Branch resources review restarts, with pledge to stay on schedule

Over 350 branches have already taken part, with 17 to be approached for in-depth interviews

The UNISON branch resources review has restarted after a five-month pause for COVID-19. “It’s good to be back” said UNISON President Josie Bird (pictured), who chairs the review group.

Set up by the 2019 national delegate conference, the 24 lay members who make up the working party have committed to sticking with the timetable and getting a motion and report to conference in 2021.

Ms Bird added: “It will be tough to regain lost time, but we are committed”.

So far, 357 branches have taken part in the review, with plans for 17 to be approached for in-depth interviews.

Branches have told the review that the top three things they would like to do more of are:

  • recruiting and retaining new members;
  • educating members and developing activists; and
  • supporting members with representation and casework.

When asked what additional resources branches needed to carry out these tasks, the main responses were more time, more regional support and more funding.

In the past year, 194 branches have received some form of financial support from the union.

More information over the autumn will be on the branch resources review web page.