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#OneYearOn | GMB's Covid-19 Action Timeline

23 Mar 2021

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It has been an extraordinary year for everybody.

The last year has brought monumental challenges to so many and at GMB we have been working, and continue to work, around the clock to help our members and our communities.

Here you will find just some of the actions GMB has taken over the last year, along with some of the main victories of the union, since the start of the pandemic to make workplaces and members safer and more protected.

2020

24th February

GMB raises concerns as 11% of school nurses lost in just four years.

2nd March

GMB attacks paltry Statutory Sick Pay on Radio 4. GMB calls for leadership from NHS England and the Government.

GMB WIN!

3rd March

GMB scores win for 1000s of workers after private outsourcing company ISS promises full pay for all health workers self-isolating due to coronavirus.

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4th March

GMB calls on Government to make Statutory Sick Pay available from day one for all workers.

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10th March

NHS staff exposed to coronavirus not given protective clothing or sanitiser

GMB says the anger amongst NHS members is growing and calls for immediate action.

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13th March

GMB calls on the Government to requisition private sector hospital beds to help the NHS deal with coronavirus.

14th March

Labour backs GMB call for requisition of private hospital beds

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GMB WIN!

15th March

Government caves into GMB pressure and requisitions private hospital beds to increase NHS capacity.

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GMB WIN!

16th March

GMB secures another big win for workers after private outsourcing company Medirest promises full pay for all health workers self-isolating due to Covid-19.

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17th March

GMB launch Coronavirus Hub to provide information, advice and resources to members.

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17th March

GMB list five key demands the Government must meet to keep workers and public safe.

19th March

GMB calls for Government intervention to support workers:

  • to guarantee wages
  • to protect people
  • and to save lives.

GMB WIN!

20th March

Rishi Sunak's unprecedented measures to support workers included plans for the Government to pay 80% of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, after pressure from unions.

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23rd March

GMB calls for the 80% wage protections to be extended to the UK’s 5 million self-employed workers.

24th March

GMB calls out Amazon for 'blatantly disregarding' social distancing rules as workers left in 300 strong crowds.

25th March

GMB lists five key demands to keep the UK’s care system from collapse.

25th March

GMB states they are “using every available means” to force Matalan to do the right thing after members share messages of coronavirus rule breaches.

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GMB WIN!

25th March

Ministers grant free parking to NHS and social care workers during crisis

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GMB WIN!

26th March

Government listens to GMB demands and announce measures for self-employed workers.

“Millions of self-employed workers will sleep easier tonight.”

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GMB WIN!

28th March

GMB South East Coast Ambulance Service Branch source gin distillery to make hand sanitiser for workers after NHS supplies run dry.

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GMB WIN!

31st March

Matalan workers offered furlough in ‘massive win' for GMB

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3rd April

GMB nurses tell the union they feel forced to make their own PPE from laminate sheets and elastic bands.

7th April

No PPE requirement in schools 'endangers lives', says GMB

GMB WIN!

15th April

Emergency hand sanitiser secured amid Birmingham Council shortage

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16th April

GMB writes to the Chancellor saying minimum wage for furloughed workers 'must be honoured'

GMB WIN!

26th April

GMB London Ambulance Service members win new PPE and face masks after weeks of pressure from workplace reps.

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GMB WIN!

27th April

GMB partners with PPE Exchange to get protection to desperate frontline workers.

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3rd May

GMB key worker members profiled on Channel 4 News as we call for greater recognition

8th May

GMB led a joint union call on for a science-based approach to the wider reopening of schools.

GMB WIN!

20th May

GMB pressure forces Home Office U-turn on migrant indefinite leave.

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GMB WIN!

21st May

HC-One, a major UK care provider, pledges full Covid-19 sick pay for 27,000 carers.

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2nd June

GMB calls for a public inquiry over BAME worker deaths.

GMB WIN!

12th June

GMB wins full Covid-19 sick pay for Larchwood Care workers. Carers will not suffer financially if they contract Covid-19, or have to self-isolate.

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3rd July

Government must turn clapping for carers into cash recognition. GMB calls for Pay Justice for workers in the NHS and social care.

5th July

GMB celebrates our NHS heroes on the 72nd birthday of our NHS.

GMB WIN!

6th July

Full coronavirus sick pay for 15,000 care workers employed by Four Seasons Health Care.

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11th August

GMB warns over employment as furlough cliff edge approaches & calls on the Chancellor to extend furlough to avoid major job losses.

4th September

GMB launches campaign for care staff to be given full pay when sick after over 80% of care staff say they could be forced into work when ill by ‘poverty’ sick pay.

9th September

Matt Hancock says he doesn't expect care workers to live on £95.85 a week. Yet, Statutory Sick Pay is exactly that.

10th October

GMB survey puts pressure for action on mental health after findings that two in three workers’ mental health harmed by coronavirus crisis.

14th October

GMB calls on the Government to use its purchasing power to stand up to Amazon on workers’ rights.

16th October

1 in 4 BAME workers not given necessary PPE, shock GMB survey shows.

GMB WIN!

30th October

Full sick pay granted to social care staff in Wales.

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17th November

GMB calls on Asda to use profits to reward staff who risked lives following a 2.7% sales growth.

27th November

GMB calls for a parliamentary inquiry into ‘dehumanising’ working conditions at Amazon warehouses as the company enjoys mammoth Black Friday sales.

GMB WIN!

4th December

Fresh food giant Bakkavor agrees full pay for staff off work and a rollout of mass testing at the Tilmanstone salads factory.

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GMB WIN!

9th December

Asda accepts GMB call to give key workers family time over Christmas.

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14th December

GMB calls on Ministers to prioritise school support staff for vaccine access on the same basis as teachers.

2021

4th January

GMB welcomes U-turn on schools re-opening after PM claimed schools were safe.

4th January

GMB calls for urgent free school meals action.

22nd January

GMB says the Government must step in to protect the aviation industry from ‘total collapse’ amid rumours of a full UK border shutdown.

1st February

GMB says vital police staff must be vaccinated as a priority along with all key workers.

4th February

GMB calls for an urgent meeting with the Education Secretary after it emerged that guidance for schools had been changed to allow mixing between ‘bubbles’

9th February

London hospital 'rewards' staff with parking charges of up to £500 a year. GMB analysis showed the Epsom and St Helier NHS trousered a whopping £3.3 million in car parking revenue in 2020.

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GMB WIN!

11th February

Following sustained pressure from GMB union members, MPs and the local community, Epsom and St Helier NHS trust decided to re-offer free parking to those staff who need it.

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GMB WIN!

12th February

Victory for millions of low paid public sector workers as exit cap regulations withdrawn.

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15th February

GMB calls for substantial pay rise for council and school workers.

1st March

Tomahawk 'bullies' low paid furloughed staff into lending cash for company pensions.

3rd March

GMB criticises the budget for ignoring key worker wages, ‘poverty’ sick pay and ignoring critical industries desperate for support.

4th March

GMB slamms the Government after its evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body suggested that NHS staff could face either a pay rise of just 1% – or more cuts.

GMB WIN!

8th March

Ambulance workers and paramedics in West Midlands win full covid sick pay.

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GMB WIN!

10th March

Tomahawk repays loans taken from low paid staff.

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One year on and the fight for our members continues.

GMB will never tire in our quest for better workers’ rights and protections.

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