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Congress Award For Wakefield Member

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wakefield Resident Award At GMB Congress For Campaigns On Domestic Violence, Mental Health And FGM In Community

Wakefield resident Farzana Jumma received the prestigious GMB President’s Award for the “Most Inspirational Project for Making a Difference at Work” at GMB Congress in Nottingham today.

Barnsley GMB members Farzana Jumma received an award at GMB Congress in Nottingham today 8th June for her work as branch equality officer on domestic violence, mental health in the workplace and female genital mutilation campaign.

Farzana Jumma is a member of the Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Region and is employed by Barnsley council. She is the branch Equality Officer, Regional Auditor and represents the GMB on the TUC Race Committee.

Farzana received her award from Mary Turner, GMB National President, on Sunday 8th June along with other GMB award winners.

The 97th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members, started in Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena, Nottingham NG1 1LA today Sunday 8th and runs to Thursday 12th June. There are also 300 visitors and guests. GMB Congress delegates are members who were elected to represent over 628,000 members from every part of the UK and Ireland and who are employed in every sector of the economy.  Congress is the supreme policy making body in the union.

GMB is the direct successor to the Gas Workers & General Union which was formed on 31st March 1889 by Will Thorne. 125 years ago the union spread like wild fire across Britain and Ireland after it liberated gas workers from the unrelenting toil of working twelve hour days for six days a week by winning an eight hour day. This 125th birthday will be marked at the Congress.

Tim Roache, Regional Secretary, said "Thousands of days are lost every month because people are not able to come to work because they have been violently abused by their partner and this has stop.

Even more days are lost because people are suffering mental health issues including work related stress and we need to kill off the myth once and for all that this is the individuals fault or that they are weak.

Farzana is a great example of the work GMB is doing in these key areas on behalf of our members.”


Contact:  Tim Roache 07961 719545 or Kamaljeet Jandu GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer on 07956 237178 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823. Photograph available from Andrew Wiard Photographer on 07973 219201 or



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