Councillor Sharon Thompson Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods with one of our reps Ange, her colleague Martin and managers from College Road. Cllr Thompson presented a report for the fitting of retro sprinklers in all tower blocks in the city. Cllr Majid Mahmood spoke in support of the report & insisted the installation commenced with the utmost urgency not dissimilar to Croydon, Manchester & Waltham Forest. This will will reassure tenants, save property, and most importantly lives She was also impressed with the Health and Safety measures put in place following on from #Grenfell which GMB BO1 branch and workplace reps worked closely with our health and safety colleagues to ensure the measures were put in place swiftly. #EveryLifeMatters
2018 marks the centenary of women in Britain achieving the right to vote. Told via 250 historical events, this book charts the heroic actions of Emmeline Pankhurst and those brave women who fought for justice 🙋♀️ Paperback & Kindle now on sale - bit.ly/SuffrageBook
“This year #Birmingham won it's seventh gold medal @The_RHS the Chelsea Flower Show with it's #Windrush Generation inspired entry. The main part, the ship, is now on display outside the Council House in Victoria Square. Click https://t.co/Ore8jKAncT to see a gallery of photos.”
Happy Birthday Emmeline Pankhurst! On this day 1858 - Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden) was born in Manchester and was to become leader of one of the most important political groups of the 20th Century - the Suffragettes. Born into a politically active family, she strived all her life to improve the lives of women. In 1903, she formed the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) which was to introduce a new radical style of campaigning. "Deeds, not words" became their permanent motto. Happy Birthday Mrs P!
A brilliant article by Tim Roache GMB General Secretary in today’s morning star; The matchwomen’s flame still burns brightly today. I am proud of my Union the GMB and my sisters within it. We speak with women daily in their workplaces who feel so downtrodden they struggle to see the point in organising their workplaces, well sisters, here is the point! Our movement is fighting for change across the world and we are a part of it. The matchwomen got organised, stuck together, benefited from community support, pursued their objectives and they won. Be proud of all you do and stand together in our fights, we can and will bring change ✊️ #GMBUnion#MatchWomen#FemaleMatchWorkers#Organising#Solidarityhttps://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/saturday-matchwomens-flame-still-burns-brightly-today
Trans and non-binary people in Britain today face huge levels of abuse and discrimination, in all areas of their lives, simply for being themselves. If you believe in equality, you have to join the fight to stop that. This year, we have a chance to.
On this day - 30 June 1908, Suffragettes carried out the very first window-smashing attack when they broke windows at 10 Downing Street. This happened after Emmeline Pankhurst had led a group of 12 women to the House of Commons to see the Prime Minister - Herbert Asquith. He refused to see the women and Mrs Pankhurst urged her supporters to 'quietly but persistently' protest. The Police arrested over 30 suffragettes that day and Mary Leigh and Edith New, both teachers who had given up their careers for the cause were sentenced to 2 months hard labour in Holloway Jail. This photograph shows them being released from Holloway two months later to a rapturous reception.
Regarding the high temperatures forecast over the next few days your employer must act reasonably. Communication has been sent out to BCC staff from the resilience team with guidance for managers and staff. If you have any issues please contact your local GMB Rep. Alternatively phone the BO1 Branch office on 0121 303 4123.
Branch reps Leonard on the left with the General Secretary Tim Roach. Leon and Leonard on the right with newly elected GMB National President Barbara Plant. They have had a fantastic time and learnt lots about our great union through their experience at Congress.