Lambeth Unison AGM – 20 January 2016

Lambeth is facing a staggering level of cuts. This will reduce Lambeth Council to a skeleton workforce unless we fight back.

Come along to the Annual General Meeting to have your voice heard

Wednesday 20 January from 12.30
Karibu Centre, Gresham Road

  • Time off agreed
  • Refreshments available

You can download the Annual Report for the AGM here.

Lambeth UNISON Annual General Meeting 2016

Order of Business

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is organised on a rolling basis in three sessions.

Each session will have the same order of business as follows;

  1. Introductions and apologies for absence.
  2. The Chair will then propose that, at the conclusion of the business of the rolling AGM the meeting will stand adjourned to be reconvened before the end of March in order to consider the 2015 accounts, the 2016 budget and the nomination of shop stewards. At this point the meeting will also consider a proposal to reduce the quorum for future branch meetings from 100 to 50 members;
  3. Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting and matters arising;
  4. Presentation of the Annual Report;
  5. Questions on the Annual Report;
  6. Hustings for candidates for election as Safety Officer and Labour Link Officer;
  7. Debate on motions in the order set out below

 

Members may attend more than one session (and members moving motions for debate or standing in a contested election are encouraged to do so) but may only vote once (which must be at the first meeting which they attend). Seating will be reserved at the second and third sessions for members who have already attended (and voted at) an earlier session.

Due to pressure of time there will not be hustings for Conference delegate elections. Candidates in those elections will be offered the opportunity to write up to 200 words in support of their candidacy (to be shared between job share candidates) and these will be distributed at each session of the meeting. Only members who pay into the Affiliated Political Fund will be able to vote in the election for Labour Link officer under national UNISON rules.

Motions which fail to be reached at an earlier session of the meeting will not be available for debate at later sessions (as not all members will have had the opportunity to debate these motions) and will be referred to the Branch Committee.

In order for the meeting to be quorate and for decisions taken on motions or in contested elections to stand, a total of at least 100 individual members must attend across all three sessions of the meeting. If the meeting is not quorate after the third session, only those elected in uncontested elections will be declared elected and the Branch Committee will make arrangements to reconvene the meeting.

UNISON’s guide to lobbying Councillors in Lambeth

Lobbying Councillors against the Cuts – a Guide for UNISON members

Lambeth Council is a democratic local authority and elected Councillors are accountable to local people for the decisions of the Council – including decisions to cut jobs and services.

One of the most important ways in which we can influence our employer is to organise lobbying of Councillors. However, as Council employees we must be careful not to breach the Council’s Code of Conduct.

Paragraph 11.2.2 of the Code states that; “employees must not seek to involve Members in personal matters which relate to any

aspect of their employment, for example, pay and grading, grievances etc.” and this could cover lobbying individual Members of the Council about particular job cuts.

UNISON members as citizens have the right to lobby Councillors however, and UNISON representatives (including shop stewards) can – with the support and approval of Branch Officers – lobby Councillors on behalf of UNISON.

Most importantly, as trade unionists, we can encourage local people to lobby their Councillors. This document lists all Lambeth’s Councillors and gives details of their regular surgeries where their constituents (people who live in the Ward they represent on the Council) can go and see them about any issue – including to object to cuts in jobs and services being made by the Council.

Local people can also contact Councillors by telephone or email. If you are reading this document on a computer you can click on links from the names of each Councillor to their contact information on the Council Website. Otherwise you can search the website (or phone the switchboard) for contact information. In this online version of the guide the Councillor’s photographs do not appear but if you want to see what a Councillor looks like you can click on the link to their page on the Council website!

Remember – the best people to lobby any Councillor are the people who live in the Ward they represent on the Council and who will have a vote in the next local elections to decide whether or not they stay on the Council.

For more advice or information about lobbying Councillors contact your Branch Secretary, Jon Rogers at j.rogers@unison.co.uk or Ruth Cashman on RCashman@lambeth.gov.uk

Click here to find out who your councilors are LAMBETH COUNCIL