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About: GMB History

GMB History

GMB began as the Gas Workers and General Union was formed in March 1889 in East London by one of the greatest pioneers of the Labour movement, Will Thorne.

Asked why he had dedicated his life to the labour and trade union movement GMB founder Will Thorne explained, "There is a world of freedom, beauty and equality to gain, where everyone will have an opportunity to express the best that is in them for the benefit of all, making the world a place more to our heart's desire and the better to dwell in." These principles guide GMB today. More

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The Birth of a Union

The Birth of a Union

GMB has its origins in the Gas Workers and General Union which was formed in 1889 by Will Thorne. More

GMB General Secretaries

GMB General Secretaries

Tim Roache was elected GMB General Secretary Elect in November 2015, assuming full responsibility as GMB General Secretary in March 2016. More

GMB Eleanor Marx Day

GMB Eleanor Marx Day

GMB Congress 2015 in Dublin inaugurated an annual GMB Eleanor Marx Day in January to celebrate the birthday of the co-founder of GMB, on 16th January 1855, in London. More