Posted: 10th October 2018
WILKO SEVEN DAY WORKING – COLLECTIVE CONSULTATION Sunday Working Bulletin We have received feedback from every corner of the country on Wilko’s Sunday working proposals. The responses from GMB members have been overwhelmingly against the proposals, as team members will lose hours and pay as a consequence. The GMB has sought a legal opinion on the proposals and sent this to Wilko. From the GMB legal opinion: The proposed changes to the contractual terms of our members, will, in our view, mean that many of our members will suffer a reduction in their pay which amounts to an unlawful deduction from wages contrary to s.13 of the ERA 1996. The contract of employment does not provide for this change in shift patterns and our members have the right to opt out of Sunday working. We are of the view that the actions of the employer could amount to a detriment within s.45 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. GMB formally registered a protest on behalf of its members and ask that the status quo applies whilst negotiations continue regarding this issue, but that in any event this statement by GMB should be taken as registering a protest against the unlawful deductions likely to be made by Wilkos after 22/10/18 when this rota pattern is implemented. The GMB firmly believes Wilko should drop the current proposals and work with GMB to identify the stores where there are operational difficulties, and find solutions that don't penalise and cause team members to lose hours. GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 9th October 2018
161 years ago today, in 1857 trade unionist Will Thorne, the founder of GMB, was born in Birmingham. Following a meeting at the Canning Town library in London in 1889 Thorne formed the National Union of Gasworkers and General Labourers — now known as the GMB — and helped organise the London Dock Strike the same year to demand an 8-hour day. Today we celebrate the achievements of Thorne and our union, and remind ourselves of the power unions to make change.
Posted: 8th October 2018
WILKO SEVEN DAY WORKING – COLLECTIVE CONSULTATION Sunday Working Contrary to a management briefing that went out recently, GMB has not agreed any changes to Sunday working arrangements. We raised this immediately with management who have agreed to correct and re-brief team members. Wilko propose to move to 7 day deliveries and rota Sunday working. Wilko say “where a store does not have any current issues with covering Sunday shifts, and all hours are able to be covered appropriately across the week then no changes will be required at this time” Worried and angry GMB members have been contacting us about these proposals. We’ve raised team members concerns about losing hours because they want to exercise their Sunday opt out rights. GMB supports the Sunday opt out right and for team members to retain their contractual hours and pay. We’re getting a legal opinion on management’s proposals and we will keep you updated. Night Shifts As part of the management proposals to move to 7 day working, Wilko want to remove the night shift in some stores. The number of stores affected has reduced during the GMB collective consultations meetings from 44 to 32 stores. The latest stores removed are Castle Douglas, Ashington, Ashby, Erith, North Shields, Chester, and Aylesbury. During the first two collective consultation meetings we’ve raised the following points on behalf of team members. Wilko has confirmed there will be a recruitment freeze on all permanent vacancies. If a team member is redeployed we want their contractual hours to be protected; Wilko management are going to come back to us on this and on Pay Protection. Redundancy payments will be based on the best of; last 12 months average, last 12 weeks or contractual hours. Redundancy quotes should be available during the first one to one meetings. Payment in lieu of notice (PILON) will be considered on a case by case basis. If a team member takes redundancy management has confirmed they will be able to retain their discount card for 12 months. The collective consultation meetings are taking place weekly and GMB wants to influence and put counter proposals to management. Please contact your local GMB rep, convenor or regional organiser for advice, representation and importantly to have your say, so we can put counter proposals to the company. GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 1st October 2018
If you are being expected to stay in work unpaid after your shift has ended and not allowed to leave, this could potentially mean you are not receiving the national minimal/living wage. This could potentially occur when the full hours of your week in work is taken into account against the payment you receive. Examples of this could be if you are expected to cash up after your paid shift has ended or not being allowed to leave the store after your paid shift till others have finished cashing up. If you believe this is happening in your place of work to yourself or someone you know please get in touch so that we can put a stop to this practice. W21 Office - 01633 883616 Cardiff GMB Office - 029 2022 7660
Posted: 27th September 2018
There will be limited cover in the office this week on mornings. Gabby will be on site covering the office from 1pm 01633 883616
Posted: 24th September 2018
Bulletin No 4 September 2018
Posted: 21st September 2018
More upcoming store visits by the GMB Wales and Southwest Regional Organisers Aberdare 02/10/18 9am-12pm Ammanford 26/9/18 2-4pm Carmarthen 26/9/18 10am-12pm Cheltenham 03/10/18 2pm onwards Cyfartha retail park 05/10/18 1-4pm Gloucester 03/10/18 9:30am onwards Haverfordwest 20/9/18 2-4pm Llanelli 20/9/18 10am onwards Llanelli Parc Trostre 28/9/18 10am onwards Merthyr Tydfil 05/10/18 9am-12pm Neath 26/9/18 10am onwards Pembroke Dock 20/9/18 10:30am-12:30pm Swansea 28/9/18 2pm onwards
Posted: 20th September 2018
COLLECTIVE CONSULTATION – 7 DAY DELIVERIES AND WEEKEND WORKING Dear Member Wilko has informed retail team members and GMB Union that the company is going to commence collective consultation on their proposal to operate 7 day deliveries. The Wilko proposals affect a total of 311 stores; In 35 stores, Wilko is proposing the removal of the night shift and supervisors role and team members will be put at risk of redundancy. There are 9 stores where this can’t be achieved at present. In the other 267 stores the proposal is to introduce new rota’s to include weekends. This will not affect team members statutory rights to opt out of Sunday Working. The collective consultation will last a minimum of 45 days. The GMB will be meeting Wilko on Tuesday 18th September at the Head Office in Worksop. Whilst we recognise its very tough times on the High Street for retailers and we want Wilko to get back to profitability, the GMB Union will defend our members jobs, hours, flexible working arrangements and livelihoods. If you’re a GMB Union member and affected by the proposed changes, get in contact with your local GMB Union rep, Convenor or Regional Office. We want your views, and alternative proposals to feed back in to the collective consultation. Please contact GMB Union for representation at your 1 to 1 meetings. We will send out regular bulletins and updates throughout the collective consultation period. If you’re not currently a GMB member and wish to join, you can do so online www.gmb.org.uk , seeing your local rep, contacting a convenor or by completing the form overleaf. Yours sincerely GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 19th September 2018
Well done to Martyn Butler and Helen Walley from GMB W21 Branch who braved the weather to take part in yesterdays DC2 organised charity walk to the Pen-y-Fan summit. Looks like you had some beautiful views for your hard work 🤣
Posted: 17th September 2018
Upcoming store visits by the GMB Regional Organisers Abergavenny 17/09/18 10am -1PM Barnstaple 11/10/18 9am-4pm Blackwood 26/09/18 10am-4pm Exeter 3/10/18 1pm-6pm Newton Abbot 4/10/18 1pm-4:30pm Plymouth 1/10/18 9am-3pm & 9/10/18 2pm-5pm
Posted: 17th September 2018
Just to make you aware there will be a will be an update from National office tomorrow regarding some retail proposals we received at the end of last week. Apologies for being vague at this time but we will update with the information as soon as it is released.
Posted: 17th September 2018
*DC2 UPDATE* Just a quick update on the challenges the DC raised in regards to absence and non payment of sick pay. Many of you have enquired on whats happening so just to make you aware we have had difficulty from both sides getting together due to work loads and previous commitments. We are set to meet up again on Tuesday 18th September to discuss the current state of absence and go through the absence data with the company.
Posted: 12th September 2018
Please follow link for the summer 2018 edition of the GMB Wales and South West Campaigner. You will find news and updates on the activity within our region. http://www.gmbwalesandsouthwest.org.uk/downloads/The_Campaigner_-_Summer_2018.pdf
Posted: 7th September 2018
Congratulations to Catherine Davies on becoming our new GMB workplace organiser for our Merthyr Tydfil store. From all of us at W21 Branch a massive well done! We look forward to you being part of our team.
Posted: 7th September 2018
*ATTENTION WALES AND SOUTHWEST WILKO RETAIL MEMBERS* Are you Interested in joining the team and representing your team members? Do you want to ensure your store has its say and an independent voice? We would love to have a GMB rep in every one of our stores to give us the ability to recognise and challenge the many different diverse challenges we face regionally. If you would like to enquire or have any questions about becoming a GMB retail representative for your store please don't hesitate to get in in touch today! *You can message this page, *contact the GMB Cardiff regional office - 029 2049 1260, *contact the GMB W21 branch office - 01633 883616.
Posted: 6th September 2018
Information regarding World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2018, Migraine Awareness Week 2nd-8th September 2018 and Probate - What to do Following a Death.
Posted: 5th September 2018
Hot off the press - in August's UnionLine News we focus on the thousands of tribunals postponed at short notice, a refund scheme launched for Power of Attorney fee charges, the appeal ruling on “sleep-in” shifts for care workers, overtime and shift overruns in holiday pay calculations & record back payments for underpaid NMW
Posted: 4th September 2018
Dear colleagues, The Young Workers Forum are running a survey for young workers to find out about their experiences of third party harassment at work. The survey, Harassed at Work, is now live at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VRN8R89. It is open today until Friday 31st August. I would be grateful if you could share with your networks and colleagues and promote it on your social media platforms if appropriate. We are expecting it to have a strong equalities element as well as of insecure work and low pay, so it would be especially useful if you could help me get the request out to your colleagues working in these areas. The success of this survey depends on having a good number of respondents across a range of industries. Harassment and bullying is a priority campaign for the TUC Young Workers Forum, and the survey findings will contribute to a hopefully very fruitful Fringe event at Congress, to TUC Young Workers Month in November this year, and to wider TUC campaigns around ending harassment in the workplace. Many thanks, Kathryn Mackridge Policy officer Organisation and Services Department Trades Union Congress
Posted: 28th August 2018
Great to see Stephen Reynolds DC2 Health and safety rep showing his support and representing the branch at Pride Cymru today.
Posted: 25th August 2018