Role of Retired Members in UNISON

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2007 Retired Members' Conference
13 June 2007

Conference recognises the different role and contribution of retired members to their working counterparts and accepts that their involvement in UNISON is more limited. However, Conference believes that many retired members still have much to offer the union and that their preclusion from almost all aspects of its work is not necessarily in UNISON’s best interests. Whilst accepting that retired members should not be involved in basic trade union work around pay and conditions for working members, retired members should still be able to participate in Self Organised Groups (SOGs) including involvement in Regional SOGs and attending SOG conferences.

Conference therefore instructs the National Retired Members’ Committee to liaise with the National Executive Council and the SOG Committees to discuss ways in which this may be achieved, including where necessary the submission of appropriate rule amendments, and to report back on this issue to Retired Members’ Conference 2008.