Day one of Conference began with a welcome by the current president of UNISON.
A moment of silence was all held to remember all those that have lost their lives over the past few years.
We now move to the first order of business Standing Orders Committe Report 1 and 2 was moved by the Standing orders committee. these reports were both carried.
We now receive a report from The Local Government Service Group Executive Annual Report ( you can read this below) this report was carried.
To read more about the conference and the motions due to be discussed in the following guide…
You can also read the Annual Report here…
Also composite motions can be found here
Now we discuss the motions for the morning and first we discuss Motion 3 and 3.1 as amended Covid and Long Covid – this was carried.
Motion 4 & 4.1 – New Ways of Working in Local Government is now being discussed and has been carried as amended
Motion 11 – Pay – Campaigning and Balloting was now discussed and this motion was carried
Motion 1 and 1.1 – Funding Cuts and Ethnicity Pay Gap in Local Government was debated and carried as amended
Motion 14 – Violence At Work – Its not part of the Job was discussed and this debate will continue later in conference and was paused due to timing and for a speech by the UNISON General Secretary.
Cristina McAnea UNISON General Secretary addresses conference and makes an inspirational speech and covered many issues affecting Local Government members, the current industrial action in Scotland. (click below for more info)
Cristina also finished to ask delegates to celebrate all the achievements by all of you and asked for all who can to come to the rally on Saturday 18 June 2022, click on the image below for more info.
Motion 14 – Violence At Work – Its not part of the Job was discussed and this debate was continued and this call the conference morning session was deferred to the next session.
This brings to a close the first conference session and will continue in the afternoon after lunch.
Today we attended a conference in a very different way, this was the first fully virtual conference run by UNISON attended by the branch. this was all done online with voting taking place virtually. and your Delegates all attended and actively participated in this event.
First we had a welcome from Josie Bird, introducing us to the conference and the order of business and the rules around it. we then held a one minute silence to honour and remember those that we have lost over the past two years.
Then we moved to the debating of the motions the detail of these can be found in the following documents. click on the documents to read more detail.
The debating of the motion now took place, here’s a summary of all the decisions that were made and some informative Tweets from your Branch Secretary Becky Everett.
Motion 25 – The Future of Local Government with amendments – carried
Motion 29 – Developing and Expanding social partnership and fair work in Wales and across the UK is – carried.
Motion 28 – Covid Legacy – carried
Motion 36 – Education Support Staff and the need for Comprehensive State Education were both carried
Motion 24 – Traveller Communities and Motion – Carried
Motion 26 -Local Government and Climate Breakdown as amended were both – Carried
Motion 35 Facility Time in Schools – carried
Composite B – Local Government Funding and Fighting Cuts – carried
Composite C – Social Care – carried
Below is an interesting Webinar with information and support for care workers for you to watch.
Motion 22 – the Future of Youth Services – carried
Motion 11 – Covid-19 hasn’t killed sexual harassment at work – it’s just moved online – carried
Motion 18 – The impact of Covid-19 on Black workers in local government – due to no one being able to move this motion it has fallen
Motion 20 – Homeworking as a reasonable adjustment in post-COVID local government workplaces is now being discussed and how this has created better working practices for disabled members and others – carried
Motion 21 LGBT+ inclusive policies in Local Government is now being – carried
Motion 13 Reduction in the Working Week – Campaigning Across the Sectors – carried. Some members feel they are ‘Not Working from Home but Sleeping in the Workplace’ this needs to stop!
Motion 9 For Fair Public Sector Funding And Against a Public Sector Pay Freeze – carried (motion 6 falls)
Motion 16 – LGBT+ workers health and well being – carried
Motion 19 – Accessing reasonable adjustments during Covid-19 -carried
Motion 17 The Challenges and Opportunities for an Ageing Workforce in Local Government – carried
Motion 34 – Reduce agency working in Further Education Colleges – carried
Josie bird closed the conference and we would like to thank all involved for putting it together in very special circumstances see you at the look out for our updates on UNISON Special Delegate Conference next week
The afternoon session began with a speech from International Speaker Jucelia Vargas Vieira de Jesus, President SISERP, Santa Catarina State, Brazil.
Jucelia gave an emotional speech about the issues in Brazil that affect all people specifically Women, Black people and LGBTIQ people across the country. she also made mention and solidarity about the Anti-Government Protests that happened on Friday 14 June 2019. see video below for more information.
You can find out more about the SISERP on their facebook page here…
The conference then continued with normal business and started to look at the next motions, these were…
Composite C – Funding Cuts and Saving Local Government Services – Carried
Social Care cuts – Carried
Income Generation – Carried
A State of Crisis in Local Government – Carried
Double Jeopardy – The Impact of local government cuts on women – Carried
Councils at Breaking Point – highlighting the damage – Carried
Mike Short Senior National Officer delivered the final section in the annual report – recruitment and organisation
The following motions were then discussed…
Facility Time – Carried
Black Members Mentoring Scheme in Local Government – Carried
Schools Funding and School Support Staff – Carried
Education Funding Formula – Carried
Cuts to Pastoral Support in schools – Carried
Excluding future HE, FE and Sixth form staff from LGPS – Carried
Recruiting and Organising Fire and Rescue Staff – Carried
This closes the Local Government Conference 2019, please look out for our National Delegate Conference Coverage from tomorrow.
for more information on the annual report, Motions and Composites please click the below documents…