As you may have seen before Christmas, our AGMs are coming up at 12-2 on Tue 12 March (Greenwich) and Thu 14 March (Avery Hill). We will be providing a free lunch and plan to have a guest speaker. Members at the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban are entitled to paid time off to attend thanks to our recognition agreements with these employers so get the date in your work diary now!
If there’s a particular topic you would like to hear about or a speaker you can recommend to us (expenses paid), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
All paid-up members of HE Greenwich UNISON branch who’ve been in the branch for at least 13 weeks can now be nominated into any of the officer roles to help run the branch this year. If you already know you want to stand, here's the nomination form!
It’s important to us that the nomination process is open and democratic and we’d like to encourage all members to feel very welcome to put themselves forward for any of the roles.
But what are those roles, and what do they involve?
The possible roles you may like to be nominated for are as follows. Please note that highlighted positions are currently vacant or the post holders are stepping down so we would especially welcome nominations for these positions. Additionally our chair Stuart is looking to step down either this year or next year so he can prepare for retirement (I don't think he minds me telling you this!). We are also urgently seeking Health and Safety Reps (one per University campus plus Trinity Laban).
We encourage job-sharing of roles so please consider this if you are unsure about taking up an officer role. Most officer positions are suitable for job-shares and we already have two officer positions which are job-shares.
- Vice Chair (deputises for Chair as needed)
- Branch Secretary
- Assistant Branch Secretary (deputises for Secretary as needed)
- Membership Officer
- Education Officer
- Health and Safety Officer
- Communications Officer
- Equalities Officer
- Retired Members’ Officer (nominated and elected by Retired members only)
- Welfare Officer
- International Relations Officer
- LGBT Officer
- Women’s Officer
- Black Members’ Officer
- Young Members’ Officer (must be aged under 26 in March)
- Disabled Members’ Officer
- Labour Link Officer (must be a Labour party member; nominated and elected by Affiliated Political Fund members only)
An important thing to remember when considering most of these roles is that you are volunteering to assist the union branch to be more effective, and as such you should read the descriptions’ bullet points as guidance rather than minimum requirements. No branch officer can do everything listed for their role, but every contribution is a help!
So please, if you see a role you think you’d like to get involved through, do ask other members to nominate you for it!
If you, or anyone you know, would like to stand for any of the roles, the process is very simple.
You can fill in most of the form yourself, then two other members of the branch need to nominate you by completing their details and signing the form in the relevant places.
Once your nomination form is complete, return it to branch secretary Edith Speller. Preferably scan and email it to email@example.com but if this isn’t possible return by post to:
Edith Speller, HE Greenwich UNISON
Jerwood Library, Trinity Laban
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
to arrive by end of Thursday 14 February 2019.
Please spread the word to any colleagues you think may be interested in helping shape the direction of our branch of UNISON this year. It would be great to have you on board! And if you have any questions about the roles do get in touch.