*NIGHTS REDUNDANCY CONSULTATIONS @ DC MAGOR* As you may be aware, the GMB have entered into consultations regarding the night shift operation within the Magor Distribution Centre. The company notified the night team and started the consultation process on Friday 11th January 2019. Currently the consultations are expected to last a minimum of 45 days. The company proposal is to reduce the nights operation to just a D-kit operation and for the replenishment operation to transfer to days. They have stated that any team members who may be unsuccessful in retaining one of the remaining positions on nights will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the day operation. The first consultation meeting between the GMB and Wilko will take place on Tuesday 15th January and we will update at the earliest opportunity as soon as we get answers and information fed back to us. *7 FULL DAY OPERATION @ DC MAGOR* With the plans to go to a 7 full day operation you may be scheduled within the parameters of your contract of employment. This will be either a 5 over 6 contract of Monday – Saturday or a 5 over 7 Monday –Sunday contract. If when you receive your schedule you believe it is incorrect then please notify your line manager in the first instance. If this does not resolve the issue then make us aware for us to investigate on your behalf. Anyone who has issues with any new rotas are entitled to put in for flexible working as is their statutory right. *EMAIL COLLECTION FOR ONLINE WAGE SLIPS* The company has started collecting email addresses for team members to be able to log on and access online ‘wage slips’ when the new pay roll system goes live. Although there appears to be many benefits to using the system such as being able to check your hours, place holiday requests, amend addresses etc, you are not obliged to give an email address to receive a wage slip. If you wish to carry on receiving a hard copy of your wage slip then you are entitled to do so as confirmed by Wilko head office.
Posted: 14th January 2019
Do you work in the Wilko Parc Trostre store? Are you a GMB member and would like to nominate yourself for the stores GMB shop steward position? If interested there is a nomination form on the notice board in the canteen. nominations end 22/1/19.
Posted: 7th January 2019
Tomorrow is Fat Cat Friday, the day the UK’s top bosses will have made more money in a single day than the typical UK full-time worker will earn in the entire year. This is sickening. It's time to narrow the pay gap in our increasingly unequal society.
Posted: 3rd January 2019
Mike Ashley says that November was the worst month for retailers "in living memory". Is he right?
Posted: 20th December 2018
A few weeks ago W21 Branch signed the dying to work charter with Senior members of Wilko management to protect Terminally Ill team members. The signing of the charter reassures our membership of their right to dignity whilst alleviating the fear of unnecessary upset and leaving their families facing financial hardship. This campaign spear headed by W21 Branch both protects and reassures the 20,000 team members across the Wilko business. For full article on the main GMB website -http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/wilko-dying-work For more info on the TUC dying to work campain - https://www.tuc.org.uk/midlands/dying-work-campaign Article on Health and safety matters website - http://www.hsmsearch.com/Wilko-adopt-Dying-to-Work-charter
Posted: 6th December 2018
Bulletin No 8 November 2018 WILKO SEVEN DAY DELIVERIES – NIGHT SHIFTS As part of Wilko proposals to move to 7 day deliveries, management proposed to remove Night Shift working in 44 stores. During the consultation with GMB this was reduced to 32 and finally 27 stores. There were 226 team members put at risk of redundancy. Throughout the consultation GMB argued for redeployment opportunities to be made available to minimise and reduce redundancies. The GMB believed this could be best achieved by Wilko offering comparable hours and protecting peoples pay. In 16 stores longer contract hours were made available. Wilko increased pay protection from 4 to 8 weeks, but GMB believe this is unacceptable as the Wilko policy says, pay will be reduced over a 12 month period. Had longer hours and 12 month pay protection been made available, GMB believes more team members would have opted to redeploy and remain at Wilko. This would have reduced the redundancy cost and experienced team members would still be working for Wilko. At the last count 55% had opted for redeployment and 45% of team members were made redundant. Redundancy payments are based on the highest of; the last 12 months average, the last 12 weeks or contractual hours. Payment in lieu of notice (PILON) will be considered on a case by case basis. If made redundant a team member will retain their discount card for 12 months. Please contact your local GMB rep, Convenor or Regional Organiser for advice, assistance and representation. Yours sincerely GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 23rd November 2018
Bulletin No 7 November 2018 WILKO SEVEN DAY WORKING – COLLECTIVE CONSULTATION Sunday Working Wilko has enacted changes to Sunday working in 42 retail stores. Wilko says 24 stores, 185 team members have been impacted by changes to deliveries and 18 stores, 204 team members have been impacted by other unspecified operational issues. No other Wilko stores should be changing Sunday working arrangements. Your GMB rep and GMB regional organiser will have a list of the stores affected. Throughout the consultation GMB Union has opposed the changes. GMB does not believe Wilko has the right to unilaterally rota Sunday working and then deduct the hours from Wilko team members who have already opted out. If you have opted out of Sunday working and you’re now being rostered to work and having money deducted, you should contact your GMB rep and you may wish to lodge a grievance incorporating the wording below: “The proposed changes to my contractual terms will mean that I will suffer a reduction in my pay which amounts to an unlawful deduction from my wages contrary to s.13 of the ERA 1996; my contract of employment does not provide for this change in shift patterns and I have the right to opt out of Sunday working. I believe your action amounts to a detriment within s.45 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. I wish to formally register a protest and ask that the status quo applies whilst Wilko investigate my grievance.” Sunday Opt Outs Wilko are saying that where changes to Sunday working are being enacted because of changes to deliveries and there is no formal documentation to evidence a team member has opted out, then the team member will be expected to work Sundays and they will have to opt out again giving 3 months’ notice. GMB believes if a team member has opted out and Wilko has not recorded this or lost the record then team members should not be penalised. Please contact your GMB rep or regional organiser for advice. You may wish to raise a grievance. Wilko should not be trying to make team members work Sundays, when they’ve already opted out. Summary GMB put forward that Wilko should pay an enhanced rate of pay for Sunday Working. GMB argued that although we disagree with the implementation of the Sunday guidelines, Wilko could not rota and deduct more hours on a Sunday than the team member would normally work in the week. This has been amended. GMB believes Wilko cannot unilaterally rota Sunday working and then deduct hours from team members who have already opted out. GMB believes this is a breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages. GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 13th November 2018
Nice token of appreciation on the desk when I arrived for work this morning. Thank you from team W21 Branch :-)
Posted: 5th November 2018
Posted: 3rd November 2018
GMB member savings and loans available at GMB credit union. If you are not sure of your gmb membership number contact cardiff gmb office on 029 2049 1260. Check your address is up to date and ask for a gmb card to be sent to your home for future reference. https://www.gmbcreditunion.com/
Posted: 2nd November 2018
Posted: 27th October 2018
In case you missed it - September's UnionLine News - In this edition we focus on the UK Governments Civil Liability Bill, a case on TUPE, better protection for emergency workers, the new Parental (leave and pay) Act & Tribunal stats for April & June.
Posted: 26th October 2018
**** 4 WEEKS NOTICE OF SHIFT PATTERNS **** Just to clarify regarding how much notice you should have of your shift patterns. There have been some concerns raised in Retail and also some queries within the DC for confirmation. The agreement that has been confirmed on many occasions and also again throughout the ongoing retail 7 day delivery consultations, is that you should have a minimum of 4 weeks notice to enable you to plan and maintain your work life balance. If this is not happening in your store or DC then you need to contact us straight away for us to relay to head office to resolve at the earliest opportunity.
Posted: 22nd October 2018
Last Wednesday we held a Mental Health Awareness Day event at our Garley House HQ to inform activists about some of the issues and stigma's surrounding Mental Health. We also launched our Neurodiversity toolkit take a look here 👉 http://www.gmb.org.uk/neurodiversity-dyspraxia-guide.pdf
Posted: 18th October 2018
Posted: 10th October 2018