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Halifax Resident Wins GMB Congress Health And Safety Award

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Halifax Resident Gets GMB Health & Safety Award At GMB Congress In Bournemouth 

Pauline has true Yorkshire grit in abundance says GMB.

Halifax resident Pauline Keily received the prestigious GMB President’s Award for the “Most Inspirational Project for Making a Difference” at GMB Congress today (Sunday, 5th June 2016) at GMB Congress in Bournemouth for a project to raise health & safety standards and improved access to ambulance vehicles at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The award was presented by Mary Turner, GMB National President, on Sunday 5th June.

The 99th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members and 300 visitors and guests, started today (Sunday 5th June) and runs until Thursday 9th  June at Bournemouth’s International Centre. GMB Congress delegates were elected from the GMB membership to represent over 640,000 members from every part of the UK and Ireland and every sector of the economy.  Congress is the supreme policy making body in GMB.

Neil Derrick, GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Regional Secretary, said "Being a GMB Health & Safety rep can be a lonely job, especially when you are the only one in a workplace where GMB has been derecognised and the management and other unions are hostile.

This was exactly the position Pauline was in as we fought together to win back recognition from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Achieving this was no small feat and Pauline on the inside, took the brunt of the hostility which sadly came from sister unions.

She persevered and has now built a GMB workplace organisation and is the lead in our newly formed Yorkshire Ambulance Service Branch where she has successfully raised health & safety standards for ambulance workers in the Yorkshire region.

Pauline has true Yorkshire grit in abundance and I salute her.”


Contact:  Neil Derrick on 07958 156832 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691. Photographs are available from Andrew Wiard Photographer on 07973 219201 or

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