Congress began with an address from Steve Gillan, General Secretary from the Prison Officers Association. He spoke about unions working together to challenge the draconian measures being imposed against unions and their members by the current government.
MOTIONS TO CONGRESS
The day's business began with a number of motions on Wealth Tax, National Insurance, Alzheimer's - Inadequate Support, Extra Funding For Mental Health, Local Council Budgets, First Aid In Schools and Dealing with NHS Crisis to name but a few.
MOTION 249: EXTRA FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Chris Wilde moving Motion 249
Conference recognises the importance of extra funding for mental health services. Patients with mental health issues spend longer in hospital and take up many resources often given cheap medication which can cause further health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems later on in life. If effective medication was allowed to be prescribed at diagnosis, the NHS would not have beds taken by those patients who possibly could have avoided this. We need to remember, there is no health without mental health.
Terence Calvert seconding Motion 249
CONGRESS LOCAL GIFT
The Congress Local Gift was awarded to GMB London Region for the Stoke Newington Drop in Centre for the Homeless who provide hot meals, clothing and a recreational environment for homeless people and University College Hospital Pathway Homeless Team who provide healthcare for the homeless.
CONGRESS GUEST SPEAKERS
A number of guest speakers addressed Congress today including Margaret Aspinall Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Ian Smith from Four Seasons Healthcare.
CEC STATEMENT ON THE TRADE UNION ACT
The CEC statement on the Trade Union Act reinforced GMBs commitment to fight the impact and effects the act will have on our wider aims and ultimately GMB members.
Andy Irving, Regional President and CEC member speaking on behalf of the CEC on The Trade Union Act Special Report.
Cath Pinder speaking in the CEC's special report on the Trade Union Act
CEC SPECIAL REPORT: GMB IN THE CARE SECTOR - CAMPAIGNING TO PREVENT THE COLLAPSE OF SOCIAL CARE
Cindy Gavin speaking in support of the CEC Special Report (available to download below) and also highlighting a local issue in Leeds where a care home is to face possible closure. The Green care home in Seacroft is under threat and Cindy has been involved in the campaign to over-turn the Council's decision to close the home.
END OF DAY'S BUSINESS