🚢⚓🇬🇧 "There really can be no excuse for sending our shipbuilding contracts overseas. We have a highly skilled shipbuilding workforce in the UK that is more than capable of making these ships" GMB National Officer for shipbuilding Ross Murdoch More >>
An indication of the enormous levels of stress being suffered by staff. Successive ministers have buried their heads in the sand, leaving the emergency services at breaking point, and it must end now >>
Kevin Brandstatter, national officer of the GMB union, said: “PFI deals represent a scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money. “But seeing them in the NHS is particularly disturbing. Our health service is desperately short of cash and the last thing it needs are blood-sucking companies leeching its precious resources. It’s shameful that our NHS trusts spent £2billion last year alone on their PFI contracts. That’s money that should be spent on patients."
Tim Roache: “Playing politics with meals for hungry kids is beyond the pale. No one is going to be fooled by smoke and mirrors when we struggling families know the reality. It’s time for Ministers to stop messing about and put sorely needed money towards the facilities and staff we need to provide healthy meals. How can feeding kids who need a warm meal in their belly even be a point of debate?”
Shocking - ministers need to do more. It’s taken too long, but guaranteeing Carillion apprentices their wages is the least the government can do given it created this mess in the first place. Good work Angela Rayner and Stephanie Peacock MP for keeping the pressure on >>
NEW BREXIT POLL: one year out, the public clearly disagree with the Government's handling of Brexit. Ministers must start putting the needs of working people and communities first. The key findings via independent pollsters Survation here >>
We know the PM doesn't like to meet real working people on these tours of the UK, but with these poll findings (via independent Survation poll) in mind maybe this time she should do - and she should listen to their very real concerns 👇👇 🗳 Only 15% think the Government is handling the Brexit process well, with more than three times as many (48%) saying it is being handled badly 🗳 Less than a third (28%) of people believe the Government has put jobs, wages and living standards as a top priority in Brexit negotiations 🗳 A total of 67% think Brexit is a distraction the Government from other important issues facing the county 🗳 Currently only 20% of the public this it is likely the Conservative government will provide an additional £350 million a week for the NHS after Brexit. Within that 20%, only 8% say it's 'very likely' (📊 full data tables available at: http://survation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Final-GMB-Tables-070317NFCH-1C0D3H8-2.0.pdf)
🎉 Recent awards day for staff at HC One Beechcroft care home was an amazing success - thanks to fab reps Ann + Barbie Stoddart (who you might remember from our #WeCare at Christmas series. http://www.gmb-wecare.org ). Our members and reps do great work 365 days a year!
Thanks to all members and non-members getting in touch about the NHS pay deal. All members affected will get a vote. You deserve an informed choice on the offer and we'll be in touch with all details. Not a member? Join to make sure you get your say: www.gmb.org.uk/join
Our National Sec for Public Services Rehana Azam tells BBC News the Government's NHS pay offer is simply not good enough. Cost of living set to rise by 9.3% over by the next 3yrs - so make no mistake - this is a real terms pay cut on top of 8 years of pay pinching. We can't recommend it to members. And we won't. GMB Union Public Sector Workers
The jam tomorrow NHS pay offer is simply not good enough. During the past 8 years NHS workers have faced the biggest pay pinch in living memory. If this below inflation pay rise is the best the Govt can offer, we'll be recommending our members reject it.