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Appendix 3 – UCU national rule 12

12     Organisation of members

12.1 Every member shall be assigned by the General Secretary to a branch/local association or, as appropriate, to a central group, where possible on the basis of principal current qualifying employment, but otherwise on the basis of Standing Orders or individual decisions of the National Executive Committee that take account of the Sector and location of the actual employment (if any) and/or past or prospective employment of the member in question.

12.2 Members working in more than one institution may belong to and attend meetings of more than one branch/local association and vote on matters concerned with their employment but shall be entitled to stand for office and vote in national elections only in their designated branch/local association/central group.

12.2.1 Members belonging to an agency workers branch set up under rule 12.5.1 may belong to and attend meetings of more than one branch/local association and vote on matters concerned with their employment but shall be entitled to stand for office and vote in national elections only in their designated branch/local association/central group.

12.3 Members who have left qualifying employment before retirement and who remain in membership shall belong to a central group, unless the member chooses to belong to their former branch/local association instead.

12.4 Members who are retired shall belong to a regional retired members’ branch or to a branch/local association local to them, unless the member chooses to belong to their former branch/local association instead. On retirement all members will be contacted by HQ to ascertain their chosen branch/local association.

12.5  Retired members assigned to a retired members’ branch may attend meetings of their former local association/branch, and retired members assigned to a workplace local association/branch may attend meetings of a regional retired members’ branch, but in either case they may hold office and vote in national elections only in their assigned branch/local association.

12.6 The National Executive Committee may establish a branch/local association at its own volition or in response to a written request to the General Secretary by not less than 20 members working for the same employer. Retired members’ branches shall be established to reflect the regional committee structure, and organisation in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, that is current within the union. Branches/local associations shall adopt their own Rules which shall be consistent with the Rules of the Union and with any guidance issued by the National Executive Committee.

12.6.1 The National Executive Committee may establish a branch/local association at its own volition or in response to a written request to the General Secretary by not less than 20 members working through an agency contract. Members in such a branch may designate the agency workers branch as their designated branch or may choose a branch of one of the institutions in which they work as their designated branch.

12.6.2 Branches and local associations shall have the right and responsibility:

i.    to submit motions and amendments to Annual Congress and the appropriate Sector Conference, in line with rules  16.6.1-16.6.3;

ii.   to elect delegates to Annual Congress and the appropriate Sector Conference, in line  with Rule 17.2;

iii. to make representation on any matter of UCU business to the NEC or the appropriate Sector Committee and to receive a timely reply;

iv. to elect representatives, and submit motions, to the UCU Regional Committee, to UCU Scotland or to the Wales or Northern Ireland Councils of UCU, as appropriate;

v.   to affiliate to local trade union councils within the area where the members of the branch/local association live or work.

12.7 National Congress shall, from time to time, by resolution, determine Sectors, which shall include Further Education and Higher Education Sectors. Each branch/local association (and thereby its members) shall be assigned to one of the Sectors of the Association by the National Executive Committee according to criteria determined by National Congress, except for retired members’ branches, which are not sectoral.

12.8 In these Rules, the terms “branch” or “local association” carry equal weight and any branch or local association may opt to use the title of their choice on notification to the General Secretary in writing.

12.9 The National Executive Committee may make provision by Standing Order for liaison between branches/local associations in the same institution.

 


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