GMB Conference Report
Sunday 9th to Wednesday 12th June - Brighton
Show Racism the Red Card had one of the most popular stalls at the GMB Conference in Brighton last week. The majority of the delegates who went to the conference visited the stall, with 254 collecting t-shirts paid for by Regional Branches to wear on the final couple of days. Looking around the conference, the majority of people were carrying one of our carrier bags and so our brand was widely publicised. The stall was run by Martina Barton (Admin Worker), Steve Goodsell (Southern Regional Manager) and Ged Grebby our CEO.
£237 was raised from donations and sales of wristbands, badges and T-Shirt's. A further bulk order for 50 t-shirts was made which will raise an additional £400. The football club posters were very popular although several delegates were disappointed 'their' team was not on display, the most notable absentee's being Leeds Utd, Derby County and any Scottish clubs.
Key members of the GMB came to talk to us about the campaign and seemed enthusiastic about the opportunity to fund us on a local basis, and to support Wear Red Day 2019. We were approached by two Councillors who were interested in SRtRC working in their Local Authority area.
SRtRC Vice President Leroy Rosenior MBE spoke at the main conference and received a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. The GMB officials commented that it was the best speech they had ever heard at conference. Leroy also attended and spoke at our fringe meeting on the Wednesday afternoon. Leroy was joined by Ged Grebby, Tim Roache (GMB General Secretary) Taranjit Chana (GMB National Equality Race Lead) Tony Higgins (FIFPro} and Stephen Cavalier from Thompsons Solicitors who sponsored the fringe and provided lunch for attendees. All speakers were enthusiastically received, with Leroy once more being given a standing ovation. Around 100 people attended with standing room only come the 12.45 start!
Overall it was a great conference with fantastic support from delegates and management towards the work of Show Racism the Red Card.