So you want to be an officer?
Nominations are now open for officer posts on our branch committee. Deadline is 11 January 2019
Lambeth UNISON is run by a branch committee, made up of officers elected at AGM, convenors elected by members in each directorate of the council, and stewards elected by members in teams/workplaces. The branch committee meets monthly and is the leadership of the branch. For an overview of the different roles and their responsibilities, please check out (https://www.unison.org.uk/about/our-organisation/activists/branch-roles/)
All officer posts are open for nominations. For information on how to nominate please read below.
Branch Secretary In charge of day to day running of the branch, overall strategy, campaigns, etc (5 days facility agreed)
Assistant Branch Secretary Currently three roles – Policy, casework and campaigns
Branch Chair The branch chair facilitates branch and committee meetings, and may also be a senior negotiator.
Branch Vice Chair Chairs meetings when the branch chair is unavailable
Branch Treasurer Responsible for finances in collaboration with the secretary
Deputy Branch Treasurer Assists the branch treasurer
Publicity Officer Helps produce newsletters, manage social media accounts, press releases and so on.
Membership Officer Assists with recruitment and retention, managing our membership database
Health and Safety Officer## Health and safety is the name of the game! Watch that badly fixed light! Is work making you stressed?
Environmental Officer Helps keep the branch up to date on green issues and develops campaigns and policy (will be a very important role in years to come!)
Equality Officer Is responsible for equalities issues, assisting self-organised groups and being a union lead on equalities at work
International Officer Keeps an eye on the news, is informed about international issues and feeds campaign ideas into the branch (e.g. anti-fascism in Brazil, solidarity with trade unionists in Colombia, anti-war campaigning in the Middle East)
Welfare Officer The lead person for assisting members with any welfare issues and providing access to UNISON’s welfare fund.
Learning Co-ordinator# Works with employers and co-ordinates the work of union learning reps in supporting members with lifelong learning and skills for life
Education Officer Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and branch officers.
Returning Officer Oversees elections
Branch Auditor Checks over our finances and ensures we have complied with UNISON regulations.
Deputy Branch Auditor Helps the branch auditor.
Young Members Officer** Coordinates campaigning and organising work among younger members – haven’t had a Young Members officer for years – are you under 27 and interested ?
Labour Link Officer++ A crucial role in liaising with local Labour Parties and coordinating delegates from UNISON to Labour to advocate for our unions agenda.
** must be under 27 at end of their term of office (26 February 2020)
++must be a Labour Party member who pays into the Affiliated Political Fund
# must be a trained ULR
## must be a trained safety rep
All posts are open to job share
To nominate yourself please email Juliet Blake (JABlake@lambeth.gov.uk) before 12 noon on 11 January.
You will need to provide your name, membership number, employer and which post you wish to stand for, as well as a seconder to support your nomination (who must also be a UNISON member). So your email should read
My name is Jane Bloggs (membership number 1234567). I work at Lambeth Council. I wish to stand for the role of International Officer.
My seconder is Charlie Marxs.
If the role is uncontested then you will be automatically elected at the AGM in February. If two or more people have applied for a role and a job share is not possible or preferable then there will be an election at the AGM in February.
Any questions please email Simon Hannah on Shannah@lambeth.gov.uk.