|Unite Executive Council – 2020 – 2023|
|East Midlands||Steve Hibbert & June Shepherd *|
|Ireland||Marie Casey & Noel Gibson|
|London and Eastern||David Agbley, Richard Allday, Zimeon Jones & Monica Sorice*|
|North East, Yorkshire and Humberside||Michelle Smith*** ; Andrew Dyer|
|North West||Mary Callaghan & Tony Woodhouse*|
|Scotland||Eddie Cassidy & Helen McFarlane|
|South East||Hayley Garner*** & Dominic Rothwell|
|South West||Jayne Taylor & Chris Young*|
|Wales||Wendy Gilligan *** & Kerry Owens|
|West Midlands||Julian Allam**, Maggie Ryan *** & Nick Wareing|
|Industrial sector constituencies|
|Automotive Industries||John Cooper & Ken Smith*|
|Aerospace & Shipbuilding||Mick Darlington & Tam Mitchell*|
|Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process and Textiles||Cliff Bowen*|
|Civil Air Transport||Jas Gill, Trudi Lanigan & Nigel Stott*|
|Community Youth workers and not for profit||Ruth Hayes*|
|Docks, Rail, Ferries & Waterways||Andy Green*|
|Energy and Utilities||Tim Davison*|
|Engineering, Manufacturing and Steel||Gary Buchan & Tony Pearson|
|Finance and Legal||Jacob Goddard & Fiona Tatem|
|Food Drink and Agriculture||Debi Bell and Matt Gould|
|Government, Defence, Prisons & Contractors||Chris Cadman*|
|Graphical Paper and Media & Information Technology||Tom Murphy*|
|Health||Suzanne Abachor**, Lesley Mansell & Steve Thompson|
|Local Authorities||Lisa Colquhoun & Kathy Smith|
|Passenger Transport||Nigel Atkinson, Patricia Davies & Simon Rosenthal|
|Road Transport Commercial, Logistics and Retail Distribution||Mick Casey & Dave Williams|
|Service Industries||Howard Percival|
|Unite Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians||Frank Morris & Tony Seaman|
|National Black and Asian ethnic minority seat||Susan Matthews|
|National women’s’ seat||Jane Stewart *|
|National disabled members seat||vacant – by-election required|
|National LGBT+ members seat||Jenny Douglas *|
|National Retired members seat||Phil Wiseman|
|National Young members seat||James Mason*|
|* Constituency elected unopposed|
|** BAEM designated seat elected unopposed|
|*** Women designated seat elected unopposed|
In the recent EC Elections held on the 18th June I wanted to comment on the very low turnout in most of the sectors and analyse briefly why this happened. The URF has always campaigned for a real democratic union but at the moment it still remains in the hands of a bureaucratic elite.
In the regions there were contests in the following regions : Ireland, Scotland, North East Yorkshire and Humberside, South East, Wales and West Midlands. Of course voting in territorial elections is restricted to working members only.
In the regions there was an average of a 6.2% turnout. It was better in the Industrial sectors where there were contests in 9 of the sectors again with an average turnout of 6.2%. At the last Rules Conference it was resolved to have equality representatives elected onto the EC. There were only contests in BAEM and Retired Members. LGBT, Women and Young Members were uncontested as well 10 Industrial sectors and 4 Regions without a contest.
Of course if you are a Community Member, Unemployed or a student you do not have a vote in these Elections at all. The Retired Members sector where I stood had the highest poll 19% which shows that Retired Members are very active.
The reason for the low poll in the Industrial sectors is that in a union like Unite which has strong bureaucratic apparatus, members feel that they have no say in most decisions.
All Officers, National Officers and assistant General Secretaries are appointed either on the recommendation of the Executive Council or the General Secretary. They are not accountable to the membership because they have not been elected. Members therefore consider these elections an irrelevancy and it has nothing to do with apathy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Unite enormously with the threat of layoffs redundancies and sackings. BA Workers are threatened with sackings and or redundancies. In Passenger Transport, 44 Bus drivers have died from coronavirus showing that this so called collaboration with management has meant inadequate PPE and protection from the virus.
It is necessary for the URF to campaign for democracy, accountability and a perspective that all members of the union irrespective of whether they work or not to have a proper democratic structure in the union and be able to participate like working members.
When the pandemic is over we need to have a perspective to fight redundancies and sackings through strike action if necessary.
Unite Rank and File are really shocked to hear that Moe Manir, a hard working Unite rep on London buses has got a disciplinary this Thursday at Abellio and is facing the sack
Moe, with others, has been a major campaigner for the London-wide consultative ballot on safety that took place last Friday 7th February 2020.
There is going to be a protest at 12.30pm this Thursday outside the Twickenham depot where Moe’s disciplinary is being held if anyone able to make it – Stanley Road, Twickenham TW2 5NP
On the day of the General Election tomorrow, myself as an NHS worker and UNITE Workplace Rep will be at work for yet another consultation launch on reorganisation
For me, this is the 9th reorganisation in 9 years
I work for an NHS organisation that came about as a direct consequence of the Tories Health & Social Care Act and a part of the NHS most affected by change since the ConDem coalition in 2010
No top down organisation of the NHS, Cameron said yet we have seen nothing but every year since
Multiple redundancies every time losing mostly the good people with the skills and knowledge
I would prefer to be out campaigning to get the vote out for Labour instead however I need to be there for my members and support them through this pain, this time also at risk myself being in a ringfenced competition which means I will have to apply for my own job
I also have moderate anxiety and depression which make these situations even more difficult for me to cope with even with tons of support available
This is why I am voting Labour on 12th December to put an end to all this misery by Labour getting into government and standing by the Labour manifesto to repeal the terrible Health & Social Care Act once and for all
Unite Rank and File supporters will be gathering in Brighton next week for Unite National Industrial Sector Conferences 2019
There will not be a leaflet from Unite Rank and File
Thanks to all those who volunteered to help with leafleting
We will still however be meeting up
On Monday 18th November, we will be in the Fiddler’s Elbow post conference
On Tuesday 19th November, we will be meeting in The Bright Helm from 6.30pm onwards for discussion and food before moving on to the Fiddler’s Elbow
Come and join us there
UNITE National Industrial Sector Conferences 2019 are fast approaching starting Monday 18th November 2019 in Brighton
If you are going to be in Brighton in any capacity, please do get in contact
I will be there as a delegate along with a few others from Unite Rank and File
We are hoping to meet up in the evening of Tuesday 19th November
It will be an opportunity for UNITE Rank and File supporters to meet each other and do some planning for the socialist revolution, so if you are interested, please do come along and meet us
Some of us will be here later that night
Please also email us if you would like to contribute to or have ideas for our latest leaflet and / or if you are able to help us in Brighton with leafleting
Unite Rank and File Committee
The term of office of the current Executive Council comes to an end on 30th April 2020, it is therefore necessary to hold an election to elect the new council to hold office from 1st May 2020 to 30th April 2023.
The timetable for the election was agreed as follows:
Invite branches to submit candidates contact details/statements w/c 21st October 2019
Deadline for receipt of candidate details/statements 12 noon Monday 18th November 2019
Despatch of Nomination Forms w/c 16th December 2019
Christmas – office closure 24th December 2019 – 1st January 2020
Eligibility to vote cut-off date 31st December 2019
Nominations Period Thursday 2nd January – Friday 7th February 2020
Deadline for Receipt of Nominations 12 noon Wednesday 12th February 2020
Deadline for Acceptance and Receipt of Election Address 12 noon Wednesday 19th February 2020
Voting Period 30th March to 28th April.
Voting Papers Despatched 30th March to 1st April 2020
Easter – office closure 10th April – 13th April 2020
Deadline for Voting papers to be returned to the Independent Scrutineer 12 noon Tuesday 28th April
Verification of count 29th and 30th April.
New EC takes office 1st May 2020
New EC Meets 1st to 5th June 2020
* Tue 31 March – Thur 2 April; Unite equalities conferences in Bournemouth
* Sun 28 June – Fri 3 July; Unite policy conference in Liverpool
NHS Biomedical Scientists at Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust vote to go on strike
The Unite Executive Council have agreed that the 6th Unite Policy Conference will be held in the ACC, Liverpool, on Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2020.
In accordance with Rule 12.2 and 12.7 motions are invited from all branches and committees entitled to submit them i.e. Regional Committees, Regional Industrial Sector Committees, Area Activist Committees, Regional Equalities Committees, National Industrial Sector Committees and National Equalities Committees. In accordance with Rule 12.7.1 the National Retired Members Committee and Regional Retired Members Co-ordinating Committees may submit one motion each to Policy Conference on matters solely pertaining to members in retirement.
Who can submit a motion?
Branch Secretaries and Fulltime Officials with responsibility for committees entitled to submit motions are requested to bring this communication to the notice of their respective branch or committee as early as possible; in order to afford them an opportunity to submit a motion for inclusion in the agenda of the Conference. (Retired Member and Community branches may not submit motions to this conference)
What a motion should look like
It is not necessary to re-affirm existing union policy for it to remain in place. Once agreed policy is only altered by motions which explicitly seek to do so. To assist your members when determining your motion, you will find a record of the policies agreed at previous Policy Conferences on the Unite Website.
We have also drawn up the enclosed guidelines to assist your branch or committee when writing your motion. When considering a motion, you should also note the following:
- Each branch or committee may submit 1 motion only;
- Motions should be on general items of policy only;
- Motions must be limited to one subject only;
- Motions to amend the rules are not permissible;
- Motions which are specific to the business of a particular industrial sector will not be placed on the agenda but may be referred to the relevant National Industrial Sector Committee.
Sending in your motion
Motions must be sent by e-mail in Word format (instructions and form attached) to firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly the name of the branch or committee submitting the motion and the name and contact details of the relevant branch secretary or fulltime official (in the case of a committee) and the date of the meeting at which the motion was agreed. For verification purposes the enclosed motion form duly completed and signed should be scanned and sent by e-mail or sent by post to, General Secretary (Policy Conference/7th floor), Unite the Union, Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN to arrive no later than 12 noon on 31st January 2020 with the text of the motion attached. Motions arriving after that date will not be placed upon the Agenda.