2021 Virtual Special Energy Service Group Conference

10 June 2021 11:30pm–5:15pm


UNISON’s lay democracy is at the heart of everything we do. In the past year the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on how we organise our union.  Although we are unable to hold our Energy Service Group Conference in the normal way, UNISON’s Energy Service Group Executive Committee has agreed to hold a Special Energy Service Group Conference online on Thursday 10 June 2021. 

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Special Energy Service Group Conference may look and feel very different to what we are used to, but the Executive Committee feels that it is important to give our members and activists a platform to discuss the issues the Service Group faces and use our democratic processes to shape how we work in the future.

Motions should be submitted via the OCS and should follow one of two themes: 

  • The role of UNISON’s energy membership in meeting the Net Zero 2050 and decarbonisation agenda and building a sustainable future for all. 

  • The future of the energy sector in a post-pandemic world addressing inequality and organising for recovery 

Motions will be debated on a virtual platform. Speakers will need to be identified and nominated in advance – please give some thought to who this may be. 

Further information on speakers will be sent to relevant branches when composites have been agreed.  

The conference bulletin will have further information on motion submission from the SOC and submission deadlines.  

Delegates should be registered as normal through the OCS.  

The pandemic continues to place significant pressure on our branches and activists and in these unprecedented circumstances it is understandable that attendance at the Special Energy Service Group Conference may be affected.   

After the deadline for branch registration has passed, an assessment will need to be made. If the quorum and/or our rule book obligations on proportionality and fair representation are unlikely to be met, the National Executive Committee, in consultation with the Service Group reserves the right to postpone the event until such time we can comply with these obligations.