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Birmingham resident award at GMB Congress in Nottingham for support for equality campaigns

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Delcan Downes received the prestigious GMB President’s Award for the “Most Inspirational Project for Making a Difference at Work” at GMB Congress today.

Birmingham resident Delcan Downes received an award at GMB Congress in Nottingham today 8th June for his work in the equality community in Birmingham Region.

Delcan Downes is a member of GMB Birmingham & West Midlands Region. He is an active member of the Equality community in Birmingham Region, specifically working with LGBT, Disability Advisory Network, city wide black workers support group ensuring GMB influence.

Delcan received his award from Mary Turner, GMB National President, on Sunday 8th June along with other GMB award winners.

The 97th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members, started in Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena, Nottingham NG1 1LA today Sunday 8th and runs to Thursday 12th June. There are also 300 visitors and guests. 

GMB Congress delegates are members who were elected to represent over 628,000 members from every part of the UK and Ireland and who are employed in every sector of the economy.  Congress is the supreme policy making body in the union. GMB is the direct successor to the Gas Workers & General Union which was formed on 31st March 1889 by Will Thorne. 125 years ago the union spread like wild fire across Britain and Ireland after it liberated gas workers from the unrelenting toil of working twelve hour days for six days a week by winning an eight hour day. This 125th birthday will be marked at the Congress. 

Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary, said "Delcan is a credit to his branch, the union region and the wider community in Birmingham. 

Delcan is always prepared to go that extra mile to ensure that that the members covered by the Equality Forum are listened to. Delcan inspires so many people he comes into contact with. He is truly deserving of this award”

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Contact:  Joe Morgan 07794 247960 or Kamaljeet Jandu GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer on 07956 237178 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823. Photograph available from Andrew Wiard Photographer on 07973 219201 or andrew@reportphotos.com

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