GMB strike ballot result due Weds.



GMB members vote on strike action in ballot result due on Wednesday 21st June 2006

GMB today published details of the 62 employment agencies that it has written to warning them of the severe penalties if they unwittingly break the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 which came into force in April 2004. 8 of these agencies are in the East Midlands, 13 are in London and the South East, 8 are in the North West, 19 are in Scotland, 6 are in the South West and Wales and 8 are in Yorkshire/the North East. For the full list of the agencies see note 1.

GMB members working in Asda Wal-Mart’s 20 distributions depots have reported that these agencies are currently pre-loading staff into the depots. GMB members consider that they have been employed to break the strike in the event of a ‘YES’ strike action by GMB members over collective bargaining rights and outstanding bonus pay for 2005. GMB members report that the depots are currently overstaffed with agency workers.

GMB has today written to all 62 agencies informing them of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003which makes it illegal for agencies to supply labour to companies during a trade dispute.

Jude Brimble, GMB National Officer said, “GMB Shop Stewards report that these agencies have been preloading staff into the 20 distribution depots since GMB gave formal notice of the ballot last month. This pre-loading is illegal and Asda Wal-Mart is trying to lure employment agencies into the dispute by this tactic.

"Today GMB is alerting these agencies to the legal dangers they are running. GMB is seeking assurances from these agencies that they will not get involved in doing GMB members jobs if they vote for strike action. If they do so the agencies risk being fined £5,000 for each worker supplied, and risk losing their operating licenses for ten years. The agencies also risk being sued by GMB for damages if the action of the agencies detriments GMB members. GMB Congress last week pledged to use the full force of the courts to enforce this law.”




June 2006

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