Working More Effectively with the Service Groups

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2002 National Lesbian & Gay Conference
1 August 2002
Carried as Amended

Conference recalls the resolutions of earlier conferences which have recognised the need to strengthen the National Lesbian and Gay Committee’s capacity to exert sustained influence upon collective bargaining and upon the work of the service groups at national level.

Conference notes that, as things stand now, it is a matter of chance whether each of the service groups is represented on the committee and whether committee members’ interests, as individuals, lie with bargaining in their own industry or with the wider issues which affect lesbian and gay workers generally.

Conference believes:

Issues relating to the representation of groups on the National Lesbian and Gay Committee are not restricted to service groups and include amongst others young members and the ongoing effect this has on our activities.

Whilst attempts to improve the overall position are a positive thing it is necessary to conduct a more fundamental review in order to solve the problem rather than “tweak” to solve some problems while leaving others.

Conference further believes:

Regional elections are a good way of drawing in new activists who may already have had some involvement on their regional lesbian and gay committee. This should be encouraged and supported.

Conference instructs the National Lesbian and Gay Committee:

To work with the Sector groups and other groups not currently represented on the NLGC in producing recommendations for effective representation for debate at our 2003 conference.

To invite observers from those groups to attend NLGC meetings in the interim.