GMB Magazine GMB25 Contact Summer 2016 - Page 11

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS AT TIM ROACH E SAYS cretary e S l a r e n e G your GMB m o r f d r o w A Building a 21st century GMB… I t was the proudest moment of my working life when I was elected to lead our great union. If you’d told the 17-year-old Tim Roache, when I started in the GMB post room in London more than three decades ago, that one day I’d be GMB General Secretary, I’d have asked you what you were smoking! Now as I write this, I’ve just finished giving my first GMB Congress speech as our General Secretary. What an incredible honour. I used the opportunity to lay out what I practically mean by building a 21st century union. For me, that means listening to our members and reps, understanding the threats and challenges we all face, and making sure our union is ready, able and eager to meet those challenges head on. Under my leadership, we will build an army of activists in workplaces right across the UK. Activists who are then supported, trained and skilled to look after our members in their hours of need. I recognise that people don’t join the GMB because the General Secretary gives a good speech… they join because a rep in their workplace asks them. A rep who has credibility and the respect of the workforce and who knows the challenges and threats in that workplace. Here’s the thing – the public agrees that trade unions are a force for good. We offer workers more security, safety, skills, education and better pay. LABOUR LEADERSHIP Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn meet Tim Roache. And under my leadership, we will be relevant and attractive to young people, to women and the many minority strands that together make up the rich diversity that is GMB’s strength. I opened my Congress speech with a short video that shows exactly what GMB does for our members every day, and what being a 21st century trade union means. And the minute I sat down from making my speech – which we live tweeted on social media – our video was emailed to every member. That’s just the start of how we’ll embrace new technology to communicate with you quicker and on issues that directly interest or are relevant to you. You’ll see some changes in the coming weeks and months, changes that we’ll be asking for your thoughts and opinions on. This will be the final issue of the GMB magazine you’ll receive, as we change how we communicate and engage with you. If you’re on Facebook, head over to our new page and give it a like – that’s just one way we’ll stay in touch on a day to day basis: As the world of work has changed, so will GMB. With you, we’ll build a 21st century union that always gets the best deal possible for you, your colleagues, you family and your community. Thank you for your membership which I value so highly. 11 GMB25.national_10_11.indd 11 20/06/2016 15:07