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Dear Members As you will be aware G4S have introduced a restrictive leave policy covering the period around the Olympics and the Paralympics games. Many members have contacted the union with concerns and questions as to what the restrictions mean in practise and have asked if the company can implement these...
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When the Tory-led coalition Government announced sweeping changes to the security licensing system, a wave of concern swept through the industry. GMB, with thousands of security officer members, fought long and hard for the introduction of licensing, and immediately warned that scrapping checks would send the industry back to the...
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Private investigators would have to be SIA-badged by now, but for the Coalition government’s change of heart about regulation, it appears from the minutes of the SIA board meeting of July 28, released this month. According to the minutes, downloadable from the SIA website, Chief Executive Bill Butler told the July...
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On Tuesday 25 October we will be hosting our next live Facebook Q&A session, focussing on your questions about our licensing process and the services we provide to you. Senior members of our Licensing and Customer Service teams will be available from 11am until 2pm to answer your questions through...
Date: 05 Sep 11
The Security Industry Authority reports that a security supplier has been electronically tagged after being found guilty of supplying unlicensed security officers and failing to provide material to the Regulator. Brian Sims has the detail. By Brian Sims Following on from thorough investigations, 54-year-old Duncan Thorburn - who traded as Thor Security...
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On Tuesday 6 September we will be hosting a live Facebook Q&A session, focusing on our compliance and enforcement actions. Senior members of our Compliance & Investigation team will be available from 11am until 2pm to answer your questions about SIA enforcement through our Facebook page. You can also send in...
Date: 1st March 2010
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has offered its support to the GMB trade union following the announcement of the union’s new charter, aimed at improving employee welfare and safety for security officers. The new charter, which will officially be launched on March 1st, will improve conditions for security officers through...
Date: 1st March 2010
By Anthony Hildebrand Security company Sabrewatch and its directors have been ordered to pay total fines in excess of £215,000 for deploying unlicensed security operatives, despite being well aware of the law. Sabrewatch Limited was fined £140,000 at Southwark Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty on Monday last week on...
Date: 26th February 2010
GMB LAUNCH SAFEGUARD CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE ATTACKS ON SECURITY STAFF AT WORK In the past 2 years 1,550 security staff working for just 35 companies out of 600+ companies have been injured on duty by violent attacks - some very seriously GMB, the main union for security staff, today launch a new...
Date: June 2009
A director of Maureen O’Brien Ltd (in administration) – the company which formerly owned the high street chain Joy – has been ordered to pay over £5,500 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of fire safety legislation. Girish Chadha was fined £500 for 11 contraventions of the...
Date: 18th May 2009
By Anthony Hildebrand The ex-director of a Peterborough security firm has been given an 18-month community punishment order and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs after pleading guilty to 33 offences. During the hearing at Peterborough Magistrates Court, Paul John O’Mahony, who had acted as director of Central Security (East Anglia)...
Date: 20th March 2009
A brave security guard suffered a fractured skull after he tried to stop a man who had grabbed a woman's handbag outside a Northampton supermarket. Dan Elliott, aged 28, who works at the Morrison's store in Kettering Road, chased the mugger out onto the street after he witnessed the robbery at...
Date: August 2008
By Steve Collins Following on from this week's SMT Editor's View on knife crime in the UK, Steve Collins - CEO of PS5 - looks at the frightening array of knives apparently produced for no other reason than to compromise security and endangers peoples' lives. Attack from an edged weapon represents the...
Date: August 2008
By Brian Sims Following an avalanche of comments to its June study on the security guarding marketplace, Plimsoll has produced an updated set of figures to incorporate the latest statistics. Plimsoll's original analysis (see the web link on the right hand panel of this page) found that a record number of...
Date: August 2008
The latest figures from the British Security Industry Association show that the proactive partnership work between the Home Office, Police, the GMB trade union, and the banking, retail and security industries to reduce cash-in-transit crime is continuing to bring results. The number of attacks against cash-in-transit couriers has reduced by...
Date: July 2008
By Brian Sims Merseyside Police has executed warrants at four addresses on Merseyside as part of Operation Seahog, arresting three men and a woman from the Southport, Aigburth and Mossley Hill areas during an ongoing crackdown on security firms being run illegitimately. A 68-year-old man from Southport, and a 40-year-old male from...
Date: July 2008
76% of Cash & Valuables in Transit (CVIT) attacks recorded in the EU occur in the UK Government Minister Vernon Cocker to address Nottingham conference 17/18 April GMB, Britain’s major security workers Union, is holding a special two day conference in Nottingham of 80 security workers who will discuss the scandalously...
Date: July 2008
A contract to provide security services for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust has gone to MITIE, the support services company. The hospital's in-house team of 21 officers transfer to MITIE plus recruitment of further officers. The MITIE team are now managing all aspects of the manned security, CCTV and car...
Date: July 2008
GMB has welcomed today's High Court decision gives the Security Industry Associastion (SIA) the all-clear to launch criminal prosecutions as part of its supervisory role. Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary representing GMB's thousands of security industry workers said, "GMB welcomes the High Court's ruling and congratulates the SIA on guarding the...
Date: July 2008
First serious security scare to affect 2012 project casts doubt on claims of ‘exemplary site security’ Police have arrested 14 suspected illegal immigrants who were employed to guard the 2012 Olympic park in raids carried out this year, in the first serious security scare to hit the project. The workers were employed...
Date: July 2008
By Brian Sims G4S Cash Services (UK) has welcomed news of the first Cash-in-Transit criminal to be convicted through forensic evidence using SmartWater, the state-of-the-art forensic technology. At Wood Green Court, 21-year-old Ali Lwanga of Baron Walk, London E16 was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to rob and one count...
Date: July 2008
Richard will head a team of 350 officers, with overall responsibility for operations and business development. Richard, who worked at Securicor (now G4S) as Major Accounts Director and Regional Director from 2000-2002, was previously Managing Director of OCS Security where he oversaw an £85m turnover. As Managing Director of G4S Monitoring...
Date: June 2008
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance to help organisations comply with the Data Protection Act when providing information about their staff under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE). Briefly put, TUPE ensures that employees’ terms and conditions of employment are preserved when a business or...
Date: June 2008
Yesterday the EU Social Affairs Council (SAC), which includes BERR Secretary of State John Hutton, agreed a text for the revision of the Working Time Directive. In the TUC's view, the SAC position is a very mixed bag. We are disappointed that it retains individual opt-outs from the 48 hour limit...
Date: June 2008
Ellis Parker is the GMB Workplace Organiser at GSL Court Services, Preston Preston resident Ellis Parker was today awarded the GMB Daniel Dennis Award for Health & Safety at GMB Congress in Plymouth in recognition of his outstanding Health & Safety work for the Union. Ellis was up against stiff competition from...
Date: June 2008
Angus Groat is the GMB Workplace Organiser at Total Security Motorola in Sutton Swindon resident Angus Groat was today awarded the GMB Daniel Dennis award for Health & Safety at GMB Congress in Plymouth in recognition of his outstanding Health & Safety work for the Union. Angus was up against stiff competition...
Date: June 2008
Restraint of people who may lack 'mental capacity' is covered in a booklet offering guidance on a new law. A booklet provides 'introductory information' on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The guidance says: "Sometimes it is necessary to physically restrain a person. The [Mental Capacity 2005] Act allows physical restraint,...
Date: June 2008
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance to help organisations comply with the Data Protection Act when providing information about their staff under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE). Briefly put, TUPE ensures that employees’ terms and conditions of employment are preserved when a business or...
Date: May 2008
76% of Cash & Valuables in Transit (CVIT) attacks recorded in the EU occur in the UK Government Minister Vernon Cocker to address Nottingham conference 17/18 April GMB, Britain’s major security workers Union, is holding a special two day conference in Nottingham of 80 security workers who will discuss the scandalously...
Date: April 2008
"We apologise for the poor service." Reads the SIA web site. Is this apology enough? When the GMB first backed the Private Security Act it was because we believed as we still do that the way to improve the lot of our members in Security was to raise standards. To raise the...
Date: April 2008
"We apologise for the poor service." Reads the SIA web site. Is this apology enough? When the GMB first backed the Private Security Act it was because we believed as we still do that the way to improve the lot of our members in Security was to raise standards. To raise the...
Date: April 2008
IFSEC is a useful platform for exchanging information and keeping people informed about the latest developments within the industry, so this is SfS says what Skills for Security will be doing. This year sees the launch of a conference programme at IFSEC and Skills for Security is playing a role in...
Date: April 2008
The contract guarding industry is one that has improved itself slowly and gradually over the years, writes Stuart Lowden. Early on, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) received much of the credit for improvements made with, in recent times, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) adding further weight to that process...
Date: April 2008
The new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 comes into force on 6 April 2008 – this Sunday. Are you aware of what it means for your business? For over a decade, successive Governments have faced continual criticism that existing Health and Safety legislation - coupled with the common law...
Date: March 2008
ArmorGroup is a leading provider of defensive, protective security services to national governments, multinational corporations and international peace and security agencies operating in hazardous environments. It has approximately 8,500 employees and 38 registered offices in 27 countries. The transaction, which has been recommended unanimously by the ArmorGroup board, is subject to...
Date: March 2008
Industry bodies responsible for handing out awards received 47 reports of alleged training malpractice between 1st October and 30th November 2007, figures released by the SIA show. The door supervision sector was worst hit, with 26 incidents of alleged malpractice reported to its awarding bodies in the two-month period. According to the...
Date: March 2008
G4S Security Services (UK) has acquired Rock Steady Group, the UK’s leading event stewarding company. The acquisition enhances the depth of G4S’s crowd management capabilities in the events security sector, particularly within the areas of live music and venue services. The acquisition ensures G4S’s position as the pre-eminent, market leading...
Date: January 2008
GMB hopes crisis talks on Tuesday 29th January can avoid action. Unions lead by GMB representing 3500 industrial and maintenance workers employed in HM Prisons are on collision course with their employers having rejected a derisory pay award for 2007. Prison bosses, delayed by government approval processes, took nearly nine months before...
Date: January 2008
The level of physical violence has increased and the trauma suffered is very difficult to overstate. GMB Union demands the harshest possible penalties for the perpetrators, convicted today of the Securitas Cash Depot Robbery that took place in Kent in 2006. GMB represents tens of thousands of workers in the Cash...
Date: January 2008
Trade unions call on Home Secretary to re-think Police pay and not to divide the law enforcement workforce On the same day as the joint unions launched at yesterday’s Police Staff Council pay meeting, the trade union side agreed to recommend an offer of 2.5% on pay backdated to September...
Date: December 2007
G4S is looking to reacquire prison firm Global Solutions in a deal worth around £350m, The Telegraph has reported. The security giant is thought to be among several companies bidding for Global Solutions, which operates in a number of Britain’s prisons and police custody areas. Private equity firm Cognetas appointed investment bank...
Date: November 2007
Regulations for bouncers and security industry staff dealing with the public are coming into force across Scotland. The new rules will be overseen by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). The regulations will apply to staff such as nightclub bouncers, store security guards, bodyguards and CCTV operators. To qualify for a licence, door staff...
Date: November 2007
Jacqui Smith Ms Smith has the prime minister's full confidence Smith's statement Jacqui Smith has defended a decision not to publicise the fact that 5,000 illegal immigrants were cleared to work in security, amid claims of a cover-up. The home secretary denied there had been a "blunder", promising that the government would take "robust...
Date: November 2007
Passports Mr Hussain said it was "very worrying" his passport was missing A security guard who applied to a government-appointed body for a work permit received someone else's passport and driving licence in the post. Abid Hussain, 23, applied to the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work at a company in Birmingham. Mr Hussain,...
Date: October 2007
I haven’t seen a gun fired in anger since I was a child and watched farmers near my home shooting rabbits. In truth I tend to stay clear of guns these days as do most other (sensible) people. However not everyone has this choice as we live in a society that...
Date: 8th August 2007
GMB today repeated its view that staff levels in Britain’s immigration centres contribute to disturbances and escapes of detainees. Paul Campbell, GMB Organiser said, “GMB members work at Britain’s immigration detentions centres looking after the detainees. They have been asking the Home Office to increase the number of officers in relation...
Date: August 2007
GMB says Government should pay the prison officers the pay review body award in full and stop using the threat of court action to settle industrial relations matters. GMB, the largest union in the privately run part of the law enforcement sector, says Government should pay the prison officers the pay...
Date: 17th July 2007
GMB today warned Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police to act swiftly to change the bylaws and solve the problem of access to the Argyle Street pedestrian precinct so that it is accessible to security vans delivering and collecting cash. A failure to change the bylaws could result in a...
Date: 1st June 2007
MITIE today announced that Barry Norris has been appointed as Head of Human Resources for its Security division. Barry brings considerable experience having spent seven years as HR Director for Reliance Security. Barry will lead the company’s regional HR teams and will oversee all personnel issues for the company’s 11,000...
Date: 1st June 2007
Reliance Security Services’ teams have won fifteen Regional BSIA (British Security Industry Association) Security Officer of the Year Awards - one third of the entire awards available and more than any other individual security provider. Congratulating the winners, Managing Director, Michael Carré said: “The recognition of outstanding achievement by so...
Date: 14th May 2007
The great and good of the Private Security Industry were gathered in Worcester last Thursday to launch the Sørensen Centre, based at Security House in Barbourne. The official opening, which was attended by the Centre’s benefactor Jørgen Philip-Sørensen the founder of Group 4, attracted an array of dignitaries including SIA...
Date: 14th May 2007
the Skills and Standards Setting Body for the Security Business Sector has announced the appointment of David Greer as its new Chief Executive. David comes to the organisation with a wealth of experience, having been Director for all Support to Business skills policies, in the Learning and Skills Council (LSC)...
Date: 14th May 2007
MITIE has been appointed as the exclusive retail guarding supplier to Marks & Spencer’s wholly owned mainland UK stores which Infologue.com estimates is in excess of £8 million per annum. The contract, which commenced on 1 April 2007, follows the company’s interim contract managing retail security activity at a selection...
Date: 26th March 2007
14 March 2007: Three men have been arrested and charged by Merseyside Police with offences under Section 5 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (providing unlicensed security operatives). The three, all from Secure Guarding UK Ltd, are: - Company director, Philip Jellyman (36) of The Mews, Parbold - Company...
Date: 21st March 2007
Dear Colleagues The Joint Trade Union Side has met to draw up this year’s pay claim. The Joint Trade Union Side has registered our anger at the fact that the Company has failed to properly progress negotiations over moving to a £10 per hour hourly rate, as agreed in last year’s pay...
Date: 19th March 2007
GMB will take part in the Stakeholder Group to advise the Commission on EU policy on RFID applications. The European Commission today published a Communication on RFID. In this document the Commission has revealed its strategy for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, with particular focus on concerns over the privacy of...
Date: 15th March 2007
Leisure and theme park attendants and waiting staff foot UK pay league. GMB, Britain’s general union, has updated its occupational pay league for employees in all 346 occupational groups in the UK by ranking official pay data for April 2006 from the top to the bottom. This comes in the week...
Date: 20th february 2007
United Campaign to repeal the anti-trade union laws: Thursday March 1 2007 7pm, House of Commons Committee Room 12 (Nearest Tube Westminster) Confirmed Speakers John Hendy QC (chair) John McDonnell MP Tony Benn Tony Woodley, T&G General Secretary Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary Katy Clark MP Billy Hayes, CWU General Secretary Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary Christine Blower, NUT Deputy General...
Date: 6th February 2007
GMB says average security guard would have to work 80 hours to pay £245 cost of licence to work in the industry from April 2007 Gary Smith, National Officer for GMB, the main union representing people who work in the licensable sectors of the Security Industry, has written to Mr Vernon...
Date: 12th December 2006
The GMB broadly welcomes the government's publication today of the pension bill on personal savings accounts. Employees will be auto-enrolled into Personal Accounts if their employer does not offer a better pension scheme. Individuals will be able to opt out of participating in Personal Accounts the employee will contribute 4%...
Date: 10th December 2006
We are once again at that reflective time of year, when before going into the new year we consider what our major achievements were, but also those things we would rather put behind us. For me, Friday October 13th was a milestone, it was the first meeting of the G4S /...
Date: 10th December 2006
As Bob Mayley, G4S National H&S Officer has stated in his article there is a new era abroad between GMB and G4S with regard to Health & Safety. It was therefore felt that it might be useful for your Trade Union to put down on paper some basic thoughts on...
Date: 10th December 2006
An innovative collaboration between the GMB Union, Job Centre Plus, the Learning and Skills Council and Steel Security Consultants Ltd has led to the development of a series of training courses designed to offer training and licensing for employment within the private security industry for job seekers. Funding supplied by the...
Date: 10th December 2006
With the forthcoming Olympics only six years away the GMB has raised the first issues concerning Security. The GMB has a presence on various planning groups involved with the project and has had the foresight to present our worries concerning the Security Industry planning of the event. We are also in...
Date: 23rd November 2006
Criminal gangs of robbers attacking GMB security members must be taken off the streets says GMB conference 70 representatives of the security guards working in the security companies delivering and collecting Britain’s cash meeting today at a GMB Security Conference Brighton called on Gary Smith, GMB’s national officer for the security...
Date: 9th November 2006
Road Safety For the first time the Department of Transport’s annual road casualty statistics, police data has recorded the purpose of journeys. These statistics from the Department for Transport reveal that at work vehicles were involved in over 54,000 crashes in 2005 or150 per day. GMB represents thousands of working drivers...
Date: 2nd November 2006
As we approach the third year of the SIA licence scheme there are those within the industry who believe that the renewal of the first batch of Security Officers licences will not pass without a hitch. As the flood of enquiries that will accompany the next batch of people needing to...
Date: 1st November 2006
GMB has won a significant battle with Wal-Mart the privately owned transnational supermarket owner. Wal-Mart is known to many trade unionists as the ultimate "union-free" company. It has been nearly impossible for trade unionists to get a foothold in the company's US stores, though there have been some organizing victories in...
Date: 24th October 2006
The Central Executive Council (CEC) of GMB, Britain’s general union today chose Plymouth’s Pavilions as the venue for it’s from 2008 Congress which will run from Sunday 8th to Thursday 12th June 2008. The only other time that GMB held its Congress in Plymouth was in 1892. The GMB’s flagship event...
Date: 12th October 2006
A TU response to the erosion of civil liberties. What should unions be doing? The attack on trade union rights is one of the biggest attacks on our civil liberties. Our experience is that other new repressive legislation is soon directed at us. The tide of new laws threatens our basic liberties. We...
Date: 25th September 2006
5,000 GMB members in DHL at 102 locations in UK to be asked to vote on official strike action in express parcels division 5,000 GMB members employed at 102 locations in DHL Express in the UK are to be balloted by the union over proposals to sack up to 3,000...
Date: 6th September 2006
GMB Union have secured over £300,000 for its members from Boston Borough Council. This accounts for 6 years under payment for Leisure Attendants at Boston Borough Council. The under payment was recognised when it came to light that Boston Borough Councilhad not paid the correct payments as per the National...
Date: 15th August 2006
GMB is concerned that there have been no prosecutions since the new licensing regime came into force on 20th March 2006, and that a number of contractors are still operating without being approved or their employees licensed. With only 227 contractors approved GMB believe there are still many companies, including...
Date: 2nd August 2006
GMB today agreed with the report of the growing problem of bullying at work. The problem is reported mostly from young workers who have little of no knowledge of their rights at work. The report revealed that four out of five workers had been bullied but most had not made a...
Date: 27th July 2006
Reacting today to a study by Croner, the workplace advisors that found that many employees failed to take summer holidays John McClean, GMB National health and Safety Director, said: ``At a time when the Government is finally consulting on the introduction of the eight public holidays into everyone's holiday entitlement...
Date: 29th June 2006
GMB Shop Stewards from the Asda Wal-Mart distribution depots yesterday met in London to consider the outcome of the talks hosted by the TUC between Asda Chief Executive Andy Bond and GMB General Secretary Paul Kenny. Following lengthy consideration of the attached agreement and following over night contacts between the...
Date: 10th April 2006
Government Responsibility · Increase police resources to deal specifically with armed robbery. · Local authority planning guidelines to ensure that safe cash handling systems are a legal requirement. · Increased prison sentence for carrying guns and weapons illegally. · Local authorities to remove restrictions on CVIT vans. · Ensure ATM’s sites are fully...
Date: 19th March 2006
Union warns that time has run out for cowboy elements Latest figures released by the regulatory body, the Security Industry Authority indicate that of 120,000 licensable security guards working in Guarding, CCTV, Cash and Valuables in Transit and Close Protection, 45,000 will be licensed and a further 24,000 may be lawfully...
Date: 14th March 2006
You may have seen that the final draft of the age discrimination regulations (the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006) has now been published. The Regulations are due to come into force on 1 October. The Regulations will, among other things: outlaw age discrimination in...
Date: 22nd February 2006
GMB calls for deadline for licensing 162,000 security workers to be extended to June 2006 GMB Commercial Services conference in Brightontoday warned that there would be a shortage of licensed security guards after the March 20th 2006 licensing deadline. The conference was told that many security companies have not yet licensed...
Date: 13th February 2006
A ten strong GMB delegation arrives in Strasburg to take part in a European wide demonstration on the Services Directive and to attend meetings with MEPs and European Officials tomorrow (Tuesday 14th February). This directive has given rise to wide spread opposition across Europe in particular because of the clause...
Date: 9th February 2006
A Parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled on behalf of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the GMB trade union has gained significant backing from MPs. The EDM, which calls on the Government to recognise attacks against cash-in-transit (CIT) couriers as ‘…a human rather than purely business crime...
Date: 5th January 2006
The GMB, the union representing thousands of security industry workers, today announced that it was making two formal complaints regarding the channel 4 programme "The Heist" broadcast last night. GMB has slammed the Channel 4's broadcasting of a programme which stages members of the public conducting a simulated armed robbery...
Date: 20th December 2005
The GMB do welcome some of the positive statements from the Home Affairs and Pensions Committee. GMB welcomes the proposal for juries to consider the corporate culture throughout an organisation when looking at serious breaches as the examples shown by directors and employers can have a profound influence on how...
Date: 29th November 2005
GMB union announced today that 6,000 members working as British Gas Engineers will take part in five 24 hour stoppages in their dispute with the company over their pension rights: Monday 12th December 2005, Monday 19th December, Wednesday 21st December Friday 6th January and Monday 9th January 2006. These twenty-four hour stoppages...
Date: 11th September 2005
Growth of ‘Big Brother’ surveillance technology in the workplace without consent will lead to “lots of little brothers and sisters watching the big brothers” A new report, published today at the TUC Congress in Brighton shows that there is a growing use of new “big brother” surveillance technology in the workplace....
Date: 7th September 2005
GMB has organised a protest demonstration at The Oval cricket ground on the first day of the final Ashes test, on Thursday 8th September 2005. The protest is against the mistreatment of security staff working at The Oval, by their employers Recruit Event Services Plc. The demonstration will be held at   10.30...
Date: 27th August 2005
CHUBB: 110 security guards employed at Eurostar terminals are to strike on Friday and Saturday over pay (RMT) Update coming soon...
Date: 24th August 2005
Jeremy Bailey, 30, director of Barons Security Ltd based in Basingstoke, is the first person to be found guilty of working as a director of a security company without holding a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. Bailey was interviewed by Hampshire Constabulary in February on suspicion of running a security company...
Date: 22nd August 2005
GMB welcomed the 15 year sentence handed down to the gunman found guilty of shooting GMB member Colin Baker last year during a raid on Nationwide bank in West Bromwich. GMB is suing Colin Baker’s employer Securicor, the bank and the garage where the raid took place for compensation for the...
Date: 1st August 2005
A member of the GMB, who works for Securicor in the Great Barr area of Birmingham has been shot and wounded during an armed bank raid. This is the second shooting of a security guard in Birmingham within a month. A member of the public is also believed...
Date: 20th July 2005
GMB, Britain's general union, is to take a firm of solicitors to Employment Tribunal over the sacking of a pregnant woman worker. Graham Hobbs the Practice Manager of solicitors firm Foskett, Marr, Gadsby & Head Solicitors, 181 High Street, Epping sacked Derrinda Bilgin on 24th September 2004. The Employment Tribunal is...
Date: 18th July 2005
1,315,700 GB workers in wholesale distribution in the front line. The GMB is calling on the EU Commission to legislate to outlaw the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and GPS satellite linked wearable computers to tag and track workers in the workplace. A recent GMB report has been passed to the...
Date: 11th July 2005
A local government union has attacked cash-strapped councils for failing to collect more than £800m in revenue from local residents which it claims could be used to plug the pension gap. The GMB drew the figures from recent data published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister showing that...
Date: 1st July 2005
GMB members employed in the ASDA George distribution depot have voted by 61% to 39% in support of strike action and by 83% to 17% in support of industrial action short of a strike. The vote was conducted by the Electoral Reform Balloting Services in an official industrial action ballot...
Date: 30th June 2005
GMB predicts ‘jackets off’ protests if Big Brother Spy Chips are used in UK. GMB Union has today written to Group4/Securicor management seeking a categorical assurance that reports emanating from the USA that the company is planning to embed Radio Frequency Identification chips into the smart labels of the uniforms...
Date: 8th June 2005
The GMB has won an important Employment Tribunal against Morrision’s Supermarkets attempt to prevent GMB representatives from attending national union meetings by refusing them paid time off as per their bargaining agreement. Jeff Goswell, GMB Organiser said, “It is unfortunate that this matter had to proceed to an Employment Tribunal,...
Date: 8th June 2005
The GMB Congress meeting in Newcastle upon Tyne this week will stage an unprecedented demonstration outside the AA offices in the city tomorrow (Thursday 9th June) at 8.30 am. at Carr Ellison House, Newcastle Business Park, William Armstrong Drive, NEWCASTLE, NE4 7YA.* The AA targeted its disabled staff for dismissal...
Date: 6th June 2005
GMB Congress in Newcastle upon Tyne today demanded an end to the dehumanizing of work via the use of new computer and satellite technology particularly in the wholesale distribution industry that has the effect of electronically tagging the workforce and introducing new ‘battery farm’ style workplaces. GMB demanded that employers...
Date: 6th June 2005
Thursday, 2 June, 2005 The BBC: [http://news.bbc.co.uk] The UK has won the first stage of the fight to maintain its "opt-out" from the European Working Time Directive. EU employment ministers were to make a decision on removing the clause, after the European Parliament in May voted to scrap the opt-out by 2012. But,...
Date: 1st May 2005
PROTECTING YOU AT WORK WITH:  REPRESENTATION COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HEALTH & SAFETY ADVICE AND A FULL LEGAL SERVICE DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS BY JOINING A STAFF ASSOCIATION WHICH IS IN THE POCKET OF MANAGEMENT, PROVIDES NONE OF THE ABOVE AND IS HEADED UP...
Date: 11th May 2005
Sources : BBC A rule which allows workers to choose to put in more than 48 hours a week may end after MEPs voted to scrap it. They voted to phase out over three years the right to opt out of the Working Time Directive. Unions said the decision was a...
Date: 11th May 2005
Sources : BBC Employers are licking their wounds after MEPs voted to scrap a key opt-out clause in the Working Time Directive, a move that could change traditional working patterns in the UK for good. Within three years, workers may no longer be able to work more than the standard...
Date: 1st May 2005
The GMB has sent out letters to over 72,000 of its members in 103 constituencies through out the country urging them to vote for the return of a Labour Government, for a third term, on 5th May. Paul Kenny, GMB Acting General Secretary said, “There is only one way to...
Date: 7th April 2005
East Anglia, Wales and Northern Are The Smallest Regions Government urged to pull out all the stops to secure a future for Rover There are 693,000 workers employed in manufacturing the South East of England. That is 18.6% of the total manufacturing workforce in Britain of 3,726,000. This makes the...
Date: 3rd March 2005
The GMB - Britain's General Union - is supporting a Bill to be presented in Parliament today by one of the union’s own members - Anne Begg, Labour MP for Aberdeen South. The Bill will ensure that workers get their full entitlement to four weeks paid holiday every year. The...
Date: 28th February 2005
Agencies 'cheat workers on pay' Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable, the TUC says pay for many workers in the UK is dropping below the minimum wage because some employment agencies are illegally deducting money, unions have claimed. A report by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said the growing trend particularly...
Date: 28th February 2005
The GMB - Britain's General Union - has welcomed the increase from £4.85 to £5.05 in October announced by the Prime Minister today. The rate for 18-21 year olds will rise from £4.10 to £4.25. GMB General Secretary Kevin Curran said: "It's refreshing to see Labour stepping up its work...
Date: 3rd February 2005
GMB General Secretary Kevin Curran said: "Along with GMB colleagues I have followed with interest the news of a possible merger between Amicus and T&G. I have today received letters from Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley inviting the GMB to participate in merger talks. "Any participation, even in exploratory talks,...
Date: 3rd February 2005
The GMB - Britain's General Union - has welcomed a report by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) which suggests 30,000 working women lose their jobs every year because of pregnancy discrimination by employers. GMB Deputy General Secretary Debbie Coulter said: "Women now make up almost half the workforce. According to...
Date: 6th January 2005
Dear Colleagues I write to advise you of a new Legal Service open to all members and their families. We originally provided legal assistance of up to 30 minutes with a solicitor on non-employment or personal injury matters through the Union Law Scheme. This Scheme is now not supported by a number...
Date: 30th November 2004
Over 750 classroom assistants taking industrial action in Brighton and Hove on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November, meaning the closure of more than 40 of the 72 schools in the authority. The strike is a result of a local...
Date: 8th November 2004
The GMB - Britain's General Union - today publishes a national poll conducted by NOP World aimed at surveying attitudes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the issue of low pay. The poll is published one month after the uprating...
Date: 23rd September 2004
José Manuel Barroso (48, Portugal), President Jacques Barrot (67, France), Vice-President, Commissioner for transport Rocco Buttiglione (56, Italy), Vice-President, Commissioner for justice, freedom and security Siim Kallas (55, Estonia), Vice President, Commissioner for administrative affairs, audit and anti-fraud Günter Verheugen (60, Germany), Vice-President, Commissioner for enterprise and industry Margot Wallström (49, Sweden), Vice-President, Commissioner for institutional relations and communication strategy Joaquín Almunia (56, Spain), Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Joe...
Date: 23rd September 2004
Dear Colleague This is a brief note to keep you up to date with the new Employment Relations Act 2004. The Employment Relations Act 2004 was given Royal Assent on 16th September 2004. The provisions in the Act will come into force in...
Date: 23rd September 2004
HEADLINES WORKING TIME - Revised Directive not good news for unions. EU COMMISSION - New faces are revealed (see Annex attached). TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS - Unions concerned at lack of progress. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT - GMB responds to UK...
Date: 3rd September 2004
MOST small firms are unaware that they will lose their right to defend themselves in employment tribunals from October 1 if their disgruntled employees do not have a formal contract. They are also unaware that if they fail to prove...
Date: 21st July 2004
LONDON -- On the first day that shares of the new global security giant Group 4 Securicor were traded on the London Stock Exchange, the GMB and America¡¦s largest union, SEIU, announced today a groundbreaking new alliance to elevate...
Date: 6th July 2004
LONDON -- On the first day that shares of the new global security giant Group 4 Securicor were traded on the London Stock Exchange, the GMB and America's largest union, SEIU, announced today a groundbreaking new alliance to elevate...
Date: 6th July 2004
It is the time of year when we in the trade union movement have the opportunity to thank our predecessors for the sacrifices they made in the name of workers rights. On February 24th 1834, six farm labourers from the...
Date: 19th May 2004
GMB WARNS "HIGH LICENCE COST AND LOW WAGES ARE DETERRENT FOR ANY NEW RECRUIT" The GMB - Britain's General Union warned today that if the new £190 upfront licence fee for security workers is not covered by the employers,...
Date: 13th May 2004
The GMB, Britain’s General Union, today challenged the Health and Safety Commission and Executive to support a new right for trade unions that would allow private prosecutions of employers who fail to protect their workforce...
Date: 23rd March 2004
The GMB, Britain’s General Union welcomed the signing off by the Government of the final piece of the Two-tier Workforce Agreement, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which must be incorporated in any contract awarded by...
Date: 23rd March 2004
“3 TIER MINIMUM WAGE IS CONFUSING, COMPLICATED AND DISCRIMINATORY TO YOUNG PEOPLE” The GMB, Britain’s General Union warned today that while the Minimum Wage is one of the greatest achievements of this Government, creating a three...
Date: 17th February 2004
THE controversial Danish security and prisoner-escort firm Group 4 Falck is in advanced talks to acquire its smaller British rival Securicor. The merged group would create a global firm with sales approaching £4.5 billion and a...

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