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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
*DC INDICATIVE BALLOT UPDATE* We are now halfway through the balloting period in relation to the current rotas in the DCs. We would just like to remind all members who haven’t yet voted that the closing date is next Thursday, 18th April so please fill in your ballot paper and send back using the prepaid envelope provided. If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper, please inform us by the usual channels no later than close of play this Thursday, 11th April to give enough chance to check details and send a replacement if necessary while giving enough time for you to return your vote. Many thanks to all of you that have already returned your ballot, your support is greatly appreciated.
Posted: 9th April 2019
Across 45% of UK firms the gender pay gap increased in favour of men, analysis by the BBC finds.
Posted: 5th April 2019
Mr Mayo has had his say have you? If you haven't received your DC2 ballot get in touch on 01633 883616, speak to your GMB rep or contact Cardiff GMB Regional office on 02920 491260
Posted: 4th April 2019
Nicola Savage from GMB Cardiff Regional office is onsite today at Dc2 from around 9:00AM. Pop into the foyer and say hi :-)
Posted: 4th April 2019
It appears there is an issue with the land lines again :-( If you cannot get through on the phone please message this page. If important , Cardiff GMB Regional office - 029 2049 1260
Posted: 3rd April 2019
* DC1 and DC2 Update 1/4/2019 * Over the next few days you should start receiving DC specific GMB correspondence containing your indicative ballot paper and pre paid return envelope. It is imperative that you have your say to give us a true and accurate reflection of the feeling amongst the DC membership. We also cannot express enough the importance that we get a high return in preparation for any potential future formal ballots. Please be aware that the ballot is in relation to the current rotas only and not the rolling pattern rotas that are soon to be surveyed on. The ballot closes on 18th April. If you haven’t received your ballot paper by Monday 8th April, please speak to your rep who will check your details are accurate and arrange for a ballot paper to be sent to you. Contact details are below. DC1 GMB Office - 01909 505589 DC2 GMB Office - 01633 883616 GMB Wales and Southwest Regional Office - 029 2049 1260 GMB Yorkshire and North Derbyshire Regional Office – 0345 337 7777
Posted: 1st April 2019
* DC2 Update * Nicola Savage and Greg Hughes from our GMB Wales and South West Regional office will be onsite Thursday 4th April between 09:00am to 16:00pm in the main foyer. If you have the opportunity, please pop into the foyer to say hi and give your feedback and aspirations for the ongoing 2019 pay claim. Rumour has it they will be raiding our safely guarded freebie stash!
Posted: 1st April 2019
Bulletin No 3 March 2019 WILKO PAY CLAIM 2019 – PAY DISCUSSIONS Dear Colleagues We recently met Wilko management to continue pay discussions. Another meeting is scheduled for 11th April, and we hope that some progress and an offer above the National Living Wage (NLW) will be forthcoming by this point. Wilko have stated they aspire to pay more than National Living Wage. GMB Union will be pushing to make this happen and that any increase is backdated to 1st April 2019. Increase to National Living Wage (NLW) On 1st April 2019 new National Living Wage rates come into force and Wilko will implement them. Aged 25 and over NLW rate increases to £8.21 per hour (current Wilko rate £8.00 per hour) Aged under 25 NMW rate £7.70 per hour (current Wilko rate £7.70 per hour) GMB Pay Claim Wilko team members should be paid more than the National Living Wage and we believe team members under 25 rate should be paid the same rate as those aged 25 and above. Equal pay for work of equal value. We will be pushing for all these in forthcoming negotiations and we will keep you informed of any developments. If you’re not a GMB member, you can join by completing the form overleaf or on line at www.gmb.org.uk Yours sincerely GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 29th March 2019
GMB STATEMENT – 7 DAY WORKING – 25th MARCH 2019 Link to PDF - https://www.gmbwilkinsonw21.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/GMB-STATEMENT-%E2%80%93-7-DAY-WORKING-%E2%80%93-25th-MARCH-2019.pdf
Posted: 25th March 2019
*DC1 and DC 2 Update* We appreciate that you are waiting for feedback and understand your frustration but this has been delayed until Monday for reasons outside of our control. Thank you for your patience.
Posted: 22nd March 2019
GMB @ DC2 STATEMENT – 7 DAY WORKING UPDATE 15th March 2019 As previously mentioned there was a meeting scheduled for yesterday, Thursday 14th March at Head Office where the agenda item ‘unreasonable work rotas/patterns’ was scheduled to be discussed. This meeting has now taken place and we would like to provide an update. GMB raised that the new interim rotas are causing a lot of upset, anger and frustration within both DC’s. This is due to the detrimental impact to work-life balance and the requirement to work a hugely increased amount of weekends which inevitably will lead to reduced family time and potentially have an impact on team members wellbeing. Following the meeting a number of items were discussed in relation to the number of Saturdays for 5/6 contracts, the number of weekends for 5/7 and the small frequency of two days off together. We are pleased to inform you that all of these items will be reviewed over the next 14 days to see if there are any changes that can be made. GMB have been clear that some movement is necessary on the above points. In addition, a further meeting has been scheduled for next week to further discuss what the future permanent working patterns may look like. GMB will reassess the situation as things develop and provide updates at the earliest opportunities. We would remind you that any post on Facebook, Twitter etc is subject to the Wilko social media policy and as such, we will take steps to protect our members and delete any offensive or aggressive comments. Please continue to support your GMB reps and continue to provide them with constructive feedback throughout this process so that we can make sure your voice is heard.
Posted: 15th March 2019
We now urge the government to include primary schools, colleges and universities
Posted: 12th March 2019
GMB @ DC1 STATEMENT 8th March 2019 We would like to give an update following a recent post on our sister page, GMB W21 Branch. As expected, the new rotas are causing a lot of upset, anger and frustration within the DC and also with our colleagues at DC2. This is due to the detrimental impact to work-life balance and the requirement to work a hugely increased amount of weekends. Unfortunately, there are a lot of untruths being said both on the shop floor and on social media regarding the reps at DC1. Although we appreciate that emotions and feelings are high and it is very easy to lash out and blame GMB for the company’s actions, the reps are all unpaid volunteers and are working tirelessly and selflessly to support our members. It is worth remembering that every single one of the reps is subject to the same rotas and have their own personal issues too. Constructive criticism and feedback is of course welcomed, however abuse and personal attacks must stop. We would remind you that any post on Facebook, Twitter etc is subject to the Wilko social media policy and as such, we will take steps to protect our members and delete any offensive or aggressive comments. Once again, as previously stated in our notice last week, GMB have categorically not agreed, approved or authorised any of these interim rotas. As alluded to in the post referred to above, there is a meeting at Head Office on Thursday 14th March where amongst many other current issues, GMB (DC1) have placed on the agenda the item ‘unreasonable working rotas/patterns’. Following this meeting, there may be further options available, which GMB have relayed to the relevant Regional and National officers regarding the strong feeling for an indicative ballot and this may be considered following Thursday’s meeting. In the meantime, GMB do understand there is a lot of anger but please continue to support your GMB reps who are not in any way at fault. Please continue to provide them with constructive feedback throughout this process so that we can make sure your voice is heard. CONTRACT UPLIFTS In more positive news, GMB at DC1 can confirm we have negotiated an increase to full-time contracts for over 200 team members, along with a much-improved criteria to allow more eligible team members to gain more security in their hours. Eligible team members should be informed over the next week or two.
Posted: 8th March 2019
* DC2 7 Day Working * Just to update as there has been a lot of en-queries, The flexible working panel are looking at the DC2 flexible working requests next week. There has been a slight delay due to members of the panel having pre booked holidays.
Posted: 8th March 2019