ASDA have started collective consultation with GMB Union on proposals to put all hourly paid colleagues on Contract 6 and pay £9.00 per hour. This affects all colleagues currently on contract 6 and more than 68,000 employees on 1 to 5. The first meeting took place with GMB Union on Tuesday 9th April and weekly meetings have been scheduled with GMB Union national reps. GMB reps and organisers will be asking GMB members to fill out a short Contract 6 & Pay Survey. This will help formulate our Counter Proposals and Pay Claim which we will submit to ASDA during the consultation process. GMB wants to make sure you have a say on your pay, and the type of contract, you’re on. ASDA Contract 6 Proposals All hourly paid contracts on Contract 6 £9.00 per hour (1.85% increase) Differential with NLW 79p per hour Sainsbury’s rate is £9.20 per hour April 2019 rates The contract 6 rate - £8.84 per hour (2% increase) Contracts 1 to 5 (National Living Wage) rate £8.21 per hour (4.9% increase) Differential 63p per hour The 2018 rates The contract 6 rate is £8.67 per hour (2% increase) Contracts 1 to 5 (National Living Wage) rate £7.83 per hour (4.4% increase) Differential 84p per hour Have your say on ASDA’S Contract 6 proposals Tell us what you think by completing our survey: www.gmb.org.uk/contract-6 The 2017 rates The contract 6 rate was £8.50 per hour Contract 1 to 5 (National Living Wage) £7.50 per hour Differential 1.00 per hour What the other Supermarkets Pay Sainsbury’s £9.20 per hour (£9.80 in London) Aldi £9.10 per hour (10.55 in London) Lidl £9.00 per hour (10.55 in London) Morrisons £8.50 per hour Tesco £8.42 per hour (£9.10 within M25) Until now, Contract 6 has been voluntary for existing ASDA colleagues. The ASDA proposals are a departure from this approach and it’s important that the collective voice of ASDA colleagues is heard. The best way this can be achieved is through GMB Union. GMB wants improved pay, job and hours security and collective bargaining for ASDA colleagues. Last year we surveyed members on the ASDA/Sainsbury’s merger. 73.26% of GMB members believed ASDA colleagues pay should be comparable with the £9.20 per hour paid by Sainsbury’s. In the same survey 94.18% of ASDA hourly paid colleagues believe GMB Union should be able to negotiate pay and conditions on their behalf. When ASDA introduced Contract 6 it was £1.00 per hour above the National Living Wage (NLW). The current NLW and Contracts 1 to 5 rate of pay is £8.21 per hour. We understand you may feel anxious and concerned. Please speak to your GMB rep or organiser. We will keep you informed as things develop and make sure you have your say. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer This bulletin can be viewed online at http://www.gmb-asda.com/os_ticket/kb/faq.php?id=272
GMB is calling for the implementation of 59 recommendations of House of Lords select committee on the regeneration of coastal towns, to bring levels of economic activity and living standards up to the best performing areas in the UK “The central aim of economic policy in the UK should be to bring the levels of economic activity and levels of living standards in all areas of the country, and in particular the coastal areas, up to levels in the best performing areas in London and the Thames Valley”, says GMB Southern https://www.gmb-southern.org.uk/news/gmb-calls-implementation-house-of-lords-regeneration-coastal-towns
GMB are fighting for our members within Epsom & St Helier Hospital Trust and are supporting the work of KOSHH (Keep our St Helier Hospital). They are holding an open meeting on Wed 24th April (details below) so please attend and support the opposition to hospital land being sold off for profit!
Calling all Retired Members! GMB Southern's Retired Members Association are meeting on Wednesday 26th June at 11am in our Chessington office for their Regional Conference. Among other things they will be discussing motions and delegates to go to National RMA Conference, so let us know if you are interested in attending and we will give you further details!