Retired members conference 2013

This event occurred on

8 - 9 October 2013

Event outcomes

Record of decisions  


Card vote results as follows:

Motion 32 restructuring the annual retired members' conference was lost

31,565 for

33,637 against


Ballot vote results as follows:

Motions to go to national delegate conference 2014 from the retired members' conference

Composite B - defending universal benefits (122 votes)

Motion 6 - removal of gender discrimination in pension provision (100 votes)

The national conference of UNISON's retired members' organisation.

“Don't miss” dates

  • 19

    Deadline for submission of motions

    19 June 2013 at 12:00
  • 19

    Deadline for submission of amendments to standing orders

    19 June 2013 at 12:00
  • 10

    Publication of preliminary agenda

    10 July 2013 at 17:00
  • 2

    Deadline for submission of delegates

    02 August 2013 at 17:00
  • 14

    Deadline for submission of amendments

    14 August 2013 at 12:00
  • 16

    Deadline for submission of reasonable adjustment requests for access

    16 August 2013 at 17:00
  • 11

    Publication of final agenda

    11 September 2013 at 17:00
  • 3

    Deadline for submitting change of delegates online on the OCS

    03 October 2013 at 17:00
  • 9

    Deadline for submission of emergency motions

    09 October 2013 at 09:00

Delegate conference for retired members' groups, with between two (for branches with 250 or fewer retired members) and four (for branches with 750 or more) delegates per branch.

Delegations must be in line with UNISON's principles of proportionality and fair representation. Download the conference bulletin [PDF]

Branches can also apply for visitor places, subject to availability, on a first come, first served basis. Visitors must be UNISON members, but do not have to be retired members. All visitor expenses, including travel, must be met by the branch or region.

Once delegates are selected, they need to be registered with the UNISON conference office using the online conference system.

If you have any queries about the conference, contact our conference office.

Essential documents

2013 retired members' conference - preliminary agenda [PDF] (for members only) This does not represent union policy. 

2013 retired members' conference - conference bulletin [PDF]

2013 retired members' conference - accessible hotel information [PDF]

2013 retired members' conference - accomodation information and booking form [PDF]

Guidance on funding branch delegates to conferences and events [PDF]

2013 retired members' conference - emergency change of delegates form [PDF]

UNISON Conference Office, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Tel: 020 7121 5123

The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GR

The venue

For more than 30 years, the council-run Brighton Centre has been a favourite UK venue for exhibitions, conferences, trade fairs, public shows, product launches, banquets and live entertainment. For more information, see the Brighton Centre's website.

Travel arrangements

Branches are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel. Travel application forms are attached to the conference bulletin [PDF].

Travel costs for delegates will be funded nationally; travel costs for visitors must be paid for by the branch.

Branches are responsible for funding their delegates’ and visitors’ attendance at conference. Subsistence should cover the cost of accommodation, meals, childcare, dependent care and facilitation.


Branches are encouraged to arrange accommodation through Brighton’s accommodation booking service, VisitBrighton.

Using the booking service supports the work of our members in local government and ensures our continuing ability, as a not-for-profit organisation, to secure preferential rates for our conference venues.  For full details of current available and for bookings please follow the link:

You can also telephone VisitBrighton on 01273 292626.

Online conference system

Use the OCS to register for conferences and submit motions. Delegates can also request services such as reasonable adjustments, creche places etc. You can access the OCS from your My UNISON page.

Retired members conferences by year