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GMB News brief No5b/ 2021 - Update on Issues

22/12/2021

Newsbrief No5 issued yesterday, contained a mistake on membership fees this has now been corrected.  See below.

Dear Colleagues,

2021 will soon be behind us, and in its conclusion, we wanted to thank you for your continued support and membership in helping to create a growing network of GMB members and activists. It has been a long journey and some members have been right at the very start of our campaign to unionise and make work better at Uber.

We wanted to share with you a couple of important issues that perhaps you are not aware of. GMB members are able to access support and advice whilst driving on the Uber platform and other platforms too. 

GMB Representation for Uber drivers

You may have noticed that GMB has a very good record in representing Uber drivers on deactivations. It is skilled GMB regional organisers/ GMB representatives that undertake this work. There are some organisations promoting that they do this activity, but actually ask the member to then get in touch with their MP? Why are some drivers paying monies to these organisations when they then outsource their representations to someone who does not know the issues that Uber drivers are faced with day in and day out? 

GMB do not claim to win every case that comes our way, but we have a 98% success record with overturning suspensions and deactivations on the Uber platform. This is a major protection for Uber drivers that was previously denied them. GMB also has a 24/7 criminal advice representation scheme for all drivers. Further information is provided here NEW_UBER_A4_HUB_POSTER- UPDATED 19-11-21 (gmb.org.uk)

GMB Union has years of experience representing drivers from both the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire communities. We also have a very good track record representing members who appear before licensing officers/ regulators and magistrates' courts too. 

If drivers want committed and effective representation then join GMB now at www.gmb.org.uk/join Do not wait until you need help to join, due to costs we may not be able to assist.

Take a Look at Eazitax

We recently launched a new personal taxation and accountancy scheme with Eazitax for our self-employed members. Hundreds of GMB members have made enquiries about this personal service. The offer can be assessed on Eazitax GMB page at  https://www.eazitax.co.uk/gmb/

National Email Communication - Newsbriefs

Our rapidly growing membership means that our GMB National Reps rightly need help and assistance in helping to keep members on the ground informed. Also, it is sensible to be able to reach out to potential members too. Our intention is to send out a monthly communication called a Newsbrief (just like tis one) to keep all members updated. GMB Newsbriefs will also be posted on our online drivers Hub at our Noticeboard area, click on Uber Noticeboard | GMB to view.

GMB Local Contacts

Our members need and want more GMB Local Contacts on the ground in towns and cities to assist and advise members. We want GMB members who are Uber drivers just like you to be part of this growing network. Want to know more? then contact GMB at this email uber@gmb.org.uk and address it for the attention of Mick. 

What is the membership fee for an Uber driver joining GMB?

There are two main rates for GMB membership. 

-Grade 1 for those working and earning over 20hrs a week ( covers you wherever and whoever you work for = £14.57 per month

-Grade 2 is the default rate for a driver because we work your hours out to be "an average of paid driving hours" which across the year could be on or around 20hrs per week or less = £8.40 per month.

GMB membership covers you wherever and whoever you work for ie multiple jobs etc. Most drivers appear to be joining GMB an £8.40 per month.

No other union offers private hire/ Uber drivers' advice, protection and representation 24hrs/ 7 days a week for as little as £8.40 per month. 

Contacting GMB

Your GMB membership card contains an important number for you to call should you require representation. Or you can email a dedicated email address at uber@gmb.org.uk  or you can click on Need support? | Contact us | GMB  

GMB National Reps Contacts Details for our GMB regions/ nations as follows. 

GMB National Reps Uber Contact details 

Ali Haydor 

 

Chair 

Ali26@live.co.uk 

07402 434241 

 

Southern Region Southampton GLH 

Habib Rehman 

 

Vice Chair 

 habibrehman75@icloud.com

 07971 268085 

 

NW&I Region 

Manchester GLH 

Patrick Masih 

 

 

masihpatrick8@gmail.com 

 

07921 238547 

 

Wales&SthWest 

Bristol GLH 

Ali Akbar Mohamed 

 

 

mohamedakbarali@gmail.com 

 

07428387788 

 

London Region 

London GLH 

Mr Saman Radin  

 

 

sam.radin33@yahoo.com 

 

07703 664008 

 

Birmingham WM Region 

Birmingham GLH 

 Vacancy 

 

 

 

Yorkshire/ Northern Regions 

May we wish members a happy holiday over the festive season, and may we wish you all a healthy and happy New Year in 2022.

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer


21/12/2021

Dear Colleagues,

2021 will soon be behind us, and in its conclusion, we wanted to thank you for your continued support and membership in helping to create a growing network of GMB members and activists. It has been a long journey and some members have been right at the very start of our campaign to unionise and make work better at Uber.

We wanted to share with you a couple of important issues that perhaps you are not aware of. GMB members are able to access support and advice whilst driving on the Uber platform and other platforms too. 

GMB Representation for Uber drivers

You may have noticed that GMB has a very good record in representing Uber drivers on deactivations. It is skilled GMB regional organisers/ GMB representatives that undertake this work. There are some organisations promoting that they do this activity, but actually ask the member to then get in touch with their MP? Why are some drivers paying monies to these organisations when they then outsource their representations to someone who does not know the issues that Uber drivers are faced with day in and day out? 

GMB do not claim to win every case that comes our way, but we have a 98% success record with overturning suspensions and deactivations on the Uber platform. This is a major protection for Uber drivers that was previously denied them. GMB also has a 24/7 criminal advice representation scheme for all drivers. Further information is provided here NEW_UBER_A4_HUB_POSTER- UPDATED 19-11-21 (gmb.org.uk)

GMB Union has years of experience representing drivers from both the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire communities. We also have a very good track record representing members who appear before licensing officers/ regulators and magistrates' courts too. 

If drivers want committed and effective representation then join GMB now at www.gmb.org.uk/join Do not wait until you need help to join, due to costs we may not be able to assist.

Take a Look at Eazitax

We recently launched a new personal taxation and accountancy scheme with Eazitax for our self-employed members. Hundreds of GMB members have made enquiries about this personal service. The offer can be assessed on Eazitax GMB page at  https://www.eazitax.co.uk/gmb/

National Email Communication - News briefs

Our rapidly growing membership means that our GMB National Reps rightly need help and assistance in helping to keep members on the ground informed. Also, it is sensible to be able to reach out to potential members too. Our intention is to send out a monthly communication called a Newsbrief (just like this one) to keep all members updated. GMB Newsbriefs will also be posted on our online drivers Hub at our Noticeboard area, click on Uber Noticeboard | GMB to view.

GMB Local Contacts

Our members need and want more GMB Local Contacts on the ground in towns and cities to assist and advise members. We want GMB members who are Uber drivers just like you to be part of this growing network. Want to know more? then contact GMB at this email uber@gmb.org.uk and address it for the attention of Mick. 

What is the membership fee for an Uber driver joining GMB?

There are two main rates for GMB membership. 

-Grade 1 for those working and earning over 20hrs a week ( covers you wherever and whoever you work for = £14.57 per month

-Grade 2 is the default rate for a driver because we work your hours out to be "an average of paid driving hours" which across the year could be on or around 20hrs per week or less = £8.40 per month.

GMB membership covers you wherever and whoever you work for ie multiple jobs etc. Most drivers appear to be joining GMB at £8.40 per week.

No other union offers private hire/ Uber drivers' advice, protection and representation 24hrs/ 7 days a week for as little as £8.40 per month. 

Contacting GMB

Your GMB membership card contains an important number for you to call should you require representation. Or you can email a dedicated email address at uber@gmb.org.uk  or you can click on Need support? | Contact us | GMB  

GMB National Reps Contacts Details for our GMB regions/ nations as follows. 

GMB National Reps Uber Contact details 

 

Ali Haydor 

 

Chair 

Ali26@live.co.uk 

07402 434241 

Southern Region Southampton GLH 

Habib Rehman 

Vice Chair 

habibrehman75@icloud.com 

 07971 268085 

NW&I Region 

Manchester GLH 

Patrick Masih 

masihpatrick8@gmail.com 

07921 238547 

Wales&SthWest 

Bristol GLH 

Ali Akbar Mohamed 

mohamedakbarali@gmail.com 

07428387788 

London Region 

London GLH 

Mr Saman Radin  

sam.radin33@yahoo.com 

 

07703 664008 

 

Birmingham WM Region 

Birmingham GLH 

 

Vacancy 

Yorkshire/ Northern Regions 

May we wish members a happy holiday over the festive season, and may we wish you all a healthy and happy New Year in 2022

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer


06/12/2021

Dear Colleagues,

GMB are launching a new accountancy service for GMB members who are self - employed. The company providing this service for GMB members have years of experience of providing a professional and personal accountancy and taxation advice service. Many GMB members who are Hackney Carriage/ Private Hire already use this company's services. Eazitax are also offering to GMB members only a vastly reduced introductory offer rate.

You can click the link here to view the service www.eazitax.co.uk/gmb

Eazitax also have training videos which help with record keeping and registration etc, and tax jargon booklets too. You may find these useful too.

Kind regards

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer

 


30/11/2021

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to inform GMB members that we have introduced some new services for drivers, we will be explaining in more detail shortly. These involve an accountancy service for tax returns at a special GMB discounted rate, and a new 24/7 Emergency Police Station advice and representation service. Look out for GMB promotional materials on these new services.

From today GMB have launched a new bespoke and dedicated Hub for GMB members on our website. There is a contact area for drivers to contact GMB online in confidence, and there are QR codes which can be used for contact purposes too. We have also introduced a Noticeboard area where Newsbriefs like this one will be posted on the site, along with up to date press releases/ benefits and offers for drivers will also be on display. The phone numbers for the 24/7 Emergency Police Station advice and representation service are also on display.

Please check out the link for the GMB Hub for drivers, click on it, The union for Uber drivers | GMB  keep this link is safe and stored so you can refer to it when needed. 

You can also access the GMB Noticeboard for up to date information, click on this link Uber Noticeboard | GMB    

It is Easy to Join GMB Union

You can also advise other drivers that GMB Union is their union and that by being a member of GMB, drivers have a collective voice. Your membership covers you wherever you work; give them this link The union for Uber drivers | GMB 

Grade 2 is the nominal membership fee it costs £8.40 per month, which takes into account your average "fare working hours" as an Uber driver.

There are many ways to contact your GMB Union 

GMB have set up a number of ways you can contact GMB for advice, support or to report a confidential matter, see below:

-click on the link Need support? | Contact us | GMB 

-email us via our deciated email: uber@gmb.org.uk, 

-contact your GMB local office, the number to call is on your membership card, 

- Go to GMB website at www.gmb.org.uk and click on this link GMB Regions | GMB

Do you wnat to become a GMB Local Contact?

GMB have a team of National Reps, and a growing team of Local GMB Contacts. If you wish to join our team of Local GMB Contacts and assist a growing GMB membership, we need you to come forward. You will receive training, you will be part of a team of Local GMB Contacts based in towns and cities in our regions and nations reporting in to your GMB National Reps and your regional organisers. GMB is a lay member led union, and it is essential that lay members Reps and Local GMB Contacts are in charge of their workplaces and should be the focal point of member contact and outreach. Interested? We hope you are? Contact us using this email uber@gmb.org.uk.

We hope you enjoy the new services, information systems, and conact points we have created. Do contact us and let us know.

Kind regards

Mick Rix

GMB National Officer


March 2021

Dear GMB Union members,

Since our last update to GMB members drivers for Uber a lot of changes have taken place. Firstly lots of new members have joined GMB Union, especially after our famous victories in the courts and then GMB Union helping to get that judgement applied equally for ALL Uber drivers. Secondly, we have been working hard to ensure that GMB landmark recognition agreement is settling in a starting to have GMB member who are Uber drivers Voices heard in the company boardroom.

Your GMB Representatives have formally met with Uber senior management on a range of issues. A number of good initiatives have come out of these meetings, which members may find of interest.

Public Health Office inbound suspensions: drivers will no longer be waitlisted upon receipt of track and trace inbounds but instead communication will be sent to affected drivers stating that they must follow government guidance (e.g only taking trips if they are satisfied, they have complied with the government guidance and will not pose risk to others). 

Driver Documentation: We have raised with the company various individual driver cases raised by your GMB Reps. These were successfully resolved. However we believe there may still be a problem and we will continue to review. If drivers have problems get in touch with your GMB Rep or your GMB Officer. 

Toilet Access: Your GMB reps have been looking at how Uber can improve access to toilet facilities for drivers. We know that drivers holding out and not going to the toilet can lead to public safety and personal health issues.  TFL that provided a list of toilet facilities that drivers can use. You can view these at:

Your GMB Reps will continue to look for other solutions with Uber, and other local authorities and in particularly for locations outside of London.

Instadoc: A few members raised concerns with GMB regarding the potential impact of the new insurance requirements in London. Uber gave GMB a committed to allow drivers to continue to use any policy taken out before 31 December 2021 up to the point that it expires. Uber have also committed to reviewing cases with their insurance panel where drivers are disadvantaged by having to switch providers.

GMB Representation: In the last few months your GMB regional officials and reps have dealt with over 220 cases from GMB Uber drivers. Many for suspended accounts or deactivations. GMB representation to Uber on behalf of these members has so far had a 98% success rate. We know we will not win every case, but before GMB had an agreement with Uber, drivers had nowhere to go. GMB and our GMB members are creating a more secure workplace.

GMB National Reps & GMB Local Contacts: GMB have had a number of members come forward in our GMB Regions and they have asked to become GMB National Reps and GMB Local Contacts. GMB is a union run by the members and for the collective good of the members. That is why it is important to have solid lay member activists in control of their own organisation. We will be publishing more details of these fantastic GMB Uber drivers Reps shortly.

GMB Noticeboard and Website Hub: We are currently designing a website for GMB Uber drivers. There are a few tweaks to make, and it should be ready shortly. The site with include an area where Uber drivers can join, and also contact the union. The site will also provide useful information we send to members. There will also be space to showcase our GMB powerful representations and services that we provide for members. These services have only be achieved because of GMB drivers collective union power.

It is easy to contact GMB – send an email to uber@gmb.org.uk this will be dealt with in 24hrs.

It is easy like thousands of others to join GMB click on this link or tap it into Google Join the union for Uber drivers | GMB

With our very best wishes

Mick Rix

National Officer, GMB Union

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