Tower Hamlets Resident Receives Award At GMB Congress In Dublin For Fighting Violence And Abuse At Work
Tony’s tireless championing of improvements in the workplace is making a genuine difference to our members working lives says GMB.
Tower Hamlets resident Tony Smith, a GMB Health and Safety Representative working for G4S in Kennington Job Centre Plus, has won a Health and Safety Award at GMB Congress in Dublin today, 9th June 2015. Tony has championed the GMB SafeGuard Campaign which aims to stamp out abuse and violence directed at those working in the security industry. His work has resulted in the introduction of first zero tolerance charter, support for workers when attacks occur and major improvements in the reporting procedures to ensure lessons are learnt.
Each year Congress makes Health & Safety Awards in memory of a 17 year old South Wales worker Daniel Dennis who was killed in his first week at work in 2003. Daniel was the son of a GMB member and the award is to underline that Health and Safety is not “red tape” but a matter of “life and limb”.
Mary Turner GMB National President presented the awards on Sunday 7th June on the first day of the GMB Congress. (Photo available, see contacts below)
GMB Congress, comprising of 500 lay member delegates, is underway in Dublin Citywest Conference Centre. These delegates have been elected to attend the GMB Congress to represent over 630,000 members in every part of the UK and Ireland and from every sector of the economy. Congress is the supreme policy making body in the union. Also attending will be 300 visitors and guests drawn mainly from GMB organised workplaces around the UK and Ireland.
Paul Maloney, GMB Southern regional secretary said: "No one should be subjected to violence and abuse at work, and Tony’s tireless championing of improvements in the workplace is making a genuine difference to our members working lives. Tony thoroughly deserves the recognition of this award.”
Contact: Paul Maloney, Southern Regional Secretary 07801 343 839 or John McClean, GMB National Health & Safety Officer on 07710 321329 or Daniel Shears GMB Health and Safety Officer on 07918 767781 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 258123. Photos available from Andrew Wiard photographer on 07973 219201.