AGM, Thursday 9th of March 2017

 
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AGENDA

  1. Appointment of Chairperson
  2. Guest Speaker:
    • Mike Kirby, Scottish Secretary for UNISON
  3. Appointment of Scrutineers
  4. Minute of AGM meetings held March 2016
  5. Matters arising from the 2016 AGM meetings
  6. Treasurer’s Report, Accounts & Appointment of auditor
  7. Branch Officers Honoraria
  8. Election to Branch Posts and Delegations
  9. Branch Assessment
  10. Motions (see overleaf)
  11. AOCB with Question and Answer Session
  12. Close of Meeting

Venue: Council Chambers, English Street, Dumfries DG1 2DD

Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm

UNISON Dumfries & Galloway’s Annual General Meeting is YOUR chance to voice YOUR thoughts on the running of YOUR Branch.

Please come along and support the Officers and Stewards and help us to help YOU by showing Dumfries & Galloway Council that UNISON D&G is a living, breathing, thriving organisation; ready and able to hold our employer to account.

 

 MOTIONS

  1. One UNISON Branch for Dumfries & Galloway

Over the past year since the introduction of the Integrated Health and Social Care Partnership both NHS and Local Government Branches have been working closer together on matters that affect UNISON members.  We have already benefited by sharing Branch administrative support costs.  As a consequence of this closer working and with the realisation there is greater strength in numbers both Branch Committees believe the best interests of all of our members will be better served by one unified UNISON branch in Dumfries & Galloway.

This motion calls upon the Annual General Meeting of the Dumfries & Galloway Local Government Branch to support the merger of both the Local Government and NHS Branches of UNISON into one single Branch for the Dumfries & Galloway Region.

We urge our membership to support this motion and to remit the Branch Officers to;

as soon as possible thereafter.

Proposed by the Branch Executive

 

  1. Branch Communications

“This meeting recognises that Communication with our membership is vital to the functioning of UNISON. We welcome the recent development of a Branch website and the publication of a printed newsletter in December 2016. However, we consider that any such communication channels can only be effective if suitably managed and updated on a regular basis.

We call on the Branch Executive to make the development and maintenance of a Communications Strategy a key priority in its Branch Assessment Plan.”

Proposed by the Retired Members Section

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PRESS RELEASE: Public services short-changed by MacKay Today's budget falls short of the commitment to our public workers and services that we demanded at our rally today. After today's budget Derek MacKay can expect to see a sustained campaign from public workers to begin restoring livelihoods. The issue of public sector pay will not disappear. Whilst worker pressure has already achieved some incremental increase from the UK’s austerity approach, it is not acceptable that so many public service workers, including teachers, fire fighters and many nurses, should face further pay cuts. We recognise that the Finance Secretary has a difficult job in protecting Scotland’s budget against UK austerity. The smug self-satisfaction of the Scottish Tories belies the havoc that their government is wreaking on public services across the UK. However the SNP made several ambitious manifesto commitments and says it wants to do right by public workers. So now was the time to be bold. Scottish workers have made their demands clear, and dialogue between the STUC and Derek MacKay has emphasised the urgency of a real-terms pay rise for all public workers. Every public worker in Scotland deserves a pay-rise at inflation-level or above. This means that the Finance Secretary has to be clear he is funding every area of public sector provision to ensure this can be delivered. We will be looking particularly closely at the detail of the budget, but are disappointed in the real terms cuts in resource funding for local government. Whilst its good that the debate on tax has finally begun, the STUC is disappointed that the Scottish Government has not used their powers to make a significant commitment to public service investment and public worker pay. £20 a week additional tax for someone earning £2000 a week is simply too little when public services are at breaking point. To find more resources the Finance Secretary could have abandoned the Small Business Bonus scheme which drains the economy of £200 million a year with no evidence that it is the best way to invest in local economies. If it is to exist, it must focus on creating jobs that pay at least the Living Wage. Public workers will now be seriously doubting this government’s commitment to our services.

Today the Scottish Government set their budget which will dedicate what money the public sector has within Scotland . UNISON has made it clear that there should be no more cuts !!!

Unison has also made it clear that the public sector pay cap must go and that work must be done to compensate workers for their loss of wages over the last seven years !!!
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