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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

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Dumfries & Galloway Council – Community Safety Update

You will be aware that Dumfries and Galloway Council recently changed its policy on lone working.

The change will particularly affect the Community Safety Team and the important work you do. GMB carried out a survey among our members to learn what your views were concerning the policy change.

The survey highlighted a number of areas of concern and your union rep recently met with Council representatives to discuss the issues raised in the survey. Key issued raised included:

  • Female Community Safety Officers in uniform at risk of harassment.
  • Working beyond 10.00pm too late for lone working.
  • Radio link panic button inoperative and lack of response from Police Scotland.
  • No on call supervisor available during weekend shifts.
  • Concern about dealing with incidents without a colleague to witness interactions.
  • Lack of training and instructions on how to deal with emergencies.

The outcome of the meeting clarified certain questions and provided additional information on others. The main points to share with you are:

  • The purpose of the new policy is to further reduce risk to those required to work alone.
  • The late shift will change from 12.00 hours - 22.00 hours to 11.30 hours to 21.00 hours.
  • The airwave radio on officer iPhones intended for staff to staff contact or staff to Police contact should be used in case of emergency.
  • Lone working will normally be Monday to Thursday and Sunday evenings.
  • Management will arrange duty rotas to ensure no officer will be patrolling on their own.
  • Staff will at times work Saturday and Sunday day shift online. This provides an opportunity to catch up on paper work and other outstanding duties.
  • Management have stated that they are looking into providing officer safety training from the Police and the Life Long Learning Unit.

If you have any further concerns or questions, please get in touch with your local GMB workplace rep, email me at ude.adigwe@gmb.org.uk or call me on 0141 332 8641 during business hours Monday to Friday.

Ude Adigwe
GMB Scotland Organiser

Letter from temoporary Street Sweeper published on Budget day when over 130 workers face losing their jobs

Temporary Street Sweeper, St Rollox Depot who did not want to be identified for fear of repercussions

Behind the headlines of the council cuts, hides a harsh reality that means 130 people face unemployment in the face. I want to be honest about my feelings because it’s easy to underestimate the stress that I’m facing and how it will affect my family. My anxiety is overwhelming and I feel powerless to take control of the situation. Financially, my family will be deeply affected and as the sole provider for my partner and three kids, I wonder how we will cope? My job loss will be Immediately devastating and I don’t know how to reassure them when I’m struggling to cope?

Beyond the loss of income, my job means more than just how I make a living. I take great pride in my work and it influences how I see myself and how others see me. My job gives me structure, purpose and meaning. It will be hard losing my daily routine, my professional identity, loss of my self esteem and my self confidence. I’m actually very proud to work for Glasgow city council and it will be a very sad day if I was to be let go.

For a year, I have went beyond and done more than what has been required of me. I have been very consistent and committed when providing a service in the area that I serve. I have made a massive contribution and a made a big difference to peoples lives. I have received amazing feedback from local people and the business owners who recognise the hard work that I do. It’s a shame and very upsetting that Glasgow City Council don’t recognise my potential and they are not prepared to invest in my future. From day one, I was always under the impression as it was heavily emphasised that the hard workers would not be let go. I have put so much effort into being the best I could be to secure a permanent position, which I feel I truly deserve. It’s very hard to swallow that there was no truth in the matter and ultimately I am only another number.