In my report from the Executive Council meeting last week, I highlighted the proposals from the administration for reorganisation of several UNITE industrial sectors, including IT & Communications.
There have already been some discussions amongst activists in the sector by phone, email and at Regional Industrial Sector Committee (RISC) meetings. In the light of those, some of us have pulled together an initial draft for a response to the consultation. Discussions are ongoing but it will be important to have a response that has broad support in the sector by the time our National Industrial Sector Committee (NISC) meets on Tuesday 9th July. Following responses from the sectors, the Executive Council will take the decision at its September meeting.
In the meantime, I'd welcome comments and discussion on the draft response below. There are various versions around, so I will try to keep the version here up to date as the discussion continues.
- Ensuring that activists from IT & Communications can meet regularly at national level to deal with industrial and organising business
- Ensuring efficient officer allocation so that reps have effective support without duplicating work
- Ensuring that IT & Comms activists are not excluded from sectoral structures
- Ensuring that UNITE maintains a profile as the lead union in the IT & Communications industry by including IT & Comms in the new sector name
- Each region should have one or two officers whose allocation includes most of the region’s IT & Comms membership.
- For each company with significant UNITE membership in IT & Comms in more than one region, one Regional Officer will be made the “lead” for that company for multi-region issues, allowing them to build up knowledge and relationships with the reps, the company and other officers dealing with the company.