GMB Magazine GMB25 Fusion Summer 2016 - Page 8

Visit GMB online at OUR REGION S S E R G N O C @ GMB members from North West and Irish Region enjoyed a successful Congress in Bournemouth N orth West and Irish Region forward motions from branches in the delegates celebrated Region and strongly debating another successful issues of concern to our PRESIDENT’S AWARD! David Hope won for his GMB Congress at members. David Hope of work in Equalites. the Bournemouth Wigan 280 branch International Centre received a GMB President’s Bournemouth between Award for The Most Support Group (HFSG), recognising all the Sunday 5 June and Inspirational Individual on work the group has done over the years Thursday 9 June. Equality in the GMB or at fighting for justice on behalf of the families More than 500 delegates Work for his commitment of the 96 supporters who were killed at along with visitors and guests and enthusiasm, while Hillsborough in 1989. DAVE FLANAGAN took part in the debates, organising a GMB presence at Regional secretary Paul McCarthy said: presentations and the many five separate regional Pride events. “Margaret and the other members of the fringe events taking place around the support group have fought an unrelenting arena. This year’s Congress also included battle over the years, never giving up hope or GOLD BADGE conferences for all three GMB sections – taking a backward step in the fight to get commercial services, manufacturing and justice on behalf of those killed and their Outgoing Retired Members Association (RMA) public services. families. Blocked at every turn by a corrupt President Monica Smith was presented with More than 50 delegates from our Region and obstructive police force and a flowers recognising all her hard work. attended and played an active role, putting judicial system only interested in Graeme Smith of Liverpool Branch 9 protecting those who had let spoke on the achievement them down so badly, of Liverpool officers and Margaret and the other reps, as refuse collection families never gave up and street cleaning hope and only now the have been brought truth is emerging.” back in-house by the If you’d like to attend the council. Young 100th Congress in Plymouth member Ross Holden in 2017, get your branch to reported on his recent ROSS HOLDEN nominate you. Nominations trip to Cuba, and Dave must be received at Regional Office Flanagan talked about by 31 December. Voting by branches for support for the unemployed. HILLSBOROUGH FIGHTERS the election of Congress delegates is held President Mary Turner presented Margaret Aspinall and Sue Roberts during January and February. Watch out for the GMB Gold Badge to Margaret receive a Gold Badge from Mary Turn details later this year. Aspinall of the Hillsborough Family er. 08 FUSION – GMB North West and Irish GMB25.Fusion_08.indd 8 20/06/2016 16:01