GMB elects Barbara Plant as new president

The GMB union has elected Barbara Plant, a former teaching assistant, as their new president, following the death of Mary Turner in 2017.

Plant was a teacher, and then teaching assistant, who became active in the GMB twenty years ago when her boss tried to change her job description. She organised her colleagues, took on management, and won.

She moved from workplace rep to education official, to full time union representative in 2009. She was elected to the GMB’s national executive in 2015.

Responding to her election Barbara Plant said:

“I am so proud to lead the union that I love, and that has been a family to me over the last 20 years - through thick and thin.

“I want to give back to our members, to repay the kindness, support, opportunities and encouragement that I have been shown over the years.

“Our reps are the superheroes. They’re the ones who face management every day, support our members in so many ways and I know that they will go back from congress reinvigorated having shared their experiences and reaffirmed GMB’s values of social justice, equality, socialism, internationalism and solidarity.

“These values have been handed down through generations, from Eleanor Marx to Mary Turner and they are the values that I will always put at the heart of everything I do as National President.”

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