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WILKO SICKNESS & ABSENCE POLICY UPDATE

13 April 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

 

Following the consultative ballot on industrial action and the huge support from GMB members and a unanimous verdict that the new imposed sickness policy was not acceptable, we have been in negotiations with Wilko on a new absence policy.

Over the past 2 weeks these negotiations have been positive with both Wilko and GMB working together to ensure we protect the genuinely ill and give the ability for those team members with good attendance to build up sick pay entitlement.

We believe we are now aligned on the principles of the new policy and the work left to do is on the detail of the new policy and to ensure the systems are in place for a fair and consistent application across all team members.

We are hopeful that this work will be finished within the next 2 weeks at which point we will be able to ballot members on the proposals.

We thank you for your continued support and patience on this matter, we are confident of a positive outcome.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Oficer

 


29 March 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

 

Your GMB negotiating committee have met with Wilko on two occasions to discuss the 2021 GMB pay claim.

The meetings have been positive and we are hopeful of reaching an offer that we can recommend to our members.

As we start to come out of Covid lockdown there are still a lot of unknowns on how the retail sector will look in the new normal. We believe Wilko are well placed to be successful as lockdowns end and restrictions ease.

With this in mind we have agreed to extend the pay talks to ensure the best offer can be made to our members. As part of that agreement the GMB has been clear that any final pay agreement should be backdated to April 2021.

Next month the government’s minimum wage will increase by 2.2%. This would take the level 1 pay above the current pay for level 2. GMB and Wilko have therefore agreed, whilst pay negotiations continue, to make an interim payment and increase the level 1 and level 2 pay by 2.2%.

This ensures that we keep the differential in pay between level 1 and level 2.

This increase will form part of the final pay offer that will go to a ballot of GMB members.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Oficer


22 March 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

 

Following the huge support and resounding result in favour of industrial Action by GMB members across both the DCs and Stores over the imposed Wilko Sickness and Absence Policy, your GMB representatives have been in communication with the Management of Wilko and I am pleased to report that both sides have agreed to Negotiate a new Sickness and Absence Policy that will be acceptable to both GMB members and Wilko.

Dates have been set over the next 2 weeks to hold these negotiations and at the forefront of these talks GMB will be ensuring we protect those team members that are genuinely sick and protect their earnings and job security.

Without the amazing support from GMB members during this dispute we would now be stuck with a sickness policy that discriminates against the lowest paid.

Any outcomes from the negotiations will be put to a ballot of GMB members, and only GMB members will decide whether they are acceptable. We have seen GMB membership significantly increase over the past weeks, if you are still not a member and want your say, now is the time to join by visiting:

www.gmb.org.uk/join

Thank you all for standing up, making your voice heard, and allowing your GMB reps the opportunity to negotiate what will hopefully be an acceptable outcome.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Oficer


18 March 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

 

The GMB consultative ballot for industrial action ended at midnight on the 15th March.

3 ballots were run, at DC1, at DC2 and across all Wilko stores.

We are pleased to report that all 3 ballots gave significant support for Industrial Action of between 88% and 98%.

We would like to thank all GMB members for casting their vote and sending a clear message to Wilko that the company imposed sickness policy is not acceptable and that we are willing to fight for a fair deal.

GMB have now spoken to and written to the company, informing them of this result and the clear message from GMB members.

We have requested that the company now enter meaningful negotiations on a new sickness policy that is acceptable to our members. If they are not willing to do this then we will run a formal strike ballot, enter into a formal dispute and call on all GMB members to take strike action to protect their Sick pay.

As soon as we have a formal response from the company we will let you know and set out the next steps in protecting your terms and conditions of employment.

We could not have achieved this without the huge support that GMB members have shown and you should all be proud of this result.

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Oficer

 


11 March 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

 

Have you voted yet?  If not, please ensure you use your vote, support the call for Industrial Action and let Wilko know that you will not be treated in this way. The ballot is closing on Monday 15th March 2021.

We are sending out a reminder email and SMS to members this afternoon.

If you have not received a ballot paper from GMB please get in touch urgently with your GMB Region.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Oficer

 

 


19 February 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

Wilko have imposed a new Sickness and Absence policy on Level 1,2 and 3 Team Members cutting the entitlement to sick pay to just 1 occasion in any 12 Month period and making it easier for them to dismiss Team Members for absence. The GMB have request that this policy be removed whilst we negotiate an alternative and this request has been refused. Team members are now in a position where if they have just 1 day’s sickness they will receive no further sick pay for 12 months. This policy is attacking those that are genuinely ill.

As Wilko are refusing to negotiate we have no choice but to ballot members for Industrial action. Please ensure you use your vote, Support the call for Industrial Action and let Wilko know that you will not be treated in this way.

Your GMB Negotiators are strongly recommending you support an industrial action ballot.

Providing we get significant support from GMB members we will demand that the company remove this policy and treat their workers with the respect they deserve.  If they do not, we will have no choice but to run a formal ballot for industrial action and call on GMB members to take strike action.

The ballot runs from the 22nd February 2021 and will close on 15th March 2021. When you receive your ballot paper, please complete and return it as soon as possible.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Oficer

 

 


12 February 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

We are inviting GMB members to join a Webinar where we will be discussing removal of the current Sickness Policy and replacing it with a policy that cuts the entitlement to sick pay, removes access to representation and attacks those employees who are genuinely ill. 

The GMB position is that unless Wilko reinstate the original Sickness and Absence Policy, we will be running a consultative ballot across the GMB Wilko membership for industrial action. 

Join us at 7.00 p.m. on Monday, 22nd February 2021.  Click the link below to register for the Webinar:

https://gmb-org-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hnGYXs0SQhipmGG7fv8inQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.
 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Officer

 


8 February 2021

Wilko`s have decided to impose a new sickness policy on all team members on levels 1,2 and 3. This now means that after a period of just 1 day's absence Team Members will not be entitled to any further company sick pay for 12 months.  All management grades are exempt and have retained their full sick pay entitlement and received a bonus. Sick pay in your first absence in a 12 month period will now be based on your contractual hours and not the hours you have worked, you could face disciplinary action at your return to work interview from absence.

 Following meetings of both Full Time GMB officers and Wilko Reps from across the whole country, the GMB position is that unless Wilko re instate the original Sickness and Absence Policy we will hold a consultative ballot across the GMB Wilko membership for industrial action.

The consultative ballot will commence on the 22nd February 2021.

It is important that you update your membership records with GMB ASAP including an up to date e-mail address, mobile number and home address. Please contact your local GMB Rep or GMB Officer with this information and ensure you get a vote.

We can only win this dispute and return your sick pay with the full support of the Wilko Team members. Please encourage all your work Colleagues to join GMB, vote yes to industrial action and let Wilko know how angry you are.

Join GMB at: www.gmb.org.uk/join.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Officer


21 January 2021

FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES

Early last year Wilko threatened to change the agreed sickness and absence policy and significantly reduce your entitlement to sick pay.

Following intervention by the GMB the threat was removed. Since then we have offered alternatives to Wilko to control absence whilst protecting sick pay for those who are genuinely sick.

Today, whilst we were consulting in good faith with the company, Wilko, behind our backs, issued communications to Team Members informing them that the current Sickness Policy would be removed and replaced with a policy that cuts the entitlement to sick pay, removes access to representation and attacks those employees who are genuinely ill.

The GMB have formally raised a dispute with Wilko and have also made clear that if they push ahead with these detrimental changes to your Terms and Conditions we will have no choice but to run a consultative ballot for industrial action.

All of you, the hero keyworkers, have since March last year put yours and your family’s health at risk by turning up for work through this pandemic ensuring Wilko can continue to trade and make a profit. Their thanks for your dedication is a slap across the face and pushing genuinely sick employees into debt.

We will not tolerate this, it is time to stand up to Wilko. If you are not a member join now and fight with us to protect your sick pay.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Officer

 


15 January 2021

To all GMB members at Wilko DC1 and DC2

 

Dear Member

Following the acceptance of the new terms and contract through a ballot of GMB members, these have now been incorporated into the contract of employment at the DCs.

The majority of members have now individually signed the new contracts and will be receiving their buy out. This is a reminder to those members that have not yet signed, to do so to ensure they receive their money.

Questions have been raised concerning the status of those team members who do not sign the new contracts.

Following the GMB negotiations and ballot result, the new terms are now incorporated into your contract of employment whether you have individually signed or not.

If you have not signed the contract and turn up for work at the DC after the 31st January2021 you will be deemed to have accepted the new contract and will be required to work to those terms.  If you do not attend work after the 31st January, the company will assume that you have resigned your position. You will not be entitled to notice pay and the GMB will not be able to support legal claims for dismissal. This may not be the case for some employees who have been refused their flexible working arrangements and these members need to speak to their GMB representatives for advice and representation.

I hope this clarifies the current position.

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Officer

 


15 January 2021

 

Dear Member

You will have received or will shortly be receiving the GMB 2021 Pay and Conditions Survey.

Your opinion counts, so please make sure you give us your feedback by completing the survey and speaking to your GMB shop stewards. Your reply is confidential and will only be used by GMB to formulate the 2021 pay and conditions claim.   Please fill in the contact details and indicate on the form if these have changed at all, so that we can update our records.

If you have not received the survey by Monday 18th January 2021, then please contact your GMB shop steward or your GMB Regional Office.

Any colleagues who are not GMB members and would like to have their say can speak with a GMB shop steward or GMB regional office to join, or join on line at www.gmb.org.uk/join.  Once you have joined, please request a pay survey is sent to you. 

The closing date for the survey is Friday, 29th January 2021.

 

ROGER JENKINS

GMB NATIONAL OFFICER


12 January 2021

Dear Member

Following a meeting with Wilko Senior Management we have been informed of a number of proposed changes within the Wilko stores.

The proposals are as follows:

  • Removal of the Assistant Manager role where sales aren’t high enough to need two senior managers. There’ll be another Team Supervisor role added in those stores.
  • Reducing the number of hours worked by team members, which could result in some redundancies. This affects 100 stores.
  • Gradually changing contracts for all Level 1 and Level 3 team members, so that instead of having 47 different contracts ranging from three hours to 39 hours, there’ll eventually be just six, ranging from six to 35 hours a week and, from February, all new team members will be recruited onto one of these contracts.

Briefings have been given at all stores affected.

The GMB will be meeting weekly with Wilko to agree the way forward and we will be providing representation and support for all our members at a store level and keep you updated on progress.

If you have any questions or concerns contact your GMB Representative or GMB Office.

Not a member?, join today at: www.gmb.org.uk/join

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Officer


Date: 05/01/2021

 

Following the talks between Wilko and the GMB over the DC modernisation and the proposed changes to members’ terms and conditions of employment and the ballot of members at both DCs, the result of the GMB ballot is a 56% vote in favour of accepting the final offer.  Both DC1 and DC2 voted to accept.

The GMB will now sign the new agreement with Wilko.

Members will be receiving their buyout this month after signing your new contract and the new terms will come into effect in February.

Please ensure you sign your new contract ASAP to ensure you receive your payment.

The GMB will continue to support those members on flexible hours to ensure wherever possible they can continue to work around their family commitments.

The result of this ballot ensures that the £66 million investment by Wilko in the DCs will go ahead which also ensure long term employment at Wilko in both Yorkshire and South Wales.

Thank you to all GMB members for voting and having your voice heard and also thank you to all the GMB reps and Convenors, these negotiations have been extremely difficult at times and your GMB reps have achieved the best possible offer and have been a credit to you all.

 

Roger Jenkins

National Officer


Date: 18/12/2020

WILKO DC1 AND DC2 GMB BALLOT

HAVE YOUR SAY. CAST YOUR VOTE.

 

FAO GMB MEMBERS IN WILKO DC1 AND DC2

 

"Due to an outbreak of Covid 19 at Royal Mail sorting offices including in Worksop and Sheffield, and the serious delays this has caused with the post the GMB has taken the decision to extend the Wilko DC ballot period to the 4th January".

Can GMB members please ensure that on receipt of your ballot paper you complete and return this as soon as possible.

If you have already received your ballot paper either by e mail, text or post please ensure this is completed and returned at the earliest opportunity.

This is your opportunity to have your voice heard; it is your ballot and your vote.

If any member has not received their ballot paper please contact your GMB rep immediately.

 

Roger Jenkins

National Officer

 


Date: 08/12/2020

The discussions on the DC proposals have now finished and GMB will be balloting affected members from Wednesday 9th December 2020. 

The outline proposals will be explained on the ballot paper and the detailed proposals are available from your GMB reps, on GMB and Wilko noticeboards at the DC’s and by following these links:  

Proposed Collective Agreement

Proposed Terms and Conditions

The ballot will close at midday on the 22nd December and if accepted by a majority of GMB members, they will receive a buyout to be paid at the end of January. 

If you have not received a ballot paper, either through the post, email or SMS by Friday, 11th  December please contact your GMB rep or GMB office immediately. 

Only GMB members that are staying with the business post January 2021 are entitled to vote, if you are not a member, join today and have your say

The GMB believe this is the best that can be achieved through negotiation and is a vast improvement on the original offer tabled by Wilko. 

Roger Jenkins 
National Officer 


 

Date: 26/11/2020

DC UPDATE  -  GMB MEMBERS BALLOT

We are fast approaching a ballot of GMB members on the proposals and buyout at both DC1 and DC2.  This will potentially run from the 7th December 2020.

Due to the current Covid crisis we intend to run a digital ballot of members, which is either by SMS or email.

Currently at the DC’s we have 723 members that we cannot contact by e mail and 847 members that we cannot contact by SMS (mobile phone).

If you have been unable to update your details using the link below, please contact your GMB shop steward, pass on your updated information and authority to contact you by text and e mail and we will update the membership system.

REMINDER:

  • All members ensure their membership details, particularly, e-mail address, mobile number and home address are correct.
  • Also, please check you have given us permission to contact you by e-mail, SMS or post.  If you have indicated you do not want to be contacted by any of these methods, this will need to be changed; otherwise you will not receive information from us by that means.

            Please use the following link to check and update your details:

            https://www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb-login?dest=/mygmb-edit

 

Roger Jenkins

GMB National Officer


Date: 17/11/2020

Member update following the DC Modernisation meeting between GMB and Wilko on Thursday 12th November, 2020

 

Consultation Update

We will be meeting with Wilko to consult on the detail of the new contracts that will form part of the proposals that will be put to ballot and also the detail of the full offer to members. This will be made available to all GMB members once this work is complete.

1 to 1’s are continuing at the DC’s and part time and flexible workers should have confirmation of  the working hours and patterns available to them shortly. If you have a flexible working arrangement and have not been given a 1 to 1 meeting, please contact your manager or GMB Rep as a matter of urgency.  If you have attended your second 1 to 1 and have not received confirmation of your working pattern going forward then please speak to your GMB Rep.

Due to the detail required on the proposed contracts, confirmation of hours for part time and flexible workers, and final sign off and detail on the proposals, we have postponed the GMB ballot of members.

It is important that every member has the full detail of their options before making a decision. Once this is available we will commence a ballot of members. There are still a number of members whose personal details have not been updated on the GMB membership system. To ensure you have your say we ask again:

 

  • All members ensure their membership details, particularly, e-mail address, mobile number and home address are correct.
  • Also, please check you have given us permission to contact you by e-mail, SMS or post.  If you have indicated you do not want to be contacted by any of these methods, this will need to be changed, otherwise you will not receive information from us by that means.

            Please use the following link to check and update your details:

https://www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb-login?dest=/mygmb-edit

 

ROGER JENKINS

GMB NATIONAL OFFICER

           

 

 

 


Date: 04/11/2020

Member update following the DC Modernisation meeting between GMB and Wilko on Thursday 29th October, 2020.

Consultation Update:

We are approaching the end of consultations and will now be concentrating on the detail of the final proposals that will be putting to GMB members in a ballot.

Shifts:

There is currently a huge variety of contracts and working hours within the DC’s. With the proposed introduction of unpaid breaks and a standardised shift system we are working to ensure there will be contract options to enable people to protect their earnings and get a fair buy-out.

Contracts:

We will now be consulting on the detail of the new contracts that will form part of the proposals that will be put to ballot. Once agreed this information will be made available to members to ensure you are fully briefed prior to ballot. Buy-Out: As previously reported this has been the most challenging issue, the gap between what Wilko were originally offering, and what we believed was an acceptable level was way apart. We now believe we are reaching the best position we can through negotiation, and will have a fair offer to put to members the detail of which will be available shortly.

Buy-Out:

As previously reported this has been the most challenging issue, the gap between what Wilko were originally offering, and what we believed was an acceptable level was way apart. We now believe we are reaching the best position we can through negotiation, and will have a fair offer to put to members the detail of which will be available shortly. 

GMB Members Ballot:

Once we are in a position where the proposals are finalised, the new contracts agreed, the DC2 redundancies finalised and all part-time and flexible workers at both DC1 and DC2 given options, we will be in a position to ballot members.

Those eligible to be balloted will be GMB members who are staying with the business when the new contracts are brought in.

Apologies for repeating ourselves, but it is important to enable us to run the ballot effectively that: 

All members ensure their membership details, particularly, e-mail address, mobile number and home address are correct.

Also, please check you have given us permission to contact you by e-mail, SMS or post. If you have indicated you do not want to be contacted by any of these methods, this will need to be changed, otherwise you will not receive information from us by that means.

 

Make sure your details are up to date

 

ROGER JENKINS

GMB NATIONAL OFFICER

 
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