Young Members’ Seats on National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee

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2010 National LGBT Conference
28 July 2010
Carried as Amended

Conference is aware that Young Members are the next generation of activists and leaders. Decisions taken at this and every other UNISON conference will affect their lives more than any others.

Conference notes that Young Members are recognised and have a seat on the highest body of this union, the National Executive Council. UNISON needs more young people to become members to ensure the future of our great union and this means in every area of employment and in every area of this union. Therefore it is vital that Young Members are represented at every level. This will ensure that we continue to be an inclusive, progressive and representative union of our membership.

Conference further notes that:

a)all regional and branch groups should be considering ways to increase the participation of young LGBT members

b)while we can request changes, the size and structure of the National LGBT Committee is decided by the National Executive Council alone.

Conference instructs the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Undertake a review of the ‘make-up’ of the National LGBT Committee with a view to allocating 2 seats to Young Members;

2.Review the need for a LGBT Young Members Caucus/Forum similar to those for Black, Disabled, Bisexual and Trans members that would elect its own representatives to the National LGBT Committee;

3.Consult Regional LGBT Groups and the National Young Members’ Forum throughout the review and report back to the National LGBT Conference 2011.