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Rule Book and Guidance Notes

The Rule Book sets out the framework within which all TSSA’s activities are regulated, and all members and officials are bound by our rules.

In 2017 TSSA reviewed the Rule Book and moved administrative processes into a set of Guidance Notes.

Every member is encouraged to take a personal interest in all the activities of TSSA, as well as in its local and national administration. Members are particularly urged to attend the meetings of their Branch and to assist towards increasing the membership.

Democracy is about being given the right and opportunity to participate. The Association’s Rules and Guidance Notes are designed to enable both.

A copy of the Political Fund Rules are supplied to every new TSSA member. A copy of the complete Rule Book and Guidance Notes are available to every member on request and copies of any changes to the Rules and Guidance Notes are available on request.

The Rule Book is updated on a cycle, with amendments (as passed by Conference) being issued in the intermediate years. A similar process will be followed for the Guidance Notes. The new Rule Book and Guidance Notes, incorporating amendments made at the 2018Annual Conference, can be downloaded below

  Rule Book 2018

  Guidance notes 2018

TSSA Guidance Note Amendment

Our union’s Rule Book is complemented by a book of Guidance Notes which contain the administrative processes required to maintain the standards of and give effect to the Rules. The processes and arrangements described in the Guidance Notes may be varied by the Executive Committee although this normally requires that such changes:

i. be opened up for consultation with Branches, etc;

ii. require changes to be presented for ratification at the next Annual Conference;

iii. need to receive a simple majority of those voting at Annual Conference.

At its most recent meeting the EC noted that in the redraft of the political fund rules in 2018, which required the approval of the Certification Officer, the rule whereby the EC may pay to branches up to 0.5% for branch political expenditure was omitted inadvertently. To address this oversight, the EC agreed an amendment be made to the Guidance Notes to include all of the wording of the original rule as follows:

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Guidance Note C 1.8

“The Executive Committee may pay to any branch making application an amount or amounts not exceeding one half of 1% (0.5%) of the annual value of the subscription rate for the time being per member of the sum allocated to the political fund from the subscription paid by members of such branch, providing that acceptable assurances are given that the money will be spent locally on political objects which are in harmony with the national policy of the Association. Branches will be advised as soon as practicable at the beginning of each year as to the amount standing to their credit in the fund.”

The amendment will be reported to Conference for ratification in June 2019. In the meantime, any branches or SOGs wishing to raise with the EC, any issues or concerns relating to the amendment, can do so by emailing no later than Tuesday 16 April 2019.

If any members have any queries about the format or content of our Rules, please contact us.

Model Standing Orders