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Members at Serco win again

Posted: 13th March 2020

Health & Safety concerns addressed GMB welcome the turn around by Serco as they have agreed to not go ahead with changes to the number of rounds undertaken by our members in Sandwell.

Serco, who hold the contract for refuse collections within the borough planned to reduce the number of collection rounds, which had huge…

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GMB Winning at Work

Posted: 1st March 2020


For over two years GMB have been supporting electricians in Sandwell to get the recognition they deserve for their job. After reaching a stalemate with Sandwell MBC, GMB members took the decision to ballot for Industrial Action along with colleagues from Unison and Unite and dates set for strike had been sent to the employer.…

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URGENT UPDATE – Victory for GMB @ Serco

Posted: 10th January 2020

⚠️Victory for GMB! ✊


Late last night we were advised that Serco have now agreed to suspend the round changes imposed on Sandwell bin workers to allow further talks around Safety concerns.

Over the next 3 months, we will work with Serco to address our members’ concerns around workload and allocation

Therefore we will suspend…

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Health & Safety Talks at Serco break down

Posted: 9th January 2020

Talks regarding Health & Safety concerns with Serco broke down, leading Union members to proceed with Industrial Action.

Yesterday (8th January 2020) GMB officials along with sister Unions held further talks with Serco to resolve safety concerns after two rounds were removed from the waste collection services within Sandwell.

We believed these talks to be…

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Happy New Year & listening to members

Posted: 2nd January 2020

Happy New Year to you all.

Here at GMB Sandwell we are looking forward to a year of organising and campaigning.

As we remembered Mary MacArthur yesterday (13.8.1880-1.1.1921), the fearless Trade Unionist & Leader of the Cradley Heath Chainmakers strike, we reflected on her story of the bundle of sticks


“A trade union is…

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Staffing Update – Good Luck Sam

Posted: 20th December 2019

As today marks the end of the working year for many of our members, we also announce a change within GMB S85 branch.

Sam Fagan is leaving his role as Education Convenor to explore new opportunities within the authority. However it is not goodbye as Sam will remain a workplace representative within the Resources area,…

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