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GMB Community Event In Leeds

Monday, March 31, 2014

GMB Community Event In Leeds Monday, 31st March Aimed At Cementing Relations With West Yorkshire Asian Community

We will be fighting in the local and European elections for those in West Yorkshire who have suffered from the cuts imposed on Northern councils by the coalition Government says GMB.

GMB is holding an event with the West Yorkshire Asian Community at Woodsley Road Community Centre in Leeds at 5pm on the 31st March 2014. The event is aimed at cementing relations between GMB and the Asian Community in West Yorkshire and building on a series of projects that the GMB have organised in recent years.      

The event is expected to attract over 400 attendees including the Leader of Leeds City Council, Keith Wakefield, councillors, Imams and community leaders from Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and Calderdale.

GMB has provided community training and a number of learning centres in conjunction with its Yorkshire Professional Drivers’ Association which is made up of mainly private hire and hackney drivers.

The details of the event are as follows:

at 5pm on the 31st March 2014

Woodsley Road Community Centre

64 Woodsley Road,

Leeds,  LS3 1DU

Javaid Akhtar, Leeds City Councillor and secretary of the drivers association, said “This is a community event but it’s also political. It is a gathering of influential leaders from our community under the umbrella of GMB.

We will be fighting in the local and European elections in May for all the people in Leeds and West Yorkshire who have suffered from the cuts imposed on Northern councils by the Tory/Liberal coalition Government. The introduction of the bedroom tax has hit the most vulnerable in our society and we are getting together to build a resistance.”

Tim Roache, GMB regional secretary, said “GMB has been in continuous existence since 1889 and the union has always worked in and with our local communities, 125 years of helping working people organise themselves to stand up against inequality. GMB is there to assist those in our society who are treated unfairly, who suffer from discrimination and prejudice.

The event takes place against the background spelled out in a report by the European Network Against Racism Director, Micheal Privot. This shows that the financial and economic crisis that Europe has faced over the last 6 years has worsened the situation for minorities. For example, in the UK people with foreign sounding names are a third less likely to be short listed for jobs than people with white British sounding names. Even when they are in a job, ethnic and religious minorities continue to face unequal treatment, lower wages, glass ceilings, difficult working conditions, zero hours contracts and harassment."


Contact: Javaid Akhtar 07830243149, Tim Roache 0845 337 7777 or Bill Chard 07958156838 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823


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