Due to the COVID-19 situation, UNISON CSH branch will be doing something different with regards its AGM(s) for 2021. Those of you that attended last year will recall that we moved to a
system of aggregated AGMs which
essentially means that we have more than one AGM covering the same agenda, which we then combine together. We therefore had two AGM meetings on different dates, one at the RSCH and one at the
PRH, both of which were successful and ensured that overall we had the highest AGM attendance for over 10 years.
Whilst we had plans to do something similar this year the ongoing restrictions related to the pandemic have forced us to do yet another first for the branch ...... virtual AGMs via the use of
Microsoft Teams. Unfortunately, that means we can't tempt you to attend with the normal scrumptious culinary offerings ..... nor the fabulous selection of informative guest speakers. But
all is not lost. We will still be offering the jewel in the crown of free entry into our prize draw where you can win
We have gone for the more low key approach, more akin to a lunch and learn format, close to where people work and at more convenient times, while retaining the promotional giveaways, the
free prize draw , interesting guest speakers, and, perhaps most importantly, plenty of lovely food. After all, business and learning can not be conducted on an empty
The running order for both events will be free food served at the start of the meeting (12pm and 5pm respectively) with the AGM conducted whilst we're all sampling the culinary delights over the
course of the first hour. Following the formal business of the AGM (which we hope to keep to a minimum, although the branch secretary does have a tendency to ramble a little) we will
provide educational opportunities in the form of our guest speakers - at the PRH event we have the pleasure of White Ribbon UK President Chris Green OBE giving us an opportunity to
discuss the scourge of domestic abuse, whilst at the RSCH on the Friday evening Adrian Ryan, Projects Officer at unionlearn, will show us how we can develop our skills or refresh our
knowledge via TUC life long learning opportunities.
And if none of that appeals to you just come along for the opportunity to win in our free prize draw some whizzy technological gadget that we haven't quite decided on yet but will be in the vein
of an Amazon Echo or similar (if you haven't experienced the delights of forming a friendship with Alexa it does come highly recommended).
Monday 9th March 2020, 12pm to 2pm
St Francis Social Club, Princess Royal Hospital
From 12pm- Food served
12:15pm - AGM starts
1pm - Domestic Violence, the facts (Chris Green OBE, President White Ribbon UK)
Friday 13th March 2020, 5pm to 7pm
Sussex House Boardroom, Royal Sussex County Hospital
From 5pm- Food served
5:15pm - AGM starts
6pm - Life long learning (Adrian Ryan, Projects Officer at unionlearn)
The AGMs are open to all Central Sussex Hospitals Branch UNISON members plus members can bring along a friend, work colleague or partner - they don't have to be UNISON members.
If any of your colleagues are not yet members of UNISON, please feel free to
invite them to accompany you to the AGM and there will be an opportunity for them to join at the beginning of the meeting. All UNISON members are entitled to speak and vote at the AGM.
In order for all members to have an opportunity to attend the AGM the branch is able to cover reasonable childcare costs - contact the branch for further information.
Nominations for Branch Officer and Representative posts
The branch wants to encourage UNISON members to get involved in all aspects of the branch and now is the time for our annual branch elections. We hope that all our members will take part in the
process and also consider whether they themselves can take on an active role in the branch. You don't have to commit a lot of time, or be an expert to get more involved - a little time and a
lot of enthusiasm are all that's needed; give it a try, you'll be amazed how much you get out of it.
Further details regarding roles that can be taken on can be found at the national website at www.unison.org.uk/about/our-organisation/activists/workplace-roles/ and www.unison.org.uk/about/our-organisation/activists/branch-roles/ or see our summary of roles below in documents section.
If you feel able to take on a role put your name forward using the nomination form.
Motions and Amendments to Rule
All UNISON members have the right to submit Motions or Amendments to Rule to the AGM.
A Motion is a formal proposal by a member and it is to ask the Committee to take a certain action. If for example you want to ask the Branch to set up a Young Members Group to ensure that the issues
affecting younger workers are properly addressed, then you can raise this as a Motion.
An Amendment to Rule is a formal proposal by a member to amend or add to existing Branch Rules (see documents section below).
If you have an idea for either a Motion or Amendment to Rule and want to discuss it, please contact the Branch Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and someone will be able to help you write it. Alternatively, if you would like to submit a Motion or Amendment to Rule
for the Branch to debate at the AGM then please submit it to the Branch Office by 10am on Monday 9th March 2020 using the form here.