G4S Allied Universal

EMPLOYMENT INSPECTORATE INVESTIGATION AGENCY PULLS OUT OF PROVIDING STAFF

Dear members,

The strength and resolve of members continues grow.

The pictures and videos from the picket lines and demonstrations all across the country, and around the world, are amazing.

This week we have issued cease and desist letters to the key agencies that you have notified us of.

Already one agency, SGS, have replied to say that they have reviewed the requests from G4S for staff on strike days and given their concerns, are no longer going to be providing those staff.

We expect that as the dispute continues the remaining agencies will reconsider their position too.

We have also been asked to supply further information to the Employment Inspectorate to support an investigation into the supply of staff on the strike days past.

The SIA have also been contacted about the use of agency staff and we will continue to hold agencies accountable.

Separately we are also calling on DWP to join the negotiations at ACAS as this issue now impacts them directly – they can’t avoid their responsibilities to be a part of the solution.

This also extends to the health and safety breaches that members are alerting us to across the sites.

Members continue to join GMB to secure a better pay offer and win back dignity at work!

Please click the link to see a short message about the industrial action – https://youtu.be/4cCGn2ReGRs

We will continue to stand together in solidarity and strength.

Yours in union,

GMB DWP LNC Reps & GMB National Officer

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On The Picket Line – Fair Pay for Security

On The Picket Line – Fair Pay for G4S DWP Security Guards

The GMB and G4S have been in discussions regarding a pay raise effective December 1st, 2022. Initially, G4S proposed a 5.15% increase, while inflation hovered around 13.5%. As negotiations progressed to stage 2, G4S insisted on us taking the offer to a ballot, which was subsequently rejected by the members.

Following protocol outlined in the recognition agreement, consultations were held through ACAS, but proved unfruitful as G4S failed to sufficiently enhance the offer. After two additional meetings, it was determined that binding arbitration was necessary.

The GMB outlined terms of reference (TOR) specifying the dates and period the pay increase should encompass. However, G4S sought to impose restrictions, capping the maximum arbitrator award at 7%. This proposition was deemed unacceptable and contrary to the agreement’s intent.

The GMB has held numerous meetings, during which G4S attempted to enhance the offer by manipulating award dates and percentages. Subsequently, they sought to utilize the 2023 award to sweeten the deal.

In response, the GMB conducted a ballot among members regarding strike action, resulting in an overwhelming mandate with over 90% supporting the strike.

G4S security guards employed on the DWP contract serve as essential workers, safeguarding civil servants and the public. On the frontline, they regularly face verbal and physical threats, placing themselves at risk. Shockingly, more than 70% of G4S DWP Guards currently earn minimum wage, a situation deemed unacceptable. These dedicated professionals, integral to community safety, deserve salaries commensurate with their responsibilities.

Both DWP and G4S must present a fair pay offer that acknowledges the vital role these workers play in protecting and serving the community.

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G4S Seeking Strike Breakers For DWP Contract

G4S Seeking Strike Breakers For DWP Contract

 

Dear Member,

We hope you are well.

This email is to update you on potential strike action by your fellow GMB members employed by G4S on the DWP contract.

We are aware that G4S is asking Events staff (and possibly others) to help them break the proposed strikes at Job Centres and DWP locations across the UK during May.

We want GMB members to know clearly what is really behind the requests for your support for the “G4S family” at Job Centres etc.

Your fellow GMB members on the DWP contract recently voted by 94% to take strike action and we would ask for fellow GMB members to support them in their fight for a decent pay rise for 2022/23 by not taking shifts that would help G4S break the strikes.

Nearly 90% of your fellow GMB members on the DWP contract are now on the minimum wage of £11.44, so this struggle for better wages is crucial to them – please see the DWP noticeboard for more information here:

 

G4S Secure Solutions Noticeboard | GMB Union

 

There will be a number of demonstrations across the UK so please contact your local GMB Region to find out more.

Once again we are seeking your support in refusing to work as a ‘strike breaker’ on the DWP contract.

 

Yours in union

GMB DWP LNC.                                                                         GMB NATIONAL OFFICER

 

 

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G4S- PAY FOR YOUR OWN ‘Pay Rise’!

25th April 2024

G4S – PAY FOR YOUR OWN ‘PAY-RISE’

Dear members, 

In yesterday’s email from G4S you can now see for yourselves the pressure G4S have been putting your GMB Reps under in negotiations.

G4S claims to care about you, yet at the same time are also proposing to withhold backpay unless you do what they want.

G4S has already admitted that the original one-year offer was ‘disappointing’, yet the two-year proposal is only ‘affordable’ because it combines that ‘disappointing’ offer and uses members backpay to fund the second year ‘rate’.

Members can see for themselves the significant reduction in backpay in the table below when you compare the offer rejected in December and the two-year proposal.

That offer is only ‘affordable’ because by staggering the increases over the two years G4S save on backpay, but it still leaves members just £0.23p above the minimum wage, down from £0.30p, meaning G4S still expect members to go backwards.

The offer also does nothing to address the cost-of-living crisis that G4S admitted they knew members were experiencing in 2022/23.

Your LNC were unanimous that it was not appropriate to expect members to forgo money just to fund a ‘rise’ that DWP and G4S should be paying for.

We remain committed to negotiations and are expecting G4S to return next Tuesday with a response to our position.

At the end of the day, G4S is clearly worried about the impact of your strike action, if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be acting in a manner that smacks of desperation.

Once again thank you for your continued support.

Yours in union,

GMB LNC Reps and GMB National Officer

COMPARISON BETWEEN DECEMBER 2023 AND APRIL 2024 OFFER

   PLEASE SEE THE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN BACK PAY

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G4S- PAY FOR YOUR OWN ‘Pay Rise’

25th April 2024

G4S – PAY FOR YOUR OWN ‘PAY-RISE’

Dear members, 

In yesterday’s email from G4S you can now see for yourselves the pressure G4S have been putting your GMB Reps under in negotiations.

G4S claims to care about you, yet at the same time are also proposing to withhold backpay unless you do what they want.

G4S has already admitted that the original one-year offer was ‘disappointing’, yet the two-year proposal is only ‘affordable’ because it combines that ‘disappointing’ offer and uses members backpay to fund the second year ‘rate’.

Members can see for themselves the significant reduction in backpay in the table below when you compare the offer rejected in December and the two-year proposal.

That offer is only ‘affordable’ because by staggering the increases over the two years G4S save on backpay, but it still leaves members just £0.23p above the minimum wage, down from £0.30p, meaning G4S still expect members to go backwards.

The offer also does nothing to address the cost-of-living crisis that G4S admitted they knew members were experiencing in 2022/23.

Your LNC were unanimous that it was not appropriate to expect members to forgo money just to fund a ‘rise’ that DWP and G4S should be paying for.

We remain committed to negotiations and are expecting G4S to return next Tuesday with a response to our position.

At the end of the day, G4S is clearly worried about the impact of your strike action, if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be acting in a manner that smacks of desperation.

Once again thank you for your continued support.

Yours in union,

GMB LNC Reps and GMB National Officer

COMPARISON BETWEEN DECEMBER 2023 AND APRIL 2024 OFFER

   PLEASE SEE THE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN BACK PAY

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DWP – Industrial Action Notice Served – Copy

23rd April 2024

INDUSTRIAL ACTION DATES SERVED ON G4S

 

Dear GMB Members,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and we want to reiterate again our thanks to members for your patience.

We have now served the formal legal notice of the following strike dates in May:

  • From 00.00 on Tuesday 7th May 2024 to 23.59 on Wednesday 8th May 2024
  • From 00.00 on Monday 13th May 2024 to 23.59 on Monday 13th May 2024
  • From 00.00 on Monday 20th May 2024 to 23.59 on Monday 20th May 2024
  • From 00.00 on Tuesday 28th May 2024 to 23.39 on Wednesday 29th May 2024

These dates have been identified by your GMB LNC as looking to have maximum impact on operations in May.

As previously discussed members who participate in the strike action will be eligible for support, and it has been agreed that this will be £70 each day. Each Region will determine the eligibility for this support and they will also lead on the location and operation of pickets in your GMB Regions.

To support this, on Wednesday 30th a number of GMB Regions will look to host online meetings with GMB members to discuss and outline their regional plans – you will receive specific invites to each meeting direct from your Region.

It is also important to note that it is not appropriate for Company representatives to question members on whether they are participating in the strike action – you are not obliged to answer any questions and if you are asked please ensure you notify your local LNC Rep and/or GMB Officer.

As you can see below, in October 2022 the Company described their pay offer as “disappointing” and actually sought additional funds from the DWP, however when that was rejected, the Company began to describe the offer as ‘great’.

Since then almost nothing has changed, with the Company refusing to contribute any meaningful additional funds to secure a settlement, and instead constantly using virtually the same pot of money in different ways.

Both DWP and G4S now need to come back to the table with a proper offer that addresses the cost of living crisis that members experienced and was acknowledged at the start of the talks, and this must involve additional funds.

We also need to reinforce that only GMB members will have a say in resolving this dispute and securing a settlement. If you have colleagues who are not in GMB – regardless if they are members of another union – ultimately they will not have a say in this dispute – if they want a say then they need to join GMB here: https://www.gmb.org.uk/join-gm…

In solidarity,

GMB DWP LNC and GMB National Officer

 

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DWP – Industrial Action Notice Served

23rd April 2024

INDUSTRIAL ACTION DATES SERVED ON G4S

 

Dear GMB Members,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and we want to reiterate again our thanks to members for your patience.

We have now served the formal legal notice of the following strike dates in May:

  • From 00.00 on Tuesday 7th May 2024 to 23.59 on Wednesday 8th May 2024
  • From 00.00 on Monday 13th May 2024 to 23.59 on Monday 13th May 2024
  • From 00.00 on Monday 20th May 2024 to 23.59 on Monday 20th May 2024
  • From 00.00 on Tuesday 28th May 2024 to 23.39 on Wednesday 29th May 2024

These dates have been identified by your GMB LNC as looking to have maximum impact on operations in May.

As previously discussed members who participate in the strike action will be eligible for support, and it has been agreed that this will be £70 each day. Each Region will determine the eligibility for this support and they will also lead on the location and operation of pickets in your GMB Regions.

To support this, on Wednesday 30th a number of GMB Regions will look to host online meetings with GMB members to discuss and outline their regional plans – you will receive specific invites to each meeting direct from your Region.

It is also important to note that it is not appropriate for Company representatives to question members on whether they are participating in the strike action – you are not obliged to answer any questions and if you are asked please ensure you notify your local LNC Rep and/or GMB Officer.

As you can see below, in October 2022 the Company described their pay offer as “disappointing” and actually sought additional funds from the DWP, however when that was rejected, the Company began to describe the offer as ‘great’.

Since then almost nothing has changed, with the Company refusing to contribute any meaningful additional funds to secure a settlement, and instead constantly using virtually the same pot of money in different ways.

Both DWP and G4S now need to come back to the table with a proper offer that addresses the cost of living crisis that members experienced and was acknowledged at the start of the talks, and this must involve additional funds.

We also need to reinforce that only GMB members will have a say in resolving this dispute and securing a settlement. If you have colleagues who are not in GMB – regardless if they are members of another union – ultimately they will not have a say in this dispute – if they want a say then they need to join GMB here: https://www.gmb.org.uk/join-gm…

In solidarity,

GMB DWP LNC and GMB National Officer

 

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DWP – Industrial Action Ballot Result

       Bulletin No April 2024     

GMB

Industrial Action Ballot Result

 April 2024

Dear members,

Please see below details of the recent ballot.

TRADE UNION AND LABOUR RELATIONS (CONSOLIDATION) ACT 1992 SECTION 231

Industrial Action Ballot at G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Limited

The results of this ballot for industrial action are:

  • NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ENTITLED TO VOTE IN THE BALLOT – 915
  • NUMBER OF VOTES CAST – 533
  • VOTES CAST IN THE BALLOT AS A % OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE ENTITLED TO VOTE – 58.25%
  • NUMBER OF “YES” VOTES – 503 (94.37%)
  • NUMBER OF “NO” VOTES – 30 (5.63%)
  • NUMBER OF SPOILED OR OTHERWISE INVALID VOTING PAPERS – 0

The Employer has been made aware of the result.

Please see the scrutineer’s report here: 

gmb-u1143-1-g4s-secure-solutions-(uk)-05-april-2024.pdf

Thank you to all members who voted in the ballot – your GMB LNC will now convene to agree next steps.

Yours in union,

GMB National Officer

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DWP – Update February 28th 2024

         

Bulletin No January 2024     

GMB Members G4S Pay Update

 28th February 2024

Q&A

Dear GMB Members,

First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude for your ongoing support in these endeavours and recognise the frustration you may be experiencing. We appreciate the significant turnout at our online meeting to discuss the 2022/23 pay negotiations, with many of you posing excellent questions.

Understanding that some members couldn’t participate, we thought it was important to create a Q & A sheet. This aims to provide an overview of the discussed matters and address questions raised by members, ensuring transparency and inclusivity.

  • GMB Member G4S Pay Update 28th Feb 2024

    Q:How long before strike day does a non member have to join. Eg can they join the week /day before

    A: Non-members can join up until the day before a strike – however if they join prior to/during balloting, they can then also help to ensure that there is a mandate for strike action.

    Q: This is over December 2022 pay rise. When is the December 2023 pay rise talks. We are gonna get April 2024 government enforced minimum wage rise before any of this. This is a joke

    A: We agree – the Company has delayed the process in order to try and wear members down into accepting a sub-standard offer

    Q: So are non union members not protected if they do not work on the day if any action taken as it say different online.. i have 4 staff who are not members who said they would not work if we strike..

    A: If any non-members encounter any issues during the process, including during any potential strikes, as non-members they will not receive any support from GMB; and as per the reply to Lee, if they don’t join *and vote* before the ballot closes they won’t be able to have a say in the ballot outcome. Also bear in mind non-members will not be eligible for any strike pay if members ultimately take action.

    Q: Do we know if G4S has got the new contract

    A: We’re not aware that the new contract has been awarded.

    Q: if you go for a strike, what about G4S employees no strike policy ?

    A: There is nothing preventing members taking action on pay and other conditions, please see separate bulletin that will be posted on the web board.

    Q: What about back pay if you were made redundant due to a DWP site closing?

    A: There is no legal requirement to honour any backpay to members who are made redundant, however we will attempt to negotiate that in any final agreement.

    Q: What has happened to back pay when is it calculated from and when come

    A: We are seeking back payment to 1st December 2022, something the Company refused to offer, to date of implementation.

    Q: But in April if the rate is going to 11.44 what rate will we be going for. How many % from 11.44

    A: We expect that over 90% of the contract will be on the new minimum wage from April, and our original claim is for RPI at December 2022, which was 13.4%.

    Q: Why are we only negotiating pay rate. Our holiday allowance is piss poor, not my choice to not work on a bank holiday

    A: That is what was in our original claim, but as described at the meeting, this needs to be the first step in seeking to improve working conditions across the DWP contract and Secure Solutions more widely.

    Q: according with the last discussion we are unskilled workers as we have part of government contract can this to be added as skilled workers

    A: We consider DWP Guards to be skilled professionals, and as such should be treated and paid respectfully.

    Q: Theses a guard here that’s on this for the free ride… he is waiting for the union to fight for his pay so he dont have  have to get his hands dirty or pay the membership 😤

    A: Bear in mind non-members will not be eligible for any strike pay if members ultimately take action.

    Q: Do we get paid when we are on strike

    A: GMB Rule Book provides for payments to members who take action, though more detail, like attending picket lines etc will be distributed following a successful ballot.

    Q: We was told as a small JC that only take about 100+ customers can’t strike, only bigger main JCs can… is that right

    A: No, if our ballot is successful then all members will have the right to strike, regardless of the size of their site.

    Q: What happens if G4s lost the contact and we toupee to another company do we lose the back date pay?????

    A: No any back pay that is Government funded would be payable.

    Q: We should strike like the busses did and get things sorted

    A: We agree, that is why we are going to initiate the legal Industrial Action ballot process.

    Q: How many votes do we need too do to get this sorted I’ve voted for the last 2years nothing has been sorted

    A: The legal Industrial Action Ballot process is a legal one, GMB don’t set the rules, and we have to secure the highest number of votes in favour of striking as possible.

    Q: When the Ballot goes through for strike action, would guards that are not a member are they able to become members and strike, even if just a couple of days before?

    A: Yes, though they will miss the chance to join and actually vote to ensure we have a strong mandate for industrial action.

    Q: Do you think Allied Universal has put pressure on G4s not to do anything?

    A: At the moment G4S does not actually have a ‘problem’ so they are probably happy to sit back and wait until we have balloted.

    Q: Are you dragging this out so that when April comes you’ll throw everything else out of the table

    A: No we have always wanted to resolve this as quickly as possible, which is why we originally wanted to fast-track negotiations at ACAS; and the LNC have always made themselves available to meet for negotiations, it has been the Company who have delayed the process.

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DWP – Update January 2024

         

Bulletin No January 2024     

GMB Members G4S Meeting Update

 2022/23 G4S Pay Negotiation Q&A

Dear GMB Members,

First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude for your ongoing support in these endeavours and recognise the frustration you may be experiencing. We appreciate the significant turnout at our online meeting to discuss the 2022/23 pay negotiations, with many of you posing excellent questions.

Understanding that some members couldn’t participate, we thought it was important to create a Q & A sheet. This aims to provide an overview of the discussed matters and address questions raised by members, ensuring transparency and inclusivity.

  • Q. What happens if G4S are unsuccessful and do not retain the DWP contract, have the union approached other possible contractors about pay? 
  • At this stage GMB’s Head of Research and Policy has advised that the DWP contract renewal notice has not yet been published, so we have not yet made any approaches to any other potential contractors. 

           We have written to the DWP seeking to have an input into the re-tender process on behalf of members who                 perform a crucial function for DWP.

           Once the tender is published we’ll certainly consider approaching potential contractors as a valid action.  

  • Q. Is there any truth in the rumour that G4S are not going for the contract and just kicking this around till April? 
  • G4S have not given any indication that they were walking away from the DWP contract and have always stated how important the contract is to the Secure Solutions business.
  • Q. Now that ACAS have confirmed that they are unwilling to arbitrate unless the TOR is agreed, is our only option to strike? 
  • No, we are presently balloting on an offer, which might be accepted. If it isn’t we will approach the Company about an enhanced offer. At that point we can consider industrial action as an option. 
  • Q. How much time must someone be a union member before being eligible to participate in a strike? 
  • Someone who wants to participate in strike action needs to be a union member, there is no minimum length of membership. However if someone is not a when the legal balloting is underway, then they will not have a say in the outcome.
  • Q. When will we start pay negotiations for 23/24 year?
  • We want to commence these as soon as possible once we conclude the current dispute.
  • Q. How did G4S cash and transit manage to finalise a deal within three months of the initial offer, while it appears that we are still far from reaching a resolution in our situation? 
  • G4S Cash have a history of being organised and prepared to take industrial action. We have not got the same history in Secure Solutions, in part because we have believed we were constrained by a no strike clause, which is not the case.
  • Q. Is the company intentionally delaying the contract renewal, considering the uncertainty surrounding it, especially since the guards, who constitute the main income stream, are being treated poorly? 
  • That is a distinct possibility; this is one of the reasons we are seeking to meet with DWP on your behalf regarding the contract renewal process.
  • Q. Are the company intentionally delaying the pay process due to possibly losing the contract? 
  • Again that could be a possibility, however that tactic would be very apparent and likely to have significant reputational damage to G4S, something that we believe they would want to avoid, particularly with Government contracts.
  • Q. If we go on strike what arrangements would be put in place to reduce the burden of financial pressure on guards who take action? 
  • GMB Rule Book provides for a minimum payment for members who ultimately take action, but every industrial action is considered on its merits to identify if this is appropriate.
  • Q. Where do we go from here? 
  • The ballot closes on the 9th, and we have sought a meeting date with the Company in the following week to discuss the results. This meeting will likely determine our next steps. We are also going to schedule another online meeting for the w/c 19th to update members.
  • Q. Might the company take the position, once the minimum wage takes effect, that it serves as your salary increase without providing any back pay? 
  • This is effectively what they have already offered by refusing to offer any increase/backpay to Dec 2022 – April 2023. This is a period of only 3 months, so represents very little cost to the Company, and we believe their refusal to make an offer reflects their view of the membership. 
  • Q. Surely we are the main income stream for the contract and should receive a fair pay award accordingly? 
  • Absolutely! GMB members play a crucial role in the smooth functioning and maintain the safety of DWP sites. It is a skilled role, performed by professionals with a qualified background. It is worth far more than the National Living Wage, which the majority of guards are now on. 
  • Q. What happens if you leave the company before the pay claim is settled, will you still be entitled to the back pay as you would have worked through that period ?
  • Legally you are not entitled to the back pay – this has been determined previously at tribunal – however we will seek to ensure that as part of any settlement that anyone who has left is paid their back pay.
  • Q. How can we preserve and enhance the pay differentials between team leaders and guards, especially considering that the current 6p per hour gap will vanish with the National Minimum Wage increase in April? 
  • This is a crucial issue and why we believe that we cannot allow the erosion of the differentials to continue. G4S has the money to maintain, and even enhance the rates, and we need to ensure that we can bring enough pressure to bear to secure that outcome. At present G4S have no reason to maintain, let alone enhance rates, as they don’t believe there is an issue.

In conclusion, it is evident that sustaining the momentum is crucial as we navigate through this process. 

The LNC committee urges members to engage in conversations with colleagues and encourage them to join our cause. 

Our strength lies in unity, and it is in our collective best interests to persist in the struggle for equitable wages across the DWP contract.

GMB DWP LNC                                                                                                                                                 GMB National Officer

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