Labour NPF Update
As public service workers, you do so much for our communities up and down the country. And as your union we will always fight for you to get the recognition for your work that you deserve.
That’s why, as part of the Labour Party’s process for planning the policies it will put to voters across the country at an election, we fought for commitments to make your work better if Labour win the next general election.
We won commitments which will benefit GMB members working in many public service roles. Workers in the ambulance service, defence industry, childcare including foster carers and school support staff. Police staff, social care workers and the Legal Aid Agency to name a few.
Labour have also made commitments on public sector pay in recognition that you are critical to stronger public services in the future. They will act to improve public service workers living standards throughout Parliament. This includes looking at the process by which public sector pay is set, ensuring that any independent mechanism has the confidence of all involved, without undermining existing collective bargaining arrangements that are supported by unions, seeking to make pay awards quicker, to make sure our public services can recruit and retain the workers they need in the national interest.
Other commitments included:
- Basic individual employment rights from day one for all workers.
- Establish a system in which trade union recognition and access is valued and considered as part of the process of awarding public contracts.
- Improve enforcement through employment tribunals to provide quicker and more effective resolutions, and increase the time limit which employees are able to make a claim from three months to six months.
- Strengthen and improve access to equal pay, including putting measures in place to stop employers outsourcing services to avoid paying equal pay.
- Remove the discriminatory age bands from the National Minimum Wage (excluding 16-18 year olds and apprentices).
- Strengthen redundancy rights and protections.
- Rights for trade unions to access workplaces for recruitment and organising purposes.
- Removing lower earnings limits to make statutory sick pay available to all workers and removing the waiting periods.
Securing commitments like these is just one example of the work we do to make sure our members’ voices are heard of every level. To win in the workplace we need not only the strongest industrial voice, but the strongest political one too.
The ballot to keep our political fund – our union’s campaign fund - opens on 11 October and every member will get a vote. To keep your voice, keep campaigning and keep the political fund, vote yes.’
We know you've been badly let down in recent years – and that your work is crucial to keep our public services running.
That’s why we’ll always fight with you for better.