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July 10th Strike Events

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Call Notice - GMB Members In Councils And Schools Strike Over Pay Thursday 10th July

Members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued says GMB.

GMB members working in local authorities and schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on strike on Thursday 10th July 2014 over pay will take part in a series of events and rallies in every area. Below is a list of provisional events.  In each council area there will be pickets on council depots and municipal buildings from 6am onwards. For councils run ferries, toll bridges and tunnells the pickets will be in place from midnight.  See Notes to Editors for GMB contacts in each region who are available to speak to the media and who can advise of locations and times of pickets and other events for areas not covered by the provisional list below.

The strike follows a ballot of GMB members that saw a 73% vote in favour of going on strike. The strike is for 24 hours. The ballot was conducted by the Electoral Reform Society and they reported 26,281 votes in favour of strike action, 9,799 against and 51 spoilt papers. Turnout was 23% which is slightly above average.

Region

Location

Assembly Point & Time

Rally Point & Time

Please let us have any other relevant information

Eastern

Bedford Borough

10:00 Bedford Congress Hall
Horne Lane Bedford MK40 1NY

10:00 The Salvation Army Bedford Congress Hall Horne Lane Bedford
MK40 1NY

Joint rally with Unison and GMB. Nearest parking at Riverside Square Car Park

 

Cambridgeshire

10:30 Parkers Piece Parkside Cambridge
CB1 1JF

12:30 Parkers Piece Parkside Cambridge
CB1 1JF

Short rally. March around Cambridge aims to leave by 11.30 and return to Parkers Piece for more speeches.

 

Essex

11:30 Opposite Shire Hall
High Street Chelmsford
CM1 1PE

12:30 Essex Cricket Ground Writtle Street
Chelmsford CM2 0PG

 

 

Luton

11.00 Manor Park Manor Road Luton LU1 3HG

12.00 Market Hill George Street Luton LU1 2SZ

Joint march and rally supported by NUT, UNITE, UNISON, GMB, PCS and FBU. Key note speaker Megan Dobney Regional Secretary South Eastern TUC along with speakers from local trade Unions. Bring your flags, banners, friends, family and colleagues.

 

Norfolk

11:45 Chapelfield Gardens Chapelfield Norwich NR1 3SH

12.00 The Bandstand Chapelfield Gardens Norwich NR1 3SH

After introductory briefings and speeches, at 12.30 we will march through Norwich in a circular route (subject to City Council Agreement). The rally and march will be under the umbrella of Norwich Trades Council and all striking unions will be rallying and marching together. On return there will be speeches from each of the unions involved, councillor Clive Lewis. with music from the Red Flags. We expect to finish between 14.00 and 14.30.

 

Northamptonshire

11.00 Northamptonshire Becketts Park Bedford Road
Northampton NN1 1DR

12.00 All Saints Church, Plaza George Row
Northampton NN1 1DF

 

 

Suffolk

11.00 Giles Statue Giles Circus Ipswich PR1 2NN

11:45 Giles Statue Giles Circus Ipswich IP1 1SW

The rally has been organised by Ipswich and District Trades council and involves NUT, PCS, UNISON, FBU, UNITE and GMB. The rally will be outdoors regardless of the weather so fingers crossed.

London

London

11.30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House

13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

 

Midlands

Coventry

09:30 Broadgate City Centre
Coventry CV1 1NG

10:00 Broadgate City Centre Coventry CV1 1NG

Gather in Broadgate for a entertainment and rally with speakers from all Unions taking strike action. Short demo around the city returning to Broadgate for final speaker.

 

Midlands

11:30 Council House Victoria Square Birmingham
B1 1BD

11:45 Victoria Square  Birmingham B1 1BD

Joint Union Rally and March. NUT Christine Blower (confirmed) UNISON Dave Prentis (TBC) PCS GMB UNITE

 

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent

12:00 Outside Civic Centre Kingsway Stoke upon Trent
ST4 1HL

12:30 Outside Civic Centre Kingsway Stoke upon Trent  ST4 1HL

Speakers from NUT(Linda Goodwin), Unison, GMB and PCS. There is a car park on Kingsway.

North West

Lancashire

11.00 The Assembly pub 32 Lune Street Preston Lancashire
PR1 2NN

12.00 Flag Market, Cheapside, Preston PR1 3NU

Short march from the Assembly, up Friargate to the Flag market for the rally speeches, followed by a buffet lunch at The Black Horse on Friargate.

 

Liverpool

11:30 Pierhead City Centre Liverpool L3 1BW

12:30 St George's Hall Plateau St George's Place
Liverpool L1 1JJ

 

 

Manchester

No march - rally only

12:30 Piccadilly Gardens
City Centre Manchester
M1 1AF

No march - rally only

Northern

Northern Region

Time Tbc. Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG

Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG

Joint rally with UNISON, GMB, UNITE (ballot result pending), PCS and possibly the FBU and rail unions

 

Redcar and Cleveland

Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG

Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AG

Joint rally with UNISON, GMB, UNITE (ballot result pending), PCS and possibly the FBU and rail unions

 

Sunderland

Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street  Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG

Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AG

Joint rally with UNISON, GMB, UNITE (ballot result pending), PCS and possibly the FBU and rail unions

South East

Brighton and Hove / East Sussex

10:30 Norton Road Hove BN3 4AH OR Hollingdean Depot Upper Hollingdean Road BN1 7GA

12.00 The Level Union Road Brighton BN2 3HD

Two feed marches will gather at the Hollingdean Depot and Hove Town Hall. These will converge at Victoria Gardens before heading to the Level for a rally.

 

Hampshire Associations

11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House

13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

 

 

Isle of Wight

11:00 County Hall High St. Newport Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD

11:00 County Hall High St. NewportIsle of Wight PO30 1UD

Combining with Unison and GMB We will be joining with members of Unison and (we hope) GMB in a rally outside County Hall, Newport. We will also reimburse train and reasonable subsistence claims, on production of receipts, for any members who wish to go to Portsmouth, Brighton or London for the Marches

 

Oxfordshire

11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House

13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

 

 

Portsmouth

10.30 Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth
PO1 2AB

 

 

12.30 Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square Portsmouth PO1 2AB

Music will start at 10.30 Speeches will begin at Midday March through Commercial Road will start 12.30 Re Assemble back at the Guildhall for closing speeches at approx 13.30 Please bring Banners, flags, Stand Up for Education T-shirts.

 

Slough

11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House

13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

 

 

Southampton

Civic Centre - (front and back) from 9am SO40 3AP

 

Marland House from 9am SO14 7PQ

 

There will be a rally assembling at 12 noon at the Civic Car Park.

Speeches between 1230 and 1pm prompt

UNITE Asst Gen Sec Gail Cartmell speaking

 

Surrey

11:30 Hove Town Hall Norton Road Hove BN3 4AH

12.30 The Level  Union Road Brighton BN2 3FX

Marching from Hove Town Hall to the Level with Brighton and Hove Division

 

West Sussex

11:30 Hove Town Hall Norton Road Hove BN3 4AH

12.30 The Level Union Road Brighton BN2 3FX

 

 

Windsor and Maidenhead

11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House

13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

 

South West

Bournemouth

12.30pm Assemble under flyover of Bournemouth Pier entrance

1pm Rally opposite BIC, Exeter Road - Lobby the Local government Association

 

 

Bristol

10:30 College Green BS1 5TR March to Castle Park

Castle Park

Stalls will be set up from 9 Speeches finish at 13.00

 

Dorchester

11am coach from outside County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ to Bournemouth to Lobby the Local government Association

 

 

 

Exeter

Assemble 10.45am Belmont Park

Rally 11.45am Bedford Square

 

 

Gloucester

Assemble at 11.30am at The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ

March through the City Centre to assemble at 12.30 outside County Council Offices, Shire Hall, Gloucester GL1 2TG

 

 

Plymouth

Assemble

11am outside Guildhall, Armada Way

 

 

 

Swindon

 

Rally at 12 noon at the War Memorial in the town centre

 

 

Taunton
 

Assemble at 10am High Street, Taunton TA1

 

 

 

Torbay & Devon

10:45 Belmont Park, Belmont Road, Exeter EX4 6SS

11:30 Bedford Square, High Street, Exeter EX1 1LR

March from Belmont Park to Bedford Square will start at 11.00. Variety of speakers.

 

Torquay

 

Rally outside Town Hall at 11am

 

 

Trowbridge

 

Rally at 10.30am outside the Civic Centre.

 

 

Truro

 

12 noon Rally at High Cross, Union Place, Truro TR1 2AJ

 

 

Weston-Super-Mare picnic for pay

 

12.30pm on the grass outside the Town Hall

 

 

Yorkshire Midland

Barnsley

10:30 Gateway Plaza Car Park Sackville Street
Barnsley S70 2RD

11:30 Barnsley Precinct 1 Cheapside Barnsley
S70 1RU

 

 

Bradford

10:45 Centenary Square, Market Street, Bradford,
BD1 1LH

10:45 Centenary Square, Market Street, Bradford,
BD1 1LH

In collaboration with Unison and GMB.

 

City of Derby

10:30 Kingsmead School,Bridge Street, Derby,
DE1 3LH

11:00 Market Place,
City Centre, Derby, DE1 3AH

Joint rally with Unison, Unite, GMB and PCS. Speakers, music, stalls and games.

 

Derbyshire

11:00 Outside Primark, 9-13 Market Place, Chesterfield,
S40 1PP

12:00 New Square, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, S40 1AH

Joint union rally.

 

East Riding of Yorkshire

09:30 Unison Offices, 39 Alfred Geller Street, Hull
HU1 2AG

09:30 Victoria Square, Paragon Street, Hull HU1 3RQ

Hull NUT shares offices with UNISON at Alfred Gelder Street. Meet 9.30 - 10.00 . Refreshments plus short rally at UNISON HQ. Followed by demo through Hull - 10.00  - 11.00  and finally rally at Victoria Square.

 

Kirklees

10.30 St Georges Square, Huddersfield HD1 1JA

11.00 St Georges Square, Huddersfield, HD1 1JA

Move off at 11 for town centre march. Rally back at St Georges Square

 

Leeds

11.30 Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Leeds, LS2 8DY

12:30 Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Leeds, LS2 8DY

12.00 march around Leeds, Rally is at 12.30 approx with speakers.

 

Nottinghamshire

10.30 Forest Recreation Groud, Gregory Boulevard,
Nottingham, NG7 6HB

Time Tbc.Old Market Square, Nottingham,
NG1 2BY

 

 

Sheffield

Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SF

Time Tbc. City Hall Steps, Barkers Pool,Sheffield,
S1 2JA

 

 

GMB National Secretary, Brian Strutton, said "GMB members have spoken loud and clear. They want a decent pay rise.

We have tried sensible discussions, we've sought to negotiate reasonably, we've said we are willing to accept ACAS arbitration rather than go on strike - but to everything we've tried the employers have said "no". So we have no choice.

GMB members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued.

Their pay has gone up only 1% since 2010 and in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales. Their case is reasonable, the employers won't listen and don't care, no wonder they have turned to strike action as the only way of making their voices heard. With other unions involved too, the 10 July looks like being the second biggest dispute ever with up to 2 million workers on strike."

Ends

Contact:  Brian Strutton on 07860 606137 or Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser in North East on 07870 176733, Graham McDermott, GMB Senior Organiser in North West on 07974 018404, Neil Derrick, GMB Senior Organiser in Yorkshire & The Humber on 07958 156832, Les Dobbs, GMB Senior Organiser in East Midlands on 07966 327967, Pauline Hinks, GMB Senior Organiser in Birmingham & West Midlands on 07809 617761, Dave Powell, GMB Senior Organiser in London and East of England on 07710 631349, Martin Hird, GMB Senior Organiser in Wales & South West on 07809 769378 or Andy Prendergast, GMB Senior Organiser in south East on 07984 492726 of GMB Press Office on 07921 289880, 07974 251823.

 

 

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