West Dunbartonshire Council. GMB Scotland, the union for refuse and recycling workers, are providing support to our Greenlight members and we are calling for urgent action from the councils who have contracts with Greenlight and who have a clear moral duty to act. The council leaders must now explore every option available to them including bringing these workers in-house as direct council employees. SIGN 📝 and SHARE 🔄 this petition and urge all 3 Councils to intervene and SAVE GREENLIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL. ♻️
Posted: 9th August 2018
We’ve been campaigning across NHS Scotland & the Scottish Ambulance Service over the Summer, urging you to reject the unfair and unequal 3 year offer. Our workplace ballots are now over, and you only have until Monday 13th August, next Monday, to return your postal ballot. So don’t delay, do it TODAY! GMB Scotland has been campaigning for a rejection of the pay offer, as it stands. We are the only trade union in NHS Scotland to do so. The reasons why are very straightforward: 1️⃣ - The 3 year offer gives no guarantees that it will consistently match the cost of living. 2️⃣ - The offer would commit staff and their trade unions to a programme of as yet undefined reforms to terms and conditions, leaving you vulnerable to further cuts in the near future - why would we agree to something that is unknown? 3️⃣ - The highest paid will receive a bigger pay increase in pounds and pence than the lowest paid - that’s ludicrous after ten years of austerity. The devil is in the detail. This offer is unfair, unequal and would commit us to reforms that are unknown. That’s the hard truth, and that’s why we cannot credibly recommend anything other than a rejection.
Posted: 7th August 2018
The count is in and the message is clear. GMB members in Bakkavor Bo’ness have spoken and overwhelmingly rejected the insulting offer from management by 98%! The offer from Bakkavor is below inflation and beyond the pale. It means our hardworking members would have to maintain the same high standards of work while having less money in real terms in their pay packet. We cannot accept an offer of poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor, and we'll be stepping up our campaign for a real pay rise for our members in the next week!
Posted: 30th July 2018
BIFAB UPDATE We have been clear that our number one priority is creating jobs at these yards for people in Fife and Lewis, and to do this, it is now pressing and vital that we secure contracts for the yards which BiFab are currently tendering for. Our message to the wind-farm developers about to award these contracts is quite simple.
Posted: 27th July 2018
A fantastic achievement for new GMB Scotland reps Jackie and Gary, who have secured the provision of free sanitary products for their colleagues at Asda's Jewel store in Edinburgh. GMB will be encouraging other stores across Scotland to follow their example.
Posted: 27th July 2018
GMB Scotland Organiser Keir Greenaway said: “GMB members have seen their hard-work result in another great financial result for Diageo. These financial results leave Diageo in a great position to reward their hardworking and loyal staff with a pay rise in proportion with the eye-watering profits they have made in 2018. "GMB will always campaign for our members interests, so we will be meeting with Diageo next month to make sure it isn't just the shareholders that see the fruits of GMB members labour.” SHARE if you agree Diageo's hardworking staff deserve a decent pay rise!
Posted: 26th July 2018
Gary Smith, Scottish secretary of the GMB union, said: "This will come as a real blow to shipbuilding communities in Scotland and across the UK. "We are already losing jobs in yards like Rosyth as the carrier work is completed. "This news comes after big cuts to the original Type 26 programme, the broken promise to build a state of the art frigate factory on the Clyde that would have allowed us to compete in global markets for building complex warships, and the decision by the Tories to put the tender for the three support vessels for the carriers out to international tender as opposed to putting the work into UK yards. "It is an utter shambles but this is what happens when you have the Treasury dominating decisions over sovereign defence capability."
Posted: 25th July 2018
BIFAB UPDATE: GMB Scotland to meet with BiFab owners DF Barnes to discuss the future of the yards in Burntisland, Methil and the island of Lewis. “Our number one priority for months has been not just the rescue of a company but the employment of people in Fife and in Lewis. We remain optimistic that the outlook for restoring significant levels of employment at the BiFab yards is achievable, if work can be secured".
Posted: 24th July 2018
A GMB Scotland survey revealed that more than 90% of Pupil Support Assistants in Aberdeen City schools had suffered abuse at work. GMB will work tirelessly to ensure PSAs are treated with respect while carrying out their duties at work, and having met with Aberdeen City Council, they have agreed that improvements need to be in place for the start of the new term in August. However, actions speak louder than words. We'll be meeting with the Council again in August to ensure these agreed changes have been implemented, and would ask that our members continue to report every incident that takes place.
Posted: 20th July 2018
GMB Scotland members in Glasgow today proudly protesting Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. “The working-class question is the same in America as in Europe. Why is it that the actual producers & distributors of wealth own least wealth, and those who are not its actual producers & distributors own most wealth?” - Eleanor Marx, a founding member of the GMB.
Posted: 13th July 2018