Posts Tagged ‘GMB’

PFI contractor, Carillion, damned in report by NHS trust

by Andy Newman.

A damning NHS Trust report completely vindicates what GMB has said about Carillion since the union was first approached by staff in 2011. GMB, the union for staff at Carillion at Great Western PFI Hospital in Swindon, commented on the report considered on 25th September by the Board of the NHS Foundation Trust which details […]

GMB Scotland to campaign for a “No” vote in independence referendum

by Richard Leonard.

This week the GMB has announced that we will be campaigning for a “No” vote in the referendum. Let there be no doubt that there is a real hunger for radical social and economic change among GMB members. Support for “No” should not be seen as support for the status quo, far from it. We […]

Paul Kenny: no lectures from wealthy outsiders and CLP cuckoos

by Newsdesk.

This is the full text of GMB general secretary Paul Kenny’s speech to Labour party conference this morning. It is a pleasure of speaking today as Chair of TULO, representing the fourteen affiliated trade unions with a collective voice of millions of working people and their families. The trade union affiliates will only put in […]

In Bournemouth at the TUC, union leaders firm up against Ed Miliband’s proposals

by Jon Lansman.

In Bournemouth for the TUC Congress, the leaders of the three biggest unions affiliated to the Labour Party yesterday firmed up their position against Ed Miliband’s proposals to ‘reform’ the Labour Party trade union link. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison which already has two sections of its political fund – one affiliated to Labour […]

Labour’s early gift to the Tories

by Newsdesk.

John Edmonds was General Secretary of the GMB from 1986 to 2003, the longest serving major union general secretary in modern times. Yesterday, this letter appeared from him in the Guardian. The trap is opened and Labour falls straight in (Miliband looks at reducing power of union leaders, 8 July). Allegations are made of irregularities in the […]

GMB Members take Carillion Dispute to Bristol Southmead

by Andy Newman.

GMB members, in dispute with Carillion at Great Western PFI Hospital in Swindon since December 2011, today demonstrated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol over the on-going dispute and blacklisting by Carillion. 150 GMB members employed by Carillion at Swindon have taken 21 days of strike action over the persistent failure of the Carillion management to deal with evidence […]

Paul Kenny to stay on as GMB general secretary

by Andy Newman.

One of the worst kept secrets in the union world has been the fact that Paul Kenny had changed his mind about retiring. In a recent e-mail to staff, Paul says: “[I] confirm to anyone who hasn’t heard via the bush telegraph, that I have agreed with CEC to stay until my term of office expires.  I  […]

First anniversary of GMB strike action against Carillion

by Andy Newman.

Today is the anniversary of the first of 22 days of strike action by GMB members at the Great Western Hospital (GWH) in Swindon, one of the earliest Private Finance Initiative (PFI) build and operate hospitals, and only the second opened by Carillion. This long running industrial dispute between the union and Carillion, over the […]

Paul Kenny to step down as GMB General Secretary; Len McCluskey to seek fresh mandate in Unite

by Andy Newman.

Paul Kenny announced to today’s Central Executive Council that he intends to step down as GMB general secretary in late 2013. It is no exaggeration to say that the very existence today of GMB as a healthy, solvent, independent and combative union is the achievment of Paul Kenny, who took over the union in 2005 as […]

Ten years of Carillion putting profits before patients at PFI hospital

by Andy Newman.

This week marks the tenth anniversary of Swindon’s Great Western Hospital (GWH) opening in Swindon, one of the earliest Private Finance Initiative (PFI) build and operate hospitals, and only the second opened by Carillion. The anniversary was marked today by a dozen GMB shop stewards protesting outside, highlighting the long running industrial dispute between the union and […]

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