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Annual conference

TSSA’s Annual Conference is the supreme governing body of the union.

TSSA's conference is held every year, in May or June. It is an opportunity for TSSA activists to come together and discuss the issues facing members and our industries, to set policy and to network. 

In 2021 our Annual Conference will take place in September due to the Coronavirus. Plans to hold a virtual conference in June 2021 were set aside to focus on the September conference. Details and documentation can be found here.

TSSA’s policies are largely determined by Annual Conference, and are binding on all members and officials. Annual Conference provides a firm democratic framework for the Association, and all members can participate in this democracy through their branch.

Every branch can send a delegate to Conference (two delegates for larger branches), and to submit two motions for debate. Delegates are reimbursed loss of pay and travel, and receive an allowance for accommodation. 

For further information on our Annual Delegate Conference read what TSSA's Rulebook (Rule 10) says about the Annual Conference and the associated Guidance Notes (Note E) say.

TSSA Annual Conference 2020

Due to Coronavirus TSSA Delegate Conference 2020 was postponed. Please use the links below to view the preliminary agenda and related branch circular. 

Prelimary agenda:   2020 Conference Preliminary Conference

Circular   Conference 2020 2021 circular

TSSA Annual Concerence 20201

Annual Delegate Conference 2021: additional needs for a virtual conference

We wrote to Branches in November (Circular 79) informing you that the 2021 conference will take place online from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 June 2021.

We are aware that holding an online conference comes with a unique set of challenges for delegates and Branches. We are now inviting Branches to raise any issues, which we will be happy to try to help resolve. Issues may include, but are not limited to, suitable technology, childcare, training, workspaces, or equipment for delegates.

Branches or SOGs wishing to raise issues should e-mail our Support Services Team at explaining their concerns and providing contact details to facilitate an initial discussion about possible resolutions.

For delegates unused to working at home for long periods, attending the online conference may produce problems associated with proper posture and equipment positioning when sitting at a computer for extended periods of time. Delegates and Branches may find the following link on posture and computer equipment useful:

Branches have by now had the opportunity to hold virtual Branch meetings, the Executive Committee have received positive feedback in respect of some of these meetings, but if Branches or members are having any issues facilitating or joining virtual Branch meetings then please contact the Support Services Team at and we will provide further support.

Details of the platform that will host Conference and further information will be sent to Branches in due course in 2021. In the meantime, on behalf of the Support Services Team, can I take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy and safe festive season with your loved ones where this is possible and to send our best wishes for 2021.

  Conference 2020 2021 circular

  Conference Dates 2021

  Conference Delegate Form 2021

  Final Conference Nomination Forms 2021

  Main Conference Circular 2021

  Main Conference Circular Information 2021

Previous Conferences

You can read documents from previous Annual Conferences here.