The 1st session of the AGM took place today at noon. Unfortunately guest speaker John Cryer MP was unable to attend but our Regional Officer John Noblemunn spoke briefly about the forthcoming election. Anne-Marie Christie from Thompsons solicitors gave an interesting speech about asbestos.
The minutes of last year’s meeting were agreed. The Branch Officer reports were read. Dave Knight thanked everyone for their support over the years as he is retiring in July and this was his last AGM though he would be staying at UNISON until then as WF Council had given him facility time during the transition period. He wished Christine Street (who unfortunately was unable to attend the meeting) well as new Branch Secretary. He mentioned the fact that there is to be a lobby of the council on Thursday at 6pm about the cuts and also the need to recruit more members. The Organiser mentioned that after his report had been printed he decided to follow up what he believed the council had signed up to become – a London Living Wage employer. However when he looked at the London Living Wage Foundation website LBWF was not listed. He contacted the Foundation only to be told they had never had an application from the LBWF. When he pursued this with the Council he was told it would cost £400 and it was too much to pay! The International Officer spoke briefly to her report. There were stalls from both the Palestine Solidarity Group and Cuba Solidarity Campaign (amongst others) present today. The Treasurers report was read and Lynne Troughton went through the figures – expenditure last year went down. A budget report for the current year was approved. Lynne Troughton has had to transfer her workplace so was unable to continue in the role – Oona Kelly has taken over the challenging job from her.
Branch Officers attendance at Committee meetings was included with the papers and a few amendments were made. The election of branch officers for this year were agreed and delegates to Regional Local Government Committee and Regional Council were agreed as were delegates to the Local Government and National Delegate Conference, though there are still some spaces. The list of elected reps was agreed and the Motions regarding the pensions board and “no confidence in Waltham Forest Chief Executive” were agreed. Though the meeting was not quorate there is to be another at 4pm today which hopefully will change this status.