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Scotland Resident wins GMB congress equality award

Monday, June 6, 2016

South Lanarkshire Resident Wins Inaugural GMB Eleanor Marx Award At Gmb Congress In Bournemouth 

An exceptional GMB shop steward and Branch Secretary in Asda, and a leading light in GMB Scotland for decades.

GMB member and South Lanarkshire resident Cath Murphy received the inaugural GMB Eleanor Marx award at GMB Congress today (Monday, 6th June, 2016). The award recognises her constant hard work for GMB members as their shop steward, health & safety representative and Branch Secretary over the past thirty years. Her work includes projects combating domestic violence and raising awareness for cancer and toxic shock syndrome.

The GMB Eleanor Marx award was created in recognition of inspirational women in GMB in memory of socialist activist Eleanor Marx who was a founding member of GMB who spent her life striving to improve the living standards of working class people and was a leading light in the struggle for women’s rights.

Cath received her award from Rachel Holmes, Eleanor Marx biographer, on Sunday 5th June 2016 along with other GMB award winners.

The 99th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members and 300 visitors and guests, started yesterday (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.  GMB Congress is the supreme policy making body in GMB.

Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Secretary, said "During the bad years in Asda, Cath was one of the women who sustained GMB, keeping us from being de-recognised.  Cath has given up a huge chunk of her life, working weekends and late into the night, representing mostly female Asda workers.

Not content organising her own ASDA store, Cath has travelled all over the central belt visiting stores and encouraging others to become shop stewards. Growth in Asda membership in Scotland could not have happened without the years of tireless service from Cathy Murphy who GMB Scotland cannot praise highly enough.

She has had a major involvement in the Daphne Project on domestic violence against women, attending meetings in the Scottish Parliament to help eliminate violence to women

An exceptional GMB Shop Steward and GMB branch secretary in Asda, and a leading light in GMB Scotland for decades, despite ill-health, she continues to be a great ambassador for GMB."


Contact: Peter Welsh on 07976 447077 or Kamaljeet Jandu GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer on 07956 237178 or GMB Press Office: 07970 863411 or 07739 182691. Photographs available from Andrew Wiard Photographer on 07973 219201 or


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