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Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Food Production

GMB Scotland Secretary, Gary Smith was called to address the UK Government's Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee last week. He spoke on behalf of GMB Scotland members in the food production industry.

You have been treated very poorly by various employers throughout this health crisis.

Please view the following video where Gary Smith discusses challenges faced by you and your fellow workers.

Remember, your union is here for you and we will do our best for you.

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in McVitie's - Update

Thank you for the many responses from last night’s survey but I am aware that some people did not receive so have arranged to have it sent out to those mobile numbers that we hold, you should have received it by now. The stories you tell of the reality in their will help us build the campaign against Pladis's profits before people mentality. 

My understanding is that the workforce refused to work last night under the unsafe conditions that Pladis are compelling you to place yourself in which is potentially endangering your family. After management spoke to the workers, they successfully quelled the groundswell of anger and individuals went back to work but how long can this situation continue?

Please take time to study the following; the Employment Rights Act 1996 Section 44 

(d) in circumstances of danger which the employee reasonably believed to be serious and imminent and which he could not reasonably have been expected to avert, he left (or proposed to leave) or (while the danger persisted) refused to return to his place of work or any dangerous part of his place of work,

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/18/section/44

Also remember that Pladis is an international company that must abide by the rules and regulations of doing business in the UK, they have a whistle-blowing mechanism, whistle-blowers are protected under law from repercussions. Number and website provided.

Pladis ethical hotline: 0808 234 2975

Web reporting sitehttps://pladisethicsonline.ethicspoint.com

I would encourage everyone to let them know what is going on as this scandal is not going away and everyone must use every mechanism of pressure and influence to compel this employer to stop endangering their workers.

Exercise your rights and keep yourself safe!

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S This morning your GMB Shop Steward Committee submitted a collective grievance on your behalf about the unsafe working conditions. The grievance will be shared with you early tomorrow with a further update including the results of the survey.

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in McVities

I understand that this is a time of high anxiety for many people across the country, particularly those with serious underlying health conditions and caring responsibilities for the young and old. Therefore, GMB have been negotiating with the Senior Leadership team at Pladis to make sure your Health and Safety is protected and that your wages are secure.

Firstly, our view is that this is an exceptional circumstance and that all workers should receive full pay from day 1 for any absence related to coronavirus, and that no absence will impact on existing absence management stages. This is a reasonable request and one that both removes any barriers from workers presenting for work when they shouldn’t and protects the wider workforce from further cases of illness.

 As well as that we requested the following;

  • In instances of self-isolation...if it is precautionary is there a time limit on how long the employee will be paid as normal?
  • Will this also apply to circumstances where they are self-isolating to look after dependents etc?
  • If the staff member is isolating due to sickness, what pay will they receive
  • Will any period of absence due to sickness be treated as 'normal' and therefore impact on existing entitlement/trigger points or will it be treated as 'exceptional' and therefore of no consequence?

The Company advised that it was considering the issues and would convene a National Absence Forum meeting once it had reached a view on the issues, where it has proposed:

  • Treating Coronavirus absences as public health exclusions so they will not attract Bradford points etc.
  • That for Coronavirus related absences commencing Sunday 15th onward we will not impose 2 days unpaid waiting for employees with less than 100% attendance.
  • For employees on an absence stage warning they will have 2 days unpaid waiting days, but then 100% contractual pay, so effectively suspending the reduction in CSP linked to the absence stage for Coronavirus related absence.
  • 2 paid days dependency leave for all employees having to make arrangements for dependents to be looked after.

 From my perspective this does not go far enough, especially when you consider Schools are closed from Friday and that most dependents are looked after by Grandparents, most of an age that are extremely vulnerable to serious consequences of coronavirus.

 Add to that the short-sighted and self-defeating approach of not offering full sick pay from day 1 for people on an absence stage which on its own is quite back to front. When you consider the blindingly obvious fact that many people with long-lasting, recurring health conditions will often be on an absence stage as they are most likely to have had a period of absence from work over the last 12 months, yet this potentially vulnerable group are the group that Pladis have decided should not qualify for full sick pay from day 1. Strange decision but negotiations are ongoing and I’m hopeful that Pladis come to their senses sooner rather than later.

 That being said we have made constructive progress in many areas securing a better, more secure arrangement for the entire workforce, but we do seek to improve it further.

Please make sure that your contact details are up to date, you are engaging with your Shop Stewards and you are encouraging your non-unionised colleagues to join, now more than ever we need to be moving as a collective and supporting each other.

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in McVitie’s Tollcross - Pay Claim Update

On Friday afternoon we met with your employer concerning your pay claim. Pladis is offering the following multi-year package:

  • 2019 – 2%
  • 2020 – 3%
  • 2021 – 3%

Last year you received a 1% increase on the basic rate of pay, which was a real terms pay cut against the cost of living. With inflation currently running at 2.6% (Retail Price Index), a 2% increase for 2019 would represent another pay cut. That’s not acceptable.

The performances of the business and Tollcross are improving. The business is turning a corner and Tollcross is climbing the Pladis UK league tables across every Key Performance Indictor (KPI).

The last few years have been very challenging but together you are working hard to turn around the performance of Tollcross and the wider business. You are modernising your plant, driving-up standards and contributing to the improving fortunes of Pladis.

GMB is campaigning for the respect you deserve. You need a decent pay rise that tackles the cost of living and you are more than worth it too. If we are organised and stick together then we will win one.

To receive our latest updates concerning your pay claim, please ensure your contact details are up to date, particularly mobiles. You can check with your workplace reps or go online at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

If you have any questions, you can contact me on 0141 332 8641 (office hours) or email hazel.nolan@gmb.org.uk

Hazel Nolan

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

Pladis - Pay Talks Update

Following the consultative ballot on the 2019 pay offer, we wrote to the company informing them of the overwhelming rejection of the offer.

The company have asked GMB to meet on Wednesday 17 April to hopefully resolve this year pay award, we will be making it clear to the company that these meetings need to be meaningful and they need to improve on the derisory offer of 1.5%.

GMB will keep you updated on the outcome of this meeting.

As ever, we will update you as soon as possible on the outcomes of the meeting and our next steps in our campaign for better pay in Tollcross. 

If you have any questions please call me on 0141 332 8641 during office hours (quote: ‘Pladis Tollcross’) or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Louise Gilmour

GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in McVitie’s Tollcross – 2019 Pay Offer Update

Following the overwhelming rejection of your employer’s derisory 1.5 per cent offer, GMB has formally requested urgent talks with management to negotiate improved terms for your 2019 pay deal.

Your employer has responded by inviting your GMB representatives to a meeting on Wednesday 17 April.

We will be asking management to table an improved offer that meets your expectations and does not result in a real terms pay cut for our hard-working members.

As ever, we will update you as soon as possible on the outcomes of the meeting and our next steps in our campaign for better pay in Tollcross. 

If you have any questions please call me on 0141 332 8641 during office hours (quote: ‘McVitie’s Tollcross’) or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Louise Gilmour

GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

 
Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in McVitie’s Tollcross – 2019 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Result

Thanks to all our members who voted earlier this week in our consultative ballot over your 2019 pay offer.

You were asked: Do you accept or reject McVitie’s pay cut offer of 1.5 per cent for 2019?

I can now confirm the following result:

· Accept 5.05%

· Reject 89.49%

Your employer has been notified of this significant rejection and we have formally requested urgent talks to negotiate an improved pay offer that meets your expectations and tackles the cost of living.

Please look for updates early next week but If you have any questions, contact me on 0141 332 8641 during office hours or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Louise Gilmour

GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in McVitie’s Tollcross – Reminder! 2019 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot

Our consultative ballot over your 2019 pay offer starts this Monday 18 March and will run until Wednesday 20 March.  The ballot will take places across all shifts in the workplace.

We are asking you to reject the employer’s 1.5 per cent offer for 2019. To put it simply, the offer is a real terms pay cut. It means your pay won’t meet the cost of living.

If we want to bring the employer back to talks and to negotiate a better deal, then you need to send a loud and clear message that you will not accept a real terms pay cut.

You will be asked: Do you accept or reject McVitie’s pay cut offer of 1.5 per cent for 2019?

GMB will strongly recommend that you reject the offer by placing a cross (‘x’) in the box marked ‘reject’.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 332 8641 during office hours or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Louise Gilmour
GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Pladis / McVities – Alternative Shift Patterns

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. 

GMB Reps met with Management yesterday, Thursday 31 May, regarding shift patterns.

We discussed the breakdown of the current shift compared with alternative shift patterns surrounding a 5 day 8hr shift and a 5 day 12hr shift and the costs involved.

It has been agreed jointly that we can take this issue no further as it would be costly to both Pladis and our members.

The next meeting will be on the 15 June where we will be discussing the Flex agreement.

As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at allison.cairns@gmb.org.uk or call 0141 332 8641.

Allison Cairns 
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Pladis / McVities – Flex Up Agreement

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

As you are aware there is a requirement for you to Flex Up today, Friday 11 May and Friday 18 May.

GMB have already raised a grievance on the basis that as per the spirit of the Flex Up Agreement you would Flex Up in your line grouping, this grievance was not upheld and GMB have appealed this.

To date we have not had a date for the appeal and Pladis have refused to maintain the status quo.

We will raise another grievance to this effect immediately.

If you have any questions you can email me at allison.cairns@gmb.org.uk or call me on 0141 352 8112

Allison Cairns
GMB Scotland Organiser
 
 
 
Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in McVitie’s/Pladis - Pay Offer & Industrial Action Ballot
 
Your GMB reps met with management yesterday, (Thursday 12 April) to discuss changes to the workforce agreement.
The issues raised were:
  • Shifts
  • Flex Days
  • Health and Safety
  • Holidays
  • Operator flexibility 

This is the first meeting in a series to try to move the agreement forward.

The date of the next meeting is 26 April 2018 and we will provide you with further information as the talks develop.

As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at allison.cairns@gmb.org.uk or call 0141 332 8641.

Allison Cairns
GMB Scotland Organiser