Wilko Pay Offer 2019/20 Ballot Result Dear Member The GMB Union pay ballot closed on Thursday 11th July 2019 and the papers have now been counted. The pay offer ballot result is as follows To Accept the offer 62% To Reject the offer 38% We will inform Wilko that the pay offer has been accepted by GMB Union members and ask them to put the pay increase into people’s pay packets as soon as possible. Thank you for taking part in the ballot and having your say on pay. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 16th July 2019
Bulletin No 10 July 2019 Weekend Working Dispute Dear Member GMB members in the distribution centres in Magor and Worksop voted overwhelmingly by 81% to 19% to reject the company’s revised offer on weekend working. GMB members have consistently told us that they want to spend more time with their families and the current weekend working arrangements are unacceptable. Peoples’ frustrations and anger have been increased when there have been a lack of work at weekends and employees have been asked whether they wish to go home. Also members have said that they have little faith in the recruitment drive when the applications for weekend work have been so numerous, yet the recruitment from all of those applicants has been minimal. The GMB Union has held further talks with Wilko since the result, but these have broken down because Wilko will not guarantee a reduction in weekends off before the peak period commences. All Wilko was prepared to offer was a single rest day on a Saturday or Sunday. GMB members have told us they want a reduction in weekends and before peak starts. The company’s proposal did not do what GMB members want. GMB believes this is achievable if Wilko increased recruitment and if necessary brought in more agency staff to fill the gaps in the interim. The current weekend working rota’s make no sense and need to change now. The GMB has informed Wilko that we will be moving to a full strike action ballot and the official notification as required in law will be sent to the company imminently. If you’re not a GMB Union member you can see your workplace representative, Convenor, complete the attached form or join on-line www.gmb.org.uk If you’ve not updated your address and contact details then please do so ASAP to make sure you get your vote in the ballot. Please return your ballot to ensure you have you say on this issue. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 16th July 2019
Today W21 Branch was in Tredegar showing Support to GMB Wales & South West and to celebrate Nye Bevans life and legacy. The sun was out along with plenty of Tredegar residents and the attending trade unions to hear a fantastic and well received speech by GMB Wales & South West very own Ruth Brady. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aneurin_Bevan
Posted: 7th July 2019
With all the upheaval going on in the Public, Commercial and Manufactoring sectors its never been more critical to be part of the GMB. The constant excuse of brexit uncertainty to make unfavourable changes has to stop. The time to fight to preserve terms and conditions that were originally put in place to promote well being is now. By joining together we are legion, for we are many. Join today! https://www.gmb.org.uk/join-gmb?location=UK
Posted: 2nd July 2019
Bulletin No 9 July 2019 Weekend Working Dispute – Ballot Result Dear Member The ballot of GMB members at DC1 & DC2 closed on Friday 28th June 2019. The ballot papers have been counted and the result is as follows: Members in DC1 & DC2 have both rejected Wilko revised offer: To accept the company’s offer 19% To reject the company’s offer 81% This is an overwhelming rejection of company’s offer and stance on weekend working. We have informed Wilko of the result and will now be moving to a full strike action ballot. Urgent reminder - If you have not already updated your address and contact details with GMB Union, please can you do so by Friday 5th July 2019. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 1st July 2019
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Posted: 21st June 2019
Wilko – Distribution Centres CORRECTION Dear Member You may have received a letter from Wilko about Weekend Working. Near the bottom of the letter it makes reference to the pay offer. For clarity, nothing has been agreed with Wilko. The pay offer is subject to a ballot of GMB members and they will decide whether to accept or reject the pay offer. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 13th June 2019
“As an organisation the GMB actively promotes flexibility within the workplace to accommodate childcare, disabilities and part time working. We should recognise it for our WPO’s too” - Paul Mcguire moves our motion calling for flexible training for Stewards #GMB19
Posted: 12th June 2019
We have had an increased number of posts containing bad language from members and visitors outside of the branch. All such comments will be deleted and the person will be banned from the page. This is firstly to protect from the wilko social media policy and potential repurcusions and secondly to protect our reps and members from reading inappropriate comments that have nothing to do with the branch.
Posted: 12th June 2019
Weekend Working Dispute – 11th June 2019 Dear Colleagues, GMB has been in talks with Wilko to try to resolve the weekend working dispute. Throughout these negotiations we’ve stressed that GMB members want less weekend working and there needs to be an immediate improvement in the rota’s. Wilko have not been able to commit to this. What Wilko have said is they’re committed to recruiting enough additional employees to move to 1 in 3 outside the peak period (rota’s would remain as they are now through peak). The full proposal from Wilko is outlined overleaf for your consideration. GMB Next Steps – Ballot The GMB intends to hold a ballot on the Wilko proposal. The ballot will be postal and your choice will be to either accept or reject the Wilko proposal. If GMB members reject the offer then we will hold a strike action ballot. Please make sure your contact details are up to date so we can send you a ballot paper. Please look out for your ballot paper in the post. If you don’t receive a ballot paper, then contact your local GMB rep and they will arrange for a ballot paper to be sent to out to you. Remember, only GMB members get a say and a ballot paper. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer Wilko Proposal Principles 1. Wilko are committed to reduce the amount of weekend working through the recruitment of weekend workers. We explained we are committed to our goal which is to achieve a 1 in 3 working pattern for all team members (outside of our peak period). To help achieve this, we’re committed to advertising for and employing team members on weekend only contracts and we’ll continue to do this until we have enough resources for a 1 in 3 working pattern (outside of our peak period). In simple terms, every time each DC recruits a third more team members the number of weekends worked will reduce. This equates to 74 teams members in DC1 and 37 team members are recruited in DC2. 24 weekend workers are due to start at DC1 on 15th/16th June. 5 weekend workers have been recruited at DC2 and 19 are due to start on 11th & 19th June 2019. 1 in 3 will be achieved for all team members when DC1 achieves a total headcount of 1,586 and DC2 achieves a total headcount of 859 Every week we will share the number of team members we have recruited and the total number of team members for each DC with the GMB. 2. Store Delivery We have also reduced the number of weekend stores serviced by 5% to support the number of weekends worked. This has been reduced by 15 stores in DC1 and 5 in DC2. We are committed to review the store base weekly. 3. DC1 Nights Following positive survey results, team members on Nights in DC1 at their request are moving to a “5 on 3 off” rota, which supports their work/life balance. Team members will start this new work pattern on 30th June 2019. The remaining nights team members will be subject to the 1 in 3 proposal when that can be delivered. 4. 5/6 Team Members These team members will remain on their current rota patterns until enough weekend workers have been recruited to apply the first frequency reduction. There will also be the option to trial a 5/7 contract for an 8-week period. 5. 5/7 Team Members These team members will continue with their current terms and conditions working alternate weekends (Saturday and Sunday) until enough weekend workers have been recruited to apply the first frequency reduction. Continuing working alternate weekends in the interim ensures that you get regular weekends off in the 1 in 2 weekend working pattern. 6. One Off Financial Payment £100 For all team members employed @ 10th June 2019 (with no additional conditions) to be paid end of August 2019. This is a goodwill gesture for the successful introduction of 7 day working recognising the commitment required from Team Members. 7. Scope of this Proposal The proposal in its entirety applies to TMs levels 1 to 4 within DC1/DC2.
Posted: 11th June 2019
DC1 AND DC2 WEEKEND WORKING DISPUTE - 7th JUNE 2019 We wanted to give an update in regards to the ongoing weekend working dispute at the Dc’s as we are fully aware of the frustration with how long the process is taking and this has been relayed to the GMB National Officer. At both Dc’s the teams have been waiting while some last minute dialogue has been taking place between Wilko and GMB National office to try and finalise the wording of the company offer. This has resulted in the need to get some of the previously raised points re-challenged adding further delay. We have been informed this morning by GMB national office that Wilko wishes to have one more last and final meeting on Monday 10th June before the offer is put to members. The current stance is that this will be attended to see if there is the possibility for further movement that could benefit the membership but will also be the final meeting attended and the offer will be put to members immediately post meeting. Just to be clear, the final offer will be put to both DC1 and DC2 members to see if they find the offer acceptable or not. As soon as we receive any further updates from National GMB office they will be posted immediately.
Posted: 7th June 2019
WILKO PAY CLAIM 2019 Dear Colleagues, Since the last GMB pay update in April we’ve had two further meetings with Wilko and an improved and final offer has been tabled by the company. The GMB negotiating team believe this is the best offer that can be achieved through negotiations and we will be balloting GMB members on the offer. Proposed Final Pay Offer Level 1 (aged 25 and over) – pay increase of 29 pence per hour. An increase from £8.00 per hour to £8.21 per hour was from April 19 to comply with National Living Wage. A further 8 pence per hour would be payable from 1st June 2019. Level 1 (under 25) – pay increase of 30 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019 Level 2’s and above - pay increase of 29 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019 Head Office non-executive roles Under 25’s – pay increase of 30 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019 Aged 25 and over – pay increase of 29 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019. LEVEL 1 - OVER 25s Current - £8.21 Proposed £8.29 Increase of 3.62% LEVEL 1 - UNDER 25s Current £7.70 Proposed £8.00 Increase of 3.9% LEVEL 2 Current £8.48 Proposed £8.77 Increase of 3.42% LEVEL 3 Current £10.09 Proposed £10.38 Increase of 2.87% LEVEL 4 Current £14.27 Proposed £14.56 Increase of 2.03% LEVEL 5 Current £18.45 Proposed £18.74 Increase of 1.57% Please note – the pay offer is from 1st June 2019 and there is no backdating to 1st April. Benefits & Working Practices - Part of the pay offer also includes the following: £10 Celebratory voucher No stores to trade on New Year’s Day this year, subject to any specific lease terms that require us to trade. We are not currently aware of any. Team Member discount - No change – to remain at 20%. Next Steps In the next few weeks, GMB Union will be conducting a ballot of GMB members in distribution, head office and retail. Further details on the timetable for the pay ballot will be issued shortly. If you want a say, on your pay, then you can join GMB online www.gmb.org.uk. Only by being a GMB member can you influence, and have a say on your pay rise. GARY CARTER, GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 3rd June 2019
Today we had further discussions with Wilko to resolve the current DC weekend dispute. We felt that further progress has been made and are now awaiting confirmation minutes to be sent for us to review. Once received and confirmed we will communicate to DC GMB members via post next week at the earliest opportunity.
Posted: 24th May 2019
Please share with your friends and family who may be interested in Weekend work. Wilko DC Operative Days Magor - Permanent - Part Time - 16 Between the hours of 6am to 9pm SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY Hourly rate £9.76 for over 25 Permanent role YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES Follow and comply to all safe working practices – ensure that safe working practices, including near misses and general housekeeping are completed and conduct duties in a safe manner at all times Ensure daily workload is completed in line with the productivity rate Adherence to your shift schedule Maintain a high level of accuracy in accordance with your role Build and maintain relationships with internal colleagues, acting in a professional manner at all times THE PERSON You must have the ability to work on own initiative Have an organised approach to work High degree of flexibility required; movement around the DC as workload dictates If you are interested in the role, please apply on wilko.jobs and click on link below - https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/1570239?cid=1261&s=True&t=DC-Operative-Days
Posted: 24th May 2019
7 DAY WORKING UPDATE – 23rd May 2019 The company have met with GMB this week in a last ditch attempt to avert a ballot for industrial action and reach a consensus in regard to 7 day deliveries and the frequency of weekend working for DC members. GMB again acknowledged Wilko’s need/desire to deliver to stores across 7 days however GMB also reaffirmed that the implementation has to recognise that hard working team members still need a healthy work/life balance, consecutive days recuperation for health, safety and wellbeing reasons and some weekends to spend with their families. We are able to inform you that there has been significant movement. GMB has secured a written commitment from the company to continue recruitment for Wilko/Agency weekend team members until 1 in 3 weekends (1 in 2 at peak – October to January if necessary) is achieved and maintained for all shifts, contracts and levels 1 to 4 (apart from any rolling pattern TMs). The company have also agreed to GMB’s request to accelerate this process by contacting local colleges, universities and jobcentres for further potential recruitment. Some further elements are still to be discussed/agreed. To be absolutely clear, a weekend is: Saturday and Sunday – Days Friday & Saturday - Nights GMB have been clear that it is necessary for the company to demonstrate to members that this commitment is progressing so some immediate, visible improvement would be required. A conference call has been arranged for tomorrow to iron out some finer details and confirmation on the full company proposal will be provided shortly. Any final proposal shall be put to the members accordingly.
Posted: 23rd May 2019