GMB @ DC1 STATEMENT – 7 DAY WORKING UPDATE 15th March 2019 First of all, W57 branch would like to thank all the members who attended our quarterly branch meeting on Tuesday 12th March, it was great to see so many of you there. As was informed at the meeting, there was a meeting scheduled for yesterday, Thursday 14th March at Head Office where the agenda item ‘unreasonable work rotas/patterns’ was scheduled to be discussed. This meeting has now taken place and we would like to provide an update. GMB raised that the new interim rotas are causing a lot of upset, anger and frustration within both DC’s. This is due to the detrimental impact to work-life balance and the requirement to work a hugely increased amount of weekends which inevitably will lead to reduced family time and potentially have an impact on team members wellbeing. Following the meeting a number of items were discussed in relation to the number of Saturdays for 5/6 contracts, the number of weekends for 5/7 and the small frequency of two days off together. We are pleased to inform you that all of these items will be reviewed over the next 14 days to see if there are any changes that can be made. GMB have been clear that some movement is necessary on the above points. In addition, a further meeting has been scheduled for next week to further discuss what the future permanent working patterns may look like. GMB will reassess the situation as things develop and provide updates at the earliest opportunities. We would remind you that any post on Facebook, Twitter etc is subject to the Wilko social media policy and as such, we will take steps to protect our members and delete any offensive or aggressive comments. Please continue to support your GMB reps and continue to provide them with constructive feedback throughout this process so that we can make sure your voice is heard.
Posted: 15th March 2019
GMB @ DC1 STATEMENT 8th March 2019 We would like to give an update following a recent post on our sister page, GMB W21 Branch. As expected, the new rotas are causing a lot of upset, anger and frustration within the DC and also with our colleagues at DC2. This is due to the detrimental impact to work-life balance and the requirement to work a hugely increased amount of weekends. Unfortunately, there are a lot of untruths being said both on the shop floor and on social media regarding the reps at DC1. Although we appreciate that emotions and feelings are high and it is very easy to lash out and blame GMB for the company’s actions, the reps are all unpaid volunteers and are working tirelessly and selflessly to support our members. It is worth remembering that every single one of the reps is subject to the same rotas and have their own personal issues too. Constructive criticism and feedback is of course welcomed, however abuse and personal attacks must stop. We would remind you that any post on Facebook, Twitter etc is subject to the Wilko social media policy and as such, we will take steps to protect our members and delete any offensive or aggressive comments. Once again, as previously stated in our notice last week, GMB have categorically not agreed, approved or authorised any of these interim rotas. As alluded to in the post referred to above, there is a meeting at Head Office on Thursday 14th March where amongst many other current issues, GMB (DC1) have placed on the agenda the item ‘unreasonable working rotas/patterns’. Following this meeting, there may be further options available, which GMB have relayed to the relevant Regional and National officers regarding the strong feeling for an indicative ballot and this may be considered following Thursday’s meeting. In the meantime, GMB do understand there is a lot of anger but please continue to support your GMB reps who are not in any way at fault. Please continue to provide them with constructive feedback throughout this process so that we can make sure your voice is heard. CONTRACT UPLIFTS In more positive news, GMB at DC1 can confirm we have negotiated an increase to full-time contracts for over 200 team members, along with a much-improved criteria to allow more eligible team members to gain more security in their hours. Eligible team members should be informed over the next week or two.
Posted: 8th March 2019
Please could all members check with either the GMB office at DC1 or regional office in Wakefield that their address is up to date. This is critical to ensure members receive any future forms of ballot that may take place, pay claims information and any other correspondence. GMB OFFICE DC1 - 01909 505589 REGIONAL OFFICE - 0345 337 7777 EMAIL - email@example.com Many thanks.
Posted: 4th March 2019
GMB @ DC1 STATEMENT REF: 7 DAY WORKING 27th February 2019 To all members, In relation to the ongoing discussions, briefings and conversations over the past few days, GMB would like to clarify our position. 7 day working is a business decision, in order to spread the workload, resource and fleet across the whole week to improve efficiency and in order to service deliveries to stores as required. The interim rotas which have been presented are clearly different to what we currently have. This has a significant impact on work-life balance and may potentially have a detrimental impact on wellbeing and mental health by not having sufficient weekends or days together to spend with family and friends. GMB have NOT agreed, approved or authorised these changes. Contractually, the company can schedule team members within the parameters of the current contract, however there is a desire to move to a more palatable shift pattern which is more understanding and considerate to team members work-life balance and wellbeing. There are ongoing negotiations and discussions regarding this which we will update on as they develop. You still have the statutory right to request flexible working at any time within a 12 month period, in line with policy. The ongoing panel process is now at appeal stage and these are currently scheduled to be heard next week. Should you apply now, this will follow the usual process. We will continue to support members individually during any flexible working process and we are endeavouring to deal with all queries as a matter of urgency.
Posted: 27th February 2019
MERRY CHRISTMAS! To begin with, we would like to give thanks and recognition to all our members, activists and reps for their support over the last 12 months. We would like to request you join us in acknowledging those serving our country and remembering those no longer with us by raising a glass to them over the festive period. Finally, on behalf of the branch, we would like to wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We all hope you have a truly wonderful, magical time whatever you are doing.
Posted: 19th December 2018
Dear Member, Wilko has informed retail team members and GMB Union that the company is going to commence collective consultation on their proposal to operate 7 day deliveries. The Wilko proposals affect a total of 311 stores; In 35 stores, Wilko is proposing the removal of the night shift and supervisors role and team members will be put at risk of redundancy. There are 9 stores where this can’t be achieved at present. In the other 267 stores the proposal is to introduce new rota’s to include weekends. This will not affect team members statutory rights to opt out of Sunday Working. The collective consultation will last a minimum of 45 days. The GMB will be meeting Wilko on Tuesday 18th September at the Head Office in Worksop. Whilst we recognise its very tough times on the High Street for retailers and we want Wilko to get back to profitability, the GMB Union will defend our members jobs, hours, flexible working arrangements and livelihoods. If you’re a GMB Union member and affected by the proposed changes, get in contact with your local GMB Union rep, Convenor or Regional Office. We want your views, and alternative proposals to feed back in to the collective consultation. Please contact GMB Union for representation at your 1 to 1 meetings. We will send out regular bulletins and updates throughout the collective consultation period. If you’re not currently a GMB member and wish to join, you can do so online www.gmb.org.uk , seeing your local rep, contacting a convenor or by completing the form overleaf. Yours sincerely, GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 23rd September 2018
Another thankyou from another local football team. Small donation in return for a season-long advert in the match programme. Much appreciated and happy to help :)
Posted: 3rd August 2018
Huge well done to our Branch Auditor, Clayton Tindle for raising £1000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Posted: 8th July 2018
Today at GMB commercial conference W21 branch had the pleasure in announcing to Congress that Wilko is committed to signing the dying to work charter. This will further protect our 21 thousand team members and provide flexible and compassionate support for anyone who gets diagnosed with a terminal illness. #GMB18 #GMBCS18 https://www.dyingtowork.co.uk
Posted: 3rd June 2018
Video of our Branch Auditor, Clayton Tindle, carrying out his skydive on behalf of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. Clayton raised over £700, well done!
Posted: 3rd May 2018
Wilko Pay Offer 2018 – Ballot Result Dear Member I am writing to let you know that GMB members voted by 81% to 19% to accept the final pay offer. We have informed the company of the result and the first part of the two stage increase will be paid from 1st April 2018. The second part will be paid from 30th September 2018. Please see the table below for full details. Pay Offer Table Details of the 2018 pay offer are below: Over 25s 1 April 2018 - £7.84 (1.42% increase) £0.01 above NLW 30 September 2018 - £8.00 (3.49% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay) £0.17 above NLW Full Year - Average increase of 2.46%. Under 25s 1 April 2018 - £7.43 (0.68% increase) £0.05 above NMW 30 September 2018 - £7.70 (4.34% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay) £0.32 above NMW Full Year - Average increase of 2.51%. Team Supervisor in Retail and Levels 2-4 in the DC’s (including engineers) 1 April 2018 - 1.42% increase 30 September 2018 - 3.49% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay Full Year - Average increase of 2.46% Head Office non-executive team members on higher than Wilko minimum rates of pay 1 April 2018 - 1.42% increase 30 September 2018 - 3.49% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay Full Year - Average increase of 2.46% £10 celebratory Wilko voucher Not trading again on New Year’s Day 2019 I would like to thank GMB members for participating in the ballot. Yours sincerely GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 12th March 2018
One of our branch auditors, Clayton Tindle, is taking on a sky dive on 15th April to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. If anyone can spare a pound or two, please follow the link in the article below or click this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/claytontindle
Posted: 22nd February 2018
Another two lovely thank you cards received today :)
Posted: 22nd February 2018
We have had it confirmed that the ballot papers for this years pay offer should be landing on your doorsteps from today. The website has also been updated today :)
Posted: 22nd February 2018
A lovely thank you letter from Worksop Pride thanking us for our ongoing support :)
Posted: 6th February 2018
Bulletin No 1 January 2018 Wilko Pay - Final Pay Offer 2018 Dear Members GMB reps met with Wilko Management on 18th January for a financial briefing and then again on 24th January for Pay Talks. Following the return of the pay surveys and discussions amongst the negotiating team we presented the following 2018 GMB pay claim to Wilko on 24th January: A. Pay Increase above the rate of inflation (Retail Prices Index 4.1%). B. Pay for team members under the age 25 to be aligned with the rate for 25’s and overs. C. £10 celebratory voucher D. New Year’s Day to be a non-trading day as agreed to be reviewed as part of the 2017 pay talks. After seven years of declining profits, Wilko will make a loss this year. Despite the negative news and difficulties across the retail sector, the pay talks were positive and we made progress on all four points. Final Pay Offer During negotiations management moved from their original positions and an improved and final offer has been negotiated. The Pay Offer for 2018 is a two stage offer (1st April & 30th September 2018) A. The proposed basic rate for a Level 1 employee (aged 25 & above) will increase from £7.73 to £7.84 per hour from 1st April and then rises to £8.00 per hour from 30th September 2018. The pay rise is worth 2.46% for the 12 month period and is an increase of 3.49% on the hourly rate, i.e. £7.73 to £8.00 per hour. The proposed rates for Supervisory levels in DC and Retail and Head Office non-executive team members on higher than Wilko minimum rates will increase by 1.42% in April and then by 3.49% on 30th September 2018. This is an increase of 2.46% for the 12 month period. B. The proposed basic rate for under 25’s will only increase by 5 pence an hour from £7.38 to £7.43 per hour from 1st April but then increases by 27 pence per hour to £7.70 per hour. The pay rise is worth 2.51% for the 12 month period and is an increase of 4.34% on the hourly rate, i.e. from £7.38 to £7.70 per hour, which further reduces the gap with over 25’s from 35p to 30p with an on-going company commitment to equalise pay when affordable. C. The offer of a £10 celebratory voucher. D. No Trading on New Year’s Day 2019. The pay offer is in line with current average pay increases and is a positive step forward on the 2017 pay offer which was 1% from 1st October 2017. The GMB believes that significant progress was made through negotiations and the talks were both constructive and led to an improved offer. GMB believes this is the best offer that can be achieved through negotiations and we will arrange workplace visits and a ballot of GMB members shortly. Pay Offer Table Over 25s 1 April 2018 - £7.84 (1.42% increase) £0.01 above NLW. 30 September 2018 - £8.00 (3.49% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay) £0.17 above NLW. Full Year - Average increase of 2.46%. Under 25s 1 April 2018 - £7.43 (0.68% increase) £0.05 above NMW. 30 September 2018 - £7.70 (4.34% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay) £0.32 above NMW. Full Year - Average increase of 2.51%. Team Supervisor in Retail and Levels 2-4 in the DC’s (including engineers) 1 April 2018 - 1.42% increase. 30 September 2018 - 3.49% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay. Full Year - Average increase of 2.46%. Head Office non-executive team members on higher than Wilko minimum rates of pay. 1 April 2018 - 1.42% increase. 30 September 2018 - 3.49% increase on pre-April 2018 basic rate of pay. Full Year - Average increase of 2.46%. Also for all. £10 celebratory Wilko voucher. Not trading again on New Year’s Day 2019. GARY CARTER GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 5th February 2018
Two more lovely thankyou cards received in the last week :) The first from a member whose son is suffering from a brain tumour. A fundraising day was being held and the branch bought a £50 gift voucher to be raffled off. The second from From The Heart Charity, a local group helping vulnerable families, particularly needed at this time of year. The branch donated £75 towards purchasing items to be handed out to those most in need. One of the best parts of our roles :)
Posted: 21st December 2017
We would like to take the opportunity to wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We would also like to thank all our reps across the region for their tireless, sometimes thankless, but ultimately rewarding work they do on a daily basis. We hope all enjoy the festivities.
Posted: 21st December 2017