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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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100 years of Women MP’s

Posted: 22nd November 2018

On 21st November 1918 the Qualification of Women Act passed in Law, allowing women to stand in Parliamentary elections. The Act stated simply that women were no longer barred by sex or marriage from sitting or voting as members of the House of Commons.

In the last 100 years, only 491 women have gained seats at Westminster,…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted: 20th November 2018

Trans rights are human rights – that is not a matter of debate.

Today, along with reps across Sandwell we remember and honour all those who have lost their lives to transphobic discrimination and violence.


GMB Union will continue to challenge transphobia in all its forms and remain resolute in our…

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GMB supports MacMillan

Posted: 8th October 2018

On Friday 28th September we hosted a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, The total raised was £79.09, which GMB Sandwell branch have rounded up to £100.00

Our National Political Officer Gary Doolan, recently passed away following a battle with cancer and his family have requested…

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GMB call upon schools to end violent attacks on staff

Posted: 11th September 2018

More than half of school staff experience shocking violence at work – with more than 16% suffering attacks every week.

A new report released this week highlights the appalling treatment our members face in the workplace.

Karen Leonard, GMB National Officer said:

“No-one should be physically threatened at work. Violence from parents in particular is…

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