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'Birmingham’s Inspirational Woman’ Wins Award

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Birmingham’s inspirational woman’  wins Eleanor Marx Award at GMB Union’s 2018 Congress in Brighton

A Sandwell Council worker who fought to make sure terminally ill people could not get sacked for their condition  won a prestigious award.

Sarah Louise James, 37, picked up the Eleanor Marx Award [1] at GMB Union’s 2018 Congress in Brighton today after persuading Sandwell Council to sign up to the ‘Dying to Work’ campaign.

Sarah, full time union rep at Sandwell Council,   was commended for her outstanding work to recruit and represent members – her tireless commitment has helped many in the workplace and beyond.

She campaigned for more rights for terminally ill workers after Jacci Woodcock, a 58-year-old GMB member, was forced out of her job after she was diagnosed with fatal breast cancer.

Sarah’s region has described her as ‘Birmingham’s inspirational woman’ for the crucial role she has played in championing women’s rights and encouraging and inspiring new women activists to become active.

Sarah’s passion and commitment has played a big part in the launch and success of the Birmingham Organised Sisters Society (BOSS) since 2014. From her involvement in campaigns to end period poverty, raise awareness of domestic violence and mental health issues, Sarah has worked tirelessly to promote equality and inclusion.

Sarah said:

“Eleanor Marx was a trailblazer, a woman of words and action.

“To be successfully nominated and following on from previous inspirational winners is very overwhelming and I am immensely proud to be receiving an award in her name.”


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Notes to Editors:

[1] Eleanor Marx co-founded GMB Union in 1889 in Beckton, East London at the age of 34.

Every year GMB Union awards a member with the Eleanor Marx Award to highlight a momentous achievement in the past year. 

Pictures shows Sarah James alongside Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary (left) and  Margaret Gregg, acting vice-chair of congress


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