Reposted from the other PCS Democracy blog:
This Saturday the campaign held its first meeting at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester.
Over 40 activists were in attendance from over 20 branches.
The meeting was chaired by Annette Wright from Manchester and Salford branch and introduced by John Moloney from DfT London and South East. John spoke for 10 minutes giving a background to the reasons for the campaign, an audio recording of which you can find below (apologies for the quality).
After much discussion and debate the meeting voted to endorse the following positions:
- To endorse the statement on this blog and continue to encourage branches to debate and pass it.
- To endorse the statement initiated by those NEC members who voted against the decision.
- To use our union’s structures to overturn this decision and to refuse – on a matter of principle – to use the certification officer or the law and encourage others to behave in the same way.
- To write a crib sheet of FAQ’s about the NEC decision. Including alternatives to the suspension of elections.
- To establish a web discussion forum so branches and activists can keep in touch and share information in the period between now and the end of AGM season.
- To publisise this model motion for branches to submit to this year’s Annual conference through AGM’s
- That a group of 5 activists from the North West would act as a temporary secretariat for the campaign.
We continue to encourage branches to support the statement to get involved.