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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Branches under Regional Supervision - normal service to be resumed as soon as possible!

As usual, today's meeting of the Development and Organisation (D&O) Committee of UNISON's National Executive Council (NEC) received a report on the small number of UNISON branches taken into "regional supervision" for a variety of reasons.

In the majority (7 out of 12) of UNISON's Regions no branches are currently in regional supervision. In another four Regions just one branch is under supervision and all have been under supervision for less than a year.

In Greater London, three branches are under supervision - all three having been thus for more than eighteen months. Regular readers of this blog, Sid and Doris Lay-Democrat, may recall previous posts on this vexed question.

Today, however, the Committee received some good news arising from the proactive approach taken by the Committee Chair to ensuring the accountability to the NEC of the supervision process in the Greater London Region.

The Newham branch, still under partial supervision since first having been taken into supervision in 2008, will finally and definitively emerge from supervision after the branch Annual General Meeting which will take place in the first quarter of 2012.

The Greenwich branch, taken into supervision in March 2010, will also emerge from supervision following an Annual General Meeting which will take place later in 2012.

These two sizeable, and previously effective and well-organised, London borough branches certainly need to be restored to the normal democratic control of their members as soon as possible.

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Anonymous said...

Branches which emerge can very well disappear again. Unfortunately there has never been a concerted challenge to employees of UNISON when they take such action.

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