Wednesday, December 06, 2006

UNISON NEC meeting

Today is that most auspicious day, the date of the December meeting of the UNISON National Executive Council (NEC). Having omitted to attend the drinks reception last night (much against the normal run of play) I am hoping not to be bleary eyed for important discussions about equal pay, pensions and the future of the NHS.

I shall blog bits of my personal report of the meeting once it is written – and will then know whether or not I am currently wasting my time reading and rereading UNISON Rules D1.9 and D3.4 (with particular reference to Rule D3.4.11) concerning the requisitioning of Special Service Group Conferences and the necessary timetables.

This post has been written especially for anoraks amongst the readership of this blog…

3 comments:

HenryG said...

O/T Jon, someone told be last week that Unison are likely to back Alan Johnson for Deputy Leader? This can't be true can it?!! The member of staff I spoke to said that they were under strict orders not to discuss the matter. Does that include you as well!

Jon Rogers said...

Well - if the Union did endorse any candidate that would be a matter (formally) for the National Labour Link Committee. I think we would be crazy to back Johnson, but it does sometimes happen that I find myself disagreeing with other colleagues at national level...

My view is that the most important thing we should be doing is backing a candidate for Leader who backs our policies - and (at the very least) putting pressure on MPs to nominate such a candidate in order that our levy paying members have a real choice in the election that most matters.

As for Deputy, Cruddas is head and shoulders above the rest of the current field in terms of his support for trade union policies. Whether it will matter what the Deputy Leader of the Party thinks, whoever they are, remains to be seen...

HenryG said...

Thanks Jon. Couldn't agree more.