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 our free prize draw, which all those attending one or other of the meetings will be entered into, with a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show 8, one of those fancy voice control smart home video devices that has a recommended retail price of £120. And as the turnout to the AGMs is normally in the 20-30 people, the odds are high that the winner will be you.
So, if that takes your fancy, or even if it doesn't, we do hope you will show your support for the branch by attending via Microsoft Teams one of the four meetings over two different days - on Friday 26th March at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm, and on Monday 29th March at 12:30pm and 5:30pm.
The running order for all four meetings will be brief and to the point. 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 focus on giving an update to members on the big issues of the day, such as mergers and pay, with an opportunity for questions to be asked and answered.
Therefore we do hope to see you at one of the meetings, although we do appreciate this may not be possible. Either way, we would be grateful If you could complete the attendance form at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UNISONCSH-AGM-2021 so we can anticipate numbers or register an apology for absence.
Friday 26th March 2021, 12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
Friday 26th March 2021, 5:30pm via Microsoft Teams
Monday 29th March 2021, 12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
Monday 29th March 2021, 5:30pm via Microsoft Teams
The AGMs are open to all Central Sussex Hospitals Branch UNISON members - links to the meetings will be sent by email on completion of registration.
Nominations for Branch Officer and
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 Friday 26th March 2021 using the form here.