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Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in West Dunbartonshire Council – Shared Services Update

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why we welcome WDC’s decision to rethink the shared service plans for roads and transportation with Inverclyde Council.

After a decade of cuts to local government jobs, pay and services, we are not entertaining proposals that could undermine the future of your livelihood or your pay and conditions. Our local services have already been cut to the bone and beyond.

We understand that a new proposal will be put forward by the council this Thursday 27 September. GMB is clear that this should have no detriment on the status and resources of the existing service in WDC.

While we await the full details of WDC’s alternative plan, if you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 332 8641 during office hours or email

hazel.nolan@gmb.org.uk

Hazel Nolan
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in East Dunbartonshire Council – Further talks and industrial action ballot update

Over the past few days (Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 August), GMB Scotland representatives have been in further talks with the council leadership and officials, along with joint trade union (JTU) colleagues in EDC.

Discussions focussed on the issue of voluntary redundancy entitlement and we have urged the council to submit improved proposals that we can forward for your full consultation.

However, the joint trade unions have moved to serve a further notice of industrial action on the council due to legal timeframes and in the event that council does not being forward an improved offer on your redundancy entitlement.

A 24 hour action is therefore scheduled to begin at 00.01 hours Wednesday 12 September across all services in EDC.

Finally, and in light of the JTU talks, EDC officials have also been in dialogue with GMB concerning our two live industrial action ballots scheduled to run until Monday 10 September.

Further updates will be provided on this shortly.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our Glasgow Office during office hours, Monday to Friday, on 0141 332 8641.

Louise Gilmour

GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in East Dunbartonshire Council: Industrial action ballot starts TODAY – Vote Yes x 2!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.  That’s why we have campaigned against the cuts agenda of EDC for the last six months.

From today (Monday 27 August), ballot papers will be delivered to your home asking you to vote for strike action over threats to your redundancy entitlement and cuts to your terms and conditions.

You will receive two separate ballot papers. In each ballot you will be asked to vote for strike action and action short of strike.

We are strongly recommending you vote Yes x 2 in each ballot to defend your redundancy rights and your terms and conditions from the cuts.

You must return your ballot papers freepost in the envelope provided and you must do so before the ballot close date of Monday 10 September.

We need a strong rejection of the council’s cuts agenda to make them think again. So don’t delay, vote YES x 2 in both ballots!

Your GMB representatives will also meet your employer this Tuesday (28 August). As ever, we will provide an update on these discussions as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local GMB reps or call our Glasgow Office during business hours Monday to Friday on 0141 332 8641 

Hazel Nolan

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in East Dunbartonshire Council – Consultative Ballot Result

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.  That’s why we have been campaigning against the cuts agenda of EDC for the last six months.

The continued attempts by your employer to cut your redundancy entitlement and hard fought terms and conditions meant that once again we consulted you over support for industrial action.

Following a consultative ballot process, I can now confirm the following results:

  • Rejection of the voluntary trawl offer                    100 per cent
  • Rejection of the cuts to terms and conditions      91 per cent

In terms of support for strike action and action short of strikes, I can confirm the following results:

  •  In favour of strike action                        94 per cent
  • In favour of action short of strike            96 per cent

GMB Scotland has today (Monday 20 August) notified your employer that we will move to an industrial action ballot of our membership in EDC.

We will now run two statutory postal ballots on i) your redundancy entitlements and ii) cuts to your terms and conditions from Monday 27 August until Monday 10 September.

In both papers you will be asked to support strike action and action short of strikes.

GMB is strongly urging that you vote Yes x 2 to defend your redundancy entitlements and Yes x 2 to defend your terms and conditions.

Remember this will be two separate postal ballot papers – you will need to return both!

Further details will be confirmed later this week so please look out for your emails and text messages.

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact your local GMB reps or call our Glasgow Office during office hours on 0141 332 8641.

Hazel Nolan

GMB Scotland Organiser