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Irish Committee Elections 2011

1 August 2011

The existing term of office for our current Irish Committee members is due to expire at the end of November 2011. The nomination of members, as Irish Committee candidates, for a further three-year term of office, commencing on 1st December 2011, is now invited and must reach Walkden House not later than Friday 30th September 2011.

Members of the Irish Committee are elected to hold office for a period of three years and are limited to a maximum of six consecutive years service, following which the members shall not be eligible to seek re-election during the next three years. Please see the Nomination paper which can be downloaded below. This must, when completed, bear the signature of the Branch Chairman and Branch Secretary. Provision is made on the nomination form for the written acceptance of the candidate and this should be completed where possible. Where this is not possible the candidate must sign a letter of acceptance which should reach Head Office by the closing date for receipt of nominations.

  Circular 218 dated 17 July 2006

In accordance with the laid down election procedures the following Irish Committee members who have not yet served the maximum term of six consecutive years are eligible to seek re-election are:

  • Mr Tony Martin, Iarnrod Eireann, Dublin - Supervisor
  • Ursula Hickey, Translink, Dublin - Non Supervisor
  • Jeremy Saulters, Translink, Ballymena - Non Supervisor
  • Lorraine Foster, Translink, Belfast - Non supervisor

In the context of the foregoing it should be noted that Mr Michael Cleland has completed the maximum six-year term in office and is not therefore eligible for re-election. On behalf of all our members I would like to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks and appreciation to Michael.

The following conditions apply to nominees for election to the Irish Committee and should be noted by Branches.

Nominations for the Irish Committee

Nominations for membership of the Irish Committee shall be made by Branches with members in the electoral area concerned and nominations will be called for by the General Secretary who shall issue a circular for that purpose in the month of August in the election year. Members shall take up office on 1st December 1996 & every third anniversary after that.

Northern Ireland

There shall be three members who are not supervisors, elected by individual votes of paid up members who are not supervisors from Branches in Northern Ireland with:
(1) not more than two members to be elected from any one undertaking, and
(2) a minimum of one member to be elected from provincial branches.
There shall be one supervisory member elected by individual vote of paid up Supervisory grade members from Branches in Northern Ireland.

Republic of Ireland

There shall be three members who are not supervisors, elected by individual votes of paid up members who are not supervisors from Branches in the Republic of Ireland with:
(1) not more than two members to be elected from any one undertaking, and
(2) a minimum of one member to be elected from provincial branches.
There shall be one supervisory member elected by individual vote of paid up Supervisory grade members from Branches in the Republic of Ireland.

Candidate’s Consent

Each candidate must send to Head Office a written and signed form of consent indicating the candidate’s willingness to accept nomination in the election. The attached Nomination form also has provision for the candidate to sign to indicate his/her willingness to be nominated. The form of consent must reach Head Office by no later than the close of elections i.e. 30th September 2011.

Candidate’s Statement

Each candidate may send to Walkden House written biographical details and a personal written statement of views no longer than 150 words. These must reach Walkden House by not later than the date of close of nominations. It shall be the personal responsibility of each candidate to meet this deadline. The biographical particulars should show a brief summary of the candidate’s qualifications, that is, TSSA activities, present position in TSSA, and, if the candidate wishes, length of membership.

Members not Eligible for Nomination

Members whose subscriptions are 12 weeks or more in arrears, Retired members, Special Rate Retired members, Superannuated members, Honorary members, Student members, TSSA employees and overseas members, shall not be eligible for nomination to the Irish Committee. No member of TSSA shall be eligible to become a candidate for election to the Irish Committee unless they have been a member of TSSA for at least three years on the date of close of nominations.

Members not Eligible to Vote

If, on the date the ballot packs are sent out, a member is:

  1. An Honorary member or Special Rate Retired member or Student member, as defined in Rule 29 or,
  2. A member whose subscriptions are 12 weeks or more in arrears

that member shall not be eligible to vote in the election for Irish Committee representatives.

Please note that the date of close of nominations is Friday 30th September 2011. This means that nomination papers and candidate’s signed consent must reach Walkden House by Friday 30th September 2011 as must any biographical details and written statements.


 

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