Tuesday, February 25, 2014
To be strong together we have to be together!
I'm on my way back to the branch following the Annual General Meeting of the UNISON Greater London Regional Council, and congratulate the Regional Council Officers who were re-elected (and offer my commiserations to the candidates who were not successful!)
The Council heard from Maureen LeMarinel, our President and from Sadiq Khan for the London Labour Party and agreed a number of motions, two of which (yet to be announced) will be submitted to National Delegate Conference. The Regional Secretary reported that the Region had notified the Standing Orders Committee (SOC) that the Region would narrowly miss today's noon deadline for submission of Conference motions (because the tube strike had forced a delay) and hoped for sympathetic consideration of our submissions in the circumstances.
Some new speakers spoke well about the need for unity to take on the Tory Government and the pay freeze. Regional Council delegates can make such words good by turning up in sufficient numbers at the Regional Council meetings on Tuesday 20 May and Wednesday 22 October, so that London's UNISON members, across all Service Groups, have the opportunity to demonstrate the unity which we supported earlier today.
The Regional Committee (using its powers under Rule F) can monitor the use of UNISON resources (including staffing resources) deployed in our Region, in order to ensure that these resources are being used effectively to promote UNISON's objectives. These objectives clearly include delivering quorate meetings of our Regional Council in this crucial year and I hope that our re-elected Regional lay leadership will lead the Regional Committee in taking its responsibility seriously.
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