GMB’s 2022 Congress has been over for nearly a month; we were represented by our branch president, Dave Levy, who’s written this brief report, and longer ones on his blog and on medium.
“I have now uploaded most of my notes and comments from #GMB22. They can be found on my blog using the tag #GMB22. There are notes on the Ukraine special report which was not presented and on the finance report and debates which I have not yet decided how to publish. The finance debate I will definitely publish, but probably after the GMB submits its AR21.
We took nine motions to conference, on training, sick pay, housing crisis, where we enhanced GMB policy on no fault terminations, non-compete clauses, fair votes (i.e. PR), the Future Trade and Co-operation agreement, campaigning against the Tory hard Brexit, restoring legal aid, supporting the Human Rights Act and Sick Pay. Of these motions, only the motion on fair votes failed to carry. These motions were written by Dave, Steve & Mark. I also drafted London Region’s emergency motion on the Rwanda refugee deportations, which was also carried albeit with a qualification.
My report also includes comments on the Energy industry debate, Rachel Reeves’ speech, a motion, carried on GMB supported councillors and I also wrote a piece on my general impressions calling out my highlight speeches.
It was a busy and successful week.
Posted: 6th July 2022