Napo Annual General Meeting 2015 Eastbourne 15th - 17th October
The Napo Officer Group and myself are conscious that members will have received regular mail outs from Chivalry Road alerting you to next weeks AGM and the fact that the reduced affiliation fee of £45 will remain valid for registrations received by close of play next Monday 12th October.
Your Union needs you
Whilst we apologise for contacting you once again we felt it important to urge all Napo members to do all they can to attend so that you can play a direct part in making a number of critical decisions about Napo's future subscription rates which (subject to AGM agreement) will see substantial reductions for all members switching to Direct Debit, and major debates about the direction of travel for Napo in what are undoubtedly hugely difficult times not only for our members in the NPS,CRC's and PBNI, but every trade union. This has been brought into stark contrast by the Governments intention to introduce new legislation by way of the Trade Union Bill to restrict our lawful activities and freedoms on which there will be an Emergency Motion submitted by the Officer Group.
Facing the challenges in the NPS and CRC
The AGM provides an important opportunity for members to hold your leadership group to account, and hear about the hard work that your union is putting in to try and defend your jobs, terms and conditions against some very serious threats. It also provides an opportunity to take part in a wide variety of debates and votes for policies that will direct our forward work programme for the next 12 months.
The key theme for AGM this year is 'Professionalism' and a comprehensive range of speakers has been secured to enhance the various vocational sessions that have been organised for all of our members and we are sure that you will find these of interest whether you work in the NPS, a CRC, or PBNI.
Finally, despite every effort by Napo, the Government has refused to grant time off for members to attend AGM, but the Secretary of State has said that he expects all requests for TOIL and Annual Leave to be treated sympathetically by management. A number of CRC employers have granted some time off, but we are now in a much harsher climate in terms of the support that we can expect from employers in this regard.
A link to the AGM registration form can be found here
We look forward to seeing as many members as possible in Eastbourne for what we expect to be a lively and absorbing AGM.
Ian Lawrence Chris Winters Yvonne Pattison
General Secretary National Co-Chair National Co-Chair