Regional Council AGM 2021

20 February 2021 10:00am–2:30pm

Online meeting

 

Each year the Region holds its Annual General Meeting in February, to elect the majority of other committees in the region. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will take place online this year.
It’s an AGM in two parts – the Democracy AGM will take place in the morning with live digital voting for all elected positions, and after lunch we will meet again for the Policy AGM, to debate and vote on motions that will shape policy for the region over the next twelve months.

You can find out more about democracy in the region and the roles of the various committees by watching this short video or downloading this leaflet.

This circular outlines the processes for Branches to register delegates, nominate members for elected positions, submit motions & rule changes, and gives all timetables and deadlines. I hope this information will be of assistance when planning and attending Branch meetings before the Regional Council AGM.

Branches need to register for the meeting using the online process. This is a two-step process, involving the completion of the online form and verifying your submission by email. You will receive an email confirmation of your submission, containing instructions on how to verify your registration.

This is a very different year, and it’s nothing short of incredible how UNISON branches have adapted to the new circumstances that we operate in. I hope that you can join us for this very different AGM in February, to ensure that our democratic structures and policies for the coming year truly reflect the challenges we have overcome, and those that are to follow in 2021.

Regional Council AGM Meeting Details

WHEN: 10am–2.30pm, Saturday 20 February
WHERE: Online via Microsoft Teams

Democratic AGM 10.00am – 11.30am
Policy AGM 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Delegates will be required to attend both sections of the
meeting.

Registration of Delegates

Branches and Self Organised Groups are invited to notify us of
their delegates to Regional Council for the coming year. Registration has now closed.

Committee Posts & Other Elected Positions
Branches, Self Organised Groups, Retired Members Committee and Young Members Forum are invited to make nominations to the variety of committees and elected regional & national positions available in 2021. Nominees may submit an election address and elections will then be held at the AGM meeting. Nomination is now closed.

What positions can my branch nominate to? 

Motions & Rule Changes
Branches and Regional Committees & Groups are invited to
submit motions for debate and rule changes to the regional
constitution. Debates will take place at the AGM. The deadline to submit motins and rule changes has now passed. 

Reserved Seats
Self Organised Groups, the Retired Members Committee and Young Members Forum are at this point also invited to notify us of their delegates to reserved seats to the various regional committees and groups for the coming year.

Equality Monitoring & Emergency Contacts
All regional council delegates, nominees for regional
committees and candidates for elected positions are
encouraged to complete the region’s emergency contact form and equality monitoring form.

Accessibility
UNISON recognises that in order for our members to
fully participate, it may be necessary to make some
adjustments so that we can ensure, so far as is reasonably
practical, that everyone has the same opportunity to take
part across our structures.

If you require any adjustments to be made to facilitate your
participation at the virtual AGM, please complete the Access
Passport
 and return to l.barter@unison.co.uk.

If you require assistance with dependent care to facilitate your
attendance at the Regional Council AGM, please email
Louise Barter
, no later than 5pm on 29 January 2021.

Deadlines

Registration and nomination deadline: 22 January 2021

Rule change deadline: 22 January 2021

Motion deadline: 29 January 2021

Deadline for amendments to motions: 12 February 2021