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Executive Committee Report - May 2019

28 May 2019

Financial The Executive Committee was extremely disappointed to note that the union’s auditors had not been able to complete their work on the Finance Report and Annual Accounts in time for them to be circulated to branches four weeks before the commencement of Annual Conference, as required by our Rule Book.

The Executive Committee agreed that the financial administration of the union would be brought back in house and a plan will be developed to implement this plan from 1st January 2020.

In addition, the Executive Committee also agreed that it was necessary to carry out a competitive tendering exercise for the appointment of auditors for a term of no more than five years.

The Executive Committee apologises to members and branches.

Political Fighting Fund

The Executive Committee also agreed to the relaunch of the Political Fighting Fund at Annual Conference in June.

Membership and Time to Grow

Membership of the union continued to remain steady. Work to increase the membership needed to continue and the opportunities presented by recent recognition agreements for TSSA need to be taken.

Strategy

The Executive Committee approved TSSA’s Communications Strategy for the next three years. The strategy is built on three key pillars - to support a growing union, to send strong and positive TSSA messages to internal and external audiences and to lead on digitising the union. There would have to be great deal of planning for each of these important areas, and these would be reported to the Executive Committee over the three years of the plan.

Political and Campaigns

The Executive Committee received and noted detailed reports on the Welsh Labour Party and Welsh Labour Women’s Conferences from Paul Jeffries and Cheryl O’Brien respectively. Paul was a delegate and Chair of the Standing Orders Committee. Speeches were taken and welcomed from Jeremy Corbyn and Mark Drakeford, First Minister for Wales.

The Women’s Conference was preceded by the Welsh Labour Women’s Forum. It was noted that most Welsh CLPs have a Women’s Officer, who offer support and education for women members and its forums.

The EC wishes to extend its thanks to Paul and Cheryl.

The Executive Committee agreed that Jason Turvey, Treasurer, be appointed as our member on the board of the People’s Press Printing Society, the co-operative which owns the Morning Star newspaper.

The Executive Committee received correspondence from Eileen Turnbull, Secretary and Researcher for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, who wrote to confirm that a Judicial Review would be taking place on 30th April. Further to this, the Criminal Cases Review Commission agreed part way through the proceeding to withdraw their previous decision not to refer the case to the Court of Appeal. You can read more about this case here.

Notable Donations

The Executive Committee agreed to the following donations and affiliation fees:

• £50 to Teeside Transformed, a weekend festival of political education and culture

Other business

The Executive Committee agreed that Al Stoten (London South) would join the steering committee of the Railway Workers’ Centenary Service. The service is to commemorate the railway workers who were killed during the First World War and will take place in Southwark Cathedral in November. 

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