With a bias towards the GPM & IT sector of our union
On 8th November I attended four fascinating meetings at the Historical Materialism conference with people from the USA and Canada discussing the plight of the labour movement and ideas for turning it round.
I found the debates really useful and there were a lot of ideas the British labour movement should engage with. I've written up some of the key points as a series of three articles. The first ("Mobilise or Organise?") is mainly about Jane McAlevey's ideas on organising strategy and has been published here. The other two should be published over the next few days and will cover "Migration, the labour market and social reproduction" and "Reversing the decline".
Two important documents have been circulated through UNITE's officers. The first is the schedule of meetings for 2015, which includes dates which have been fixed for some events, and the windows within which other meetings must take place to minimise clashes. The second is the timetable of events for the coming three-year cycle - including the election of branch officers and workplace representatives which forms the foundation of the union structure.
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS 2015
Executive Council (EC) and Finance & General Purposes Committee (F&GP) Meetings:
15 January 2015 F&GP
12 February 2015 F&GP
9-13 March 2015 EC
16 April 2015 F&GP
14 May 2015 F&GP
8-12 June 2015 EC
16 July 2015 F&GP
3 September 2015 F&GP
7-11 September 2015 EC (NB: may change)
15 October 2015 F&GP
12 November 2015 F&GP
7-12 December 2015 EC
Other major events:
18-20 March 2015: UNITE National Equalities Conferences
7 May 2015: UK General Election
6-10 July 2015: UNITE Rules Conference
13-16 September 2015: Trades Union Congress
27-30 September 2015: Labour Party Conference
23-25 November 2015: UNITE National Industrial Sector Conferences
UNITE CONSTITUTIONAL TIMETABLE
I have a page with information about UNITE's structures which may be useful background.
A lot of UNITE's structures operate on a 3-year cycle.
The existence of three sectors which did not exist in their current for at the time of the last cycle (Automotive, GEMS and GPM&IT), there will need to be changes to the format of committees at national and regional level. This will not only impact on sector committees but potentially also Area Activist Committees (AACs) and Regional Equality Committees. Any group that wishes to vary its composition will need to join the consultation process, with all proposals for change approved by the EC at its June 2015 meeting at the latest.
By 30 June 2015
The bedrock of the union's structure is the election of branch officers and representatives within the workplace. These must be all be elected by June 2015 to take office from 1 July 2015. Branch officers serve for a three-year term. Representatives within the workplace serve for a three year term unless a shorter term is determined locally.
Branch officers include: