GMB Magazine GMB25 Candid Summer 2016 - Page 27

Visit GMB online at GMBers WIN IN NORWICH Vivien Thomas and Vaughan Thomas have been elected to the council don C ongratulations to Vivien Thomas, branch secretary for Norfolk Public Services N27, who stood in this year’s local Norwich City Council election for Mile Cross Ward. She won with more votes than all the other political parties combined. Vivien became involved in the Norwich Labour Party with the encouragement of GMB’s political department – at the time, she was working as a teaching assistant. Local GMB members, officers and staff helped with the campaign. BIG WIN! ned GMB member Vivien Thomas campaig with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Vivien even met up with Jeremy Corbyn on the campaign trail and the icing on the cake was Norwich Labour Party taking four seats from the Green Party, increasing Labour’s majority on Norwich City Council. No Tory councillors were elected. Vaughan Thomas, the N27 branch equality officer, is also a Norwich councillor, and has been re-elected. Now he is the city’s cabinet member for fairness and equality with responsibility for financial and social inclusion, equality and diversity, welfare benefits, digital inclusion, affordable warmth, sport and halls, and paying the Living Wage. That’s an actual Living Wage, not the government’s recent National Living Wage, which falls short. “All this was possible thanks to the help of GMB’s political department, which encourages and trains GMB members who want to get involved in their local Labour Party,” said Thomas. “Any GMB member who wants to get involved should contact their branch secretary.” Retired members update UNIONLINE was the star at the latest Retired Members Association meeting… JAN SMITH Our Regional RMA secretary. Our next London Region meeting is At the last meeting of the London Region to be held from 11:30am to 2:15pm on 11 Retired Members Association, our speakers were July at TUC Congress House, 23-28 Tony Warr and representatives of UNIONLINE, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS. Any GMB’s own legal service for members. GMB member can attend the meeting UNIONLINE told RMA members about lasting and you will be made very welcome. power of attorney and its importance in ensuring You do not have to be a retired one is covered for the future in terms of finance, member and, indeed, many in our health and well-being. They also stressed the group behave the same way they did in importance of having a will drawn up. It was an TONY WARR Spoke at the meeting. their early 20s, so come along and join enlightening meeting – wills themselves are so our lively bunch! interesting that they could have been the only item on the agenda! If you’re in a branch, or if you have an RMA branch and want a good speaker to attend, we can recommend gion RMA secretary the folks from UNIONLINE. ation contact London Re 01362 858638. orm inf R re mo E r Fo T I RE We welcomed new members to or FROM Jan Smith on jan28sm our committee once again and the acs, our RMA president Isa Joe ail Or you can em W O R K London Region RMA is going from on