The Campaigner - Congress Edition

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01 Aug 2019
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Hello Everyone,

Please find attached the Congress edition of the Campaigner, our newsletter for GMB activists across Wales and the South West. 

This magazine is for members and made up of the stories and campaigns that you, our members have been involved with. I hope you find it interesting and informative. If you have any stories that you would like included in the next edition feel free to contact us by emailing Tom.hoyles@GMB.org.uk 

As we celebrate the 130th birthday of GMB, we can all take great pride in being part of a progressive union that makes a real difference to the working lives of its members. 

However, the world around us is constantly changing and we need to change with it. That’s why a thorough strategic review has been undertaken of the entire Union, a review which looks at who we are, what we want to achieve and how we get there.

This ‘One Union’ review focuses upon our principles of solidarity, collectivism and doing the right thing by our members. Together we achieve far more than we could ever do alone, but we must have a uniform plan and a unity of purpose to continue to change the lives of our members. 

We live and work in busy times, but just remember that a quiet life never recruited a single member or delivered an ounce of change. 

All of our lay activists have a vital role to play in shaping the future, and building a bigger, stronger union that keeps winning for it’s members. Above all, we must remember that membership growth and satisfaction are the main measures of our success. The challenges that we face are incessant, as austerity continues to afflict our key public services and manufacturing ever more becomes the victim of under-investment and sheer neglect. Nowhere has this been more apparent than with the Ford motor company’s announcement to close the Bridgend plant with the loss of 1700 jobs. Add to that the actions of ASDA in seeking to change the contracts of thousands of workers, and you begin to realise the very scale of those challenges for us and our members.

Even in these toughest of circumstances, GMB will continue to do what it’s best at - campaigning for and protecting the livelihoods of members. The balance of influence at the workplace needs changing though, with an emphasis placed upon the right of workplace access for unions and the restoration of collective bargaining. The proposed Social Partnership Act in Wales provides that opportunity, together with the application of fair work practices throughout industry, and GMB will be driving that agenda forward with Welsh Government in the months to come.

We live and work in busy times, but just remember that a quiet life never recruited a single member or delivered an ounce of change. As always, thank you all for everything you do for the members, and have a great summer.

Don't forget if there is any issue that GMB can help you with, drop us a line on 02920491260 or by contacting us through the regional website.

Yours fraternally, 

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