Lambeth UNISON AGM is being held online on 3 March 2021
The purpose of the AGM is to bring the branch committee and its officers to account:
to report on the branch’s finances;
to report on the branch’s activity during the past year;
to receive a report on the annual assessment.
It is also to make decisions for Lambeth UNISON in 2021:
agree policies and plans for the year;
to elect branch officers and branch representatives to external bodies for the coming year
Elect conference delegates for Local Government Conference and National Delegate Conference
This year there will be one AGM for all members and not a rolling AGM as we have had in previous years.
Do you want to write a motion for the AGM?
Motions at our AGM become branch policy and help guide us in campaigns we will run over the next 12 months.
For instance, we passed a motion at our 2019 AGM in support of school climate strikers and then we organised a delegation to go to their protest in central London in September. We passed a motion supporting the return of a Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) at the Council and we argued for it with senior managers, one is now being created. Motions should be no more than 250 words (not including the title) and in numbered paragraphs . Email motions to email@example.com copying in shannah@Lambeth.gov.uk
Do you want to stand for an elected officer position?
Nominations are now open for officer posts on our branch committee
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 for overseeing 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## Watch that badly fixed light! Is work making you stressed? Health and safety is the name of the game. 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 for the AGM and any by elections that may be held for officer posts or convenor roles. Branch Auditor Checks over our finances and ensures we have complied with UNISON regulations. Deputy Branch Auditor Helps the branch auditor carry out their duties Young Members Officer** Coordinates campaigning and organising work among younger members – 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 (early 2022) ++must be a Labour Party member who pays into the Affiliated Political Fund # must be a trained ULR (training provided) ## must be a trained safety rep (training provided) All posts are open to job share
To apply please email your name, membership number, employer and which role you are interested in standing for to JABlake@Lambeth.gov.uk copying in PDFitzgerald@lambeth.gov.uk. You will also need to find another member to second your nomination.
More details can be found on lambeth-unison.org or call Lambeth UNISON at 020 7926 2858 for more details or to answer any questions
Time Table for AGM
Monday 14 December 5pm
Deadline for nomination of Branch Officers, Conference and other delegates
Monday 11 January 5pm
Deadline for AGM Motions
Tuesday 12 January
Circulation of motions and nominations received for AGM and reminder of dates
Monday 18 January 5pm
Copy Deadline for Annual Report
Week 18-22 January
Layout and printing of Annual Report
Monday 25 January
Circulation of Annual Report (electronic)
Monday 8 February 5pm
Deadline for amendments to motions for AGM
Monday 15 February 5pm
Deadline for nominations for stewards
Tuesday 16 February
February Branch Committee – compositing of motions and amendments for AGM
Week of Monday 22 February
Elections for shop stewards etc. if required
Friday 26 February
Deadline for Emergency Motions to AGM (motions will be accepted on issues after this date, contact branch secretaries for details)
Motions agreed at the Lambeth UNISON conference in January 2018
Proposed rule changes for National Delegate Conference
Finally Freeing our unions Stand up to Racism Trade Union Conference
Support the Picturehouse Strikes!
Working for trans women’s equality in the union and labour movement
In January we will hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of our UNISON Branch. This is an important meeting at which we will elect the officers for the coming year and agree our policies.
As we have for the past couple of years we will organise a “rolling” AGM to maximise the opportunities for members to attend, with a main session (for which we will ask the Council for paid time off work) at lunchtime on Thursday 26 January, and two additional sessions in the days beforehand – one at the College and one (aimed particularly at school staff) after work at International House.
Our UNISON Branch has many enthusiastic activists – but we are always looking for more people to get involved and share the work! You can read about the branch officer positions which will be elected at our AGM on the UNISON website
The Branch Committee has agreed a timetable for the AGM and the important dates to note now are;
Monday 24 October – publication of notice of the AGM to all members;
Tuesday 6 December (5pm) – deadline for nominations;
Thursday 26 January 2017 (lunchtime) – AGM at Karibu Centre.