Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022

We would like to invite all members of our Branch to attend our  Annual General Meeting that is taking place on:

Tuesday 8th March
5.30-7pm.
On Zoom

We are really please to have the Vice President Andrea Egan joining us as our guest speaker, especially as it is also International Women’s Day. 

All full members of UNISON are invited to attend.  The meeting will be held via Zoom and details of how to join the meeting will be sent to all those that register.  As it is our AGM it is only open to UNISON members which is why we ask you to verify by booking.   If you are planning to attend please email info@birminghamunison.co.uk using AGM in the subject line or call 0121 2003331 to reserve your place.

Once registered the details to join the AGM meeting will be sent with a copy of the agenda and paperwork.   

This is your opportunity as a member of UNISON to see what the branch has achieved over the last 12 months and to help us debate and agree the way forward for the year ahead.

Any member can submit a motion to the meeting, and these must be sent to me by email to caroline.johnson@birminghamunison.co.uk by the 28th February 12 noon.  Please mark the subject line in the email AGM Motion.

At the meeting we will also elect our branch delegations to attend meetings and conferences on behalf of the branch. All UNISON members can stand in these elections. Outlined below are the bodies we are holding the elections for and what the work entails if you stand and are elected.

All UNISON branches have rules about proportionality.  We believe that to put this into practice all delegations must reflect the make-up of the membership.  In Birmingham UNISON we have a 76% female membership of the branch, so all our branch delegations have to be a least 76% female.  We also have to reflect the ethnic make-up of our members have one low paid delegate (earning under £10.63ph) and one young delegate (under 27yrs old).

If you wish to stand for a place on one or all of the delegations, then please let me know by emailing me caroline.johnson@birminghamunison.co.uk by the 25th February and enclose a short statement of up to 250 words of why you wish to be elected. Please mark the subject line in the email AGM election

 

UNISON West Midlands Regional Council (WMRC)

Our branch have 13 delegates to the WMRC. This body meets bi- monthly with 2 meetings take place on a Thursday and 4 on a Saturday across the year.  At the meeting issues that affect all UNISON members across our region are debated, discussed and voted on.

Birmingham Trades Union Council

Our branch can send up to 36 delegates to BTUC.  The aims of the Trades Council are as follows. To provide a coordinating centre for the Trade Union Movement and to promote the interests of all it’s affiliated organisations. To help to promote suitable educational, social and sports activities for all workers. To maintain close relations between its affiliated organizations and the Trades Union Congress and to support and work for such objectives as the Trade Union Congress from time to time determine. To improve generally the economic and social conditions of the workers; and to take part in international, national and local efforts to promote the welfare of Trade Unionists.  To combat racist, sexist or fascist ideas and oppose discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, colour, sex, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.  Trades Council meets on the first Thursday of every month from 7-9pm.

UNISON National Delegate Conference

The national delegate conference is UNISON’s annual ‘parliament’. It brings together delegates from across the union to decide the union’s policies and priorities and sets out the work of the NEC for the year ahead.  This year the conference will held face to face in Brighton from the 14-17th June (restrictions permitting)

 UNISON Local Government Conference

The Local Government conference is for all Local Government branches.  It decides on our priorities for the year and sets out the work of those that sit on the Local Government Service Group Executive of the union. The conference will take place from the 12-13th June.

The branch can nominate 11 delegates to both the conferences 8 of whom have to be female members, 4 Black members, 1 low paid member and 1 young member.

This has been another tough year for all of us.  The pandemic has on the one hand shown how important our roles in in the public sector are to society but on the other it has laid bare the stark contrast between the richest and the rest of us and the levels of poverty that exist.  As much as we all want it to be the pandemic is not over yet and we face a cost of living crisis at a time where our pay has already dropped by 25% in real terms since 2010.   This means we need to continue to organise and build a strong union able to take on the many hurdles we face ahead in the knowledge that together we are stronger. Please do join us at the AGM it would be great to see you.

– Caroline Johnson, Branch Secretary.