Quote from BBC NEWS - "I feel like a zombie most of the time," she added. "I felt like quitting at one point but why should I have to give up my job after almost two decades? Ive never gone on strike before but I will now. Something needs to be done, they have to listen to us."
Posted: 4th September 2019
“More than 84% of votes were cast for strike action. It's clear how angry workers are about this brutal new rota system. "We’ve tried to negotiate with management again and again – but they don’t want to know. Our members feel backed into a corner, and strike action is the only option left open to them.” - Nicola Savage
Posted: 4th September 2019
DC1 AND DC2 BALLOT RESULT To: GMB MEMBERS AT WILKO DISTRIBUTION CENTRES Date: 3 September 2019 Dear Colleagues Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 Section 231 Industrial Action Ballot at Wilko Distribution Centres The results of this ballot for industrial action are: Number of individuals entitled to vote in the ballot 1628 Number of votes cast 987 Number of “YES” votes 835 Number of “NO” votes 151 Number of spoilt or otherwise invalid voting papers 1 Votes cast in the ballot as a percentage of individuals who were entitled to vote was 60.6%. I am now consulting further as to our next steps. Yours fraternally GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 3rd September 2019
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO HAVE YOUR SAY. Don't forget the Dc1 and Dc2 Strike Ballot closes on Tuesday 3rd September at 12 noon 2019. Please make sure you have your say and use your vote today. If you haven't already sent your postal ballot then please make sure you send it today or by tomorrows post the latest to have a chance of being received before the deadline.
Posted: 30th August 2019
Strike Ballot - Last Chance to Vote Dear Member, The GMB Union Strike Ballot closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 3rd September 2019. Please use your vote. Make sure you have your say. Every vote counts. Please post your ballot paper back in good time. Regards, Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 26th August 2019
We love hearing about the solidarity being shown by our members and the support being shown by the local community. Any more pics you may have please private message them to us. W21 BRANCH is overwhelmed and so proud of you all.
Posted: 23rd August 2019
Bulletin No 14 August 2019 WILKO DISTRIBUTION - GMB STRIKE ACTION BALLOT Dear Member Union members are provided with legal protection for up to 12 weeks if they take part in strike action. This means an employer cannot fairly dismiss a union member for taking part in strike action, where the union has conducted a strike action ballot in accordance with legislation. GMB is currently conducting a strike action ballot and calling on members to Support Strike Action because team members deserve to spend more time with their families and less time working weekends Regards Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 22nd August 2019
W21 Branch update 21/08/2019 Dear Colleagues, I wanted to do a quick update as we have had a lot of questions locally within DC2 around some of the terminology regarding breaching contracts for taking part in strike action and what the negative impact could be. quote GOV.UK "Dismissal for industrial action You can’t be dismissed for industrial action if: ⦁ it’s called as a result of a properly organised ballot ⦁ it’s about a trade dispute between workers and their employer (eg about your terms and conditions) ⦁ a detailed notice about the industrial action (which is legally required) has been given to the employer at least 7 days before it begins You can claim unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal if you’re dismissed for taking industrial action at any time within the 12 weeks after the action began." So what this would mean in its basic form is that as the GMB has ticked all the required boxes and then as is your right to take part in protected industrial action, having breached your contract, this would then normally mean you wouldn't be entitled pay for the day or days of strike action. To ensure protection and legal compliance there has been a lot of work going on in the background, locally with myself and the reps planning and scrutinising the accuracy of the membership list, and the same for our counter parts up at DC1. Working closely with our supporting Regional GMB full-time officers, Nicola Savage within Wales and Southwest and John Smith in Yorkshire region. We have then all been feeding into Gary Carter at National GMB office who has worked closely with the legal team. As you may recall leading up to the point of the ballot the frustration many of you felt, including ourselves, of being all ready to go and it then feeling like groundhog day and comparisons made to brexit whilst waiting for the green light that we were legally compliant. All of this work and delay, although frustrating is the result of the Conservative anti-trade union, trade union bill introduced in 2016 to add hurdles to the process to deter and make it harder for workers to fight for their rights (so remember this in the next general election). I just want to finish off by reminding and ensuring you that the legal compliance requirements have been achieved to give you the option to take part in protected industrial action. Please use your vote. Take action. Support the strike and give us the mandate to fight on your behalf for a better work life balance. With Regards, Paul McGuire GMB Convener for GMB W21 Branch GMB Wales and Southwest.
Posted: 21st August 2019
Bulletin No 13 August 2019 WILKO DISTRIBUTION - GMB STRIKE BALLOT Dear member You should have received your ballot paper from Electoral Reform Society (ERS). If you haven’t please see your local GMB rep and we’ll get a duplicate paper sent out. Please complete the ballot paper and send back to ERS as soon as possible. It’s important all GMB members vote and you have your say. We’re asking you to support Strike Action. We don’t do this lightly, but management should listen to the workforce and reduce weekend working. If Wilko believe in family values then they should respect their employees’ right to spend time with their families. Support Strike Action, Vote Yes. Regards Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 20th August 2019
Gary Carter - National GMB Officer for Wilko and our very own Nicola Savage - Lead GMB Officer for Wilko from our GMB Wales and Southwest region share their thoughts after meeting with the DC2 reps to discuss the ongoing ballot and the Savage rotas.
Posted: 19th August 2019
Don't forget to return your ballots ASAP. The ballot is being supervised and independently run as required under UK law by the Electoral Reform Services. Please make sure you check all correspondence you have received so that you don't miss your opportunity to vote
Posted: 17th August 2019
Bulletin No 12 August 2019 WILKO DISTRIBUTION GMB Strike Ballot - Actions Speak Louder than Words Dear Member You will have received a number of communications from management and there will be more. These will differ in content and tone, but the purpose is the same. They don’t want you to vote, and they want to dissuade you from voting Yes in the strike action ballot. GMB is calling on all members to use your vote and vote yes in support of strike action. • Management talk about family values, but took away family time. • Management talk about reducing weekend working, but this hasn’t happened. The time for words is over, management need to reduce weekend working now and guarantee it for the future. Actions speak louder than words. Make sure you use your vote. Support each other, Support Strike Action. Action is needed to get management to reduce weekend working. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 13th August 2019
We have been approached by several concerned team members regarding HR and managment practices taking place at the Wilko DC in Magor. Through no fault of their own some team members have been over paid for a conciderable amount of time despite raising the issue to managmemt immediately. The company has knowingly allowed this to carry on until the team members have accrued money owed in circa of £800. Our members are telling us that they are being called into undocumented meetings, not being offered a witness and sometimes with more than one managment present to add to the intimidation. We are also being told the team members are being dictated to that they must agree a non mutually agreed and also not affordable repayment plan or threatened they will take all the money in one go and in turn leaving them penniless for the following month. The repayment plan is at a conciderably higher rate of repayment than the over payments and has not been mutually agreed as affordable by the team members involved. ACAS BEST PRACTICE QUOTES - If the overpayment was a long time ago, or overpayments have been going on for several weeks or months, your employer should: be flexible and fair claiming the money back and agree a repayment plan with you if needed If you have been dragged into one of these meetings please let one of the GMB reps know immediately or contact Cardiff GMB office for assistance on - 02920 491260
Posted: 13th August 2019
GMB W21 BRANCH's cover photo
Posted: 12th August 2019
"I want to break free I want to break free from your lies"
Posted: 10th August 2019
Ms Savage, of the GMB Union, also called for further dialogue – putting the onus on Wilko to continue negotiations with unsettled staff. “It’s not too late for management to listen to workers and get back round the table with us to work out a better deal,” she said.
Posted: 6th August 2019
As reps we sometimes receive thank you cards, if we are really lucky we get chocolates. In all my years this is the first time I have been given a marrow - Paul
Posted: 5th August 2019
Good Afternoon #teamGMB! The ☀️Summer edition☀️of our GMB Wales and Southwest Regional newsletter, The Campaigner is out! https://www.gmb.org.uk/news/campaigner-congress-edition Download news letter with this link - > https://www.gmb.org.uk/sites/default/files/The%20Campaigner%20-%20Summer%202019.pdf
Posted: 5th August 2019