GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Young Members
REGIONAL YOUNG MEMBERS COMMITTEE -2017
The GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Regional Young Members' Committee has been elected for 2017.
Jawad Khan - @jawadkhan1998 - elected as Chair
Beccie Ions - @beccieions - reelected as Secretary
Committee members: Jack Johnson, Summer Risebury, Tom Kowalski, Emily Warrillow, Damon Cooper and Joseph Wheatley
More details on how you can get involved with the Regional Young Members' Committee and their activities and campaigns contact Beccie or Jawad. or alternatively contact Regional Young Members' Officer Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org
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NATIONAL YOUNG MEMBERS’ SUMMIT 2016
This year's National Young Members’ Summit was hosted by the Birmingham and West Midlands Region over the weekend of the 12th and 13th November 2016. After serving as National Secretary of the Young Members’ Network for the last 15 months, GMB Regional Young Members’ Secretary, Beccie Ions, stood down.
Beccie has loved every minute but wanted to stand down and focus on regional campaigns, especially mental health. Beccie has recently started doing a PHD on mental health and has also been asked to be a national campaigns coordinator for Labour Mental Health. Huge congratulations Beccie! Beccie will remain a part of the national network as she was successfully elected into one of the two CEC Observer Seats the network holds.
We are also pleased to announce that Jawad Khan, Regional Young Members’ Chair was successful in being re-elected into one of the two delegate seats the GMB has on the TUC Young Workers’ Forum.
Our region was successful in securing enough votes for their motion to go forward to the TUC Youth Conference in 2017. The GMB is only permitted to submit one motion so it's a great achievement for our delegates to have their motion on Trade Unions and Education being selected.
Our region also submitted a motion to the network about continuing the mental health campaign for the next 12 months. Jawad Khan moved this important motion and it was also passed.
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National Young Members' Network
The region welcomed the National Young Members' Network to Wakefield in September. The network is where regions young member delegates feed into and play an active part in campaigns relevant to them on a national scale. Their main campaigns currently are raising mental health awareness in the workplace.
Also high on their campaigning agenda is fighting for the abolition of the discriminatory age banding in the national living wage. Please take a moment to sign our petition and circulate it as wide as possible - http://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131920
This is a campaign which is gaining momentum with the backing of GMB member Holly Lynch MP for Calderdale who has already been raising our concerns in parliament. We are looking for members to speak to who have been directly affected by this discrimination. Is that you? If so please contact Rachel Harrison - Young Members' Officer - 0345 337 7777 or email her on: Rachel.email@example.com
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Mental Health Campaign
The Regional Young Members Committee have made Mental Health a focus of their campaigning activities for 2016. What do we want to achieve?
- To increase understanding within society of mental health in order to reduce stigma and discrimination
- To encourage employers to put into practice workplace policies to tackle workplace stigma and provide efficient support to those who have mental ill health
- To encourage workplaces to promote staff wellbeing by providing information and support and becoming a mindful employer.
The Who is estimating that by 2020 that mental illness will be the 2nd leading cause for mortality. If we, as a society, do not take serious and promote better wellbeing now, this will become an even bigger issue in the future.
Young members attended the TUC Mental Health Event in Leeds in November and secured support from the TUC in our campaign. We officially launched the campaign with Richard Burgon MP pledging to support. We hope to continue by gaining the pledge and support from other prominent public figures and also getting the TUC Mental Health Workplace Toolkits distributed as widely as possible.
Durham Miners’ Gala
GMB young members sent a delegation to the Durham Miners’ Gala, which included Yorkshire & North Derbyshire members Jawad Khan, Beccie Ions and Barney O’Connor. They attended a two day political school and broadened their knowledge in areas such as political campaigning and the history of the Miners Gala. Members then participated in the march alongside the GMB banner and were greeted from the balcony of the County Hotel by General Secretary, Tim Roache and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The march then proceeded to the main field, where our members spent an enjoyable afternoon browsing the stalls and listening to speeches from Tim and Jeremy, as well as other figures such as Richard Burgon MP, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and the late Dave Hopper. The Miners Gala was an amazing celebration of the work that unions have done over the years but also a stark reminder of the challenges we face today from the anti-union Tory government.
Leeds For Free Education
26 October was the Leeds For Free Education Demo organised by students of Leeds University and Regional Committee member Mark Donohoe. They are fighting for free education, against cuts and privatisation and are trying to improve the lives of students and workers. Beccie Ions was asked to speak on behalf of the GMB as a young member and ex student of Leeds University. The event was well attended and finished with a march through Leeds City Centre on a busy Saturday afternoon.
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The European Debate
Young members Beccie Ions, Jawad Khan, Olivia Blake and Lewis Dagnall were invited to attend a TUC organised event to Brussels and European Parliament in December. All thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came home ready for the debate on whether we should stay in or leave the EU.
Are you interested in getting involved? Please contact Rachel Harrison - Regional Young Members Officer for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org - 0345 337 7777
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