500 delegates representing 641,000 GMB members from all parts of the UK and Ireland and from every sector meet to discuss the industrial, economic and political agenda of the GMB.
The 99th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members, will be held in the Bournemouth International Centre from Sunday 5th June to Thursday 9th June 2016. The 99th Congress comes back to Bournemouth for the first time since the 78th Congress was held there in 1991. This will be the 7th time congress has been to Bournemouth since it was first held there in 1926.
GMB is the direct successor to the Gas Workers & General Union which was formed on 31st March 1889 by Will Thorne. 127 years ago the union spread like wild fire across Britain and Ireland after it liberated gas workers from the unrelenting toil of working twelve hour days for six days a week by winning an eight hour day.
Delegates attending GMB Congress are the members who have been elected to represent 641,000 members from every part of the UK and Ireland and who are employed in every sector of the economy. Congress is GMB’s supreme policy making body. 300 visitors and guests will also attend GMB Congress and are also drawn mainly from GMB organised workplaces around the UK and Ireland.