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Connect Biennial Conference – Wednesday

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Today at Conference…

Delegates debated and carried the following motions today:

Prop 1 Future of the union – Connect merger (Executive Council)

Prop 5 Future of the union – Merger with Prospect (Executive Council)

Prop 25 Digital Britain (Executive Council)

Prop 16 Misuse of performance/attendance procedures (BT Central London; adopted by BT London East)

Prop 17 Misuse of performance management (BT Development Belfast)

Prop 18 Equality information and best practice (BT Central London; adopted by BT London East)

Prop 24 BNP (BT Sheffield)

Prop 22 Ethical sourcing (Vodafone Regional Operations North & South)

Conference elected a new Conference Business Committee and the EC standing committee for members’ careers and skills development, and attended a choice of two workshops, on international affairs and on organising. Conference also heard from Paul Noon, the General Secretary of Prospect, and presented organising awards to branches of the union in respect of their achievements in organising on behalf of the union over the course of the last two years.

So, Conference reached a decision for Connect to merge the union with another and, subsequently, to finalise negotiations with Prospect, where it will become the Connect IT and Telecoms sector from 1 January 2010, subject to a full ballot of Connect members in the autumn. Delegates were congratulated on the quality of this momentous debate in the history of the union by Adrian Askew, General Secretary, who commented that he was ‘Immensely proud of this union and of the way in which the debate has been conducted: no criticising of a sister union, no making of any binary choices between good and evil, but a debate about the future of your union, in the context of the industrial reality in which you work: a sign of great maturity and solidarity.’

Conference also carried a very welcome prop condemning the election of two BNP MEPs and warning of the dangers of seeing the BNP as a normal political party, and calling on Conference to ‘support calls by Unite Against Fascism and Hope Not Hate in mobilising the largest possible mass movement across every walk of life to stop the fascist BNP and drive them out of the political mainstream.’


Written by Calvin

24/06/2009 at 3:01 pm

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