Herne Hill Resident Gets Equality Award At GMB Congress In Dublin For Work Supporting Workers In Malawi
Brian is committed to workers’ rights and is a worthy winner of this award says GMB.
Lambeth resident Brian Terry received the prestigious GMB President’s Award for the “Most Inspirational Equality Project for Organising” at GMB Congress today, 7th June. Brian is a senior rep for GMB at G4S and a Branch Chair, but is also committed to helping people in Malawi build a better future through support for the Malawi security workers trade union, the TGLSSWU. Since 2010 Brian has supported the security workers in Malawi to build their membership.
Brian has also led the recent project to raise funds to build a maize mill to benefit the security workers and the wider community. About a third of workers weekly earnings are spent on grinding maize which forms the basis of the daily diet so a mill would make a major difference to their daily lives. Building on the mill was due to start early this year but the worst cyclone in Malawi’s history hit in January and has led to a state of national emergency.
Brian received his award from Mary Turner, GMB National President, on Sunday 7th June along with other GMB award winners.
The 98th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members, started in Dublin’s Citywest Conference Centre today Sunday 7th and runs to Thursday 11th June. There are also 300 visitors and guests. GMB Congress delegates are members who were elected to represent over 630,000 members from every part of the UK and Ireland and who are employed in every sector of the economy. Congress is the supreme policy making body in the union.
Paul Maloney, GMB Southern Regional Secretary, said "Brian is committed to workers’ rights, both here and in Malawi and is a worthy winner of this award.”
Contact: Paul Maloney, Southern Regional Secretary 07801 343 839 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