Today the UNITE Executive took the decisions on the review of industrial sectors.
In relation to IT & Comms, the decision was broadly in line with the response to the consultation from the IT & Comms National Industrial Sector Committee (NISC).
The IT & Comms sector will be combined with the Graphical, Paper & Media (GPM) sector as the GPM & IT Sector with immediate effect. An IT & Communications Advisory Committee will be established, subject to review at the end of the current 3-year cycle (2012-2015).
The GPM & IT NISC and Regional Industrial Sector Committees (RISCs) will be formed from all the existing members of the current committees for the remainder of the current term of office, rather than holding fresh elections. The new combined RISCs will meet from December 2013 and the new NISC from January 2014.
The national sector conference in November 2013 will be a combined GPM & IT one, made up of the delegates elected from the previous sectors.
Work will commence in late 2014/early 2015 on devising new constituencies, including occupational proportionality, for the NISCs and RISCs for electoral period 2015/18.