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Public Services Exit Cap Payment Consultation

Posted: 22nd May 2019

The Government are once again attacking the hard earned and fought for terms and conditions of public service workers. This time, they are trying to cap all exit payments for public service workers at £95,000.

This exit payment cap will affect many GMB members in all public sector departments, particularly those aged 55 years and…

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International Worker Memorial Service

Posted: 24th April 2019

We invite you to join us this Friday, 26th April at 10:30am for the 2nd annual International Workers’ Memorial Day service outside Sandwell Council House, Oldbury.

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t…

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GMB Apprenticeship benefits

Posted: 26th March 2019

What does GMB Apprentice Membership offer?

GMB Apprentice Membership offers all the same benefits of normal membership*, including the right to representation and free legal advice, plus more:

  1. £3 a month rate
  2. NUS Apprentice Extra Card and discounts
  3. Membership of the National Society of Apprentices
  4. Access to GMB’s Apprentice Network


Who is…

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Tackling Period Poverty at Work

Posted: 8th March 2019

GMB are very proud to announce following discussions with Sandwell Council and our sister Trade Unions, a new campaign is being launched today (International Women’s Day) to tackle period poverty and promote dignity for women at work.

Sarah James, branch Equality Officer said “For many women, even those in work period poverty is a real…

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GMB National Equality Conference

Posted: 4th March 2019

Report by Sarah James, Branch Equality Officer

The 10th annual National Equality Conference 2019 was hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by GMB Northern region on 25th & 26th February 2019.

Day 1 of conference started with a welcoming speech from GMB National Equality Forum chair Brian Shaw who outlined the tone of the conference,…

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Snow Your Rights

Posted: 31st January 2019

It will not have escaped anyone’s attention that the weather is due to turn for the worse over the coming days.

The change leaves many members unsure of their rights on snow days. GMB have produced a quick guide to help members.


Generally speaking there is no legal obligation for an employer to pay…

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Time To Talk Day

Posted: 29th January 2019

Join us on Thursday 7th February between 10am & 2pm as we make a conversation about Mental Health. #TimeToTalk

We will be joined by sister Trade Unions from across Sandwell at:

  • Sandwell Council House, Oldbury (Ground Floor Break Area)
  • Providence Place, West Bromwich (Ground Floor Break Area)

Mental health problems affect one in four…

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New payscales agreed at Sandwell Council

Posted: 16th January 2019

Back in December 2017, the National Joint Council for Local Government Services (NJC), offered a pay deal covering the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020.
This pay offer broke the #PayPinch and affected members on NJC terms and conditions and on Bands A to J (inc.)
Following workplace ballots early 2018…

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Winning Equality in the Workplace

Posted: 14th December 2018

Julia Sear, our Education representative has this week completed a course with GMB – Winning Equality in the Workplace

Equality is central to the GMB’s agenda. The four day course (over 4 weeks) focuses on what reps can do in the workplace to win improved rights for our members.
Strengthening the skills she already has…

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