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Mike Tinnion

Mike Tinnion

Position: Branch Secretary
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Telephone Number: 020 8202 28272
Mobile Number: 07399344468

Bio:
Former Soldier, Mike, has been a Licensed London Taxi Driver for 17 years, and has been active, within the industry, for many years Mike, has been a trade union activist for over thirty years. Mike is a Labour Party Member and active in his local London Ward where he attends and helps in many local matters.
Karen Menpes

Karen Menpes

Position: Women’s Officer
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Bio:

My name is Karen Menpes I have held the position of Taxi Liaison officer as well as engaging within equalities within the Union. In 2002 that I became a Private Hire driver then became a Yellow Badge driver in 2004. In 2008 I gained my Green Badge and have worked on all three of the major London taxi radio circuits.   This year, I attended the GMB Congress in Brighton and constructed and read out four speeches that moved motions relating to maintaining the Two Tier system, the definition of Plying For Hire, along with other speeches covering the banning of Ride Sharing, driver safety and the capping of Private Hire licences.

 

I understand the ongoing issues within both the taxi and Private Hire trades. I also am happy to represent members from both trades.  I have also attended meetings with numerous Assembly Members at City Hall and the ex-Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross.

The GMB have very recently trained me as a Workplace Organiser and I have attended three GMB Equalities/Women's conferences. In addition, I am a Labour party member.

My job will be to represent and assist all members and to enable others to follow my path.


Dennis Bartholomew

Dennis Bartholomew

Position: Equalities Officer
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Bio:
Dennis grew up in North London, after arriving from Grenada to join his parents. Leaving school with few qualifications he studied further, eventually gaining a BA in Law at the Polytechnic of Central London. From there he worked in a variety of roles including international trade; equalities management in local government, a national charity and a major university. After retiring he decided to become a part time private hire driver to keep active. He then realised the degree of exploitation faced by workers in this profession and decided to do something about it. He joined the GMB Trade Union in 2017 and became a Workplace Organiser for private hire drivers. He has been active in representing members of the union since then.  
Steve Garelick

Steve Garelick

Position: Regional Organiser
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Telephone Number: 020 8202 8272
Mobile Number: +44 7967 763980

Bio:
I am London born aged 51, my wife Ella is Polish born and has lived in the UK for over 37 years 26 of those with me, we have two daughters. With GMB Union I held the role GMB Branch Secretary for Professional Drivers covering the London Region. GMB union have now employed me as a regional organiser based on my past success and my purview is Transportation, Logistics, Warehouse workers, Couriers and Gig economy workers. I have been involved in the Employment Rights Case for Uber & Addison Lee drivers and received the TUC organiser of the year award 2017 for my work on Workers’ rights and the Gig economy. As a campaigner I am keen to promote Worker rights as well as assisting individual’s multiple issues from Employment rights, Legal matters, Debt, Housing, Social care and Education as well as engaging with MPs, MEPS, AMs and groups such as Global Action on environmental issues. I ran a successful small Hillingdon based Executive Chauffeur company for over 25yrs. This has given me a unique overview of the pitfalls & successes a business has and leaves me better placed than many to understand small business owners worries and needs. It is my opinion that proving the Labour party is a party for small & medium business can attract more votes. My Union work covers many aspects including assisting workers with issues as diverse as depression to job loss, I have been able to help many members & their families with multiple issues. I also negotiate and engage on legislation at local & national level as well as employers and management which has given me a good insight in to these processes. I am used to media and am frequently interviewed by Press, Radio and TV and am therefore able to engage in this arena. In my current role I also sit on multiple TUC London East & South East committees including International affairs and transport. Additionally, I am a trustee of Hillingdon law centre. Locally I support small retail and restaurants as well as engaging wherever possible on a community basis. I was a candidate in Hillingdon’s local elections I continue to canvass and engage with the Labour Group. Within Ruislip Pinner and Northwood Labour Constituency I am in my third term as Vice Chair membership additionally, I sit on the Local campaign forum & am a Co-Operative Party member. During previous elections I have engaged not only conventional canvassing but also working on phone canvassing and data input and policy suggestion. Those who know me that I can be humorous and am keen to engage and assist with all. In my opinion we must show a unity as a party and follow the party manifesto to gain government. I will of course want to be engaged in Uxbridge and South Ruislip CLP meetings & events.
Peter O’Connell

Peter O’Connell

Position: Political Officer

Bio:
Private-hire driver for two small firms in South London since 2006. A Labour councillor 1994-06. Previously, a journalist working at the South London Press, Financial Times, LBC radio and in television news.
TriStar Rep Malcolm Cowan

TriStar Rep Malcolm Cowan

Position: Workplace Representative
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Bio:
I grew up in peckham until I was 13 then moved to north London. I worked for Ratner the jewellers before their jewellery was "crap"!! I spent time in the fashion trade and over 30years as a paralegal. I have been st tri-star over 9 years