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Ann’s 40 fantastic years with GMB Page 28


Regional


4 Remploy demo Members hit the streets to protest job cuts


5 Bin paid more Pay rise secured for region’s refuse workers


6 Carillion solidarity GMB members support Swindon strikers


7 In good health How GMB is helping keep the NHS alive


25 Right on! Make sure you know your rights at work


26 Legal eagles How GMB helps asbestos victims in court


27 It’s a fair COP A new education scheme from GMB


28 Happy anniversary! Ann Sharp celebrates 40 years with GMB


29 Win a television! Give us your details to win great prizes


30 Contact GMB Names and numbers you can call on


All the news from GMB Congress 2012 Page 9


National


9 GMB Congress 2012 All the news from Brighton


11 Paul Kenny A word from your general secretary


13 GMB@WORK How to find postholder resources online


14 Who pays the Tories? Paul Routledge on fat cat Tory donors


16 GMB in Malawi How G4S workers struggle in Africa


19 Asbestos victory Historic ruling will make a big diff erence


20 Blacklisting scandal Illegal blacklisting charted across the UK


21 Win £300! Just tell us how you want your magazine!


22 Public services update Pensions latest and much more


24 TUC rally Fight for your rights on 20 October


They will not starve our members back to work


The region went to GMB Congress on the high of our fifth consecutive year of membership growth. This growth has once again been achieved


by being visible, supportive and campaigning on issues that matter to you. It was particularly pleasing therefore, that this was recognised by our activists winning three awards: Stacey Booth for her work on health and safety; Nikki Sharp deservedly collecting the award for her amazing work in the community; and Colin Hampton collecting the award for outstanding activist. Congress also paid tribute to our SOVA Shef ield members who, despite their derisory pay and conditions, are in the middle of strike action as a result of their employer making a number redundant. For those who are ‘fortunate’ enough to still have a job, they are being forced to work compulsory weekends for the minimum wage and no enhancement. A bucket collection raised almost £1,000


and this was taken back to our members with the clear message that these employers will not starve our members back to work. Congress also passed a political document


making clear that gone are the days when GMB gives assistance to the Labour party and gets nothing back in return and we will see a timely return to full-time political of icers across our regions. Away from Congress, the region is


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launching the Thorne Credit Union (TCU). For more details – or to sign up, like me – visit www.thornecreditunion.com And what about our York branch secretary,


Clive Warley, rightly being rewarded for his fantastic service to GMB and the city council by carrying the Olympic Torch. Finally, a message for GMB young


members; watch out for our competition and survey coming your way and a chance to win tickets to the Leeds Festival and to help us build your union for the next generation. All in all, we are in good shape – and I


Then please contact Debbie Blackman on 01225 442244 (ex 2243) Would you like to advertise in GMB Pulse magazine?


thank you for your membership, which I value so highly.


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Tim Roache GMB Yorkshire and North Derbyshire regional secretary


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