Lily reported back from congress. Speakers had included Owen Jones from Hope Not Hate and a newspaper columnist and Ed Milliband who had both spoken well and passionately. Both speeches are available on the GMB website. She had attended the manufacturing section conference and had spoken even though she wasn’t a delegate.
Lily had also attended the National Pensioners Convention AGM where concern was expressed about the new single rate pension. Some may gain through this but many more will lose out. She was elected onto the executive committee.
Lily was congratulated on giving an excellent report and it was agreed that we pay her and Mary’s expenses to Congress and her expenses to the NPC AGM.
Fergus has attended a national Kier 6 monthly meeting between company and reps. He asked if it would be possible to get the names of other reps so they can get organised for the meetings. Rachelle said she would look into it. The previous manage has resigned under a cloud and it looks as if a new broom will sweep clean. It might be possible to restart the safety committee meetings.
Aquascutum: The director has been playing fast and loose with members pay, withholding wages until the last minute before he could be taken to court. In spite of this business is booming with Aquascutum placing more orders there is now room for 30 or so more workers. A new director is in place so hopefully things will improve.
It was agreed to pay Adrian Grover a further £250 for the work he is doing on the branch website. The secretary will contact him and try and put the arrangement on a more professional basis.
Rachelle thanked Jackie and Maggie for the work they have been doing as accompanying reps.