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GMB MEMBERS' SURVEY - CONSULTATION PAY & CONDITIONS

12 April 2021

Newsbrief No 4 April 2021

Dear Colleagues,

GMB prides itself on listening to our members. GMB is a lay member led union and our membership in the workplace are the backbone and collective strength of our union. It is only right that we ask members what they would like to see in any pay and conditions claim before we make our demands to the company on your behalf. GMB Union is the largest trade union in Bestfood. GMB members have a Voice in a GMB pay claim, and only GMB members get to vote on any pay offer negotiated with the company. Any new member joining GMB can also take part in the survey and subsequent ballot.

IMPORTANT: Fully Complete the survey, it takes two minutes. When completed please hand back/or email a photograph or scan a copy to your Local GMB Stewards/or your GMB Regional Organiser at their Local GMB Office. The form must be returned no later than 11am 25th April 2021, PLEASE PRINT YOUR DETAILS in the boxes below:

Name:

Job Title:

SU or Pret?:

Depot:

Mobile No:

Email:

Contact allowed via email/ mobile:  for work and GMB info YES /NO

1. What is your No1 issue for Pay & Conditions this time round?

2. What would you like to see GMB Unions' Reps do to improve your depot locally?

 

Best wishes

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer

 


12 April 2021

Newsbrief No 3 April 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Throughout the pandemic your GMB Union Full time Officials and your Local GMB Union representatives have worked hard to ensure that the strictest safety measures are in place to help combat the spread of the Covid virus in your workplaces. GMB negotiated payments for members who had to self-isolate, or shield. Due to the downturn in business caused by Covid emergency restrictions, because of the pandemic and the effects it had on the business, a pay freeze for 2020 for Shared User and for Pret 2021 was put forward by the company, whose members are currently balloting on whether to accept or reject.

The pay anniversary is due in July for Shared User colleagues at Larbert, Royton, Banbury, Taunton and Hoddesdon. The pay anniversary date for Pret Hoddesdon colleagues is in January. It is now time to seek the views of GMB members regards what you want to see as a member in a GMB pay and conditions claim with the company for the new anniversary of July 2021 and January 2022. We believe that GMB membership gives you an important voice in your workplace and your terms and conditions.

If you are a GMB Union member you have the right to be consulted on what you want in a pay claim, and you have the right to be balloted on any final offer received from the company. That is the fundamental difference of being a GMB Union member. We have been practising workplace democracy for a long time.

The Pay & Conditions survey of GMB Members will commence at all depots starting 12th April and will close on the 25th April 2021 at 11am. The survey will be conducted by GMB stewards/ GMB Regional Organisers were possible. Please hand back your completed Pay & Conditions Survey Form back to your GMB steward/ GMB Regional Officer.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not received a Pay Survey Form by the 18th April you must contact your local GMB steward/ GMB Regional Organiser or the Chair of the GMB NJC Stewards Mick Vearer by sending an email to mick.vearer@gmbactivist.org.uk and we will ensure you get a survey form.

As a GMB Member you can make your Voice count!! New Members that join can take part too, and will be given a survey.

Best wishes

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer

 


12 April 2021

Newsbrief No 2 April 2021

Dear Colleagues,

We have all lived through some unprecedented times in the last twelve months, the pandemic has caused havoc and a lot of personal despair and sadness. Your GMB Union representatives like you are human and some during this period have also had bad news to contend with. Everyone has been affected in some way.

We have been trying to keep our members safe whilst at work, and ensure that the procedures and policies in place are best in class, and that other isues which needed resolution where also dealt with too.

The business has suffered severe fluctuations in finances due to various lockdown orders and the effects of pandemic that have caused a downturn in the business volumes, the company has lost an incredible amount of money. Indeed if it had not been for the sale of the business to the Tesco/ Booker group in March 2020, the previous owners BFS group would have closed the business.

Sometimes these things may not always be appreciated, but it does have a bearing on colleagues security of employment. The losses of the business run in tens of millions of pounds. It has been impossible to hold any meaningful discussions regards pay, because as we have found, the company is simply not in a position to offer a pay rise. There is a great deal of sympathy in that it is not the fault of the company that these issues have happened, it is the effects of the pandemic. We only have to read and hear the news about what has happened to millions of other jobs in the UK economy.

It would also be wrong of your GMB NJC team to assume that colleagues are blind to what is taking place in the business, and that maintaining job security and job safety have rightly been our priority. You have all seen the problems with the business in the last twelve months, with the down turn and fluctuation of volumes, and we know that caused colleagues some worry.

Your GMB NJC have decided to put the company offer of a pay freeze to our members, and that you will be balloted as a member on the prinicple of a one year pay freeze for July 2020 to July 2021 for Shared User colleagues, and a one year pay freeze for Pret colleagues from Jan 2021 to Jan 2022. You will be given this newsbrief letter No2/ 2021, also a copy of the company letter, and a ballot paper.

The ballot will take place from the 12th April until the 25th April at 11am. New members are allowed to vote as well. We know GMB Union members will use their judegement wisely.

Best wishes

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer

 


12 April 2021

Newsbrief No1 April 2021

Dear Colleagues,

For the last twelve months since the ourbreak of the pandemic your GMB Union representatives have been trying to keep our members safe whilst at work. Because of the fluctuations of the business finances due to various lockdown and the effects of pandemic that have caused a downturn in the business volumes, the company has lost an incredible amount of money.

Whilst this may not always be appreciated, it does have a bearing on colleagues secuirty of employment. The losses of the business run in tens of millions of pounds. It has been impossible to hold any meaningful discussions regards pay, because as we have found, the company is simply not in a position to offer a pay rise.

The company have put their position clearly in writing stating they are unable to offer colleagues a pay rise for Shared User from the anniversary date in 2020, and the same for those colleagues who work on the Pret Contract whose anniversary date commences January 2021.

Your GMB NJC team considered the position of the company letter, and have concluded there are no possible alternatives. It would also be wrong of your GMB NJC team to assume that colleagues are blind to what is taking place in the buisness, and that maintaining job security and job safety have rightly been the priority. You have seen all the problems with the business in the last twelve months, with the downturn and fluctuation of volumes, and that has caused colleagues some worry.

Your GMB NJC have decided to put the company offer of a pay freeze to our members, and that you will be balloted as a member on the prinicple of a one year pay freeze for July 2020 to July 2021 for Shared User colleagues, and a one year pay freeze for Pret colleagues from Jan 2021 to Jan 2022.

Your GMB Union site Reps and GMB Regional Officers will be visiting you and handing out information from the 12th April. Do have a conversation with us. The ballot will close on the 25th April at 11am.  New members are allowed to vote as well.

We need to check and update your contact details. At times we may need to make contact with you via email or txt message. Don’t be left out from important news from Your Union.

Best wishes

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer


22 February 2021

Face Coverings/Face Masks

Following advice from Public Health England and information that the new strain of Coronavirus is more contagious we have revised our Coronavirus control guidelines. We now require colleagues, with the exception of the list below to wear face coverings or face masks whilst on our sites. This will include:

 -          ALL communal areas, regardless of the 2 metre distancing rule being observed including reception, stair wells, corridors, toilets, locker/changing rooms, canteen, lifts & whilst moving around shared offices, where possible, 2 metre distancing must be maintained throughout

-           -          AND where 2 metre social distancing is not possible including;

  • On entrance to the Depot including clocking in and out
  • When leaving the Freezer Chamber for any reason
  • On exiting the Depot at the end of shift along corridors, through the turnstiles and to/from the car park
  • During 1-1 training activities for both trainer and trainee where physical proximity may be required

Drivers are required to wear a face covering in the following situations:

  • When delivering to other Best Depots (If entering any part of the warehouse / offices)  
  • When delivering to customer delivery points
  • In all DC communal areas (as above)
  • When there is more than one person in the cab

Face coverings may be removed ONLY when:

  • In canteens – when seated and eating and drinking
  • In smoking shelters – when smoking
  • Forklift Drivers within the ambient/chilled/marshalling area when carrying out replenishment and/or put away tasks
  • Whilst working in any part of the Freezer Chamber
  • Whilst at your desk, protected by a screen and 2 metre distancing can be maintained
  • In an office by yourself working alone
  • Whilst working alone outside in the yard where 2 meter distancing can be observed

Disposable face coverings / masks are available for colleagues and these will be provided by your line manager and placed in strategic areas.Alternatively, colleagues may wear their own face covering / mask if they wish.

If you have any safety concerns about wearing a face covering or if you are, exempt from wearing one for health reasons, impairment or disability, please speak to your line manager. A 1-1 meeting will be conducted to fully explore the reasons to why you are exempt. We requested that any supporting information was provided by .

Masks and snoods will be provided by the business to all colleagues who do not provide their own.

With the exceptions listed above, with immediate effect all colleagues will be required to wear a facemask/covering, face shields will be provided as an alternative for those who provide proof of medical exemption in regard to wearing a mask. Where exemptions to wearing a face cover or shield are authorised, the colleague will be asked to wear a Blue Hi Vis, this will help all to keep greater distance to help all to keep safe.

Please maintain and manage your personal face covering. Please take care to dispose of face coverings responsibly in the general waste bins provided around the site.

For colleagues that refuse to wear a mask/face covering without evidence of medical exemption or authorised exemption or refuse to wear the blue hi vis could be subjected to disciplinary action. This change of approach is supported by our recognised Unions.

Thank you for your assistance and support in reducing the risk of transmission of Covid-19.               

 
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