GMB Scotland is recruiting for a Senior Finance Assistant! 📊🧾 It's a full time role (32.5 hr week) and you'd be based at the GMB Scotland Head Office in Glasgow. For an application pack, or if you've any questions about the role, send an email to Scotland@GMB.org.uk
Posted: 18th March 2019
We believe that the global renewables market is rigged, and this article echoes what we have consistently said. Thousands of jobs are going abroad to produce Scotland's renewables industry, while the BiFab yards in Fife lie empty.
Posted: 13th March 2019
On International Women’s Day 2019, GMB Scotland sends its solidarity to those fighting women’s struggles all over the world. This year’s theme is “Balance for Better”, a theme of particular significance to our home care members in Dundee who face the imposition of split-shift working disrupting their work-life balance, or a brutal cut of up to £4500 to their pay. An industrial action ballot to fight back against these proposals will begin next week. GMB Scotland Organiser Helen Meldrum said: “On International Women’s Day we are asking this question of the city council: ‘Is this how you value women’s work in twenty-first century Scotland?’ Dundee is famously known as Scotland’s matriarchal city but the first against the wall for a fresh round of local cuts are low-paid women in our home care services. Left unchallenged the council will impose cuts on the pay of our members by as much as £4,500 a year, a move HSCP management says is needed to “move with the times”. It is an absolute horror show. Plunging hundreds of women into poverty pay is not a credible prescription for the delivery of essential public services and our members are gearing up for a full strike ballot to defend their livelihoods. But the fact that we have to campaign so hard against these cuts shows how far we have to go in Dundee and Scotland when it comes to properly valuing women in work.”
Posted: 8th March 2019
GMB’s Scottish Secretary Gary Smith spent yesterday visiting the GMB members who have returned to work with BiFab at Arnish in Lewis. Today, Gary spoke to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland about the battle to get work back into the yards in Fife, competing on an uneven playing field against state subsidised yards in Spain and the UAE. We were promised the Saudi Arabia of renewables, the reality is that the BiFab yards in Fife that could be producing our offshore renewables sector are lying empty.
Posted: 7th March 2019
It was encouraging to hear at First Minister's Questions that Nicola Sturgeon shares the concerns about BiFab that we expressed in a joint statement with Unite the Union earlier this week. The truth is, BiFab is not competing on a level playing field. State funded European energy and engineering firms, backed by Far East finance and Middle East sovereign wealth funds, are carving-up thousands of jobs and billions of pounds from our renewables sector. The promise of a "just transition" couldn't be further from the reality faced by working class communities in Burntisland and Methil. The immediate challenge for everyone is to try and break this international stranglehold on the Scottish renewables sector and get work and investment flowing into the Fife yards.
Posted: 2nd March 2019
GMB Scotland in Local Government – 93% Acceptance of COSLA Pay Offer Following the close of our consultative ballot and subsequent count conducted by your reps yesterday in Glasgow, we can confirm that 93 per cent of GMB members voted to accept the offer, which delivers the following: 2018/19 - increase of 3.5 per cent (capped at £80,000, on or above which a flat rate of £1600 will apply) 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent. 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent. Your 2018/19 increase will be fully backdated to April 1st 2018. GMB will work with your employer to ensure you receive your backdated entitlement as soon as practically possible. The deal consolidates the living wage, ensures an 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. These negotiations have been long and difficult and I would like to thank you for your participation and patience over the last year. Through our previous ballots we faced down a pay imposition and a further offer that continued to ignore the lowest paid. Last year COSLA said that their first offer was their only offer, so be in no doubt that without your efforts this deal would have been of less value to the front-line staff who need it most. I want to stress to you that our work is never done. Local government faces significant challenges in the face of Brexit uncertainty, continued austerity on our budgets and attacks on the terms and conditions of front-line staff and their services. Campaigning is a constant action for us and the defence of your interests does not start and stop with pay negotiations. Whether it’s fighting attacks on the pay of home carers in Dundee or tackling workplace abuse of school support staff in Aberdeenshire, our work continues.
Posted: 1st March 2019
Since August 2018 we have been campaigning to raise awareness of a systemic culture of bullying in NHS Highland; a culture that has lasted for at least a decade. When the whistle-blowers and GMB met with Scottish Government representatives last November one of our requests was for clear accountability from the leadership of NHS Highland. We are encouraged to see the start of that accountability being demonstrated through the resignation of Mr Alston. We also called for an independent review of the culture in NHS Highland. John Sturrock QC has been working on this and we look forward to seeing his review upon its completion.
Posted: 28th February 2019
BiFab Joint Trade Union Press Release "To working class communities in Burntisland and Methil this doesn’t look anything like a just transition or a green jobs revolution - it looks like a future that’s heavily rigged against their hopes for employment and prosperity." MORE: https://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/bifab-joint-trade-union-press-release
Posted: 26th February 2019
GMB Scotland is hiring! We're looking to recruit TWO new Support Workers - one to work out of our office in Leith and one out of GMB Scotland head office in Glasgow. This is an exciting and varied job. The successful candidates will be an integral part of a small team, helping to develop trade union campaigns and build GMB Scotland. For a copy of the job description and an application pack, please email email@example.com
Posted: 22nd February 2019
GMB has today warned North Lanarkshire Council to ‘get its act together’ amid continued delay over the recalculation and compensation of employee pensions affected by the equal pay scandal. Our message to leaders at North Lanarkshire Council is blunt: Get your act together now or you will be in direct confrontation with our union. The failure of NLC to properly recompense our members’ pension entitlement nearly three years on since their equal pay claims were settled is utterly shameful. It begs the question: Has the council learned anything from the equal pay scandal? At best this is shocking maladministration and at worst it’s an unlawful retention of our members’ money.” MORE: https://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-warns-north-lanarkshire-council
Posted: 20th February 2019
Our Dundee home care members just want to be valued, but Council leader John Alexander isn’t listening. At today’s Dundee Against Cuts demonstration, Home Carer and GMB member Susan Marnie announced the result of our consultative ballot - a comprehensive rejection of the council’s proposed attack on their take home pay. For home carers who want to avoid the upheaval of split-shifts, Dundee City Council’s proposals would mean a pay cut of as much as £4,500 per year - a cut of over 20%. It is not surprising that 94% of them support taking industrial action. We’ve taken over the Dundee Courier today, and announced our ballot result in Albert Square. The message from our members couldn’t be louder or more clear. The administration needs to step back from their cuts agenda and deliver for Dundee.
Posted: 16th February 2019
An important piece from Kevin McKenna on the renewables bonanza going to foreign firms, not Scottish workers. “A class of trouser-press philanthropists has emerged in Scotland in the last 20 years which gets a fit of the vapours over the defence industry or old sources of energy. It’s time for them to get real because real jobs are at stake.”
Posted: 16th February 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
Despite a promised end to austerity, Dundee City Council propose hiking the cost of breakfast clubs, cutting vital school support staff and slashing the terms & conditions of council workers. Join the Dundee Against Cuts demo this Saturday & fight back!
Posted: 12th February 2019
A significant win for GMB members in the Scottish Ambulance Service! These proposals would have seen accrued TOIL devalued from time and a half to plain time, a real terms pay cut for our members. ✂💷 🗳 98.8% of our members voted to reject these reforms, and the employer-side and Scottish Government side has been compelled to agree to their immediate withdrawal. It pays to be part of Scotland's campaigning trade union. 💪🏻
Posted: 8th February 2019
Glasgow Equal Pay – Celebration For Our Women, Reflection For Our Union "From the outset in Glasgow, I told our members we will never hide from our failings. We had forgotten how to fight for the people who pay our wages and depend on us for a fair deal in life. Apologising, I said that we couldn’t change the past but together we could change the future. After three years of constant campaigning in solidarity with the joint claimant organisations, countless demonstrations, meetings, talks and through a historic strike which in the words of Stefan Cross QC, “changed everything”, we did just that. We learned vital lessons about the collective power of an organised working-class movement. Thousands of low-paid workers came to understand their power and how to use their trade unions to exercise that power. They demanded and delivered an iconic and effective strike which captured the attention of the world. We were also reminded that when power is challenged you will be attacked. It was evident in the sneering contempt of the Scottish political establishment towards striking low-paid women; the attempted bullying and smearing of home carers by highly paid mandarins; the threats of Tory anti-trade union laws by the council on our union; and in the torrents of social media abuse and hate aimed at our employees. The journey we have been on over the last few years will never be repeated. Never again will we tolerate a passive, defeatist culture and never again will we try to outsource our industrial responsibilities. Our opponents are learning too that we won’t be pushed about. GMB Scotland is far better for this experience. It’s reminded us of our responsibility to give workers the confidence to organise under our banner. Equal pay has shown us how to campaign and fight again as a good trade union should." FULL STATEMENT: https://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/glasgow-equal-pay-celebration-for-our-women-reflection-for-our-union
Posted: 7th February 2019
We surveyed our Pupil Support Assistants in Aberdeenshire Council. ❌ > 90% have been on the receiving end of abuse. ❌ > 80% have received no training on how to report incidents. ❌ > 75% have had no feedback on incidents they have reported. Schools must be safe places of work, and we cannot sit back and normalise violence and aggression.
Posted: 5th February 2019
Hermes couriers can now access guaranteed rates, holiday pay and a real voice in their workplace. There is power in a union 📦✊ https://www.gmb.org.uk/news/hermes-gmb-groundbreaking-gig-economy-deal
Posted: 4th February 2019
The council say our carers need to ‘move with the times’ to make the service ‘fit for the 21st Century’. We say that plunging hundreds of women into poverty pay is not a prescription for the delivery of essential public services in future. Dundee Home Carers just want to be valued, but their council is not listening.
Posted: 1st February 2019
Our ballot over the NHS pay reform proposals tabled by STAC is reaching its final stages, closing on Monday 4th February - but if you haven't done so already it's not too late to vote! We are clear that the STAC proposals for accrued TOIL not taken automatically to be paid after 3 months at "plain time" will result in real terms pay cuts. That's why we're balloting you over STAC's proposals for further reforms, and that's why we are asking you to vote REJECT. If you've not yet received a ballot, please email your details ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll arrange for you to be balloted via text message.
Posted: 31st January 2019