NEC meeting discusses motions for national conference

National delegates set to meet in Brighton in June – for the first time since the pandemic

UNISON’s national executive council met today, in a virtual meeting that looked forward to the union’s national delegate conference (NDC) in the early summer.

There was extensive discussion around the motions and rule amendments that the council itself will be taking to the June conference, which will be the first physical convening of the union’s ‘parliament’ since the pandemic began.

And, inevitably, COVID-19 will feature highly when members come together.

Conference will be discussing:

  • learning the right lessons from COVID-19;
  • global vaccine inequality;
  • supporting workers who make personal protective equipment (PPE) in the global south.

But the NEC is ensuring that the agenda will be far wider. And other motions going forward will include:

  • organising;
  • how UNISON identifies and portrays itself;
  • post-COP26 – decarbonising public services;
  • campaigning for a national care service; and
  • worker and trade union rights.

The proposed rule changes that were discussed included:

  • taking into account the ‘new ways of working’ that have come about as a result of the pandemic;
  • changing the rule book to remove unnecessarily gendered language;
  • adding environment officers – sometimes known colloquially as ‘green reps’ – to the list of branch officers;
  • the potential expansion of elected positions in the union.

The NEC heard that preparations are on course for the conference itself, which is scheduled for 14-17 June in Brighton.

The deadline for motions to conference is 12 noon on 22 February.