GMB Magazine GMB25 Pulse Summer 2016 - Page 29

tions. Visit GMB online at M A H R E H T O R FROM HAPPY retirement! BILL INNES TO REAL MADRID Local branch sponsors a trip to Spain for football-mad youth team GMB Parkgate branch recently sponsored a trip to Madrid for a group of youngsters from Brinsworth Whitehill Junior Football Club Under-13s, which are based in Rotherham. While in Madrid the team took the opportunity to watch Real Madrid play Valencia – Real Madrid won 4-0. Brinsworth Whitehill Junior Football Club is an FA Community Charter Standard football club for boys, girls and men. GMB branch secretary Harry Griffiths said: “My branch was proud to sponsor the trip. Everyone had a fantastic time and the highlight was watching the game and getting a tour of Real Madrid’s ground, the Bernabéu.” Workers’ Memorial Day GEOFF PITTS Originally from Leeds City Council, Geoff was branch secretary of Leeds General and Municipal branch and full-time convenor based in the Civic Hall, Leeds. He joined GMB in 2002 as recruitment officer, became an organiser for members in G4S and DHL, then moved to the Regional Organising Team in 2008 to recruit school-based staff across the Region. Everyone at GMB wishes Geoff a fond farewell and happy retirement when he leaves in August. PAUL HALSTEAD Region pays tribute to killed and injured On International Workers’ Memorial Day, GMB offices across the Region fell silent at 10am. Staff and activists paid their respects to lost and injured workers around the world. A memorial bell rang at each office signalling the start of a minute’s silence. In Wakefield, Regional Secretary Neil Derrick (left) led the proceedings and GMB After joining GMB in 2000 as the legal officer, having previously worked for the Low Pay Unit in Manchester, Bill ran and reorganised our legal department with a new system for considering employment tribunal cases. Since Bill put his new system in place almost 3,000 employment files have been registered in the legal department. While at GMB, Bill has delivered employment law training to many activists, officers and staff. We wish Bill well for his retirement and know that he is certainly going to be missed by everyone in the Region. health and safety rep Terry Shepherd, of Barnsley Manufacturing branch, rang the bell three times. Neil said: “It is a disgrace that every year hundreds of people set off to work so that they can earn a living – but either don’t go home to their loved ones or return injured, often because of negligent and bad employers.” After nearly 40 years in GMB, and 30 serving as an active rep in G4S, Paul Halstead has retired. He became a rep to improve terms and conditions for GMB members and was also a health and safety rep. One of Paul’s career highlights was being nominated on to the National Negotiating Committee nine years ago. Paul said: “I was not just representing my branch but everyone in GMB who worked for G4S nationally.” Best wishes to Paul, who plans to remain active in his branch. 29 GMB25.Pulse_28_29.indd 29 14/06/2016 11:07