UNITE Rank and File National Meeting June 2019

Unite Rank and File is holding a National Meeting from 12.30pm until 4.30pm on Saturday 1 June 2019 at the Wood Green Social Club3-4 Stuart Crescent, Wood Green, London, N22 5NJ

If you are attending, please register here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urf-national-meeting-june-2019-tickets-62720885858

If you wish to stand for any of the committee positions, please see list of positions below

We are holding this important meeting in the run-up to Unite’s Rules Conference, due to take place at the end of June. We’ll be talking about how we can put democratising our union on the Conference agenda and what outcomes we want from it.

Our guest speakers will be Suzanne Jeffreys from Campaign Against Climate Change and.Sam Mason from Waltham Forest SERA

The full agenda for the day is as follows:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Elections to the Committee
  • Preparations for Rules Conference
  • Building Unite Rank and File
  • Unite and the Fight against Climate Change
  • Organising strike solidarity
  • Any other business

The meeting is open to all Unite members who want to see a fighting rank and file members’ movement.

There will be a pooled fare system in operation

We hope to see you all there.

Best wishes and solidarity!

Unite Rank and File Steering Committee

COMMITTEE POSITIONS FOR ELECTIONS

Co-chair x 2
Editor
Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor
Solidarity Coordinator
Treasurer
Coordinator East Midlands
Coordinator London & Eastern
Coordinator South West
Coordinator West Midlands
Coordinator Aerospace & Shipbuilding
Coordinator Community Youth Workers & Not For Profit
Coordinator Community Youth Workers & Not For Profit
Coordinator Engineering Manufacturing & Steel
Coordinator Finance & Legal
Coordinator Passenger Services
Coordinator Retired Members
Coordinator Black Asian &*Ethnic Minorities
Coordinator Women
Deputy (for Retired members)

Leaflet for Unite Sector Conferences

Leaflet headed "Solidarity Needed" highlighting various strikesThis week Unite members will be meeting in Brighton for our 2017 sector conferences. Unite Rank and File has produced a leaflet explaining what we are and encouraging solidarity with various disputes. If you can, please lend a hand distributing it to delegates and encourage them to sign up for Unite Rank and File.

The timetable for the conferences is as follows:

  • Sunday 12 Nov: Retired Members. Docks, Rail, Ferries & Waterways
  • Monday 13 Nov: Civil Air Transport. Passenger Transport. Road Transport Commercial, Logistics & Retail Distribution. Food, Drink & Agriculture. Service Industries. Government, Defence, Prisons & Contractors
  • Tuesday 14 Nov: Local Authorities. Energy & Utilities. Education. Health. Community, Youth Workers & Not for Profit. Unite Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians. Finance & Legal.
  • Wednesday 15 Nov: Aerospace & Shipbuilding. Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process & Textiles. Automotive Industry. Graphical, Paper, Media & Information Technology. Metals (including Foundry). General Engineering, Manufacturing & Servicing.

Delegates normally arrive the day before the conference to register, and delegates normally stay over after the conference to travel home the next day.

Launch: Unite Rank & File – building solidarity across the union

“Unite Rank and File” launchedUnite rank and file icon

Working class people face huge challenges at work and in our communities. We have endured decades of high unemployment, deregulation, anti-union legislation, privatisation, cuts and outsourcing, alongside an inadequate response from our unions. Many have felt powerless and vulnerable as our jobs, pay and conditions, services and rights are attacked.

Yet workers continue to resist, and when we do, we usually achieve some measure of success. Workers create all the profits, and we have enormous power – if we have the consciousness and organisation to use it.

The low turnout and lacklustre results of the senior officials standing in the Unite elections earlier this year showed that there is a large and growing disconnect between our union’s leadership, structures, and members. They also showed that a significant minority of members want to see a more radical, robust and bottom-up response to the challenges facing us – just as the response to Jeremy Corbyn shows that millions want something more than a fresh gloss on the same old free-market fundamentalism. There is a widespread desire for a more democratic culture, where discrimination is not tolerated. This is essential if we are to maximise involvement in building a strong union.

“Unite Rank and File: solidarity across the union” is a new network of Unite members which aims to:

  • Build solidarity
  • Encourage resistance and make our union do more to encourage it
  • Put activists in touch with each other, share information and ideas
  • Champion independent workers’ organisation and challenge the toxic “in partnership with management” culture so widespread in Unite
  • Supporting the development of rank and file networks and campaigning initiatives throughout our union
  • Campaign to reform and reinvigorate Unite’s democratic structures to promote a bottom-up culture where members participate, challenge discrimination and are in control
  • Campaign to change Unite policies e.g. against Trident and for workers’ rights to move freely and be treated equally

While the impetus for the new grouping came out of the campaign to elect Ian Allinson as General Secretary, we are not seeking to create yet another electoral faction within Unite. We welcome your participation irrespective of your views on the recent elections or whether or not you are affiliated with any of the electoral groupings such as United Left.

Please leave your details if you want to get involved. As well as our web site www.uniterankandfile.org you can also follow us on Twitter @UniteRankNFile and like our Facebook page @UniteRankAndFile.