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TSSA Conference: your chance to shape our future

2 March 2012

With hugely significant decisions as to the union's future needing to be taken over the next few years, the Annual Delegate Conference this May will be more important than ever.

Cardiff

Delegate registration is now open, with the conference due to take place between the 13th and 16th of May in Cardiff. Accommodation and food is provided for delegates for the duration of the event.

Conference will debate a full range of motions, from transport policy and how we organise, to our response to government cuts and campaigns for international justice.

In addition to policy debates, Conference is a great place to meet fellow TSSA activists, with social events every evening. This year’s socials will include a Welsh Night on the shores of Cardiff Bay and the annual Dinner Dance at Cardiff City Hall.

All members can stand for election via their branch. No prior experience is needed, with a comprehensive training session run at the conference for new delegates. Branches with over 200 members can send a second delegate, and wherever possible at least one delegate must be a woman. If you need contact details for your branch please call the Helpdesk (numbers on page 2). Non-delegate members can attend by contacting the conference organiser for a visitor’s pass. 7

The preliminary agenda is available at www.tssa.org.uk/conference. Any queries should be raised with conference organiser Pat Pavlou via pavloup@tssa.org.uk.
 

 

New Executive member for London and South East


Steve Leggett was recently elected on to the TSSA Executive Committee. Speaking to the Journal, he said: ‘I am very proud to be representing fellow members on the Executive Committee. To say that it is an interesting and crucial time is an under statement. We have no shortage of things to deal with: McNulty, declining membership and a Con-Dem government looking to cut us to the bone. I really feel we are now in a new era, however it is clear that some sort of change is unavoidable. It is important to strengthen and expand links with existing members. I hope to attend as many branch meetings in my Division as possible.

I think it would be good for the EC to visit as many different areas making ourselves much more accessible. Many members do not really know what the EC does and we can be seen as remote.

It’s paramount to engage and recruit new members, particularly the younger generation. We need to embrace new ways of communicating, my branch has just set up a Facebook group to assist new branch officials.

My branch has recently got involved with a local cuts group and local trade councils. The way ahead for the union movement is with community organising: TSSA leads the way on this with an excellent community organising team.’

 

 

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