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New GMB Office In Reading

Thursday, September 18, 2014

GMB Opens New Reading Office From Monday 22nd September To Service Members At The Eastern End Of M4 Corridor

Union has members employed by local councils, schools and academies, hospitals and care homes, utilities Thames Water and British Gas, retailers ASDA and Wilkinson Stores, Environment Agency, AA, security and construction firms and many others says GMB.

From Monday, 22nd September 2014 GMB is re-organising the way the union looks after members in M4 corridor with the opening of a new office in Reading. This office will be located at Unit 2, Richfield Place, 12 Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ. The telephone number is 0118 9 507776. As part of this re-organization the Basingstoke office will close from the same date.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB Regional Officer said "GMB has had a proud history in Reading going back to the days of the original gas workers union and the biscuit makers, Huntley and Palmer. We want to build on this history for the future.

GMB is one of the fastest growing unions in the country and our membership in Reading and the surrounding counties is growing substantially. This reorganisation will help us continue with this success. 

GMB is a general workers union in both the public and private sectors. We have a substantial membership in leading employers in Reading and eastern end of the M4 corridor  such as local councils, schools and academies, hospitals and care homes, utilities such as Thames Water and British Gas, retailers such as ASDA and Wilkinson Stores and many others like AA, security and construction firms etc.

One large and high profile group of members are the residential lock and weir keepers on the River Thames employed by the Environment Agency. During the floods earlier this year GMB contested the plan to end residential lock keeping due to Government cuts because this increases the risk of flooding and is a serious threat to the safety of river users. The fight to stop these cuts continues.

GMB has legal action underway in the High Court seeking compensation for union members blacklisted by construction firms with a further hearing in November. Of the 3,213 workers blacklisted 10 are known to be from Reading, Basingstoke and other parts of Berkshire. 

Recently GMB has established a new branch for Reading and the surrounding district. GMB has entered into a sponsorship arrangement with Reading Town FC one of the local community football clubs with a ground and club house at Scours Lane. The new office is the final piece of the jigsaw."


Contact Kevin Brandstatter 07813 207374 or 0118 9 507776 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369259 or 0208 397 8881 or GMB press office 07921 289880


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