Terry Abbott, Chair, welcomed
all the members to the Regional Committee.
1/10 NEW INTRODUCTIONS
Terry Abbott introduced the following
new members to the committee:-
George Cottrell, Isle of Man Area Activistsâ Committee
John Hughes, Passenger Industrial Sector Committee
Bill Moores, Retired Membersâ
Martin Gleeson, Electrical Engineering & Electronics
Dave Parr, Metals incl Foundry
Martin McMulkin, Motor Components
Ian Allinson, IT & Communications
Phil Potter, Graphical, Paper & Media
Lynn Booth, Disability
Gail Cox, Community, Youth Workers & Not for Profit
Jan Faherty, Health
Karen Lally, Finance & Legal
Dave Williams, Finance & Legal
Philip Heyworth, Youth Observer
John Fetherston, Vehicle Building & Automotive
David Rochester, Lancashire Area
At this point, both the
Regional Secretary and Chair explained that only the Territorial
Executive Council members should be in attendance at the meeting
and no other Executive Council members as there had been some
confusion at the last meeting on 10 November 2009.
COMMITTEE MINUTES â 10 November 2009
These were accepted.
Appeals (Min 11/09)
Mick Stott informed the
committee that the donation towards the badge for the Lesbian
& Gays in MSF had now been received by the branch.
MINUTES OF FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE
10 November 2009
5/10 There were no matters
MINUTES OF THE FINANCE
& GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE 19 January 2010
6/10 Ray Kirton
â Resignation from Regional Committee &
F&GPC (Min 10/10 2.)
Terry Abbott recorded thanks
on behalf of the committee for Rayâs long standing
service to the committee. The Regional Secretary had already
written to Ray on behalf of the Region.
7/10 Martin McMulkin
â Request to change future dates of Regional
Committee (Min 10/10 3.)
Although Martin had indicated
that the Employment Law course he was undertaking would last
36 weeks, the members hoped that he would be able to attend certain
committee meetings in the future.
8/10 Brian Bamford,
branch 6/353 re Spanish Civil War publication (Min 10/10 6.)
The publication would be
sent to Bob Braddock for his comments on same.
9/10 Kenny Rowe,
branch 6/677 re Political Committee meetings (Min 10/10 8.)
The branch was concerned
regarding the selection processes of parliamentary candidates
for the General Election and the very short notice of meetings.
This matter had now been dealt with by the Political Committee.
10/10 REPORT OF
THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TERRITORIAL REPS
Sharon Hutchinson apologised
for not having provided a written report. This was due to the
fact that the Executive Council meeting had taken place in the
previous week. She therefore gave a verbal report highlighting
the following points:-
A document regarding Regional
funds had been sent out to the Regions. The Region would
receive Â£270,000 as the opening balance and any
monies not spent would more than likely be recouped by Central
The JGSs reported on the
retention of membership. A full report would be provided
for the March meeting of the EC on how many members are recruited
and subsequently retained by the Organising Unit.
Charlie Whelan, Political Director provided a political report and a discussion took place regarding TULO, employment related issues ie, anti trade union laws and blacklisting.
Jim Mowatt, Education Director
provided a report on education and informed the EC that the matter
regarding the NW tutors was being dealt with by the Union
solicitors and could not be discussed. In the meantime,
there would be no disruption to the Regionâs
Under the Legal report,
the announcement was made that Georgina Hirsch, Director of Legal
Services would be leaving the employ of the union on 29
January and her position would not be replaced. The assurance
was given that the department would not suffer a detriment.
However, Paul Talbot would oversee the running of the department.
Tony Woodhouse explained that the panel of union solicitors
was being examined.
A document was produced
regarding membership cleansing and the fact that 300,000 members
were shown as 26 weeks or more in arrears. It had been
agreed that those members could renew their membership if they
wished but if they did not reply in this regard then they would
be removed from the system. This would also be the case
for those members without an address.
John Gibbins, Conference
Manager reported on the Policy Conference (formerly T&G BDC)
and the Rules Conference. The Policy Conference would take
place from 31 May to 4 June 2010 inclusive in Manchester.
One delegate per 2000 members from each RISC would be entitled
to attend the conference. A long debate took place regarding
motions to the Policy Conference after which it was agreed that
one motion could be submitted from every branch and Constitutional
Under Officering/VR â
36 employees had already left the union and it was agreed
that a further 106 employees could leave with 20 waiting for
a date and approximately 75-80 had been refused the VR.
Although the VR is now closed, another process would be put in
place for further redundancies.
The EC had agreed to advertise
the vacant officerâs post on the Isle of Man
as soon as possible.
It was reported that there
are currently nine vacancies within the Organising Unit and it
was agreed to advertise internally but there were no applicants.
A new wave of training would commence in the future.
There had been an administrative
problem with regard to standardising expenses which should have
been effective January 2010; this had been put back to 2 February
2010. The issue regarding start times of meetings/overnight
stays in London was raised and it was agreed that no reasonable
request for an overnight stay would be refused.
Doug Collins, Assistant General Secretary had
now retired but he would remain on a consultative basis due to
being involved in the job evaluation process.
Discussion had taken place
regarding the CSEU and their talks with Rolls Royce on extending
the 35 hour working week.
There was discussion regarding
parity between all branches of Unite in relation to branch
administration etc. This matter would be further discussed
at the National F&GPC.
The union would
be re-balloting BA members for industrial action. The dispute
surrounded the imposition of terms and conditions and not just
There was confusion regarding
active/inactive retired members and new contributions.
This matter would be further discussed at the National F&GPC.
Terry Abbott thanked the
Territorial Executive Council reps for the report.
The Regional Secretary
reported that as part of the Standing Orders for the committee
and going forward, the Regional Co-Ordinating Officers would
be reporting on the 100% Campaign in the future but unfortunately,
they would only be receiving their training on 27 January.
OF ONE DELEGATE TO THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE
Due to the resignation
of Ray Kirton, nominations were invited for the vacant position
on the committee. After being proposed and seconded, Les
Mothersole was duly elected to sit on the Regionâs
Finance & General Purposes Committee.
OF TWO DELEGATES (one from each former section) TO THE STANDING
ORDERS COMMITTEE FOR THE POLICY CONFERENCE & RULES CONFERENCE
After being proposed and
seconded, Stewart Conroy (former T&G) and David Rochester
(former Amicus) were duly elected to sit on the Standing Orders
Committee for both conferences.
REMITS FROM REGIONAL
INDUSTRIAL SECTOR COMMITTEES/AREA ACTIVISTSâ
14/10 Terry Abbott explained the
process by which remits should be submitted to the Regional Committee.
Prior to the Regional Committee taking place, the Territorial
Executive Council members including the Regional Secretary and
Regional Chairperson discuss all remits. The remits should
be submitted to the Regional Secretary by e-mail no later than
10 days before the Regional Committee is due to take place.
It was explained that 2 remits had been received by the Regional
Secretary on the Friday before the RC was scheduled to take place.
The meeting of the particular AAC in question had taken place
at the beginning of December, a gap of six weeks.
It was agreed that the
Regional Secretary should write to the officers responsible for
the RISCs and AACs on the subject of remits.
The committee members therefore
agreed that on this occasion only, the 2 remits would be discussed
at the next meeting of the F&GPC on 9 February 2010.
15/10 Remit from the Food Drink & Tobacco RISC re
New Administrative Ways of Working
Jackie Whitmore gave a
brief background to the remit and although already in line with
policy in moving towards one system under Unite, it was
agreed to forward the remit for the consideration of the Executive
Council â see attachment.
OF THE REGIONAL SECRETARY
The Regional Secretary reported
on the following points:-
A full survey had been
carried out on the Salford office and due to the prohibitive
cost implications to refurbish the building and the money already
committed to the Liverpool office at Islington, the decision
had been made by the JGSs that the Islington office would become
the new Regional Office for the North West region.
The issue had also been
raised that the Prestwich office may become the main office in
the Manchester area thus the Salford office could be closed down.
No final decision has been made on this matter.
The Accrington office closed
on 22 January and the officer and member of staff had transferred
to the Preston office as of 25 January.
As there were 3 officers
on long term sick, it was agreed to delay the departure of any
other officers in the region in order to alleviate servicing
problems. None of the admin staff would be allowed to leave
until the Prestwich/Salford situation had been finalised.
The Regional Secretary
pointed out the major differences between the former T&G
and Amicus Employment Tribunal referral to solicitor process.
Mini Durham Event
This would take place over
2 days 20/21 February 2010 commencing at 10.00 am at the Clifton
Public Services Rally
This would take place on
30 January 2010, 12 noon at St Georgeâs Plateau,
Liverpool. Free transport was being provided from Blackpool,
Preston and Manchester.
OF THE REGIONAL POLITICAL COMMITTEE
John Boughton apologised
for not providing a written report on this occasion but would
endeavour to do so for the next meeting. Terry Burns could
not attend due to being on other union business.
John provided a verbal report as follows:-
A Regional Political grant
was agreed at Â£100 under Unite.
A presentation had been
given by Kevin Peel from Young Labour regarding campaigns within
the region, particularly in the key seats.
At the NW Labour Party
Conference the union had submitted contemporary motions
on blacklisting and anti trade union legislation which
were well received and debated.
Difficulties had been encountered
with the short listing of the selection of parliamentary candidates
in the region due to the restrictive timetable produced by the
The Mini Durham event will
focus on political education and is now being organised in all
Charlie Whelan, Political
Director was unable to attend the last political committee meeting
due to illness. However Andrew Dodgshon spoke about the
Labour Party trying to win the next election and indications
are that due to the expenses row and turn out being on a downward
trend, it was vital that Unite does all it can to maximise
support from the membership. The Unite4Labour website provides
information about the region and how to use the telephone bank
John indicated that Key
seats where Unite members can make a difference are in
Wirral West, South Ribble, Rochdale, Manchester Withington, Lancaster
Tony Woodhouse advised
that major problems were being experienced in the selection process
for candidates for vacant seats and that it was vitally important
that the Political Officers formulate strategies for the forthcoming
General Election as well as guidelines on the way forward for
Terry Abbott thanked John
Boughton for his report.
OF THE REGIONAL EQUALITIES ORGANISER
Helen Osgood had provided
a written report but could not attend the meeting due to being
on other union business.
Anne Morrison reported
that not all of the delegates to the Womenâs
Committee had received notification of their last meeting and
that it had also clashed with an Area Activistsâ
meeting on the same day.
A motion had been sent
to the NW TUC conference from the NW TUC Womenâs
Committee surrounding Equal Pay.
Sherrell Martin pointed
out that 3/4 December was designated National Carersâ
Day and hoped that the Region would be able to support this in
Mick Stott asked for financial
support concerning both the Blackpool Pride and Manchester Pride
as in previous years. This matter would be referred to
the F&GPC for its consideration.
Des Graham pointed out
that he had not received his notification to attend the last
meeting of the BAEM Committee.
19/10 REPORT OF
THE RETIRED MEMBERSâ CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE
A written report was provided
to the members. Bill Moores informed the committee that
20 members (10 from each section) formed the Retired Membersâ
Co-Ordinating Committee; Phil Wiseman being the Chairperson.
OF THE SENIOR ORGANISER
Mike Thompson had provided
a written report and highlighted the following points:-
In 2009, the total members recruited in organising campaigns was 1902.
At Boughey Distribution,
95 drivers out of 150 are now members of Unite and organising
will continue within Grocery Retail Logistics in 2010.
There have been major difficulties
with Stobartsâ members due to them being spread
around the country and being placed in many different branches
and the worry is that the members could face problems with servicing.
The problem of members/branches
was region wide and the suggestion was that perhaps the root
of this problem lies with Newcastle Data Centre.
It was also suggested that
the F&GPC should look at the mapping of new members within
Terry Abbott thanked Mike
Thompson for his report.
OF THE REGIONAL EDUCATION ORGANISER
Ian Scott had provided
a written report and highlighted the following points:-
The Education Department
had experienced instability in recent times but he hoped that
education would continue to be a success as it had in the past.
There are now more lay
tutors being recruited to teach Unite materials rather
than members going on TUC courses.
The Education Department
could cater for any course as long as the minimum number was
met, eg 10 in Salford, 6-8 in Cumbria.
All activists will be receiving
a letter and e-mail asking what training they require, where
they want it and whether they wish the training to take place
on a weekend.
Terry Abbott thanked Ian
Scott for his report.
Annual Conference of
the NW TUC, 13 March, Town Hall Liverpool Delegation to consist of the F&GPC members
plus a further 3 members from the Regional Committee to complete
the delegation. Volunteers were requested ie, Pauline Bradburn,
Anne Morrison & Bob Braddock. Two motions were permitted
It was agreed that the
Isle of Man officer vacancy should be advertised as soon as possible
with a view to appointing as a matter of urgency.
9 February, 9 March, 7 April