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Essex Resident Honoured At GMB Congress In Plymouth

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Essex Resident Honoured At GMB Congress In Plymouth

British Gas engineers are delivering the most flexible and highest standards of service ever and GMB members are the best rewarded in the industry thanks to people like Ray

Essex resident Ray Tillbrook of Eastwood Leigh on Sea was honoured today at GMB Congress in Plymouth with an award for his 35 years’ service to GMB members at British Gas. He was presented with fine glass tankard inscribed with a dedication to commemorate his many years of service to GMB members who work for British Gas.

In all three long serving GMB Shop Stewards who represented and negotiated on behalf of GMB members working at British Gas received awards. (Photo available see Notes to Editors below.)

Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary said, “Despite all the change and upheaval in the industry over 95% of British Gas engineers are GMB members. Nobody can lecture GMB about democracy. Under Ray's leadership over 90% of members vote in GMB ballots. It puts the turnout in elections for local politicians to shame.

Ray has demonstrated that high levels of trade union membership, decent wages and a successful company aren't incompatible. British Gas engineers are delivering the most flexible and highest standards of service ever and GMB members are the best rewarded in the industry.

Ray has done a fantastic job on behalf of GMB members in the gas industry and he will be a hard act to follow.

Ray was a GMB Deputy Shop Steward at Southend Depot from 1984.  Then in 1990 Ray was elected and took up the reins becoming GMB Shop Steward for the Southend British Gas ‘patch’, a position he has held till this day. In 1997 Ray was elected as a GMB Senior Shop Steward on joined the “21”, the team of Senior GMB Shop Stewards that negotiate the pay and conditions of British Gas engineers and a position he has held till this day.

In 2002 Ray was elected on to the National Team, the “8”. These eight GMB Senior Shop Stewards at British Gas are the main stay of the excellent industrial relationship between GMB and the company. Once again a position he has held till this day”

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Contact: Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary on 07710 618909 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823. Photograph available from Andrew Wiard on 07973 219201 or  on andrew@reportphotos.com

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