Site Search

To advertise here email

benefits & services

The GMB offers a wide variety of benefits and services to all our members. Not only are we able to offer exceptional benefits and services direct from the GMB, but by teaming up with a number of highly respectable companies we are now able to offer GMB members many more additional benefits.

“UNIONLINE - Put 0300 333 0303 in your phone now. You can call us about any employment law or personal injury law problem and we will provide legal advice if you are a GMB member. Our employment law service provides complete advice and representation to GMB members at no cost – if you are worried about anything at work, then call us.  

Our accident and injury service is also free of charge* to GMB members and their families. Don’t call a number you have seen on the TV or in an advert, call UNIONLINE. UNIONLINE can offer something no other service can give you – 100 per cent of your damages with no deductions for GMB members and their families.

No other service can offer you that: THEY WILL ALWAYS MAKE A DEDUCTION. UNIONLINE never will. All of your compensation goes to you as a GMB member. Worried about debt, or a bad landlord? Call UNIONLINE. Whatever problems you have we will try and help you, providing quality local legal advice. So put 0300 333 0303 in your phone and remember, GMB is your union and this is your union law firm. It is not out to make a fast buck, its job is to provide the best legal service in the country to GMB members.” *Subject to rule.


When an accident happens in your workplace phone GMB's own law firm UNIONLINE immediately on 0300 333 0303 and register the details of the accident. Report any illness that might be work related, for example long exposure to dust may cause lung problems.

UNIONLINE is GMB’s own firm of lawyers that provide GMB’s Legal Service in cases of personal injury and employment law to GMB members.

Your access to UNIONLINE is part of your GMB membership and, once agreed*, your case will cost you nothing and you will receive 100% of any award or compensation UNIONLINE wins for your injury. *Subject to rule.




Motor Legal Service Free for GMB Members

A New UNIONLINE service


UNIONLINE’s new free Motor Legal Service is designed to save you money, as a GMB member, whilst providing expert support ensuring you get the best service and outcome if you need to make a motor Service claim following an accident or damage to your vehicle.

The UNIONLINE Motor Legal Service is available to GMB members and their families free of charge.

To make the most of the UNIONLINE Motor Legal Service, you need to call UNIONLINE on 0300 333 0303 and press option 5 BEFORE you call your vehicle motor insurer.

The Service and Benefits to Members
The benefits of UNIONLINE's Motor Legal Service, for GMB members and their families are:

  • Full accident management regardless of fault.
  • You will receive 100% of any compensation recovered for the member.
  • Access to telephone advice on a wide range of motoring issues.
  • Dedicated personal customer manager who will deal with your claim.
  • Unlimited number of claims.
  • An option for a replacement vehicle whilst yours is off the road following a non fault accident
  • Management of repairs to your vehicle at an approved repair centre or a repair centre of your choice
  • Covers you and your family.
  • Saves you up to £40 per year (no need to buy this service from your insurer)
  • Organise windscreen repairs and replacement
  • Service available 24/7, 365 days per year
  • Service available across the UK and Northern Ireland

Non fault accident
If you are involved in a non fault accident, your UNIONLINE Motor Legal Service provides a replacement vehicle, organise and handle the repairs, as well as dealing with the recovery of all losses and handling any personal injury claim (provided that your claim possesses reasonable prospects of success at all times).

Fault accident, fire & theft
If you wish to use the service instead of buying your own service, then there may be instances where a higher excess would be payable compared to if they went with their own insurers’ choice of repairer. This will be detailed in your motor policy documentation.

With UNIONLINE’s new free Motor Legal Service, you as a GMB member, may no longer need to purchase additional motor legal cover from your insurer (sometimes referred to as Motor Legal Expenses Insurance by your insurer).

Whilst generally Motor Legal Expense Insurance from your insurer only covers legal costs relating to non fault accidents and excludes any claims against the customer’s own insurer, UNIONLINE can help, regardless of the circumstances of the claim – be it theft, fault, non fault etc…

The service is available 24/7, 365 days per year. The main claims handling times are available from 8am to 7pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

Outside of these hours, an emergency service operates which can assist you with vehicle recovery in the event of an accident, so you will not be left stranded. Please note vehicle recovery arranged under the scheme will be chargeable to the member but should be recoverable from a comprehensive insurance policy or the person responsible for the accident.

The UNIONLINE Motor Claims Service is operated on behalf of Unionline by Lexelle Ltd – a specialist insurance and accident claims management business authorised and regulated the Financial Conduct Authority (312782) and the Ministry of Justice (CRM3909).

*Subject to rule.


The Sick and Accident society can provide you with additional
protection and piece of mind, should you be off work sick. If you are unable to work due to sickness, the society will pay you either after the 13 weeks expirey period or on returning to work before the 13 weeks. (conditions apply)

The sick and accident society is exceptional value for money, additional protection for just a minimal payment of 10p per week. To join or for further information please contact
0191 233 3930 or e-mail

You can also download the information/application booklet by clicking here....


If you drive as part of your work then the Road Traffic Fund is ideal for you. For just an additional 10p per week to your GMB
contributions the fund offers a variety of benefits for those who drive as part of their work, including the payment of speeding fines (conditions apply).

Joining the Road Traffic Fund couldn’t be easier. Simply tick the relevant box on your application form or if you are joining over the phone please inform the member of staff at the time. To join or for further information please contact GMB by telephone 0191 233 3930 or e-mail

You can also download the information/application booklet by clicking here....


Total Disablement Benefit is offered to all full time and part time GMB members as part of their membership. Should a member find themselves permanently and totally incapacitated from working, as a result of an injury caused by an accident, which occurred whilst engaged in his/her ordinary work, they will be entitled to submit a claim for Total Disablement Benefit (conditions apply)

Members receive a grant up tp £10,000

For more information regarding Total Disablement Benefit or to make a claim please contact


Funeral benefit is offered to all full time, part time and retired life members as part of their membership (conditions apply) On the death of a member and on production of the death certificate a benefit will be made payable to the members widow, widower or member of the family of the deceased, who is responsible for funeral expenses.

Your next of kin will receive £300 provided you have completed 5 years service.

All claims for Funeral Benefit must be submitted within 12 months from the date of death.

For more information regarding Funeral Benefit or to make a claim please e-mail


Weekly Accident Benefit is offered to all full time and part time GMB members as part of their membership. If a member suffers an accident at work and is therefore absent from work due to their injury, they will be entitled to submit a claim for Weekly Accident Benefit. Weekly Accident Benefit is payable after the second week of absence and is payable for up to a maximum 11 weeks (conditions apply)

Members payment:
£9.25 per week (£1.85 per day)

For more information regarding National Accident Benefit or to make a claim please e-mail


Should you find yourself overcoming an illness, had an
operation, suffered a bereavement or are under stress, then the GMB can offer our members the use of the convalescent home, providing that they are able to look after themselves. The basis for these homes is to assist our members on their return to work, there is no medical treatment on site (conditions apply)

Members are allowed to stay for a maximum of two weeks and they are permitted to bring a guest, however guest must pay for their own stay.

For further information regarding the GMB convalescent homes please contact Regional Office on 0191 2333 930 or e-mail

Contact us at Newcastle, Cumbria, Middlesbrough & Sunderland

Copyright © 2007 GMB, Britain's General Union. All rights reserved. | Policies