GMB Magazine GMB25 Contact Summer 2016 - Page 8

Visit GMB online at www.gmb.org.uk N O I G E R R U O S S E R G N @ CO GMB members from Midland and East Coast Region stood proud at Congress 2016 in Bournemouth… REP TRAINING Sharon Stevenson addressed Congress. B REF WINNERS David Lascelles and Dawn Lovatt pick up their President’s awards. H&S REP OF THE YEAR Gary Langley collects the runner-up award for Ian Dobbins. ournemouth is a holiday future of Congress there was plenty of talk destination for most, and while about a return to more industry-specific Congress was inspiring for conferences, mediated by General Secretary delegates from Midland and East Tim Roache. David Lascelles, Carol Clarkson Coast Region, they worked hard to put forward and Bill Heley went up to share their thoughts. an excellent agenda. Dawn Lovatt and Ben Cook moved and “Exhausting but brilliant,” exclaimed seconded on a motion calling for Ian Hodgkison, president of the equality in sport, leveraging X09 Rolls Royce Branch, GMB’s 50/50 male/female a first-time delegate. “I was membership ratio in their unsettled by my anxiety to arguments. Local housing stand up, go to the rostrum was championed by Ian and speak, as I’m not a Hodgkison, and Lee Langley particularly anxious person and David Lascelles called and was among friends, but for equality for same-sex how personally rewarding to married couples. have done it. What an insight There were more excellent of inspiration.” speeches – including the reading IAN HODGKISON of a poem penned by a child from A highlight for our Region was the recognition we received, winning the Hull – when Kev Dudding and President’s Leadership Award for Most Vicky Wass went up to support a motion on Inspirational Regional Equality Forum. This was ending human trafficking. for all the hard work put into the Dying to Work Training for reps, and the controversial topic (page 6) and FAB campaigns, and was received of fracking, were also areas where our by David Lascelles and Dawn Lovatt of our REF. delegates had a say, with first-time speaker Ian Dobbins of Nottingham City Branch was Sharon Stevenson contributing to the former, runner-up in the Daniel Dennis Health and and Karan Coleman giving an impromptu talk Safety Rep of the Year Award too. on the latter and receiving a standing ovation. Derek Pymm of S35 DHL Scunthorpe branch and a branch visitor to Congress, said: DISCUSSION TIME “I was very impressed with the new General Secretary and his positive vision for a Each day our delegates went to the podium 21st-century union. I’d like to say how diverse to put their views to Congress on an array of and interesting the debates were.” motions. During an open discussion on the 08 CONTACT – GMB Midland and East Coast GMB25.Contact_08.indd 8 20/06/2016 15:46