GMB Magazine GMB25 Pulse Summer 2016 - Page 27

G son, es Visit GMB online www.gmb.org.uk Powerful MESSAGE New film staring GMB young member tackles Islamophobia G MB young member Matthew Thomas stars in a new film that addresses the issue of Islamophobia. Freesia was screened recently at a fundraising event for We Are Wakefield, an organisation that works to raise awareness of the refugee crisis in Europe. While Tory MPs have knocked down a bill that would have helped save 3,000 unaccompanied children from refugee camps in Europe, citing reasons such as “their families will want to come over too”, this film tells a vastly different story. Freesia has lots of different narratives, weaving together the tales of three different families in Bradford. It takes a look at mosques, women’s rights “It’s a film that can make a real difference” and the far right, as the lives of three young people entwine and they are propelled through a world of prejudice and hate. “It’s a film with a powerful message,” said Matthew. “I hope it can affect those who watch it and make a real difference.” After the showing, Matthew, local councillors and representatives from We Are Wakefield took part in a panel discussion, answering questions about the potential causes of racism and how everyone can attempt to overcome the issue. Director Conor Ibrahiem is hoping to secure a distribution deal in the near future, and also aims to show the film in schools and for educational purposes. DRIVING AMBITION HGV driver Tracy Sanderson takes on branch secretary role Meet Tracy Sanderson, the new branch secretary for Asda Distribution in the Yorkshire and North Derbyshire Region. Determined to support GMB members, Tracy is one of the few women drivers at Asda and has had a career that’s broken new ground for women in the workplace. Speaking to The Pulse, Tracy said: “I’m looking forward to the new challenge of running the branch, and I know I will be ably supported by the other shop stewards and branch officials. We make a great team and I know the branch will go from strength to strength.” Tracy decided to become a HGV1 driver 20 years ago, and has worked for Asda in Normanton, West Yorkshire, for 16 of them. BEHIND THE WHEEL Tracy is taking charge at Asda Distribution! She was the only woman driver among 380 men employed at her site, and is still one of only a handful of women drivers employed by Asda nationally. Five years ago, Tracy began her GMB career when she became shop steward for the drivers at Normanton. She is one of only six female shop stewards in distribution nationally, and the only woman who is a Regional Joint Council shop steward in our region. You won’t be surprised to hear that the mother of three was awarded Driver of the Year in 2014 at an event held at Bruntingthorpe for HGV drivers at Asda, beating others drivers from across the country to win the coveted crown! www.gmb.org.uk 27 GMB25.Pulse_26_27.indd 27 14/06/2016 11:07