As we enter a new year, it means that it’s once again time for members to have their say on the way forward for our union.
By the time you’re reading this, branch annual general meetings will have taken place with nominations for this year’s national executive committee, as well as motions to this year’s annual delegate conference in May, having been submitted.
However, elections for this year’s national executive will have a different flavour following decisions agreed at last year’s ADC.
For the first time, reserved seats for LGBT+ candidates will be up for election, alongside reserved seats for each of our other equality forums. Reserved seats mean that the two highest polling LGBT+ candidates will be elected to the NEC for 2019/20.
These changes offer a new opportunity to ensure the voices of LGBT+ members are heard at the highest levels of PCS when considering how we organise and campaign and help continue to put equality at the heart of everything we do.
Members will shortly receive their election papers, please ensure you take the time to read candidate hustings and consider who you believe will best represent your interests. Make sure you post your voting paper back to have your say on who leads our union over the coming year.
You can also play your part in setting the agenda for our union by participating in branch mandating meetings which will take place in the run-up to annual delegate conference, which begins week commencing 20 May in Brighton.
Conference motions will be made available for all members, mandating meetings are your opportunity to instruct your conference delegates on how you want them to represent you during the debates that will take place over the course of ADC in Brighton.
If you would like more information regarding ADC, motions or mandating meetings then speak to your local branch reps who will be able to assist you.