TUC Pensioners’ Committee

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Conference
2013 National Retired Members Conference
Date
5 June 2013
Decision
Carried

This Conference considers that the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Pensioners’ Committee is not as effective as it could be and that as a result the TUC sometimes fails to gain pensioners’ support for its aims and campaigns etc.

Conference considers the committee would be more effective if:

1)Its constitution and purpose were clearer and more widely understood;

2)The affiliated trades unions had a greater opportunity to influence its priorities; and,

3)It was more accountable.

Conference believes this could be achieved with a structure like the ones of the other TUC equality bodies, that is:

a)An annual Conference consisting of delegates from affiliated trades unions and observers from trades union councils, county associations and TUC regional councils to which the affiliated unions may submit motions

b)A committee, accountable to the conference and made up of members elected by and from among the conference delegates and of representatives of the TUC General Council.

Conference instructs the National Retired Members’ Committee to canvas support for such a proposal (in ways consistent with the Democracy in UNISON Guidelines) with a view to UNISON or another trades union putting it to the TUC.

Conference also instructs the National Retired Members’ Committee to consult the Regional Retired Members’ Committees in Cymru/Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland whether there is any need for equivalent initiatives in relation to the Wales TUC, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Scottish TUC respectively.