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Monaghan Report

09 Apr 2021
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Update - 7 May 2021

The Taskforce met again on 19 April 2021 and has set up 4 subgroups and each group will focus on specific recommendations from the Monaghan and Henry reports. Each Taskforce will be co-chaired by one staff member and one CEC member. 

The group looking at recommendations from the Elizabeth Henry report have already met and agreed a number of action points. The subgroup recognise the huge task ahead of them and have agreed to meet fortnightly. In addition, Midlands and East Coast region have agreed to release a GMB officer’s time from his duties to be able to dedicate 3 days a week for the work of the Taskforce. The other subgroups are due to meet shortly. 

There will be a Special Report from the Taskforce to GMB Congress in June. The special report will be on the agenda for agreement by the CEC at their meeting on 17 May 2021 and Helen Mott, External Facilitator to the Taskforce will be in attendance. 
We would like to remind you of the details for The Survivors Trust below: 

GMB Confidential Helpline and Online Support Service 

Freephone 08088 010 788 

Email: info@thesurvivorstrust.org

Anyone can be affected by bullying or sexual harassment, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or role in an organisation and the effects can be devastating. The impact can be felt throughout an organisation and work team. Often people don’t know where to get advice or help either for themselves or for a colleague.

If you’ve been affected by sexual harassment or bullying in any way, the GMB Confidential Helpline which is run independently by The Survivors Trust, offers you the opportunity to speak with someone who understands just how difficult it can be to reach out for help.

They are open every day of the week and you can leave an answerphone message at any time requesting a call back or use our confidential email service if you prefer with responses by the next day. If you are in need of information or support, the line is here for you.

The 08088 number is free for you to use and will not show up on your phone or any phone bills. If you prefer to remain anonymous you can hide your phone number on a landline by dialling 141 before the helpline number – for mobiles, check with your network provider that this service is available with your mobile network. The info@ email address is confidential.

The next meeting of the Taskforce is 24 May 2021.

 

Update - 9 April 2021

The Taskforce met on March 30th for the second time and will meet again on 19th April and 24th May.

At the March meeting it was agreed that there will be a Special Report from the Taskforce to GMB Congress this June. GMB congress normally is held annually and is made up of lay representatives of the 9 regions of GMB, who vote on policies of the union. It is the democratic heart of how as a union we make decisions and set industrial priorities.    

This Special Report will confirm actions taken so far on recommendations from both the Karon Monaghan QC and Dr Elizabeth Henry reports and will outline necessary future steps to achieve transformational change in our union. 

As with all Special Reports for Congress this will need to be agreed by the CEC and therefore there will be a special meeting of the CEC in May 2021.

Helen Mott, as the Taskforce External Facilitator, will attend the meeting to speak to the Special Report and to give the CEC  an opportunity to hear from her directly. 

The NNC, (the GMB staff union) has been invited to send 4 representatives who will be in attendance for this special meeting, the NNC Chair, the Secretary, and both NNC Taskforce members. 

Following this meeting, there will be two further stakeholders engagement meetings:-

  • Meeting with GMB Senior Management Team
  • Meeting with all members of GMB staff.

Both with an opportunity to speak directly to Helen Mott.

If the Special Report is adopted at Congress, the report will be published on our website in mid June.  
 



Progress on Recommendations

In Spring 2020, GMB commissioned an independent investigation into sexual harassment and our organisational culture.

Published in September 2020, the report makes difficult reading and highlights a number of serious issues that our union must tackle.

The independent investigation found that GMB was institutionally sexist and that bullying and harassment are endemic within our structures. 

As a union we have no option but to face up to the scale of this long-standing problem across the organisation, to apologise - and now work towards the sort of transformational change that is needed to ensure our union lives by the values we fight for every day on behalf of our members.

This page provides a running update on the actions taken by GMB to implement the recommendations in the independent investigation, and to show progress as it is made.
 



Update - 21 December 2020

On 10 December,  a group of CEC members of the taskforce representing different equality reserved seats interviewed candidates for the External Facilitator position. 

GMB is pleased to announce that the panel appointed Helen Mott, an independent consultant into this position. Helen is a highly experienced sexual harassment and gender equality consultant and trainer, who has worked for over 20 years with NGOs, national and local government, and many other organisations, in transforming workplace culture through policy and practise.

Helen's wealth of experience and expertise will help support the established taskforce in implementing the recommendations from Karon's report. The taskforce is due to meet early in the new year
 



Update - 5 November 2020

On the 5 November, the CEC met for a special meeting which included several agenda  items covering the Karon Monaghan report and accompanying recommendations, updates and actions.  

 The makeup of the taskforce, a group created to lead on recommendations and other work stemming from the report.  

The appointment of an external facilitator, an action previously agreed by the CEC, to support the work of the taskforce. 

Changes to the recruitment and interview process for regional secretary appointments in line with the Karon Monaghan report recommendations. 

Taskforce 

The CEC agreed that the taskforce will consist of 17 people, including representation from different key stakeholder groups, including CEC members, GMB regional and national staff and GMB staff union representatives.  

There will be12 seats for CEC members, ensuring representation from all of  GMB’s 5 equality reserved seats, all GMB regions and industrial sectors. 

CEC Reserved seat numbers on the taskforce were agreed to be roughly 50% of the total number of reserved seats on the CEC.  

  • 1  LGBT+ Reserved seat  
  • 1  Disabled reserved seat  
  • 1  Young reserved seat  
  • 3  Race reserved seats  
  • 5 Regional women's seats  
  • National President Barbara Plant 
  • 2  seats - Regional Equality Officers 
  • 2  seats - National Negotiating Committee reps (staff union) 
  • 2 seats - Director of  Human Resources and the National Equality and Inclusion Officer  

External Facilitator 

The CEC also agreed that CEC members of the Taskforce will form an interview panel to appoint an external facilitator. This will be from an agreed shortlist of suitable candidates, decided by the CEC, who will be invited to an interview.  

Regional Secretary Recruitment Process  

Due to 2 Regional Secretary vacancies arising, the CEC accepted changes to the recruitment process inline with the Karon Monaghan report and best practise including: 

The appointment of an independent external Observer to be present at both the assessment day and formal interviews for these vacancies. 

The outgoing Regional Secretary will not be present at either stage of the interview process.  

And in line with existing guidelines: 

The interview panel will be gender balanced and appropriately reflect equality and diversity strands. The panel will also reflect industrial, Regional and National representation. 

All panel members will have completed appropriate Interview training. 
 


Update from CEC – 22 September 2020 

GMB’s Central Executive Council (CEC) met on Tuesday 22 September to discuss the recently published Monaghan Report and the recommendations that were put forward as a result of the independent investigation.

All the report’s recommendations were agreed in principle and a taskforce will now be set up to start working on implementation.  The taskforce composition was agreed, to include representatives from CEC members and staff, and an external facilitator will be appointed to facilitate the task force. 

Other recommendations that will be adopted, with immediate effect, are the inclusion of the National Equality Officer on the Senior Management Team and that Regional Secretaries will no longer attend CEC meetings for the time being. 

The Monaghan Report cannot be an investigation that is conducted then forgotten about. We will be monitoring and publishing our progress on this webpage, so that our members can see exactly what we are doing and when.  

The Safe Space provided by the Survivors Trust may remain a permanent facility available to members and staff, and this can be accessed here

 
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