GMB Magazine GMB25 Candid Summer 2016 - Page 8

Visit GMB online at OUR REGION S S E R G N O C @ GMB members from London Region won victories and led the debates at Congress 2016 in Bournemouth N early 100 delegates from GMB Equality Project for Organising, presented London Region went to by Mary Turner. Bournemouth during Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB national the first week in equality officer, said: “GMB June to attend GMB Congress London Race Group has been 2016. It got underway on instrumental in empowering strange note for us, as both ethnic minority members our Regional Secretary, Paul and challenging and Hayes, and our Regional organising against race President, Roy Dunnett, discrimination in the were sadly unable to attend. workplace and society However, their shoes were at large. I’m sure they will VAUGHAN WEST ably filled by former General and continue to do so for years London Regional Secretary Paul to come.” Kenny, alongside Islington branch Vaughan West said: “The secretary Vaughan West. So after greeting old highlight of the week for me was seeing friends and meeting new ones, the delegation everybody on the Region’s delegation making kicked off with a well-disciplined meeting on serious and well-argued contributions in so the afternoon of Saturday 4 June. many of the debates. And I cannot fail to VICTORY AT LAST Dave Smith of the Blacklisting Support Group cuddles the croc! mention the first-time delegates, who were outstanding.” Finally, on the last day, the Congress gift to charity this year recognised the work of our very own Evelyn Martin and donated the gift to two of the homeless charities she volunteers for in North London. Congress ended for London Region on Thursday night with a farewell dinner at Bournemouth Football Club, as a chance to let our hair down after a hugely successful week. ROUSING SPEECHES Congress proper started on the Sunday morning with a banner ceremony bringing us into Bournemouth International Centre, and a rousing opening speech from London’s very own National President, Mary Turner. London Region had an early victory, having a motion on austerity and council budget cuts put onto the agenda. We saw Jeremy Corbyn’s first speech to Congress as Labour leader, and that of GMB’s new General Secretary Tim Roach, who aims to build on the success of Paul Kenny and take the union further into the 21st century. A main highlight for London Region was seeing our GMB Race Group receive the GMB President’s Award for the Most Inspirational PROUD WINNERS London’s GMB Race Group received a President’s Award from Mary Turn er. 08 CANDID – GMB London GMB25.Candid_08.indd 8 20/06/2016 15:30