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Call Notice - GMB Members In Councils And Schools Strike Over Pay Thursday 10th July

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued says GMB. 

GMB members working in local authorities and schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on strike on Thursday 10th July 2014 over pay will take part in a series of events and rallies in every area. Below is a list of provisional events. In each council area there will be pickets on council depots and municipal buildings from 6am onwards. For councils run ferries, toll bridges and tunnells the pickets will be in place from midnight. See Notes to Editors for GMB contacts in each region who are available to speak to the media and who can advise of locations and times of pickets and other events for areas not covered by the provisional list below.

The strike follows a ballot of GMB members that saw a 73% vote in favour of going on strike. The strike is for 24 hours. The ballot was conducted by the Electoral Reform Society and they reported 26,281 votes in favour of strike action, 9,799 against and 51 spoilt papers. Turnout was 23% which is slightly above average. 

Region Location Assembly Point & Time Rally Point & Time Please let us have any other relevant information
Eastern Bedford Borough 10:00 Bedford Congress Hall
Horne Lane Bedford MK40 1NY
10:00 The Salvation Army Bedford Congress Hall Horne Lane Bedford
MK40 1NY
Joint rally with Unison and GMB. Nearest parking at Riverside Square Car Park
Cambridgeshire 10:30 Parkers Piece Parkside Cambridge
CB1 1JF
12:30 Parkers Piece Parkside Cambridge
CB1 1JF
Short rally. March around Cambridge aims to leave by 11.30 and return to Parkers Piece for more speeches.
Essex 11:30 Opposite Shire Hall
High Street Chelmsford
CM1 1PE
12:30 Essex Cricket Ground Writtle Street
ChelmsfordCM2 0PG
 
  Luton 11.00 Manor Park Manor Road LutonLU1 3HG 12.00 Market Hill George Street Luton LU1 2SZ Joint march and rally supported by NUT, UNITE, UNISON, GMB, PCS and FBU. Key note speaker Megan Dobney Regional Secretary South Eastern TUC along with speakers from local trade Unions. Bring your flags, banners, friends, family and colleagues.
Norfolk 11:45 Chapelfield Gardens Chapelfield Norwich NR1 3SH 12.00 The Bandstand Chapelfield Gardens Norwich NR1 3SH After introductory briefings and speeches, at 12.30 we will march through Norwich in a circular route (subject to City Council Agreement). The rally and march will be under the umbrella of Norwich Trades Council and all striking unions will be rallying and marching together. On return there will be speeches from each of the unions involved, councillor Clive Lewis. with music from the Red Flags. We expect to finish between 14.00 and 14.30.
Northamptonshire 11.00 Northamptonshire Becketts Park Bedford Road
Northampton NN1 1DR
12.00 All Saints Church, Plaza George Row
NorthamptonNN1 1DF
 
  Suffolk 11.00 Giles Statue Giles Circus IpswichPR1 2NN 11:45 Giles Statue Giles Circus Ipswich IP1 1SW The rally has been organised by Ipswich and District Trades council and involves NUT, PCS, UNISON, FBU, UNITE and GMB. The rally will be outdoors regardless of the weather so fingers crossed.
London London 11.30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House
13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN  
Midlands Coventry 09:30 Broadgate City Centre
Coventry CV1 1NG
10:00 Broadgate City Centre Coventry CV1 1NG Gather in Broadgate for a entertainment and rally with speakers from all Unions taking strike action. Short demo around the city returning to Broadgate for final speaker.
Midlands 11:30 Council House Victoria Square Birmingham
B1 1BD
11:45 Victoria Square BirminghamB1 1BD Joint Union Rally and March. NUT Christine Blower (confirmed) UNISON Dave Prentis (TBC) PCS GMB UNITE
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent 12:00 Outside Civic Centre Kingsway Stoke upon Trent
ST4 1HL
12:30 Outside Civic Centre Kingsway Stoke upon Trent ST4 1HL Speakers from NUT(Linda Goodwin), Unison, GMB and PCS. There is a car park on Kingsway.
North West Lancashire 11.00 The Assembly pub 32 Lune Street Preston Lancashire
PR1 2NN
12.00 Flag Market, Cheapside, Preston PR1 3NU Short march from the Assembly, up Friargate to the Flag market for the rally speeches, followed by a buffet lunch at The Black Horse on Friargate.
Liverpool 11:30 Pierhead City Centre Liverpool L3 1BW 12:30 St George's Hall Plateau St George's Place
Liverpool L1 1JJ
 
  Manchester No march - rally only 12:30 Piccadilly Gardens
City Centre Manchester
M1 1AF
No march - rally only
Northern Northern Region Time Tbc. Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG Joint rally with UNISON, GMB, UNITE (ballot result pending), PCS and possibly the FBU and rail unions
Redcar and Cleveland Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AG
Joint rally with UNISON, GMB, UNITE (ballot result pending), PCS and possibly the FBU and rail unions
Sunderland Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG Time tbc. Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AG
Joint rally with UNISON, GMB, UNITE (ballot result pending), PCS and possibly the FBU and rail unions
South East Brighton and Hove / East Sussex 10:30 Norton Road HoveBN3 4AH OR Hollingdean Depot Upper Hollingdean Road BN1 7GA 12.00 The Level Union Road Brighton BN2 3HD Two feed marches will gather at the Hollingdean Depot and Hove Town Hall. These will converge at Victoria Gardens before heading to the Level for a rally.
Hampshire Associations 11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House
13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN  
  Isle of Wight 11:00 County Hall High St. Newport Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD
11:00 County Hall High St. NewportIsle of Wight PO30 1UD Combining with Unison and GMB We will be joining with members of Unison and (we hope) GMB in a rally outside County Hall, Newport. We will also reimburse train and reasonable subsistence claims, on production of receipts, for any members who wish to go to Portsmouth, Brighton or London for the Marches
Oxfordshire 11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House
13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN  
  Portsmouth 10.30 Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth
PO1 2AB
 
12.30 Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square PortsmouthPO1 2AB Music will start at 10.30 Speeches will begin at Midday March through Commercial Road will start 12.30 Re Assemble back at the Guildhall for closing speeches at approx 13.30 Please bring Banners, flags, Stand Up for Education T-shirts.
Slough 11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House
13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN  
  Southampton Civic Centre - (front and back) from 9am SO40 3APMarland House from 9am SO14 7PQ There will be a rally assembling at 12 noon at the Civic Car Park.Speeches between 1230 and 1pm promptUNITE Asst Gen Sec Gail Cartmell speaking
Surrey 11:30 Hove Town Hall Norton Road Hove BN3 4AH 12.30 The Level Union Road BrightonBN2 3FX Marching from Hove Town Hall to the Level with Brighton and Hove Division
West Sussex 11:30 Hove Town Hall Norton Road Hove BN3 4AH 12.30 The Level Union Road BrightonBN2 3FX  
  Windsor and Maidenhead 11:30 Great Portland Street
W1A outside BBC Broadcasting House
13.00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN  
South West Bournemouth 12.30pm Assemble under flyover of Bournemouth Pier entrance 1pm Rally opposite BIC, Exeter Road - Lobby the Local government Association
Bristol 10:30 College Green BS1 5TRMarch to Castle Park Castle Park Stalls will be set up from 9 Speeches finish at 13.00
Dorchester 11am coach from outside County Hall, DorchesterDT1 1XJ to Bournemouth to Lobby the Local government Association
Exeter Assemble 10.45am Belmont Park Rally 11.45am Bedford Square
Gloucester Assemble at 11.30am at The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ March through the City Centre to assemble at 12.30 outside County Council Offices, Shire Hall, Gloucester GL1 2TG  
  Plymouth Assemble11am outside Guildhall, Armada Way
Swindon Rally at 12 noon at the War Memorial in the town centre
Taunton Assemble at 10am High Street, Taunton TA1
Torbay & Devon 10:45 Belmont Park, Belmont Road, Exeter EX4 6SS 11:30 Bedford Square, High Street, ExeterEX1 1LR March from Belmont Park to Bedford Square will start at 11.00. Variety of speakers.
Torquay Rally outside Town Hall at 11am
Trowbridge Rally at 10.30am outside the Civic Centre.
Truro 12 noon Rally at High Cross, Union Place, Truro TR1 2AJ
Weston-Super-Mare picnic for pay 12.30pm on the grass outside the Town Hall
Yorkshire Midland Barnsley 10:30 Gateway Plaza Car Park Sackville Street
Barnsley S70 2RD
11:30 Barnsley Precinct 1 Cheapside Barnsley
S70 1RU
 
  Bradford 10:45 Centenary Square, Market Street, Bradford,
BD1 1LH
10:45 Centenary Square, Market Street, Bradford,
BD1 1LH
In collaboration with Unison and GMB.
City of Derby 10:30 Kingsmead School,Bridge Street, Derby,
DE1 3LH
11:00 Market Place,
City Centre, Derby, DE1 3AH
Joint rally with Unison, Unite, GMB and PCS. Speakers, music, stalls and games.
Derbyshire 11:00 Outside Primark, 9-13 Market Place, Chesterfield,
S40 1PP
12:00 New Square, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield,S40 1AH Joint union rally.
East Riding of Yorkshire 09:30 Unison Offices, 39 Alfred Geller Street, Hull
HU1 2AG
09:30 Victoria Square, Paragon Street, HullHU1 3RQ Hull NUT shares offices with UNISON at Alfred Gelder Street. Meet 9.30 - 10.00 . Refreshments plus short rally at UNISON HQ. Followed by demo through Hull - 10.00 - 11.00 and finally rally at Victoria Square.
Kirklees 10.30 St Georges Square, Huddersfield HD1 1JA 11.00 St Georges Square, Huddersfield,HD1 1JA Move off at 11 for town centre march. Rally back at St Georges Square
Leeds 11.30 Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Leeds,LS2 8DY 12:30 Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Leeds, LS2 8DY 12.00 march around Leeds, Rally is at 12.30 approx with speakers.
Nottinghamshire 10.30 Forest Recreation Groud, Gregory Boulevard,
Nottingham, NG7 6HB
Time Tbc.Old Market Square, Nottingham,
NG1 2BY
 
  Sheffield Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SF Time Tbc. City Hall Steps, Barkers Pool,Sheffield,
S1 2JA
 

GMB National Secretary, Brian Strutton, said "GMB members have spoken loud and clear. They want a decent pay rise. We have tried sensible discussions, we've sought to negotiate reasonably, we've said we are willing to accept ACAS arbitration rather than go on strike - but to everything we've tried the employers have said "no". So we have no choice. GMB members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued. Their pay has gone up only 1% since 2010 and in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales. Their case is reasonable, the employers won't listen and don't care, no wonder they have turned to strike action as the only way of making their voices heard. With other unions involved too, the 10 July looks like being the second biggest dispute ever with up to 2 million workers on strike."

Ends

Contact: Brian Strutton on 07860 606137 or Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser in North East on 07870 176733, Graham McDermott, GMB Senior Organiser in North West on 07974 018404, Neil Derrick, GMB Senior Organiser in Yorkshire & The Humber on 07958 156832, Les Dobbs, GMB Senior Organiser in East Midlands on 07966 327967, Pauline Hinks, GMB Senior Organiser in Birmingham & West Midlands on 07809 617761, Dave Powell, GMB Senior Organiser in London and East of England on 07710 631349, Martin Hird, GMB Senior Organiser in Wales & South West on 07809 769378 or Andy Prendergast, GMB Senior Organiser in south East on 07984 492726 of GMB Press Office on 07921 289880, 07974 251823

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