GMB Magazine GMB25 Pulse Summer 2016 - Page 6

VICTORIES FOR GMB r workers Good news fo CASH in transit New cash contribution system for City Taxis G MB’s new Sheffield South Yorkshire Taxi branch has negotiated a cash payment system at City Taxis in Sheffield for drivers who want to pay their union contributions by cash. City Taxis is the largest taxi firm in South Yorkshire, with more than 2,000 drivers on its books. Pete Davies, GMB senior organiser, said: “Ninety-eight per cent of drivers pay their ‘radio rent’ in cash at the 24/7 City Taxis HQ. We recognised this as a barrier to membership and are delighted to have agreed this cash payment system for GMB contributions with City Taxis. “We have a safe box that the company has installed and can now offer membership through this cash system or via direct debit. We work closely with operators in Sheffield and the local council, both of whom see the value that being a member of GMB brings. “We all have a vested interest in making sure Sheffield has the best taxi service in the Region. That for us includes the rights and agreements that cover our members.” Shown in the picture above are GMB reps Yaz and Aftab with Pete Davies, installing the new GMB signage. For more information on this campaign, please contact GMB on: 0345 337 7777. “This is the best taxi service in the Region” Success for our credit union GMB Credit Union increases lending to members FAIR, FLEXIBLE AND FAST LOANS • Borrow from £100 to £15,000 • Repay up to seven years depending on purpose • No fees or early repayment charges • Interest charged on the reducing balance • Very competitive interest rates GMB Credit Union is also now more flexible. It used to be that GMB members had to open a savings account before being considered for a loan. Now GMB Credit Union loans are available to all GMB members. Steve Jennings, director of GMB Credit Union, said: “This year’s performance demonstrates that we are achieving our objective of providing members with fair, flexible, fast but above all competitive loans.” GMB Credit Union has lent more than £40 million to GMB members since it was established in 1999. It pools its members’ savings for lending to others, ensuring that money circulates within the GMB community and for the sole benefit of members. “Whether you need a small loan to cover an unexpected expenditure, family holiday, new car or home improvement, or need a larger member loan, then contact us,” added Steve. SOLID SUPPORT GMB Credit Union is dedicated to financially helping GMB members. Call GMB Credit Union on 0161 486 1777 06 THE PULSE – GMB Yorkshire and North Derbyshire GMB25.Pulse_06_07.indd 6 14/06/2016 11:06 ©iStock.com GMB Credit Union is GMB’s cooperative credit union, and its figures for 2015 have been announced. It’s been a bumper year with lending up 23 per cent annually, member savings up 10 per cent, and overall membership rising 14 per cent.