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The GMB conference and Gordon Brown

Issue No. 2054

All the debates of delegates to the GMB union conference in Brighton this week were shaped by Gordon Brown taking over as the New Labour leader.

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny sent a message to Brown saying, “The government needs to listen or lose. I think Gordon Brown has instincts for a fairer society. I say to Gordon please follow your instincts not the spin doctors of the bosses.”

There was anger over pensions, agency workers’ rights and public sector pay.

GMB Scotland delegate Linda Miller said, “People have been sickened by the huge pay rises that top executives are handing themselves at the same time we are criticised for ‘unrealistic’ pay demands.

“Brown can’t build a better Britain by asking those at the bottom of the pile to suffer wage freezes while those at the top pocket massive increases.”

National secretary Brian Strutton called Brown’s 2 percent pay cap for the public sector “insulting and immoral”.

The GMB is set to ballot its members for strikes at Remploy factories for disabled workers against closures.

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Tue 5 Jun 2007, 19:11 BST
Issue No. 2054
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