This year saw 30 Delegates travell to UNISONS national centre for the 2012 AGM. – Although the UNISON centre is out of the Eastern region, good rail communications from all over the region meant that delegates found it a good venue to get to, and it meant that a number of speakers were able to attend.
Before the AGM started officially at 1.30pm MP for Luton Kelvin Hopkins was able to meet delegates for lunch and spoke to many of the members individually before speaking on Keynesian economics and taking some questions.
The AGM started officially at 1.30pm with the 2011 Chair Jan Lavender leading proceedings.
After agreeing the 2011 AGM minutes both Jan and Sam Older – UNISON Organiser and Secretary for the regional Labour link Committee went through their Chair and Secretary reports (attached), and Sam briefly went through the treasurers report, that was agreed by the AGM.
There was also a brief report from the 2 representatives from UNISON labour link in the East who attended the 2011 Labour Party conference.
One of the main talking points that was discussed was the ULLs national statement. It was agreed by the committee that a motion would be forwarded to Labour in the East regional board to work to this statement with UNISON.
Sam who sits on 1 of the 2 TU seats will put this to Labour in the East before the next board meeting on 3rd March.
There were 3 main speakers –
Sian Rabi Laleh
A National Officer for UNISON in the health dept who spoke and took questions about UNISON and labour working together in Health and the current Health and social care bill.
Richard Howitt MEP
who spoke about workers rights and conditions and the laws from Europe, as well as talking about the health bill campaign. – (Richard later Tweeted that he thought the turnout was a bumper turnout. To read more join us on Twitter).
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge in 2010 and National Labour link Officer for UNISON spoke about working with clps, getting the UNISON voice heard in the party and explaining how UNISONs relationship works with Labour.
All speakers took a number of questions and some good debate arose.
The final part of the AGM saw the election of 16 delegates from across all counties, service groups and most Self organising groups who were elected to the 2012 ULL committee for Eastern region. The re-election of Jan as Chair and the election of Tracy Grant as Vice Chair was also agreed.
The Important dates for the year were also circulated and are attached (see related).