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GMB Northern Ireland Transport Action From 1 May

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GMB Members In Translink Two Weeks Of Industrial Action Short Of Strike In Dispute Over Cuts To Jobs And Services In Northern Ireland

A meeting today (23rd April) of GMB shop stewards representing members employed in Translink agreed to two weeks of industrial action short of strike from 00.01 on Friday 1st May until 23.59 of Friday 15th May to  over proposed cuts in the public sector in Northern Ireland. GMB has now served notice for this discontinuous action on the employer.

This follows strike action on 13th March 2015 by GMB members employed in Translink, in Education and in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in the Road Service, the Rivers Agency, the Forestry Service and Northern Ireland Environment Agency over the proposed cuts.

Earlier this week GMB gave notice to the 5 NHS Trusts that members will be taking part in action short of strike from 27th April for 2 weeks. This is because there has been no movement by the Minister or Department on dealing with the issue of pay for NHS workers in Northern Ireland - unlike the position in the other three nations. GMB ambulance workers will commence 2 weeks overtime ban starting on 28th April. See notes to editors for copy of previous GMB releases on this dispute and the pay dispute in NHS Northern Ireland.

Michael Mulholland, GMB Regional Organiser, said “GMB shop stewards in Translink agreed that members will take two weeks of discontinuous industrial action short of strike over the threats to jobs and services arising from the cuts to budgets in Northern Ireland. 

GMB require full transparency on the detail of the Stormont House Agreement and what further impacts these will have on the population of Northern Ireland as a whole

GMB want active trade union engagement on the working out of the broad impact of the proposed cuts and how these impact on everyone not just public sector workers.

In addition members employed by contractors who provide services to the public sector who will be impacted by these cuts are not able to avail of any enhanced exit package and indeed they have little recourse at all. This is not acceptable.”

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Contact:  Michael Mulholland on 07974 018 413 or Denise Walker 07808 101357 or Alan Perry 07974 018410 or 02890 393340 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Copies of GMB press releases on strikes in Northern Ireland.

GMB press release dated 9th March 2015:

NORTHERN IRELAND MARCH 13TH PROTESTS TO BE ONE OF LARGEST ORGANIZED FOR YEARS BY UNIONS OVER STORMONT HOUSE AGREEMENT

Active trade union engagement is needed on the working out of the broad impact of the proposed cuts and how these will impact on everyone not just public sector workers says GMB

GMB commented further in advance of public sector strikes, marches and rallies scheduled to take place in Northern Ireland on Friday 13th March. See notes to editors for previous press releases from GMB on this.

Planned rallies and marches will take place across Northern Ireland on 13 March as follows:

Belfast - Assemble Writers Square, 12noon. March off, 12.30pm, rally at the Belfast City Hall rally, 1pm.

Derry - March from Altnagelvin Hospital, 12noon to the rally at Guildhall Square, 1pm

Strabane - Assemble Market Square, 12noon. Rally at Abercorn Square, 1pm.

Enniskillen - Assemble Gaol Square, 12.30pm. Rally at The Diamond, 1pm

Omagh - Assemble Tyrone County Hospital, 12.30pm. Rally at the Courthouse, 1pm

Magherafelt - Assemble and rally at The Diamond, 10am

Cookstown - Assemble and rally at The Old Post Office, 12noon

Dungannon - Assemble and rally at South Tyrone Hospital, 2pm

Newry - Assemble and rally at Daisy Hill Hospital, 1pm

Michael Mulholland, GMB Regional Organiser, said “On Friday 13th March in Northern Ireland we will see one of the largest trade union organised protests in many years.

GMB members, from transport, education, NHS and the civil service, will attend marches and rallies against the planned cuts in public services and the threats to jobs in Northern Ireland. 

GMB require full transparency on the detail of the Stormont House Agreement and what further impacts these will have on the population of Northern Ireland as a whole

GMB want active trade union engagement on the working out of the broad impact of the proposed cuts and how these impact on everyone not just public sector workers.

In addition members employed by contractors who provide services to the public sector who will be impacted by these cuts are not able to avail of any enhanced exit package and indeed they have little recourse at all. This is not acceptable.”

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GMB press release dated 3rd March 2015

GMB MEMBERS IN EDUCATION, TRANSPORT AND CIVIL SERVICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION ON MARCH 13 OVER CUTS

Under the Stormont House Agreement thousands of jobs and millions of pounds will be taken from the economy in both the public and private sectors with as many as 20,000 jobs going for good says GMB

GMB members employed in Translink, in Education and in the Northern Ireland Civil Service  in the Road Service, the Rivers Agency, the Forestry Service and Northern Ireland Environment Agency have voted for industrial action on the 13th March over proposed cuts in the public sector in Northern Ireland. GMB members in the NHS in Northern Ireland have already taken action after an earlier voted for strike action. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release dated 28th Jan 2015.

Alan Perry, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB now have a mandate for members in Education, Translink, Northern Ireland Civil Service and NHS to take action on the 13th March against cuts in the public sector in the pipeline.

GMB members disagree with economic elements the Stormont House Agreement as follows:

·    There is not £2 billion in new money.

·    The Westminster Government is making the Assembly Executive take a pay-day loan to invest in redundancies.

·    As many as 20,000 jobs could disappear forever.

·    Hundreds of jobs have already been lost in the Community and Arts Sector. More will follow impacting on young people, the elderly and the most vulnerable across the community

·    The savings from these redundancies could be used to pay for a tax cut for big business

·    If corporation tax is lowered there will be a further reduction in the block grant and public services. There is no guarantee that a single job will be created because of this hand-out to businesses and large corporations.

·    There is an absolute certainty that thousands of jobs and millions of pounds will be taken from the economy in both the public and private sectors – thousands will join the dole queues.

·    Many thousands of public servants who have been made redundant as well as thousands of private sector workers who will lose their jobs as a consequence, face the prospect of fighting for minimum wage, zero hour or call centre employment or the everyday humiliations which are a growing feature of the cruel Tory “vision” of welfare.

·    This is a bad financial deal fit only for a land of pound shops and food banks rather than the society members voted for at the last election.

GMB members with other union members take action for a decent society and there is a better and fairer way”.

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GMB press release dated 28 Jan 2015.

GMB STRIKE IN NHS IN NORTHERN IRELAND ON 29TH JANUARY AFTER HEALTH DEPT FAILS TO PUT NEW PAY OFFER FOR NHS STAFF IN ENGLAND ON THE TABLE

There is no confirmation that the pay offer for NHS staff in England will be applied in full as has been the practice for over 60 years says GMB

GMB members in the NHS and ambulance service in Northern Ireland will take strike action on Thursday 29th January after the Department of Health failed to put on the table the new pay offer for staff in the NHS in England. See notes to editors for copy of correspondence from Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and for GMB press release on new pay offer in England.

GMB members in the rest of the NHS will take strike action from 9am to 9pm and members in the ambulance service will take strike action between 12noon and 12 midnight on Thursday 29th January.  Media are directed to picket lines outside Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast (Grosvenor Road entrance) and Belfast City Hospital Belfast (Lisburn Road entrance) Call GMB officers for other locations across the province for smaller pickets.

Michael Mulholland, GMB regional officer, said “The response from the Department puts us back to square one. On that basis GMB and Unite members will take strike action tomorrow.

There is no confirmation that the pay offer for NHS staff in England will be applied in full as has been the practice for over 60 years. Instead we are invited to make reference to it in the discussions we have been offered. There is also no pay offer on the table for 2014/15.

This is moving the goal posts and is totally unacceptable.

At this late stage GMB calls on the Minister Jim Wells to intervene as Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK facing a damaging day of NHS strike action.

NHS workers are furious and the public will want to know why the Department of Health is not putting the offer in England on the table as they are expected to do. "

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