GMB TAKES CARILLION DISPUTE TO LABOUR CONFERENCE

 GMB’s intent to bring the Carillion dispute into the Labour conference was signalled at 10:00 am yesterday, when officials and activists took over the Carillion stall in the exhibition area, accompanied by the grim reaper – protesting at Carillion’s poor record of safety on construction sites, at the scandal of blacklisting, and the cover up of corruption at Great Western Hospital(GMH) in Swindon. This complements the union’s hard hitting approach to bringing the question of employment rights to the conference floor.

At lunch time, GMB shop steward from Carillion at GWH, Margaret Okoraofo, shared a platform at the GMB fringe event with Nicola Smith, head of economics at TUC, Victoria Philips of Thompsons Solicitors, and Angela Eagle MP. Margaret spoke passionately explaining the experience of bullying, racism and corruption that Carillion staff at GWH have endured.

Meanwhile, GMB shop steward Paulo Fernandes apoke from the platform of the Morning Star fringe alongside Katy Clark MP, Billy Hayes, General Secretary of CWU, and Len McCluskey, General Secretary of UNITE. The turn out at the Morning Star fringe was quite good, but unfortunately looked a bit lost in the cavernous venue. Paulo described the scandal of a private sector company in the NHS shaking down vulnerable and low paid staff.

The voices of working class people, like Paulo and Margaret is sadly all too absent at Labour conference; yet these are the sort of voices that the party needs to reconnect with the 5 million voters lost since 1997.

 

Meanwhile, GMB shop steward Paulo Fernandes apoke from the platform of the Morning Star fringe alongside Katy Clark MP, Billy Hayes, General Secretary of CWU, and Len McCluskey, General Secretary of UNITE. The turn out at the Morning Star fringe was quite good, but unfortunately looked a bit lost in the cavernous venue. Paulo described the scandal of a private sector company in the NHS shaking down vulnerable and low paid staff.

The voices of working class people, like Paulo and Margaret is sadly all too absent at Labour conference; yet these are the sort of voices that the party needs to reconnect with the 5 million voters lost since 1997.

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