GMB event gets respect


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The GMB trade union, which represents members across both the public and private sector held an event in Leeds centred on ‘Freedom, Beauty and Equality’.

The gathering, which attracted over 400 people from across West Yorkshire, included prospective parliamentary candidates, councillors, local election candidates and figures from the Asian community.

SUPPORTIVE: Councillor Javed Akhtar says he feels social justice seems attainable when people fight under the GMB banner

SUPPORTIVE: Councillor Javed Akhtar says he feels social justice seems attainable when people fight under the GMB banner

Imam Qari Asim MBE of the Makkah Masjid Mosque opened the proceedings with verses from the Quran extolling the virtues of harmony and communities working together.

Councillor, Javaid Akhtar who is also branch secretary of the GMB Yorkshire Professional Drivers’ branch, organised the event along with other key activists.

Speakers talked about the huge difference the GMB had made to the private hire and hackney trade in Leeds.

Community awards were also presented to a number of activists for promoting sports, giving leadership and to the media representatives.

Councillor Akhtar, said: “This event has become the talk of the city and has received national and international coverage across Asian media.

“People seemed to like the obvious togetherness of all those present and were impressed at the calibre of speakers.

“Social justice seems attainable when we all fight under the GMB banner and this was one of the events that I can remember in my community - the GMB is recognised as an integral part of our lives.”

The GMB was founded by Will Thorne in 1889 to support the hopes of working people in the community and protecting workers rights, working conditions and pay.

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