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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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The Next Branch Meeting

The Next Branch Meeting

The next branch meeting will be held on Friday 15th March 2024 The venue is GMB Welling Office, 3 Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY with a 10.00am start. All members welcome Dates for 2024 branch meetings all to be held at GMB Welling Office Friday 15th March 2024 Friday 14th June 2024 Friday 13th September 2024 Friday 13th December 2024 Please be advised that parking at the Welling office is limited, you should therefore park in the side streets - Roseacre Road (to the side of the office) has free parking. 

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Tolpuddle Cancelled

Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2023 – CANCELLED

 
Event details
Date
Fri, 14 Jul 2023 – 12:00 to
Sun, 16 Jul 2023 – 18:00. 
 

Today, organisers of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival have made the very difficult decision to cancel the remaining festival programme because of the extreme adverse weather conditions, and in the interests of everybody’s safety. 

Organisers have heeded Yellow Weather Warnings from the Met Office and have this morning closed the site to all new entrants. Access to the site is now impossible.  

In the interests of clarity, even though the weather is set to improve tomorrow, the rest of the festival will not be going ahead due to the logistical demands of safely resetting the site.   

TUC South West regional secretary Ines Lage said: “It is with extreme disappointment we have taken the difficult decision to call off this year’s festival but, with high winds predicted to reach 45mph today, the site is now unsafe for campers and visitors.  

“Our festival is a celebration of solidarity and unity. And this year we saw such solidarity in abundance as we sought to keep the festival going in adverse conditions. The kindness, patience and overwhelming support from festival attendees, and our wonderful crew and volunteers has brought home what the union movement is about. We are eternally grateful and will endeavour to extend that solidarity as we go forward as a community and a movement.”  

“It’s the first time extreme weather has caused the festival to be cancelled and I really hope it will be the last. I thank people for their understanding and look forward to welcoming them back in 2024.”  

Festival organisers confirm that all ticket-holders will be refunded over the next few weeks, and to await further instruction.

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The Next Branch Meeting

The Next Branch Meeting

The next branch meeting will be held on Friday 8th Septembe 2023 The venue is GMB Welling Office, 3 Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY with a 10.00am start. All members welcome Dates for 2023 branch meetings all to be held at GMB Welling Office Friday 8th December 2023 Please be advised that parking at the Welling office is limited, you should therefore park in the side streets - Roseacre Road (to the side of the office) has free parking. 

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Neurodiversity Training Motion 63

Motion 63 Neurodiversity Training – Paul Sony

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Congress 2023

The GMB Congress is a platform where delegates come together to discuss and shape the future of the GMB. Among the attendees were Dave, Derek, and Tony, who attended as visitors, driven by their shared commitment to advocating for workers’ rights. This blog post focuses on their experience at the GMB Congress and the significant motions that were passed, shaping the GMB.

Dave, Derek, and Tony eagerly participated in the GMB Congress, fully aware of its significance as a rule change congress. They were thrilled to witness firsthand the democratic decision-making process and witness discussions that would shape the GMB’s future. The congress provided a unique opportunity for members to propose motions and discuss critical issues that affect workers across various industries.

The GMB Congress was a bustling arena of passionate debates, as members from different branches and backgrounds shared their perspectives. Dave, Derek, and Tony were inspired by the diversity of motions presented, which covered a wide range of subjects including workers’ rights, the environment, and equalities.

Throughout the congress, they witnessed motions being proposed, seconded, and passionately discussed on the congress floor. The atmosphere was electric, with delegates expressing their viewpoints, sharing personal experiences, and seeking support for their proposed changes. It was a true demonstration of democracy in action.

As visitors, Dave, Derek, and Tony were fascinated by the rule change process at the GMB Congress. They observed how these motions would impact the way the GMB is governed and managed. The congress provided a platform for members to voice their concerns and propose reforms that would shape the future direction of the GMB.

The motions passed at the congress represented the collective voice of GMB members. They reflected the aspirations, challenges, and vision of the labor movement. Dave, Derek, and Tony were impressed by the level of engagement and dedication exhibited by delegates in shaping a stronger, more inclusive future for workers.

Attending the GMB Congress as visitors proved to be an enlightening and empowering experience for Dave, Derek, and Tony. They witnessed firsthand the democratic process of proposing and debating motions that will shape the future of the GMB. The congress provided a platform for members to voice their concerns and contribute to the development of policies that address the needs and rights of workers.

As the congress drew to a close, Dave, Derek, and Tony left with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. They were inspired by the collective efforts of the delegates and the commitment to creating positive change within the labor movement. The GMB Congress demonstrated the power of unity, collaboration, and democratic decision-making, reminding us all of the importance of advocating for workers’ rights and equality.

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GMB Labour

GMB is a founder member of the Labour Party and is its third largest affiliate. Since the 28th February 1900, GMB has been active at all levels of the Party including ward, constituency, local authority district, regional, national and European level.

Tens of thousands of GMB members are also members of the Labour Party, and thousands of these GMB members represent GMB in the constituency bodies of the Party. There are over 2,000 GMB members who are Labour Party local councillors. Over 80 Labour MPs are GMB members as are 3 Labour MEPs. There are GMB Members in the elected Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.

There are also GMB Members in the Greater London Assembly. GMB is represented by elected lay members and relevant full time officers at all the democratic policy conferences that take place throughout the year.

The GMB’s Political strategy with regards to the Labour party can be found in the resources tab on the right hand side of the page.

GMB members in the lead up to the 2015 General election took part in a huge amount of political campaigning on behalf of GMB candidates in the election. These were candidates who were GMB members and shared the GMB’s values.

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