Over the next few weeks, UNITE activists should receive invitations to Regional Industrial Sector Conferences, Regional Equality Conferences and Area Activist Meetings - all to take place during September. I've previously posted the timetable and more explanation of the meetings.
UNITE has created a web page which is gradually being populated with details of the various conferences including dates, times and venues.
The union's records of who is a rep or branch officer are far from 100% accurate, so I would urge all activists to contact your UNITE Regional Office as soon as possible to check that your activist positions are correctly recorded on the membership system, along with any equalities category you belong to.
Unfortunately the official invitation letter that will go out is a bit heavy on jargon and doesn't really explain why a busy activist in a workplace ought to prioritise getting along to the conferences. Many of the structures don't work as well as they should at the moment because participation is patchy. Below is my attempt at an explanation in relation to the regional industrial sector conferences. Very similar arguments and arrangements apply to the Equality Conferences and Area Meetings.
Regional Industrial Sector Conferences - why bother?