General Secretary Dave Prentis gives a barnstorming speech to delegates of Britain’s strikingist union. Yes that new addition to the dictionary celebrates the fact that UNISON members took more days of strike action than any other union last year. It was great to see them all join him up on the platform for a finale, and make no mistake many had achieved significant victories. Most celebrated must be Birmingham Care workers who rightly took pride of place after a campaign that lasted over a year. https://www.unison.org.uk/news/press-release/2019/05/birmingham-care-workers-celebrate-momentous-victory/
Branches do need to think about their prioritisation next year. There were too many motions that restated policy we already have, but there were a few significant developments. Perhaps the greatest was the review of branch funding that will ultimately lead to more branches retaining more of their money to spend themselves. (Motion126) It helped perhaps that due to slight growth in membership our overall finances have improved. No mean achievement when turnover means we need to recruit 170000 members a yer just to stand still. There was also some good ideas about strengthening maternity rights, Sector Bargaining and Suicide awareness training for Reps.