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NEXT Demos In Hull And Liverpool

Friday, May 30, 2014

GMB Protest For Living Wage At Next Hull Store Saturday 31 May And Liverpool On Monday 2nd June As Paul Heaton And Jackie Abbott Supports Hull Museum Workers During Tour

NEXT should pay wages and enough hours of work for people to live on and as a starting point they should pay £7.65 per hour and £8.80 per hour in London says GMB.

Hull City council should be concentrating on supporting local workers and the facilities and services they provide say Paul Heaton and Jacquie Abbott

GMB, the union for retail workers, will hold public protests tomorrow (Saturday 31 May) outside NEXT Hull store and outside Liverpool NEXT store on Monday 2nd June to coincide with a national tour by Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott which comes to Hull tomorrow evening (31 May) and Liverpool on 1st June.

GMB members in dispute over cuts in Hull museums will be at the show in Hull City Hall on 31 May getting more signatures for GMB petition and bringing it to the attention of the public at this concert. See notes to editors for GMB press release on the dispute.

Paul Heaton and Jackie Abbott say in support of the Hull museum workers “We fully endorse any actions that the workers take in this dispute. Hull City council should be concentrating on supporting local workers and the facilities and services they provide. They could easily achieve this by decreasing their cronyism to big business via a sharp and immediate increase in business rates for all national banks resident in the city”.

GMB is calling on NEXT to pay wages and enough hours of work for people to live on. GMB is seeking as a starting point £7.65 per hour and £8.80 per hour in London. NEXT employ 50,000 workers at over 500 stores, call centres and warehouses in the UK and Ireland

GMB is supporting the national tour by Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott tour during May and June. Paul headed up the Housemartins and together they headed up the Beautiful South in the 1980's and 1990's.

In March NEXT reported a 12% increase in annual profits to £695m. NEXT says it expects profits in 2014 to rise by up to £770m. NEXT said January that it is generating more cash than can be invested in the business so it will pay a special £300m pay out to shareholders.

NEXT currently pay £6.33 per hour to those 21 and over and £5.47 to those aged 18 to 20. GMB is aware of that many jobs are for12.5 hours per week or less in some stores. Some store staff may get a bonus which the company claim can amount to an additional 4% to 7% on hourly rates. Staff hourly rates will also increase by 37p from 1st June. This will leave the majority of staff well below a living wage of £7.65 per hour and £8.80 per hour in London.

Details of the protests are as follows:

12 noon on Saturday 31 May

Outside NEXT

St Stephens Shopping Centre,

Margaret Moxon Way,

Hull HU2 8LN.

At 11am Monday 2nd June (day after show)

Outside NEXT

at 18 / 20 Church Street

Liverpool L1 3AP.

GMB will present ASBOs to store managers for failing to make work pay for Next workers.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for retail staff, said “GMB is calling on NEXT to pay wages and enough hours of work for people to live on. As a starting point, we are demanding £7.65 per hour and £8.80 per hour in London.

GMB asks shoppers to support diverting a special £300m pay out to shareholders and spend it instead to offer jobs with longer hours per week and to pay staff a living wage.

It is time NEXT made work pay. If this was done, staff would not need their meagre wages to be topped up by taxpayers with family tax credits and housing benefits so as to make ends meet.

That NEXT is over-subscribed when it offers jobs is a reflection on the level of youth unemployment not that NEXT jobs are so good.

That is why GMB is protesting outside NEXT stores as the Paul Heaton tour swings across Britain. GMB presents an ASBO to NEXT because it is an employer that does not face up to its social responsibilities.”

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Contact: Shaune Clarkson in Hull on 07738 767 561 on 07980 753 115 or Neil Holden in Liverpool 07740 804070 or outside NEXT call 07880 316159 or 07939 975233 or Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or Mick Rix 07971 268343 or Martin Smith 07974 251 823 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

Copy of GMB press release last week.

GMB CALL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT AGAINST HULL MUSEUM CUTS AS GO AHEAD IS GIVEN FOR STRIKE BALLOT

Members will seek support on 31 May 2014 when the Paul Heaton tour which is supported by the union comes to town at the City Hall says GMB

GMB are to ballot members in Museum Services for industrial action over Hull Council's proposals to cut funding and services resulting in job losses to members.

A meeting was held last week with the 40 staff and an indicative ballot was unanimous in favour of a strike ballot being held.

There was a public outcry when the council announced it was closing the Hands on History museum.  Members petitioned the public and got the Council to keep it open.

Members will be at the Paul Heaton concert in Hull City Hall on Saturday 31 May 2014, getting more signatures for our petition and bringing it to the attention of the public at this concert.

Shaune Clarkson, GMB Regional Organiser, said "It's time we upped the anti and brought the public into this issue.  Museums have already taken cuts to their terms and conditions to save funds.  It's time to fight back."

We are looking to the Council to pay the Living Wage, which they said they would but to date nothing has been announced.

We will bring both these issues to the public’s attention on 31 May 2014 when the Paul Heaton tour which is supported by GMB comes to town at the City Hall.”

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Contact: Shaune Clarkson 07738 767 561 or GMB Press Office 07921 289880 or 07994 251 823

 

 

 

 

 

 

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