March for a Future That Works

Health and Social Care Bill

GMB Gatwick Branch is supporting the campaign to highlight the concern and opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill which is currently going through Parliament.

There will be a  meeting will  held on Tuesday 6th March at 7:30pm at 

The Civic Hall
The Boulevard
RH10 1UZ.

The GMB’s Regional Officer Gavin Davies, responsible for Gatwick Airport will be speaking at this event.

The meeting will last approximately one and a half hours.  There will be a panel of speakers who will address the meeting and respond to points raised by the audience.

The Government is carrying out unwanted and unnecessary changes to our National Health Service in Crawley.   We believe the plans threaten to end the NHS as we know it.

The people of Crawley did not vote for it and David Cameron and the government’s plans for the NHS are opposed by NHS professionals, patients and the public.  Their Bill risks increasing waiting times and creating a two-tier NHS.

Yet the Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley is ploughing on, ignoring public and professional opinion. The time has come for him to listen, and drop this dangerous Bill.

We are holding this meeting to support all stakeholders in the NHS to unite the country in a call on the Government to drop its unwanted Health Bill.  People are being urged to add their name to the Government online petition by Dr Kailash Chand.  Even if you can’t make the meeting, please sign the e-petition and add your support to this vital campaign.  This can be accessed at the following link:

We hope you can come and support this event.

GMB is Campaigning to stop closure of Remploy Factories

Once again all 54 Remploy factories are under threat of closure when current public funding ends in April 2013. Closing Remploy is the aim of conflicted axe grinders who want the funding for themselves. Another threat is that the factories are rendered less economic being only 50% loaded because public bodies have failed to support them with work as allowed under EU rules.

It would cost Treasury less to keep the factories operating fully loaded rather than putting the workers out of work on welfare. The majority of Remploy workers who lost their jobs in 2008 are still on welfare 3 years later.

The crucial campaign objective is to get the loading up to 100% and to keep these factories open.

These factories have a successful track record going back to 1946 till the public authorities stopped loading them with work in 1990s due to then EU directive. The EU rules have been changed and the factories can be successful again when they are fully loaded. Making uniforms for the armed forces, emergency services and medical staff, and supplying schools would more than keep them busy.

Remploy workers want help to get their factories fully loaded. GMB will shortly publish the list of all public bodies that are not now supporting Remploy with work. You can help if you are involved with any of these bodies or can lobby MPs, councilors and others to get them to place work with Remploy.

Therefore I am asking you to sign the online petition urging The Right Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister to stop the closure of Remploy Factories and the privatisation of Remploy Employment Services.

Yours fraternally


Phil Davies
GMB National Secretary

On Behalf of the Consortium of Trade Unions and thousands of Remploy disabled workers