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GMB Wins Recognition at Ministry of Justice

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

GMB Wins Battle For Trade Union Recognition At Ministry Of Justice Legal Aid Agency.

GMB looks forward to developing further the professional relationship that has been built during the process of discussion and working with the other MOJ unions.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has now announced it is to recognize GMB at newly formed Legal Aid Agency (LAA). This follows a period of protracted lobbying by GMB of MOJ officials to recognise the union for the right to represent members in the newly formed Legal Aid Agency. 

Martin Benham, Chair of GMB Staff representatives, said “GMB is the first union in an extensive historical period to be granted recognition by MOJ. The decision marks a great achievement for GMB. The union will be joining the other recognised unions PCS, FDA and others.

This is excellent news for our members at what has been a stressful time for many. We are delighted we will be able to continue to provide the high level of representation for our members as we transfer into the MOJ. We now look forward to positive engagement with MOJ as we enter into this new and challenging relationship.”

Sharon Holder, National Officer said “This process has been far from simple. The decision to grant GMB recognition has felt at times like being in battle with the MOJ. The decision is therefore greeted with triumph.  GMB looks forward to developing further the professional relationship that has been built during the process of discussion and working with the other MOJ unions."

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Contacts: Sharon Holder 07713508725 and Martin Benham 0785318360.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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