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: 13th May 2019
On this Workers’ Memorial Day 2019 GMB pays tribute to the memory of all those killed at or by work. GMB will continue to demand stronger laws, stronger regulators and stronger union rights to protect members.
Posted: 28th April 2019
A huge thank you to everyone who attended out Workers Memorial Day event today.
Posted: 27th April 2019
Workers Memorial today. Remember the dead and fight for the living.
Posted: 27th April 2019
Waste collectors and bin lorry drivers in Fife are regularly being subjected to physical and verbal abuse on their rounds, it has emerged.
Posted: 22nd April 2019
Please try and get along.
Posted: 19th April 2019
The brand new March edition of UnionLine News - in this edition we look at a recent case won by UnionLine Scotland for a care worker, reform proposals for confidentiality clauses, post Brexit holiday claims and the HSE case of a seriously injured agency worker
Posted: 8th April 2019
Dear GMB Member, GMB Fife branch are holding a series of open days. Got a question? Pop in and see us at one of the following: Cupar: Monday 8th April between 12.00 noon and 2.30pm Cupar YMCA-YWCA Bonnygate, Cupar St Andrews: Tuesday 9th April between 12.00noon and 2.30pm Cosmos Centre Abbey Walk, St Andrews Leven: Wednesday 10th April between 12.00noon and 2.30pm The Centre Leven Commercial Road, Leven Kirkcaldy: Monday 15th April between 12noon and 2.30pm Templehall Community Centre Beauly Place, Kirkcaldy Dunfermline: Tuesday 16th April between 12noon and 2.30pm Tryst Centre Duncan Crescent, Dunfermline. Glenrothes: Wednesday 17th April between 12noon and 2.30pm Lomond Centre Woodside Way, Glenrothes. Kind regards, GMB Fife Public Services Branch
Posted: 4th April 2019
Open to everyone.
Posted: 27th March 2019
We have written to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay to outline our complete opposition to proposals to allow local authorities to introduce workplace parking levies - a tax on going to work and an attack on the take home pay of our members.
Posted: 12th February 2019
Hot off the press! In the first edition of 2019 we look at a new BEIS consultation on protections for pregnant women and new parents returning to work, the great outcome to the Glasgow women equal pay claim, the Domestic Abuse Bill & gender pay gap reporting. #UnionLineNews
Posted: 5th February 2019
If you’re having difficulties getting to work due to bad weather, here’s our advice for adverse weather difficulties and your employment rights.❄️
Posted: 30th January 2019
Dear GMB Member GMB Scotland in Local Government – Important COSLA Pay Update On Wednesday your GMB officials met with COSLA, the Scottish Government and our sister unions in local government to discuss your pay and local government funding. In summary: COSLA is not prepared to move any further on the terms of the three year offer tabled – 3.5% for 2018 (backdated to April 1 2018), 3% for 2019 and 3% for 2020. The Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said the Scottish Government will not make any interventions on this. There isn’t a clear joint union position. Unison is recommending members accept and Unite is recommending reject in their non-craft members and accept in their craft-side. We wanted more for the lowest paid. We said we would exhaust every possible avenue through negotiation to get the best deal possible for our members but it is clear that we have now reached the end of that process. Yesterday (Thursday 24 January) your reps met to discuss and weigh-up our union’s position: GMB will recommend this offer to our members for acceptance as the best we can achieve through negotiation. A full consultative ballot of our local government membership will now run from Monday 4 February to Thursday 28 February where you will be asked to either accept or reject the offer. The ‘pros’ of this deal are the consolidation of the living wage, a de facto increase of 6.5 per cent this year (3.5 per cent for 2018 plus 3 per cent for 2019), and the value of this deal is greater than what was implemented in NHS Scotland. The ‘cons’ are that we remain dissatisfied about the weighting of the deal between the low, middle and high earners and the suitability of a three year offer against the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty. To mitigate Brexit uncertainty and the possibility of an inflation hike above the value of this offer, we have told COSLA that such a scenario should trigger fresh talks to ensure the earnings of the lowest paid (up to £36,500 a year) do not fall below the cost of living. However, we need to be clear that a rejection of this offer will mean moving to an industrial action ballot but without a united joint trade union position, an effective programme of industrial action that could change the employer’s position on pay does not look realistic. GMB will not play fast and loose with your livelihoods or lead you into a dispute with no real prospect of a positive outcome. We will always be honest with you. We feel this is the best deal we can achieve and that’s why we recommend you accept it. This has been a long and difficult year. Through our previous ballots we faced down a pay imposition and a further offer that continued to ignore the lowest paid. GMB secured a better deal for 2018 and the consolidation of the living wage will put more money into members’ pockets as we bring back the differentials between the lowest grades. While it doesn’t go as far as we would have hoped, we wouldn’t have achieved that without you and now all staff in the lowest grades across local government will benefit. Please check your mobiles and emails for further updates on the ballot and if you have any questions please contact your local rep or email firstname.lastname@example.org Drew Duffy GMB Scotland Senior Organiser
Posted: 25th January 2019
Dear GMB Member GMB Scotland in Local Government – Important COSLA Pay Update! Tomorrow (Wednesday 23 January), the joint trade unions meet with COSLA and the Scottish Government once again. COSLA has indicated to us that they are not prepared to increase the terms of their latest offer – a three year deal proposing 3.5 % for 2018 (fully backdated to 1 April 2018), 3% for 2019 and 3% for 2020. GMB will push one final time for improvements that do more the lowest paid on the front-line of local services. It is important that we try and exhaust every possible way forward through negotiation. Tomorrow, we will take this opportunity and table the following proposals: 1. Improved offers in years two and three for staff earning less than £36,500. 2. A cost of living guarantee for the lowest paid to offset Brexit uncertainty for the duration of the deal. Point 1 is self-explanatory and you would expect nothing less from your union on this. Point 2 means we will push COSLA and the Scottish Government to agree that if the cost of living (the rate of inflation) increases beyond the final offers tabled for 2019 and 2020, then the difference will be matched by COSLA and the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government has said it will not back a ‘blindfold Brexit’, so why should our members back a pay offer that could be compromised by that same Brexit uncertainty? This gives the lowest paid piece of mind that their pay would not fall below the cost of living. Your GMB local government reps will reconvene in Glasgow on Thursday 24 January where we will discuss the outcomes of tomorrow's meeting and deliver our recommendations to you ahead of a full consultative ballot. Please look out for updates via your mobile and email. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email email@example.com Drew Duffy GMB Scotland Senior Organiser
Posted: 22nd January 2019