GMB Magazine GMB25 Contact Summer 2016 - Page 3

In this issue… Andy Worth etary GMB Regional Secr Find out what happened at this year’s Congress. Page 8 4 Your GMB in action 18 Standing up for H&S Opposing cuts in East Riding Council, and winning a fair deal at Ideal boilers Our health and safety protections are taking body blows, and it’s time for us to fight back 5 Mestä Wood strike 20 GMB financial report GMB members demand fair pay at wood plant, plus news on the Lincoln Living Wage Forum Plus some pensions advice for GMB members 6 Dying to Work It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 with our special offer 23 Building a branch website Richard Oliver reports on the success of the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign, protecting the rights of terminally ill workers 24 UNIONLINE 8 Our Region at Congress 25 Appeal4Alfie The important issues we brought to Congress and how our Region was recognised 9 Tales of Congress Jeremy Corbyn, Blacklisting, Hillsborough and more… How GMB members have made possible a £15,000 operation for little Alfie 26 Equalities update Our first ever Regional Women’s Conference, plus LGBT news 29 Clifton Champions 11 Tim Roache speaks GMB sponsors women’s football team, news from the RMA, and GMB Credit Union Why trade unions are a force for good 14 Tax dodgers 30 Notice board Paul Routledge on tax avoidance and the Tories Northants branch raises money through bake-off, and Keith Wilson receives the silver badge 16 Pull-out map! GMB members in every region are keeping the UK’s power stations up and running On average union members are 16.7% better paid than nonmembers GMB members’ own legal service GMB membership covers you wherever you work GMB’s victory against the blacklisters page 12 UNIONLINE Your trade union law firm: 0300 333 0303 Not a GMB member? Join today www.gmb.org.uk/join/join-online GMB25.Contact_03.indd 3 No-one can stop you joining GMB Current Vacancies @GMB See www.gmb.org.uk/ about/gmb-jobopportunities GMB: making decisions for our future Welcome to the final edition of your Regional magazine, Contact. I hope you enjoy its content. The magazines are going to be replaced, but don’t worry: you will continue to receive information about your Region and what GMB is doing for its members, but now you’ll be able to receive it in different formats. I am writing this column from Congress, GMB’s supreme decisionmaking body, which has been taking place in Bournemouth. This is where major decisions are being been made on how to create a modern union for the 21st century under our new General Secr