Dunbarton Resident Wins Health & Safety Award At GMB Congress In Plymouth
The job of a Safety Rep is to make workplace safer for GMB members to work in and Billy has clearly achieved this aim says GMB
Billy McEwan a GMB Health and Safety Representative at the West Dunbartonshire Council has won a Health & Safety Award at GMB Congress in Plymouth. Billy McEwan lives in West Dunbarton.
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”.
Mary Turner GMB National President presents the awards on Sunday 2ndth June on the first day of the GMB Congress. (Photo available see contacts below)
GMB Congress, comprising of 500 lay member delegates, is underway in Plymouth Pavilions from Sunday 2nd to Thursday 6th June. These delegates have been elected to attend the GMB Congress to represent over 620,000 members in every part of the UK and Ireland and from every sector of the economy. Congress is the supreme policy making body in the union. Also attending will be 300 visitors and guests drawn mainly from GMB organized workplaces around the UK and Ireland.
Harry Donaldson, GMB Scotland Secretary said, “The job of a Safety Rep is to make their workplace a safer place for GMB members to work in. Billy has clearly achieved this aim. He was up against the achievements of thousands of GMB Safety Reps from all around the UK and won it for Scotland.
Billy completed his TUC Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) diploma in June 2012 after having had to take the council to Employment Tribunal to enforce his right to time-off for trade union duties. West Dunbartonshire council tried to set up a unofficial, non-trade union safety committee but Billy’s arguments and reasoning stopped it.
He setup a special ‘working at heights system’ (Easi-deck) which has reduced the number of accidents to one. He also organised the first Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Alexandria to commemorate workers who have been killed or made ill by their work, which was attended by local councillors and the Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP).
Billy has had an article on the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) published in the April 2013 edition of Health & Safety International.
Billy has campaigned against the use of agency workers at the council and as a result 44 new jobs have been created at the council and there is on-going recruitment of apprentices.”
Contact: Harry Donaldson, GMB Scotland Secretary on 07885 456726 or Billy McEwan on 07587 151053 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.