Hot off the press! The latest edition of UnionLine News looks at GMB’s call for an extension to maternity and paternity rights including workers on zero hour contracts and agency workers, funding boost for victims of rape and sexual abuse, and support for victims of domestic abuse in family courts.
Posted: 17th May 2019
Just a quick update on pay talks. Although progress has been made we were unable to quite get to an offer at yesterday's meeting to put to GMB members and have a follow up meeting next Tuesday 21st May. This is being done at the earliest opportunity to get pay talks to a closure.
Posted: 15th May 2019
NOTICE TO ALL GMB MEMBERS – 10th May 2019 GMB would like to make it absolutely clear following a large number of concerns raised that our members should not be subjected to any discipline or detriment as a result of the upcoming ballot or action following a ballot. There are certain legal criteria that have to met relating to information held, which is being done at the moment prior to the ballot being sent out. All other criteria regarding potential industrial action will be met before any action is taken. As well as the Convenors and local reps, GMB have two regional organisers (one for each site), a national officer and legal officer overseeing this process to ensure that should the ballot be in favour of strike action, that this is lawful. GMB members that take part in lawful industrial action would not ordinarily be paid for the days on strike, however if anyone was to be dismissed as a result of lawful action then GMB would immediately pursue an unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal if necessary. Please see more information at the below links: https://www.gov.uk/industrial-action-strikes/your-employment-rights-during-industrial-action https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-guidance/industrial-action
Posted: 10th May 2019
We have received some interest from members on how to get on the contact list to receive GMB correspondence directly. Such as the Communications sent out to DC based GMB Members yesterday from National GMB office. If you give your email address or mobile phone number to one of the reps or contact the Regional Office they will be able to update your details to enable you to receive direct GMB communications at this important time. Alternatively you are able to register to the GMB website enabling you to – o Check and amend your home address, o Check you are registered to the correct workplace/store, o Check and update a contact email address and/or mobile phone number https://www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb-login Cardiff GMB Office - 029 2049 1260
Posted: 10th May 2019
Please be mindful of what colourful comments you may put on social media in regards to work and ensure that you are not breaching the company social media policy.
Posted: 9th May 2019
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Posted: 9th May 2019
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Posted: 9th May 2019
GMB UPDATE – 9th May 2019 The Convenors from both DC’s have now met with GMB National and Regional Officers and have finalised the finer details of the ballot and how it will be conducted. It has been collectively agreed that National office will be conducting the administration and that both sites will be balloted as one entity. There are certain legal requirements that must be adhered to and GMB are currently ensuring that all the information they have at present would meet the necessary criteria. Unlike an indicative ballot a formal ballot on industrial action must be carried out by an independent company and National office are in the process of arranging this. In the interim Today a press release has been issued to make the general public aware of the discontentment caused by the current situation and also the impending ballot on strike action. Again please take the time to ensure your contact details are fully up-to-date, particularly if you didn’t receive an indicative ballot paper. We cannot stress enough how important it is that all details are accurate. Please see your GMB representative who will check your details and update accordingly if necessary. There has never been a more important time to be a member of the GMB as strength comes from membership density. If you have a colleague that isn’t currently a member, please take the time to make them aware of the benefits of GMB membership. They can join by seeing your local representative who will be more than happy to assist. GMB Your voice in Wiko’s
Posted: 9th May 2019
It appears we have Gremlins in the phone system again! The office phone is being very temperamental so if you are having difficulties getting through please directly message this page. Alternatively Cardiff GMB office is 029 2049 1260
Posted: 3rd May 2019
DC1 AND DC2 UPDATE GMB UPDATE – 1st May 2019 As per previous communication, a further meeting was arranged for today in relation to the frequency of weekend working and has now concluded. The company reiterated their wish to work with GMB collaboratively on behalf of its members to resolve the current dispute and presented their final proposal that they hoped would achieve this. The proposal included: - The recruitment of some weekend-only workers - A slight reduction in the amount of stores accepting weekend deliveries - A minor reduction in frequency of Saturdays worked for members on 5/6 contracts GMB have been clear that any proposed resolution would need to be for all members regardless of contract or level and also that any proposal would need to be a tangible shift and significant improvement for GMB to put back to our members. Having assessed the company proposal, GMB have today informed Wilko that GMB rejected the offer on behalf of all our members and intend to move to a formal ballot for industrial action. NEXT STEPS GMB National Office will now meet with Regional Organisers and GMB Convenors from both DCs to agree and finalise the finer details of how a ballot will be worded and conducted. We understand that all members will be eager to know all information relating to the matter and please be assured that you will be updated at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, please take the time to ensure your contact details are fully up-to-date, particularly if you didn’t receive an indicative ballot paper. We cannot stress enough how important it is that all details are accurate. Please see your GMB representative who will check your details and update accordingly if necessary.
Posted: 1st May 2019
* DC1 AND DC2 UPDATE * GMB UPDATE – 25th April 2019 Following the ballot result, further meetings have taken place on the 23rd and 24th April 2019, where GMB strongly reiterated members dissatisfaction and willingness to take industrial action in regard to the frequency of weekend working within the current rotas. Whilst stating that the need to move to 7 day working/deliveries is essential to business sustainability, the company have acknowledged that members find the pace of the implemented change too drastic and have stated that they wish to work with GMB to find a collective solution. The company have asked GMB for some time for them to explore ways to lessen the impact for all members/shifts. GMB have agreed to meet with the company again on 1st May 2019 where they will present any proposals to GMB. A further update will be provided at the earliest opportunity.
Posted: 25th April 2019
* DC1 AND DC2 UPDATE * INDICATIVE BALLOT RESULT 23rd April 2019 The ballot has now been counted and the combined DC results are as follows: DISAGREE WITH THE CHANGES – 96% PREPARED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION – 92.5% An urgent meeting with the company is taking place this week to discuss a way forward. We will keep you updated via your reps, notice boards and social media.
Posted: 23rd April 2019
Bulletin No 4 April 2019 WILKO PAY CLAIM UPDATE Dear Colleagues Further talks with Wilko took place on Thursday 11th April in Worksop. Management gave GMB national reps a business update and during the latter stages of negotiations Wilko put forward an offer for those currently earning more than National Living Wage (NLW) and team members below the age of 25. The National Living Wage for those 25 and over went up from £7.83 to £8.21 from 1st April 2019. Wilko increased the basic rate from £8.00 to £8.21 per hour (2.63%) for those Wilko stated were below this (level 1’s) on 1st April 2019. Wilko tabled an offer of 2.63% for those on more than NLW, and those under 25’s on the basic rate to mirror the increase in the Wilko rate and to keep the higher rates in line with the previously agreed pay differentials. GMB rejected this and called on Wilko to improve the offer. We believe the Wilko offer does not meet the aspirations of our members or improve the basic rate, which needs to be more than the National Living Wage, maintains the current differentials and reduces the pay gap for under 25’s. Wilko has repeatedly said it does not want to be a minimum wage employer and GMB is pushing for the pay difference with NLW of 17 pence per hour to be maintained. We have a further meeting with Wilko management on 30th April and we will keep GMB members informed of any developments. Only GMB members will get a say on their pay If you’re not a GMB member, you can join by completing the form overleaf or online at www.gmb.org.uk. Yours sincerely GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 18th April 2019
* Union Learning Update * After considerable team member interest and consulting with Coleg Gwent, we have an update on the essential skills courses. The Coleg Gwent team will be on site at DC2 on Wednesday 1st May for enrolment and then looking to start courses on Thursday 9th May. No times are confirmed as of yet but will be confirmed when arrangements are finalised. If any of our Retail team members have an interest in available ULR courses please contact our GMB Wales and Southwest Union Learner representative Helen Walley @ Helen.email@example.com.
Posted: 16th April 2019
Our Dc members are fighting to preserve a fair work/life balance of weekends off and a return to more family conciderate shift patterns. A happy employee is a productive employee!
Posted: 11th April 2019