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Congress Award To Leeds H&S Rep

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Leeds Resident Receives Health & Safety Award At GMB Congress In Nottingham

People are entitled to know that when they go to work they will come home in one piece and not be injured or killed because employers are cutting corners says GMB.

Amanda Burley a GMB Health and Safety Representative in Leeds won a Health and Safety Award at GMB Congress in Nottingham. Amanda lives in Leeds.

Each year Congress makes Health & Safety Awards in memory of a 17 year old South Wales worker Daniel Dennis who was killed in his first week at work in 2003. Daniel was the son of a GMB member and the award is to underline that Health and Safety is not “red tape” but a matter of “life and limb”.

Royle Family actor and union campaigner Ricky Tolminson presented the awards on Sunday 2nd June on the first day of the GMB Congress. (Photo available see contacts below)

The 97th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members, started in Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 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, GMB Regional Secretary said, “ All too often health and safety is trivalised as an expensive inconvenience and not really necessary.

But people are entitled to know that when they go to work they will come home in one piece and not be injured or killed because employers are cutting corners.

That is why we are proud of Amanda as a great example of what GMB activists do every single day to keep people safe. Amanda holds regular/monthly risk assessment review meetings with management amending them as necessary. Recent work with management has seen lone working issues addressed particularly in the community. She attends and raises members Health, safety and welfare concerns at the H&S Committee every quarter helping to enhance the trades union aim for safer workplaces.”


Contact: Tim Roache 07961 719545 or John McClean, GMB National Health & Safety Officer on 07710 321329 or Daniel Shears GMB Health and Safety Officer on 07918 767781 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 258123. Photos available from Andrew Wiard photographer on 07973 219201.


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