GMB e-petition


The NHS was founded in times of great austerity following the second world war, times were really tough, disease was rife and the national debt was massive as we had to rebuild parts of Britain.

65 years later, despite David Cameron's election pledge that the NHS was safe in his hands, we are seeing the fragmentation and piece by piece privatisation of OUR NHS.

The NHS is struggling under the austerity cuts imposed by this un-elected coalition, Cameron wants it to fail to make privatisation seem like the only answer, it is not the answer and we are asking everybody to make their voices heard. It is our NHS, paid for through our taxes, for the treatment of ourselves and our families. No private company should be allowed to profit from it. Please sign our petition and forward the link to your friends, family and work colleagues.

"It will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it"


Register your support for our e-petition here and Keep Private Companies Out of Our NHS

GMB refutes the coalition government attack on teaching assistants and vows to defend them.

The Sunday Times of 2nd June 2013 has published details of secret government talks, led by Michael Gove, aimed at axing 230,000 classroom assistants to save money. GMB Trade Union have over 100,000 school support staff members, mostly teaching assistants, and it is imperative that we urgently respond to this threat.
GMB Congress rejects any undermining of the fantastic work done by teaching assistants and will challenge any attempts to reduce their members. Our children's education depends on it. Speaking on behalf of the CEC.  The CEC are supporting emergency motion 2 with a statement.
This motion came about following the press article in the Sunday Times based on leaks by the right wing think tank 'reform' and Michael  Gove to the effect that government is planning to do away with teaching assistants.
The majority of our 100,000 school support staff are teaching assistants. The motion asks GMB Trade Union to campaign to defend these jobs and our members.
The Tories and their fan club have sought to undermine the work of teaching assistants for the last decade. The evidence though is clear, where school support staff are deployed correctly they  play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes.
Classroom support staff are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. They are not a “mums army” as Michael Gove so insultingly calls them. They are educations hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised as such.
Congress school support staff are one of the largest occupational groups in our union, and we are growing every week. This attack should give teaching assistants even more reason than ever to join gmb and we need to be clear the best way we can challenge and respond to these scurrilous attacks is to organise, organise organise.