Sunday 27 April 2008

North-West Area Quarterlies

I'm pleased to see a letter has gone out to Amicus section workplace reps and lay branch officers in the north-west with the dates of the area quarterly meetings for the remainder of 2008.

Sadly, it still doesn't explain what they are or why anyone might want to go. I think the lack of power, promotion and clear direction is undermining what should be a key element in the union structure. A meeting for all workplace reps and lay branch officers in an area ought to be a valuable forum to exchange news and ideas, make links and develop campaigning and solidarity.

As the union's official web site is still only showing the dates for 2007, I reproduce them here:

Meetings are 7pm, UNITE regional office, Parkgates, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester
20 May, 19 August, 18 November.

Meetings are 7pm, County Hall, Preston
28 May, 20 August, 19 November

Meetings are 7pm, Legends (Bentley Motors), Speed 8 Suite, Sunnybank Road, Crewe
11 June, 3 September, 3 December

Meetings are 7pm, Blackburne House, off Hope Street, Liverpool
9 July, 8 October

Meetings are 7pm, Washington Central Hotel, Workington
2 June, 1 September, 1 December

Meetings are 6:30pm, Empress Hotel, Douglas
10 June, 16 September, 9 December

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