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GMB Welcomes Backing For Demand Over Conference Security

Friday, August 19, 2016

GMB Welcomes Labour NEC Backing For Trade Union Recognition Demand Over Security But Conference Remains At Risk

Third largest Labour affiliate warns next month’s Liverpool conference still in jeopardy without recognition agreement signed by Showsec

GMB, the union for security industry workers, today welcomed backing from Labour’s ruling NEC over its demand for private security firm to recognise trade unions.

The union, the third largest Labour Party affiliate, warned that if the company's failure to “sign, seal and deliver” a standard trade union recognition agreement with GMB – allowing it to negotiate workers' pay and conditions - meant that the conference, which is due to take place in Liverpool next month remained at risk.

An emergency Labour NEC meeting today agreed a letter would be sent to Showsec insisting they recognise GMB.

GMB said the Labour Party's founding values and principles made it clear that union-busting firms should not be contracted to provide services.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary “It's welcome that Labour's NEC has seen sense and is backing our demand that Showsec recognise GMB. We're hugely disappointed that we're even having a debate about whether Labour should stick by its founding values in support of organised working people, let alone its own principles on not working with union-busting companies. Labour conference remains in jeopardy as things stand, and without a standard trade union recognition agreement – signed, sealed and delivered by Showsec." 

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary “This dispute is fundamentally about dignity and respect for workers in the security industry. They must be allowed the choice to be represented by GMB - an independent, professional and forward-looking trade union working to better working people's terms and conditions. 

GMB have many solid and progressive working relationships across the security industry and we would expect any company delivering security at the Labour Party Conference to sign up to the basic principles of union recognition. GMB has a great reputation for working with security companies particularly on issues of safety, which is a top priority for our members in this industry. It's a critical issue that security workers are supported by their trade union and are allowed to get on with their jobs safely and without fear of abuse or violence, so we would urge Showsec to come back to the table for discussions." 


Contact: Maria Ludkin 07956 632 657 or GMB press office 07958 156 846 or

Notes to editors 

*Labour Party Conference is due to take place in Liverpool from Sunday 25 September to Wednesday 28 September 2016 - 
*GMB (18/08/16) ‘Labour conference at risk of cancellation over unresolved security row’ -

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