“On these core values GMB will forever make our stand” - New Year message from John Phillips 4 Jan 2019

Firstly, may I take this opportunity to wish all of our members and activists a very happy New Year.

2018 was certainly an eventful year, dominated by the indecision, confusion and division of Brexit. Let’s all hope that this matter is finally resolved in a way that protects jobs, employment rights and the peace process in Northern Ireland. Last year again saw an increase in both regional and national membership levels, due mainly to the unstinting efforts of our lay representatives who work so hard for the GMB and its members at their workplaces. 

Our success in 2019 will largely depend upon our ability not only to recruit new members but to also retain existing ones, and that’s why the planned strategic review will be focusing upon those key aspects of our work. We must always remember that a growing union delivers for its members whereas a declining one lets them down.

Once again, GMB was at the very forefront of the trade union movement, campaigning and fighting for industrial, political and social change that is so desperately needed to make Britain a fairer and better country to work and live in. At all times, our union has been proud, passionate and progressive, fighting for justice and opposing exploitation, and supporting the most vulnerable in our society. On these core values, the GMB will forever take our stand.

As Paul Kenny once said, ‘we fear nothing for ourselves’. Let’s all make 2019 a great year for everyone associated with this great trade union of ours.

In solidarity,


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