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Special Delegate Conference 2021 – Day 3

Today we attended the third of three days of the National Special Delegate Conference in a very different way, as a 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.

Todays order of business was the remaining order of business and the continuation debating of the motions the detail of these can be found in the following documents. click on the documents to read more detail.

The first motion to be discussed is Motion 66 – LGBT+ people; hidden figures in the pandemic was carried

LGBT+ people should not be hidden figures in this Inquiry

Composite A (Motions 7 and 8) – Creating Fairer Workplaces for the Post Lockdown World is carried It’s crucial we lead the fight for a fairer workplace. We know who the Covid hero’s are this needs reflecting in pay! Read more on the composite here https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2021/03/SOC-Report-SDC-2021-Final_.pdf

Josie then went on to talk about the following video campaign. Impossible choices could soon define our local communities. But we can #SaveOurServices. Write to your MP to #DemandThe10Billion

https://action.unison.org.uk/page/65995/action/1

Motion 64 – No Going Backwards on Gender Equality is carried The gender pay gap is real! Women DO hold vital jobs within our public service. #bridgethegap

Motion 23 – Organise to Defend Workers’ Rights post Brexit, post Covid this is carried #FireAndRehire must stop!

Motion 45 – Coronavirus Pandemic – the Case for Public Services this was carried

Motion 20 – Learning the Lessons from the Pandemic for Safer Workplaces this was carried as amended 20.1

Motion 43 – Organising to End the Crisis in Social Care – this was carried Social care remains in crisis. Low paid carers worked all through the pandemic, PPE was in short supply, the risks faced & anxiety of Covid was real!

All motions that could be moved have been completed for this years conference any motions not moved will be passed to the NEC (National Executive Council)

And Finally

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Special Delegate Conference 2021

Today we attended the first of three days of the National Special Delegate Conference in a very different way, as a 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.

After this Sian Stockham Vice President welcome Josie Bird to the podium for her to review her years in office and review what has happened over the past two years.

Josie went on to thank UNISON and the two General Secretaries she has worked for and all key members and branches.

Josie then went on to present a tribute to Dave Prentis who left his Role as General Secretary during the pandemic and thanked him for all his years of service to the union.

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.

First up is Motion 72.1 – Supporting our Branches is now being discussed, as amended, and a healthy worthwhile debate this was carried. Our branch supports this motion as amended during this voting process there were some technical issues which were finally ironed out and rectified.

Motion 24 -The Impact of Covid 19 on UNISON Members, Public Services and Working Life this motion was carried as amended 24.2 this motion was discussed with a brief pause during the break of the mornings session.

Motion 67 – Covid 19 and Black Members this was carried as amended 67.1

At this point we then held a one minute silence to honour and remember those that we have lost over the past two years. 

Motion 1 – Growing UNISON, Learning the Good Lessons – this was carried Increasing membership, increases the chance to fight for and change working life for more workers for better times. Read more here..

Josie Bird at this point read out a statement paying tribute to the Grenfell Tower Tragedy we all stand in solidarity, thoughts to those lost and support goes to all those involved

Motion 32 – Covid 19 and Domestic Abuse – a Perfect Storm this motion was carried

Motion 25 – Securing an Equal and Sustainable Post Pandemic Settlement – this motion has begun the debating but it will be deferred to tomorrows session and discussion will be continued tomorrow.

That concludes todays session and our coverage of the Conference, first day has gone well a few voting technical glitches but rectified quickly thanks UNISON see you tomorrow for more updates and information Hope you all have a great evening. Our branch has enjoyed it

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Local Government Special Conference 2021

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 33 – Adult Educational Needs Investment – carried

a Celebrating Local Government champions video was shown, watch here…

We are now being shown ‘Would You Rather’ Impossible choices could soon define our local communities. But we can #SaveOurServices. Write to your MP to #DemandThe10Billion

https://unsn.uk/3kSnBRU

This concludes this mornings session.

Christina McAnea now addresses conference speaking about the commitments and work being carried out by UNISON to support Local Government across the United Kingdom

Now the discussions on motions begins for the final conference session.

Motion 10 – Work Related Stress in Local Government – carried Work related stress is such a prominent issue for all local government workers.

Motion 4 – The future of the National Joint Council for England, Wales and Northern Ireland – carried, looking at the structure and review the process.

Motion 15 – Standing Up to Violence, Harassment and Abuse of Local Government Staff – carried

Motion 1 – Unity Against Public Sector Pay Freeze – carried

Motion 12 – Health & Safety and safety reps in local government after Covid – an opportunity to recruit and organise women workers – carried

Composite A – pay strategy for organising and industrial action in local government – carried

Motion 2 – Food Standards Agency – Pay, Terms & Conditions – 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