"Our members who deliver the services are at breaking point". Gary Smith spoke to BBC Scotland's John Beattie today about the challenges facing Glasgow after a decade of cuts and managed decline. We need a new deal for Glasgow to get the respect our members and this city deserve.
Posted: 8th July 2019
GMB Scotland's Gary Smith spoke to Good Morning Scotland today about the fight to secure work manufacturing EDF's huge offshore wind farm, Neart na Gaoithe, for the empty fabrication yards in Fife. The Scottish Government went to court to secure the go-ahead for this project using taxpayers' money, the Scottish Government owns the yards, and households in Scotland will be meeting the costs of the huge renewables subsidies through flat levies on their fuel bills. It is only right that the Scottish yards should see their share of the work. Fife is ready for renewal, only "political failure and corporate greed" is holding it back.
Posted: 4th July 2019
We've sent a joint letter with Unite's Pat Rafferty to Derek Mackay MSP regarding the ongoing fight to get work from the NnG project into the empty yards, owned ultimately by the Scottish Government, in Fife. "If we cannot achieve work in Fife from this massive development, then we will simply not achieve any renewables industry of scale in Scotland. We think that the people of Scotland will come to regard that as a scandal." #ReadyForRenewal
Posted: 4th July 2019
This is a troubling look into the post-Brexit future and towards future trade negotiations with the U.S. If anyone thinks the UK economy isn’t a sitting duck then they are deluded - there will be no special relationships out there. It also exposes the fragility of the Scottish economy, where food and drink, and within it whisky and spirits, is the second biggest export sector. It reinforces our previous view that for Scotland there is no Brexit deal better than our current deal as members of the EU. You can find our full response to today's reports, and links to our published research on the impact of Brexit on the Scottish economy here: tinyurl.com/y25aeaoo
Posted: 2nd July 2019
As GMB Scotland signs a second recognition agreement on behalf of the workers in Glasgow’s lap dancing clubs, our members will be in George Square in Glasgow tomorrow from 1pm supporting the Ask The 700 campaign - the workers’ voice in the Glasgow City Council SEV consultation.
Posted: 28th June 2019
We warned ISS repeatedly that imposing the new payroll system could cause hardship and uncertainty for our members and their families, which is exactly what happened, while the response from ISS in the form of short-term loans and emotional support was appalling. There's no question that a strike will severely disrupt services at Hairmyres but this isn't a decision we have taken lightly. No credible trade union could allow the precedence of PFI contractors in our NHS withholding wages from workers go unchallenged. The solution is obvious: ISS need to pay what they owe.
Posted: 28th June 2019
I know we post a lot about solidarity but we never get sick of stories like this. Glasgow GMB Home Care branch got hats for cleansing workers across the city (which the council won’t provide 😡) as part of their thank you for not crossing picket lines during the strike. All Council workers are united and we’re so much stronger for it! Remember everyone- wear your hats and protect yourself from the hot sun over the next few days.
Posted: 26th June 2019
GMB Scotland was banned by management from meeting members in City Parking to talk about our objection to forced Sunday working but that won’t stop us! Over 35 members met outside to talk about our campaign. We won’t allow any erosion to our terms and conditions! GMB rep Ross said “it's like the bad old days having to meet members outside workplaces due to city parking restricting GMB access to meet members in their workplaces on their lunch break”
Posted: 19th June 2019
A significant intervention from Gordon Brown as he backs the #ReadyForRenewal campaign and calls out the great renewables rip-off. It’s a national scandal that we’re paying £520 per family per year to fund an industry that sends all the manufacturing work & economic benefits abroad. We must secure a better deal for workers here in Scotland.
Posted: 19th June 2019
GMB Scotland is hiring! We’re looking for an Organiser to work out of our Inverness office - someone with energy, enthusiasm, resilience, commitment and an ability to use their initiative. We need someone with experience of campaigning, who understands and is committed to our union’s objectives and to supporting and developing our lay activists. Sound like you, or do you know someone who’d be perfect for it? Send an email to email@example.com requesting an application pack. The deadline for applications is Monday 29th July.
Posted: 18th June 2019
Very pleased to confirm that GMB has secured permanent contracts for our HGV drivers in cleansing. Well done to all involved! There is power in the union!
Posted: 18th June 2019
Buckhaven Community Centre Thursday 20th of June 6pm-8pm Community Meeting: EDF, come and meet the people of Fife. Families and children are more than welcome, and refreshments will be provided. Fife is Ready for Renewal
Posted: 17th June 2019
Today, we launched our strike ballot of our ISS members at Hairmyres Hospital over a new payroll scheme that saw our members work 3 weeks and be paid for just 2. This amounts to approximately £72,000 of wages that have gone unpaid. That isn't a lot of money to ISS, who have revenues of almost £9 billion, but the imposition of this new payroll scheme forced families to re-shuffle their already hard-pressed finances, and forced others into debt. We've written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman MSP, calling on her to intervene and have ISS pay what they owe. Unless ISS pay out, or the Scottish Government steps in, our members have been left with no choice but to pursue strike action in order to get their wages. GMB member working for ISS at Hairmyres? Vote YES when you receive your ballot paper, and send a clear message to ISS: "pay what you owe!"
Posted: 13th June 2019
We are so proud of our Glasgow Home Care Branch Secretary Shona Thomson, who today was announced as the winner of this year's Eleanor Marx award at GMB Congress in Brighton. GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith said: "The Glasgow Women’s Strike was iconic. "The spectacle of thousands of council workers and their families and friends marching from Glasgow Green to George Square to demand equal pay captured the attention of the world. "Shona has been our union’s guiding light on this journey; she understood the power of the equal pay claimants, demanded her union exercise its statutory rights to execute that power for them and led thousands of working-class women to victory after a decade of struggle. "On the day of the strike, Shona told her fellow workers that they were making history and she was right. "Not only did they win but the legacy of their campaign will mean generations of women will stand on the shoulders of giants like Shona. "Shona has shown us how a trade union should campaign and win for its members and today, with those settlements being delivered and transforming the lives of members, it is with tremendous gratitude, pride and love that we honour her work." Watch Shona's speech to Congress as she collected the award 👇
Posted: 11th June 2019
GMB Scotland members are campaigning for Dundee City Council to reverse the imposition of the Managing Workforce Change Policy. The policy was imposed without consultation with the unions, cuts the terms and conditions of council workers and threatens their jobs by introducing a compulsory redundancy policy. We've taken our campaign to the Council chambers, to council workplaces through our reps and organisers, and even to the doorsteps of (Leader of the Council) Councillor John Alexander's ward: https://tinyurl.com/y6tt4oa3 But if our campaign is to be a success, every GMB member in Dundee City Council needs to return their ballot paper immediately, voting Yes Yes. Every Dundonian relies on council services, and every Dundonian will know a council worker. Speak to them today, tell them to vote Yes Yes and return their ballot paper, and let's stand together to defend Dundee.
Posted: 5th June 2019
"I fear it’s going to take an incident where a life is lost before a simple change is made." Prison Custody Officers' lives are being put at risk transferring offenders in ordinary cars. Daniel Johnson MSP has spoken out, and Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf must act now to protect these workers.
Posted: 3rd June 2019
Dundee City Council Leader John Alexander thinks he can slash our members’ terms and conditions without bothering to consult with our union, so we took a message to his constituents today. #ActiveGMB GMB are defending Dundee, why won’t he? Members in Dundee City Council will by now have received their ballots for industrial action. Vote Yes x 2 to defend your terms and conditions and your local services.
Posted: 1st June 2019
This week saw unanimous backing across the Scottish Parliament for our joint campaign with the Scottish TUC and Unite, calling on EDF to bring the work manufacturing the jackets for the NnG offshore wind project to Fife. The cross-party support is welcome, but is the very least that we should expect from politicians, many of whom have preached about a ‘green jobs revolution’ that Scotland is yet to see the benefit of. This week we saw evidence of this political failure, as 350 skilled manufacturing jobs tied to the Kincardine wind farm project went to a state-owned, loss-making yard in Spain - https://tinyurl.com/KincardineProject There can be no repeat of this failure with the Neart na Gaoithe project. We have the yards, we have the skills, and the Fife community is ready to play their part. Fife is ready for renewal.
Posted: 31st May 2019
GMB Scotland are balloting our members across Dundee City Council for strike action, following the Council's decision to impose their "Managing Workforce Change" policy without meaningful consultation with the trade unions. The policy means the introduction of a compulsory redundancy policy, capped flexible retirement and a cut to pay protection from 3 years to 12 months, meaning that if you are redeployed by the council to a job on a lower grade, your pay is only maintained for one year. Since the Council didn't take the time to listen to the views of their workforce or their trade union representatives, we thought we'd sit down with 4 of our members in Home Care, who between them have over 70 years of experience caring for Dundee's elderly and vulnerable. Are you a GMB member in Dundee City Council? Vote Yes x 2 in the strike ballot before the 10th of June, and stand with your colleagues in fighting these cuts and defending Dundee.
Posted: 27th May 2019