PRESS RELEASE: Free Film showing of ‘Belonging’ to Celebrate 150 Years of Trades Unions achievements. Cornwall Trades Council are hosting a free film showing and celebration food, to Commemorate 150 years of workers achievements in the UK. Zoe Fox speaking on their behalf said ’’ One and all are welcome to the Birthday party event, we will show the film ‘belonging’. There will be cake, party food and a licenced bar’’. This will run from 6pm on Saturday Nov 10th at the Railway Tavern Truro. Events are being held nationally to commemorate the founding of the TUC-Trades Union Congress. ‘Mark Newman Secretary of Cornwall trades Council said ’’Trades Councils have worked together in the last 150 years to win the Concessions we take for granted like an 8 hour day, weekends, paid holidays, maternity pay and equal pay for women to name a few. It is so important to recognise this and to belong to a trades Union where you can. This event celebrates all that Unions have achieved and will also highlight the Campaigns we have today, with free food and a party atmosphere ’’. The film ‘Belonging’-sub-titled, ‘the truth behind the headlines’ tells the tale of 3 important industrial disputes and has won major awards. A special licence has been obtained to show the film at the Railway Tavern on Sat 10th Nov from 6pm. Earlier in the day, from1-3pm Cornwall Trades Council will hold an information stall on Lemon Quay in Truro promoting the event and giving away ‘birthday cake’. Cornwall trades Council are very active with several up to date campaigns; demanding better/equal pay in Cornwall, as working people here are paid on average £100/week less for the same work as in other parts of the UK. The Trades council are also supporting action to ‘Halt Universal Credit’. The new system is in chaos, causing hardship and suffering to working families all over the UK. A protest against Universal credit which has hit some families by £200/month will be held on Sat Dec 1st on Lemon Quay. Zoe Fox added: ‘Young people in particular, suffer from insecure work and contracts as well as bullying at work, belonging to a Union is the best way to protect yourself and get the support and information you need to defend your rights. Everyone is welcome to come and watch a great film, chat and have a bite to eat with like-minded people at the Railway Tavern Truro, just next to the railway station, Sat 10th Nov, from 6pm.
GMB Health Branch Officers and Local Reps will be on site at Treliske Hospital (Cornwall) on Saturday 24th November 2018. If you are in the area or at work in the hospital on the day please pop in and see us. Become a GMB Trade Union member on the day or join today online www.gmb.org.uk/join
I say this to at least one person every week. if you are not a GMB member when the problem at work starts we will not represent you at a formal meeting. Pass it on! Join the GMB today don't leave it until its too late. www.gmb.org.uk/join
It's Dyspraxia Awareness Week and to mark this we have launched our 'Dyspraxia in the workplace' guide as part of our 'Thinking Differently at Work' campaign. Because too many Dyspraxic workers face needless barriers within the workplace. Big thanks to the Dyspraxia Foundation for their assistance in producing this document.
161 years ago today, in 1857 trade unionist Will Thorne, the founder of GMB, was born in Birmingham. Following a meeting at the Canning Town library in London in 1889 Thorne formed the National Union of Gasworkers and General Labourers — now known as the GMB — and helped organise the London Dock Strike the same year to demand an 8-hour day. Today we celebrate the achievements of Thorne and our union, and remind ourselves of the power unions to make change.
NHS England will once again be encouraging all health care staff with direct patient contact to have the flu vaccination. The GMB supports NHS England in that our members should be vaccinated in order to reduce the risks of spreading infections to the people they care for, as well as protecting themselves. Vaccinations are just one way to reduce the impact of flu on the NHS. However, we fully support our members choice on this issue and would never agree to it becoming mandatory.