This year, our chair, Ruth Pitchford attended Tolpuddle Festival as a part of the GMB Young Members history school and enjoyed the whole experience. The young members were given the chance to explore the village where the Tolpuddle Martyrs once lived and worked. From the church’s to where they ministered on Sunday Mornings to the tree where the 6 workers met.
On the 14th and 15th November 2016, the fourth annual GMB Young Members summit was held by the Birmingham Region. All nine regions came together to set out the year ahead and reflect on the past year. The GMB Young Members Network is a membership led democratic body that works to bring young GMB members together, making their voices heard in the union and in society by campaigning on issues affecting young people at work.
From the 27th February to the 1st March, North West and Ireland sent a delegation to the National Equalities Conference, ‘Equality Activists Growing GMB’, as a part of this delegation – Ruth Pitchford, who hold the youth strand seat on the REF attended.
On Tuesday 1st November 2016, young members from GMB North West & Irish Region met with Holly Lynch MP and Shadow Minister for Labour Jack Dromey MP to tell them how they have been affected by age discrimination in pay.
You may be aware that on April 1st this year the Government introduced its ‘National Living Wage’ legally requiring employers to pay workers £7.20 per hour. However as well as being far off the £10 per hour real living wage that workers need, it also only applies to workers over 25.
The GMB trade union protects people of all ages at work but importantly young people too. As one of the groups most at-risk from being treated unfairly at work, Britain's young workers are increasingly facing these problems everyday:
- Low pay
- Precarious work (zero-hours contracts etc.)
The 2016 GMB Young Members Awards will be presented at the GMB Young Members Network Summit. We have many active and enthusiastic young members in our region, making a difference to worthwhile campaigns and supporting members in the workplace. We are asking that you take a few minutes to complete this online form to nominate a young member for these awards.
Closing date is 4 November 2016
From 28th April to the 10th May 2016, 28 Young Trade Unionists representing millions of workers from across Britain and Ireland visited Cuba on the annual May Day Brigade organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. I was one of them, representing the GMB North West & Irish Region and joining trade union and political activists from 34 countries around the world to show their solidarity with the Cuban people.
Europe Stay or Leave? Ross Holden, Young Member, discussed with the women at the International Women's Day Event
As part of the speaker line up set for the International Women's Day Event held at Regional Office in Liverpool, Ross Holden a Young Member discussed this important topic and also took a snap poll. The results are interesting, perhaps confirming the view held by Paul McCarthy that there would be a lot less conflict if we had more women taking part in negotiations. We have also been running a survey on the regional website this past week or so with a similar outcome.