Wilko Pay Offer 2019/20 Ballot Result Dear Member The GMB Union pay ballot closed on Thursday 11th July 2019 and the papers have now been counted. The pay offer ballot result is as follows To Accept the offer 62% To Reject the offer 38% We will inform Wilko that the pay offer has been accepted by GMB Union members and ask them to put the pay increase into people’s pay packets as soon as possible. Thank you for taking part in the ballot and having your say on pay. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 16th July 2019
WEEKEND DISPUTE BULLETIN - 16th JULY 2019 Dear Member, GMB members in the distribution centres in Magor and Worksop voted overwhelmingly by 81% to 19% to reject the company’s revised offer on weekend working. GMB members have consistently told us that they want to spend more time with their families and the current weekend working arrangements are unacceptable. Peoples’ frustrations and anger have been increased when there have been a lack of work at weekends and employees have been asked whether they wish to go home. Also members have said that they have little faith in the recruitment drive when the applications for weekend work have been so numerous, yet the recruitment from all of those applicants has been minimal. The GMB Union has held further talks with Wilko since the result, but these have broken down because Wilko will not guarantee a reduction in weekends off before the peak period commences. All Wilko were prepared to offer was a single rest day on a Saturday or Sunday prior to peak. GMB members have told us they want a reduction in weekends and before peak starts. The company’s proposal did not do what GMB members want. GMB believes this is achievable if Wilko increased recruitment and if necessary brought in more agency staff to fill the gaps in the interim. The current weekend working rota’s make no sense and need to change now. The GMB has informed Wilko that we will be moving to a full strike action ballot and the official notification as required in law will be sent to the company imminently. If you’re not a GMB Union member you can see your workplace representative to join. If you’ve not updated your address and contact details then please do so ASAP to make sure you get your vote in the ballot. Please return your ballot to ensure you have you say on this issue. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 16th July 2019
Weekend Working Dispute – Ballot Result Dear Member The ballot of GMB members at DC1 & DC2 closed on Friday 28th June 2019. The ballot papers have been counted and the result is as follows: Members in DC1 & DC2 have both rejected Wilko revised offer: To accept the company’s offer 19% To reject the company’s offer 81% This is an overwhelming rejection of company’s offer and stance on weekend working. We have informed Wilko of the result and will now be moving to a full strike action ballot. Urgent reminder - If you have not already updated your address and contact details with GMB Union, please can you do so by Friday 5th July 2019. Yours sincerely Gary Carter National Officer
Posted: 1st July 2019
Dear Member Correction You may have received a letter from Wilko about Weekend Working. Near the bottom of the letter it makes reference to the pay offer. For clarity, nothing has been agreed with Wilko. The pay offer is subject to a ballot of GMB members and they will decide whether to accept or reject the pay offer. Yours sincerely Gary Carter
Posted: 13th June 2019
WEEKEND WORKING DISPUTE – 11th June 2019 Dear Colleagues, GMB has been in talks with Wilko to try to resolve the weekend working dispute. Throughout these negotiations we’ve stressed that GMB members want less weekend working and there needs to be an immediate improvement in the rota’s. Wilko have not been able to commit to this. What Wilko have said is they’re committed to recruiting enough additional employees to move to 1 in 3 outside the peak period (rota’s would remain as they are now through peak). The full proposal from Wilko is outlined below for your consideration. GMB NEXT STEPS - BALLOT The GMB intends to hold a ballot on the Wilko proposal. The ballot will be postal and your choice will be to either accept or reject the Wilko proposal. If GMB members reject the offer then we will hold a strike action ballot. Please make sure your contact details are up to date so we can send you a ballot paper. Please look out for your ballot paper in the post. If you don’t receive a ballot paper, then contact your local GMB rep and they will arrange for a ballot paper to be sent to out to you. Remember, only GMB members get a say and a ballot paper. Yours sincerely, Gary Carter National Officer WILKO PROPOSAL Principles 1. Wilko are committed to reduce the amount of weekend working through the recruitment of weekend workers. We explained we are committed to our goal which is to achieve a 1 in 3 working pattern for all team members (outside of our peak period). To help achieve this, we’re committed to advertising for and employing team members on weekend only contracts and we’ll continue to do this until we have enough resources for a 1 in 3 working pattern (outside of our peak period). In simple terms, every time each DC recruits a third more team members the number of weekends worked will reduce. This equates to 74 teams members in DC1 and 37 team members are recruited in DC2. 24 weekend workers are due to start at DC1 on 15th/16th June. 5 weekend workers have been recruited at DC2 and 19 are due to start on 11th & 19th June 2019. 1 in 3 will be achieved for all team members when DC1 achieves a total headcount of 1,586 and DC2 achieves a total headcount of 859 Every week we will share the number of team members we have recruited and the total number of team members for each DC with the GMB. 2. Store Delivery We have also reduced the number of weekend stores serviced by 5% to support the number of weekends worked. This has been reduced by 15 stores in DC1 and 5 in DC2. We are committed to review the store base weekly. 3. DC1 Nights Following positive survey results, team members on Nights in DC1 at their request are moving to a “5 on 3 off” rota, which supports their work/life balance. Team members will start this new work pattern on 30th June 2019. The remaining nights team members will be subject to the 1 in 3 proposal when that can be delivered. 4. 5/6 Team Members These team members will remain on their current rota patterns until enough weekend workers have been recruited to apply the first frequency reduction. There will also be the option to trial a 5/7 contract for an 8-week period. 5. 5/7 Team Members These team members will continue with their current terms and conditions working alternate weekends (Saturday and Sunday) until enough weekend workers have been recruited to apply the first frequency reduction. Continuing working alternate weekends in the interim ensures that you get regular weekends off in the 1 in 2 weekend working pattern. 6. One Off Financial Payment £100 For all team members employed @ 10th June 2019 (with no additional conditions) to be paid end of August 2019. This is a goodwill gesture for the successful introduction of 7 day working recognising the commitment required from Team Members. 7. Scope of this Proposal The proposal in its entirety applies to TMs levels 1 to 4 within DC1/DC2.
Posted: 11th June 2019
UPDATE - 7th June 2019 We wanted to give an update in regards to the ongoing weekend working dispute at both DCs as we are fully aware of the frustration with how long the process is taking and this has been relayed to the GMB National Officer. At both DCs the teams have been waiting while some last minute dialogue has been taking place between Wilko and GMB National office to try and finalise the wording of the company offer and this has resulted in the need to get some of the previously raised points re-challenged adding further delay. We have been informed this morning by GMB national office that Wilko wishes to have one more last and final meeting on Monday 10th June before the offer is put to members. The current stance is that this will be attended to see if there is the possibility for further movement that could benefit the membership but will also be the final meeting attended and the offer will be put to members immediately post meeting. After discussion with our National Officer this morning, we have reiterated our position that a ballot has to go out early next week irrespective of which way Monday's meeting goes and this has been agreed. Just to be clear, the final offer will be put to both DC1 and DC2 members to see if they find the offer acceptable or not. As soon as we receive any further updates from National office they will be posted immediately.
Posted: 7th June 2019
GMB (DC1) UPDATE – 6th June 2019 Firstly, apologies for the delay in providing this latest update. Circumstances outside of the DC1 team’s control have prevented this landing earlier this week, however following discussions with our Regional Officer, Jon Smith, we are now able to provide this update. Following the commitment made by Wilko to achieving 1 in 3 weekends for all members, regardless of shift or contract (apart from rolling pattern TMs), a number of calls and meetings have taken place headed by the GMB National Officer over the last few days to discuss the finer details in relation to the transition. Wilko are about to confirm a final offer to GMB and as this offer is expected to be significantly different to the current rotas, we are duty bound to give members their say and vote on whether they accept or reject this offer. Once the offer is received in writing, ballot papers will be sent to all full DC1 members via post early next week. If this is rejected, then GMB at DC1 will instigate the legal process for industrial action immediately.
Posted: 6th June 2019
FOR INFORMATION Following a number of comments on this page recently, the below is for your perusal, along with a polite reminder to look at the pinned post on this page. For absolute clarity on any meetings taking place: PAY/IR Meetings - Any meetings on national issues are attended by the Convenors from both DCs and retail, along with senior reps from Southern, Midlands and Scotland headed up by the GMB National Officer for Commercial Services. Current DC Meetings - These are attended by both Convenors and the GMB National Officer for Commercial Services along with support as required from the GMB Regional Officers for Yorkshire/Derbyshire and Wales/South West. As always, constructive comments and feedback are welcomed but this page is primarily for information and discussion between members and generic anti-union comments, trolling and abuse will no longer be tolerated on the page. Non-members will be removed also. Feedback is welcomed via all the usual channels - your local reps in the first instances then the Regional offices if you feel necessary. All comments are subject to the company social media policy so please be aware of this when commenting. We will take steps to protect our members and delete any offensive, unhelpful or aggressive comments without warning and continual breaching of this will result in a ban.
Posted: 3rd June 2019
WILKO PAY CLAIM 2019 Dear Colleagues, Since the last GMB pay update in April we’ve had two further meetings with Wilko and an improved and final offer has been tabled by the company. The GMB negotiating team believe this is the best offer that can be achieved through negotiations and we will be balloting GMB members on the offer. Proposed Final Pay Offer Level 1 (aged 25 and over) – pay increase of 29 pence per hour. An increase from £8.00 per hour to £8.21 per hour was from April 19 to comply with National Living Wage. A further 8 pence per hour would be payable from 1st June 2019. Level 1 (under 25) – pay increase of 30 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019 Level 2’s and above - pay increase of 29 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019 Head Office non-executive roles Under 25’s – pay increase of 30 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019 Aged 25 and over – pay increase of 29 pence per hour payable from 1st June 2019. LEVEL 1 - OVER 25s Current - £8.21 Proposed £8.29 Increase of 3.62% LEVEL 1 - UNDER 25s Current £7.70 Proposed £8.00 Increase of 3.9% LEVEL 2 Current £8.48 Proposed £8.77 Increase of 3.42% LEVEL 3 Current £10.09 Proposed £10.38 Increase of 2.87% LEVEL 4 Current £14.27 Proposed £14.56 Increase of 2.03% LEVEL 5 Current £18.45 Proposed £18.74 Increase of 1.57% Please note – the pay offer is from 1st June 2019 and there is no backdating to 1st April. Benefits & Working Practices - Part of the pay offer also includes the following: £10 Celebratory voucher No stores to trade on New Year’s Day this year, subject to any specific lease terms that require us to trade. We are not currently aware of any. Team Member discount - No change – to remain at 20%. Next Steps In the next few weeks, GMB Union will be conducting a ballot of GMB members in distribution, head office and retail. Further details on the timetable for the pay ballot will be issued shortly. If you want a say, on your pay, then you can join GMB online www.gmb.org.uk. Only by being a GMB member can you influence, and have a say on your pay rise. GARY CARTER, GMB NATIONAL OFFICER
Posted: 3rd June 2019
7 DAY UPDATE - 30th May 2019 Following last week’s commitment from the company for a reduction in weekend working for all team members at levels 1-4 and an initial meeting on Friday to discuss how this will transition across from the current schedules, the company and GMB will be meeting at DC1 this afternoon to review progress to date regarding recruitment and weekend store delivery reductions. The expectation from this first review meeting is that there will be a proposition for imminent weekend working reduction and an insight for gauging a potential timescale for achieving 1 in 3 weekends for all members. Feed back from the review will be distributed and displayed at the earliest opportunity.
Posted: 30th May 2019
Today we had further discussions with Wilko to resolve the current DC weekend dispute. We felt that further progress has been made and are now awaiting confirmation minutes to be sent for us to review. Once received and confirmed we will communicate to DC GMB members via post and social media next week at the earliest opportunity.
Posted: 24th May 2019
Warehouse Operative - Days & Nights Manton Wood Distribution Centre 16 / 24 / 32 hour contract base per week THE ROLE We are looking for enthusiastic applicants to join our team at Manton wood warehouse as warehouse operatives, to support the business across both days and nights on a minimum of a 16 hours contract base. The night shift will cover a minimum of a Friday and a Saturday night, between the hours of 21:00 - 06:00 with the option to include a Thursday and / or a Sunday night to your contract base on a permanent basis. Day shift will cover a minimum of a Saturday and a Sunday, between the hours of 06:00 – 22:00, with the option to include a Friday and / or a Monday to your contract base on a permanent basis. Main duties will include • Following Health & Safety procedures • Ensure all department daily / tasks are completed in line with productivity rates for that area • Promoting and managing good housekeeping standards • Working in any areas within the SC, primarily Picking & Despatch initially • Maintain a high level of accuracy • To understand and demonstrate the wilko values • May be required to operative a LLOP THE PERSON You must be able to meet deadlines whilst working under pressure and on your own initiative, ensuring accuracy at all times. Attention to detail is essential as is an organised approach to work. HOW TO APPLY If you are interested in a applying for the role, please log on to our website and follow the online instructions at wilko.jobs Days - https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/1601652?FromSearch=False Nights - https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/1601782?FromSearch=False
Posted: 24th May 2019
A very emotional day for the team, wishing our former Branch President all the best as he heads into retirement following 26 years with Wilko and 21 years with GMB. Thank you Phil.
Posted: 23rd May 2019
7 DAY WORKING UPDATE – 23rd May 2019 The company have met with GMB this week in a last ditch attempt to avert a ballot for industrial action and reach a consensus in regard to 7 day deliveries and the frequency of weekend working for DC members. GMB again acknowledged Wilko’s need/desire to deliver to stores across 7 days however GMB also reaffirmed that the implementation has to recognise that hard working team members still need a healthy work/life balance, consecutive days recuperation for health, safety and wellbeing reasons and some weekends to spend with their families. We are able to inform you that there has been significant movement. GMB has secured a written commitment from the company to continue recruitment for Wilko/Agency weekend team members until 1 in 3 weekends (1 in 2 at peak – October to January if necessary) is achieved and maintained for all shifts, contracts and levels 1 to 4 (apart from any rolling pattern TMs). The company have also agreed to GMB’s request to accelerate this process by contacting local colleges, universities and jobcentres for further potential recruitment. Some further elements are still to be discussed/agreed. To be absolutely clear, a weekend is: Saturday and Sunday – Days Friday & Saturday - Nights GMB have been clear that it is necessary for the company to demonstrate to members that this commitment is progressing so some immediate, visible improvement would be required. A conference call has been arranged for tomorrow to iron out some finer details and confirmation on the full company proposal will be provided shortly. Any final proposal shall be put to the members accordingly.
Posted: 23rd May 2019
PAY TALKS UPDATE - 15th May 2019 The national negotiating team again met with the company for further discussions on the 2019 pay award on Tuesday 14th May. Although progress has been made the talks didn't reach a final offer position. Due to the progress being made and both parties being eager to reach a proposition that can be put to GMB members, a follow up meeting has been arranged for early next week with a view to concluding the negotiations. As always, please check your contact details are up-to-date to ensure you receive all important correspondence. Only GMB members are eligible to vote on pay or any other matter relating to terms and conditions of employment within Wilko and the more numerous the membership, the greater the strength. If you have a colleague that isn't a member of GMB, please take the time to make them aware of the benefits of joining.
Posted: 16th May 2019
NOTICE TO ALL GMB MEMBERS – 10th May 2019 GMB would like to make it absolutely clear following a large number of concerns raised that our members should not be subjected to any discipline or detriment as a result of the upcoming ballot or action following a ballot. There are certain legal criteria that have to met relating to information held, which is being done at the moment prior to the ballot being sent out. All other criteria regarding potential industrial action will be met before any action is taken. As well as the Convenors and local reps, GMB have two regional organisers (one for each site), a national officer and legal officer overseeing this process to ensure that should the ballot be in favour of strike action, that this is lawful. GMB members that take part in lawful industrial action would not ordinarily be paid for the days on strike, however if anyone was to be dismissed as a result of lawful action then GMB would immediately pursue an unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal if necessary. Please see more information at the below links: https://www.gov.uk/industrial-action-strikes/your-employment-rights-during-industrial-action https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-guidance/industrial-action
Posted: 10th May 2019
We have received some interest from team members on how to get on the contact lists to receive GMB correspondence directly such as the communication sent out to DC based GMB Members yesterday from National GMB office. If you give your email address or mobile phone number to one of the reps or contact the Regional Office they will be able to update your contact details to enable you to receive direct GMB communications at this important time. Alternatively you are able to register to the GMB website enabling you to: o Check and amend your home address o Check you are registered to the correct workplace/store o Check and update a contact email address and/or mobile phone number https://www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb-login Yorkshire GMB Office - 0345 337 7777
Posted: 10th May 2019
GMB UPDATE – 9th May 2019 The Convenors from both DC’s have now met with GMB National and Regional Officers and have finalised the finer details of the ballot and how it will be conducted. It has been collectively agreed that National office will be conducting the administration and that both sites will be balloted as one entity. There are certain legal requirements that must be adhered to and GMB are currently ensuring that all the information they have at present would meet the necessary criteria. Unlike an indicative ballot a formal ballot on industrial action must be carried out by an independent company and National office are in the process of arranging this. IN THE INTERIM Today a press release has been issued to make the general public aware of the discontentment caused by the current situation and also the impending ballot on strike action. Again please take the time to ensure your contact details are fully up-to-date, particularly if you didn’t receive an indicative ballot paper. We cannot stress enough how important it is that all details are accurate. Please see your GMB representative who will check your details and update accordingly if necessary. There has never been a more important time to be a member of the GMB as strength comes from membership density. If you have a colleague that isn’t currently a member, please take the time to make them aware of the benefits of GMB membership. They can join by seeing your local representative who will be more than happy to assist.
Posted: 9th May 2019
Congratulations to our branch auditor, Clayton Tindle and our shop steward, Neil Sanders for being elected as district councillors for Labour in Bassetlaw last night! Well done colleagues.
Posted: 3rd May 2019
GMB UPDATE – 1st May 2019 As per previous communication, a further meeting was arranged for today in relation to the frequency of weekend working and has now concluded. The company reiterated their wish to work with GMB collaboratively on behalf of its members to resolve the current dispute and presented their final proposal that they hoped would achieve this. The proposal included: - The recruitment of some weekend-only workers - A slight reduction in the amount of stores accepting weekend deliveries - A minor reduction in frequency of Saturdays worked for members on 5/6 contracts GMB have been clear that any proposed resolution would need to be for all members regardless of contract or level and also that any proposal would need to be a tangible shift and significant improvement for GMB to put back to our members. Having assessed the company proposal, GMB have today informed Wilko that GMB rejected the offer on behalf of all our members and intend to move to a formal ballot for industrial action. NEXT STEPS GMB National Office will now meet with Regional Organisers and GMB Convenors from both DCs to agree and finalise the finer details of how a ballot will be worded and conducted. We understand that all members will be eager to know all information relating to the matter and please be assured that you will be updated at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, please take the time to ensure your contact details are fully up-to-date, particularly if you didn’t receive an indicative ballot paper. We cannot stress enough how important it is that all details are accurate. Please see your GMB representative who will check your details and update accordingly if necessary.
Posted: 1st May 2019