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Branch Annual General Meeting 2019

It's that time of year again - the Annual General Meeting is upon us. For those unfamiliar with our processes, this is our collective opportunity to review how we got on in 2018/19 and decide how we want to progress in 2019/20. We also elect the Branch Committe, the group of activists who plan and organise on a more intensive basis to make sure the branch can function. It might sound a little formal, but we keep things relaxed and inclusive, so please come along if you can make it.


Meeting Details


Welcome: 6:00pm–6.30pm, informal welcome and refreshments


Business: 6.30pm-8:30pm, Annual General Meeting


Date: Tuesday 12th March 2019


Venue: Unite HQ - 128 Theobald's Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN


The meeting is open to all members, you don't have to be a rep. Travel and carer costs can be covered and light refreshments will be provided.



Branch Meeting Papers:



Guest Speaker: Niall Mulholland - Housing Association Leaseholder and Housing Activist 



We are delighted to confirm that Niall Mulholland will be our guest speaker, giving his views on housing and homelessness, and changes to the housing association sector over the last few years. Niall is the Chair of the Branch's tenant organisation (the Social Housing Action Campaign), and a well-respected, long-standing housing activist. His opening remarks will help frame our discussion on how the housing crisis can be addressed.


Election of Branch Committee


We will elect a new Branch Committee at the meeting. These officers run the branch between meetings, and if you would like to stand for one of the posts, please contact Paul Kershaw, Branch Chair by mid-day on Monday 11th March


All Branch committee members should commit to attending Branch meetings (on the second Tuesday of the month), and Branch Committee meetings (usually 2 weeks after Branch meetings).


The essential branch positions are as follows:


  • Branch Chair Chairs Branch meetings and represents the Branch to the wider union and other organisations.


  • Branch Secretary Carries out all the day-to-day administration and communications of the Branch. Due to workload attached to this role, the Secretary is eligible for an honorarium of £400 per month (although this is not drawn by the current Branch Secretary).


  • Treasurer Looks after the money, and submits quarterly accounts to the Branch and the union.


  • 2 x Auditors Ensure the Branch uses its money in the interests of its members, and sign off the quarterly accounts.



Other positions are highly desirable and considerably help the smooth running of the branch:


  • Assistant Branch Secretary Similar to the role of the Branch Secretary, providing additional support to this role.


  • Vice chair Carries out the duties of the chair in the chair’s absence.


  • Membership Secretary Looks after the membership database, and reports on all new members to the Branch.


  • Communications Officer Keeps the Branch website up-to-date and develops the wider communications strategy for the branch.


  • Social Secretary Leads on organising Branch social events, particularly the summer and Christmas parties.


  • Political Officer Liaises with other branches, unions and campaigning organisations to ensure maximum political impact.


  • Campaigns Officer Leads on organising Branch campaigns.


  • Health and Safety Officer Leads on health and safety issues.


  • Equalities Officer Leads on equalities issues for all diversity strands.



Other Roles


If you think you’re good at something else and would like to be involved in the Branch, we are happy to consider creating additional roles to maximise involvement. Simply contact with your ideas.



Industrial Coverage


We wish to ensure that all workplaces are represented on the branch committee, therefore members from our workplaces are welcome to stand and do not need to take on a specific ‘portfolio’, but can get involved in the projects they are interested in as and when they have the capacity.



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