GMB Magazine GMB25 Candid Summer 2016 - Page 30

NOTICE BOARD munity The GMB com Farewell ROSE! National communications officer Rose Conroy retires A fter 36 glorious years of service to GMB, head of communications Rose Conroy has retired. Her skills with the media will be missed as much as her drive, enthusiasm and smile. Rose was press officer for London Region and moved to the Euston Office with Paul Kenny when he became General Secretary. If Paul told employers that they could choose between welcoming the union through the front door or get a brick through the window, Rose’s work was that metaphorical brick. “No-one tells it like the members,” was TAKING IT EASY Wishing Rose a happy retirement after a lifetime of service. Rose’s motto and her approach to getting press coverage for GMB was based on the thousands of people who form the union. Her views on dealing with journalists were equally democratic. Rose didn’t take the old fashioned line that journalists needed to be cultivated and cossetted. Instead, she focused on the news GMB had to share – its ongoing campaigns, the facts it uncovered, the details of its members. “There are 8,000 media outlets in the UK,” she used to say, “and all of them will cover GMB stories if they are news.” Feeling festive! After moving to National Office in 2005, Rose spent 11 years as head of communications. During that period, she revamped the union website – adding the facility for new members to join online – and launched and edited GMB’s regional magazines, including Candid. GMB’s average weekly reach via media outlets grew to 10 million, while Rose’s efforts helped membership grow from 560,000 to 640,000. The facts say it all. Rose will be missed. FIGHT FOR LIFE GMB L43 branch remember those who died due to work. GMB raises awareness at the Ealing Road Festival A stall was set up at the recent Ealing Road Festival to inform the public about the work being done by GMB in the local community. The popular festival was the perfect place to spread the word about GMB’s work in the area, which includes the Park Royal industrial estate. The event was organised by the Wembley Central C22 branch and supported by UNIONLINE, the law service for GMB members. Thanks to Hiten Vaidya, GMB community organiser, branch reps, and local MP Barry Gardiner. Thanks also to Brent Labour Party leader Mohammed Butt. A place to remember… New bench for IWMD FESTIVAL TIME! GMB spreads the word on Ealing Road. GMB L43 branch placed a commemorative bench in Sparrows Nest Park, Lowestoft, Suffolk, in memory of all those who have died due to negligence at work. The bench is set in a place where friends and families can sit and remember those loved ones who have died in workplace accidents, or of ill health, or for other reasons due to their work. As the International Workers’ Memorial Day slogan so eloquently puts it: ‘remember the dead, fight for the living’. 30 CANDID – GMB London GMB25.Candid_30_31.indd 30 16/06/2016 12:21