About GMB Northants Community Branch
GMB Northants Community Branch is a very large branch with 2500 members in over 300 workplaces. Many of our members work in small groups or by themselves which would mean that should they run into trouble with their employers they could be isolated and vulnerable. We have a full time official for the branch, Rachelle Wilkins, based in the Peterborough office. Rachelle is the regions lead officer for Asda stores.
GMB Northants Community Branch has a network of over twenty five shop stewards or workplace organisers as they are now called.
Four members, including the Branch Secretary, have been trained as accompanying reps so any member who has problems will get support even if there is no rep on site.
If you are interested in becoming a workplace organiser or accompanying rep please contact us. Full training will be given.
The GMB is a general union with members from all industries and this is reflected in the makeup of the our Northants Community Branch with members in public services and the private sector.
There are many threats our members are facing at work. More and more workplaces are using agency workers instead of employing and training their own people. There is also the threat of zero hours contracts. This is leading to lower wages and longer hours for many and puts increasing pressure on those workers who are lucky enough to have decent pay and conditions as employers, encouraged by the Tory government, seek to cut costs. You never hear of a company chief executive taking a pay cut or being forced to work longer hours
The GMB is one of the main backers of the labour party but after the disastrous election result in 2015 it looked as if we would be in for years of tory cuts. The election in June changed all that. Now the tories have proved themselves to be totally incompetent and are only interested in fighting among themselves. It looks like one final push will finally get rid of them. The GMB is ready for the challenge