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GMB Northants Community Branch
Secretary: Gordon Glassford, Corby, Northants, NN17 2LL
Summary of the branch meeting held on 29.06.16
There were no matters arising.
A bill had been received from Corby Community Arts for putting up the Workers Memorial Day Exhibition. It was agreed to also make a donation for the same amount as last time
We had received a reply from Tim Roache regarding our question about why our motion to congress had been opposed by the CEC. We believed this didn’t fully answer the question and that the secretary should write back with a copy to Andy Worth.
The secretary had received an email from the Pluto Project in Corby. Adrian will put a link on the website.
The regional delegation to the Hazards Conference was still three short. Rajko and Sterling showed an interest. The secretary will forward their names to Craig Stuart.
Election of Officers:
No further nominations have been received. So the officers are: President: Jackie Grover, Secretary: Gordon Glassford, Equality Officer: Martyn Reuby, Auditors: Rajko Loncar and Alec Mason. Committee: Fergus Farrell, Lily Lowe, David Swan, Adrian Grover and Rajko Loncar. One person had shown an interest in the Youth Officer position but had not been nominated.
One of our members at Matalan had fallen into arrears through ill health. We have already supported him in the past. The secretary will find out if further support is needed.
Branch Finances remain healthy. We are still looking for charities to support.
Jackie felt that after the referendum result favouring the leave campaign there will be more attacks than ever on people at work. Martyn felt very let down by the result but after talking to young people felt that they had mostly voted to remain and felt equally disappointed. It was felt that now is the best time to get young people involved so we will be looking at ways to do that.
Social Media Report:
Adrian was continuing to update the website but other than that there had been no change.
The branch was disappointed to learn that the Corby Borough Council had decided to extend the Kier contract by 2 years instead of bringing it in house. We will be keeping an eye on the situation.
Accuma: Rajko reported that he will be meeting management with Rachelle soon.
Lily gave a full report on the National pensioners Convention AGM. Topics included the attack on TATA steel pensions, Transferrable tax allowances, doctor’s waiting lists. As she is a delegate from the branch it was agreed to pay her expenses.