UNISON Annual General Meeting Tuesday 14th March 5.30-7.30pm

Dear UNISON member,


We are inviting you to join us for the Birmingham UNISON Annual General Meeting that will take place on the 14th March from 5.30 – 7.30pm at UNISON’s Regional Centre, 24 Livery St in the City Centre.  There will be a light buffet provided from 5pm onwards.  The meeting will be a hybrid meeting giving you the option of attending in person or joining on line depending on your preference.  Please book your place in advance so that you can be sent the joining information and we can arrange the catering. The paperwork will be sent out after the closing dates for nominations have closed. Please email info@birminghamunison.co.uk with the strapline AGM or ring 0121-2003331 to reserve your place and let us know if you are attending face to face or joining on line.

We will be discussing the pay claim for 2023/24 and the importance of getting involved in the campaign to raise our pay and are really pleased that Lee Baron, Secretary of the Midlands TUC will join us for the debate on pay and talk about how the TUC are working to coordinate action between the unions on pay.  We will also have a guest speaker, Margaret Greer who is the UNISON National Officer for Race Equality who will do a presentation on UNISON’s year of the Black Worker and what is hoped to be achieved.  There will also be reports from branch officers on their years work and hopes for the year ahead and the chance to look at the branch budget and ask the treasurer any questions about the accounts.  At the meeting we also elect branch delegations to things such as the UNISON annual conferences and other external bodies.  There is more information about this later in the email.

Election of Branch Officers for 2023-24
We will shortly be holding an election for the contested Branch Officer posts so please look out for your ballot paper.  If you have given us an email address you will get your ballot by email if not your ballot paper will be sent in the post.  However we also have 3 vacant posts and these will be elected to at the AGM.  The following posts are vacant.  Vice Chair, Communications Officer, Young Members Officer (under 27).  If you are interested in applying for any of the posts then please fill in the relevant form attached to this email and send back to info@birminghamunison.co.uk by Friday 25th February.  The role profiles for these posts are also attached.

So please do save the date – Tuesday 14th March – 5.30-7.30pm and join us for the AGM.

As a branch we send delegates to a number of things throughout the year.  If you wish to take part in any delegations then please fill in the appropriate form and send it back to us by Friday 25th February so that the full set of paperwork for the AGM can be completed and sent to those attending the AGM. Any member of the branch are able to attend as delegates to the conferences.  Within UNISON rules on proportionality and fair representation all delegations must be reflective of the make-up of the membership of each branch and Birmingham UNISON is 77% female, the delegation should also broadly reflect the ethnicity of the branch members and must contain one low paid member and one young member (under 27).  If you would like to know more then please do contact us.

UNISON Local Government Conference
The Conference will be held from 9.30am Sunday 11th June to 5pm Monday 12th June 2022 in Liverpool.  This conference is motions based and branches from across the country meet, debate and vote on what direction the union should take on all issues of importance to workers in Local Government.  Our delegation meet before going to conference and UNISON pays for the travel, hotel and expenses.  As a large branch we are able to send 11 delegates and 8 of those must be women.
UNISON National Delegate Conference
The Conference will be held from Tuesday 12th June at 10am to Friday 16th June at 4pm in Liverpool.  This conference is for all section of the union including Health, Community & Voluntary, Water, Environment and Transport, police staffs etc Its is UNISON’s annual parliament and covers issues affecting members from across the areas we organise in.  Again we have 11 delegates, 8 of whom must be women.

At both of the conferences we hope to take our branch experiences to the union as a whole and to learn from the experiences of others across the UK to feed back into the work we do in Birmingham.

UNISON West Midlands Regional Council
As the title suggest this is a meeting for delegates from all UNISON branches across the West Midlands and it meets 4 time a year, twice on a Thursday and twice on a Saturday. We have 13 delegates 10 of whom should be women.  Regional Council debates and discusses issues that affect us in the West Midlands.
Birmingham Trades Union Council (BTUC)
As the largest affiliate to the Trades Council we have more places than we usually manage to fill.  BTUC meets on the first Thursday of every month from 7-8.30pm.  It is made up of delegates from across all the major trade unions in the city and has been useful in helping spread the solidarity to those unions already fighting for more pay.

Best wishes

Caroline Johnson & Tracey Mooney
Joint Branch Secretaries
Unison Birmingham Branch