Retired Members Association

Retired Members Association (RMA) 

You don’t have to give up GMB because you have retired from work.

The GMB Retired Members Association (RMA) is for retired members who want to continue their involvement with GMB. You can apply for free retired membership within three months of no longer paying contributions in line with Rule 47a, 2a To qualify, you have to be permanently retired from paid work, be a GMB member for at least 5 years and apply in writing. Please contact regional office. 

Dear Member

I understand you are a newly retired member, and I write to let you know about the GMB’s Retired Members’ Association.  As Regional Co-Ordinator of the RMA of the Wales and South West Region, I write to invite you to join the Region’s retired members’ community which is very active in campaigning on key issues that affect retired GMB members and offers the opportunity to become involved in the work and activities of the RMA both regionally and nationally.

Annual regional and national RMA conferences are held which enable members to come together to discuss contemporary issues that impact on retired members.  The regional conference is held in January and the national conference in October.  At the regional conference, motions are submitted and debated, which the region then submits to the national conference for debate and discussion, which then becomes policy of the Union.  The work of the National RMA is co-ordinated by Steve Kemp who is a National official at GMB’s head office.

The current campaigns of the RMA focus on the protection of improved pension provision, improvement in state benefits for the elderly, provision of free universal bus and train travel, and support for compensation to sufferers of pleural plaque – these are just a few examples.

The GMB recognises that just because a member is retired from the world of work, many still want to play an active role within the Union, and the Retired Members Association is the best way to achieve this.

We also have a link to our national website:

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact my office – by phone, letter or email.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Yours sincerely

Martin Hird

Senior Organiser and RMA Co-ordinator





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