AGM set to make some big decisions
As always happens in the run up to an AGM, we receive some enquiries from a few members who are leaving it late to decide about making the trip, as to what happens to the Agenda if any part of Conference is inquorate.
As things stand we are still receiving applications and there is still time to apply online and secure your attendance at the reduced rate so please head to the Napo website and you will find the straightforward link.
The Officers have made it clear, and I support them in this 100%, that there is no way we are going down to Eastbourne to sit around twiddling our thumbs because of a rule that says we need 5% of our membership present to make any sort of decision. A number of members have told me that they are worried that the quoracy rule is itself becoming a barrier to engagement, and fails to reflect the world we are in where facility time has been cut and the fact that work commitments mean people are not always able, year after year, to take three days out of their commitments.
We are of the view that any periods of inqouracy (should there be any), will not prevent debates and decisions being taken and later ratified by the NEC once the necessary procedural aspects are put in place.
A conference is a conference, and we are there to do the members' business. If you are debating whether to come along then don’t dither, sign on today!
I am as always looking forward to spending precious time with members at the AGM next week.
More next week before we head off to Eastbourne.
There are signs the appeals are working:-
I just booked trains and accommodation and registered for NAPO conference. Of course it's all shit, we have a relentless horrible Tory government in power, hell bent on destruction of our country and its institutions. (not overdramatising: if I was in Scotland or even Wales I would be highly motivated to separate with immediate effect). Of course NAPO could have done better. Bring on the debate, but lets get there and debate it. And lets be a Union. In fact, lets be a Union affiliated to the Labour Party. This is bigger than us as individuals, and us as Probation. Burning to sign this in my own name, bloody gagged.
But there's trouble brewing:-
You may be interested to learn that there is a potentially damaging controversy brewing prior to Napo AGM about the interviewing and appointment of National Napo Reps. Out of the seven who were shortlisted three fairly weak barely known candidates were selected. What is interesting is those who were rejected who are mostly well known activists including a former CAFCASS Chair, a former Kent Chair, and also apparently the current London Chair all with solid reputations as experienced Reps over many years.
Would they really want to alienate those who are widely regarded as being those who opposed TR and put Chivalry Road efforts to shame? Naturally this has caused a certain amount of anger directed towards Chivalry Road at what is being seen as a snub that they now want to hush up. Napo members are slowly beginning to become aware as news of the appointments seeps out. Those at the top of Napo would be most concerned should any hint of this controversy appear in social media outlets.
Just to let you know,
Just to let you know,