Glasgow Resident Wins Awards At GMB 2013 Congress In Plymouth For Lifelong Commitment To Equality
Recognition for Remploy shop steward who vigorously campaigned across Scotland against the closure of Remploy factories and who has been a champion and advocate for disability rights
Glasgow resident Phil Brannan receives the prestigious GMB President’s Award for the most inspirational individual on equality at GMB Congress in Plymouth.
Phil vigorously campaigned across Scotland against the closure of Remploy factories. Phil has been a champion and advocate for disability rights.
Phil receives his award from Mary Turner, GMB National President, on Sunday 2nd June along with other GMB award winners and runners-up.
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 “Phil has been the voice and the face of disabled workers across Scotland on behalf of Remploy disabled workers. He has been in the forefront of GMB’s campaign against the closure of Remploy factories across the UK. He has spoken out in the defence of supported businesses and has attended many high level meetings with the Scottish Government as the GMB expert.
His invaluable role and expertise has also been recognised by the Scottish Government. They have invited Phil to be part of a small group to provide advice to the supported business sector in Scotland. This is a major step forward for disability rights and the role that trade unionist can play in providing an informed input in this valuable and important initiative.
As well as campaigning across Scotland against the closure of Remploy Factories Phil has been a long term champion and advocate for disability rights. He is an inspirational role model to all his Remploy colleagues and their families during the campaign to save the factories, and to his colleagues in GMB Scotland.
Phil richly deserves this recognition and award, we are all very proud of Phil."
Contact: Harry Donaldson, GMB Scotland Secretary on 07885 456726 or Phil Brannan on 07791 692229 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 firstname.lastname@example.org