The Road To GMB Congress
GMB Congress is held annually and it is where the lay member ruling body of the union decides GMB policy on all issues. GMB Congress 2018 and GMB Section Conference 2018 will be held in Brighton on Sunday 3 June to Wednesday 6 June 2018.
This is how to get involved if you want to attend a GMB Congress or put forward a motion to make GMB policy. To attend you must be nominated by your branch, and be a paid-up member for 53 weeks.
Every GMB branch is entitled to submit motions to Congress. These must be received at the Regional Office by 31 January each year. Emergency motions can be submitted at any time after 31 January up to and including during Congress week. For Congress 2018 each of the nine GMB Regions will send a delegation of between 64 and 37 members, depending of the total number of members in the GMB Region. Every GMB branch may nominate a member for election or appointment to represent the Region at Congress and these nominations must be received at the regional office by 31 December each year. Voting by branches for the election of Congress delegates is held during January and February. Close of voting is 28 February each year.
A personal account from Frances and Eddie Franklin, Harpenden Hertfordshire, first time visitors to GMB Congress 2009 in Blackpool