17 May 2022

Still time for branches to register ADC delegates

PCS annual delegate conference takes place in Brighton and online next week and branches must register delegates by 5pm on Thursday (19).

Annual delegate conference (ADC) 2022 begins at 2pm on Tuesday (24 May) and closes at lunchtime on Thursday 26 May.

Hybrid conference arrangements

2022 ADC will be a physical conference at the Brighton Centre. The physical conference will include speakers and voting from the conference floor. In addition, speaking and voting procedures will be open to delegates attending online.

Delegates must be registered by their branches through PCS Digital no later than 5pm, on Thursday (19 May).

Live stream

If you can't physically go to conference, there is a live stream of ADC on a dedicated page in PCS Digital.

There will be a link in the navigation for users to follow and also a pinned announcement on the homepage of PCS Digital that will enable the user to follow a link to the page. <embers and activists will have to log into PCS Digital to view the stream.

Branch registration

Delegates should be registered on PCS Digital.

Delegates may attend ADC in person or online. A short survey will be sent to delegates’ personal email addresses for them to complete and confirm their registration.

Virtual delegates will not be sent a link to access conference unless their registration has been completed.

Conference representation

The number of delegates a branch may send to ADC is determined by the number of fully paid-up members (excluding those 3 months or more in arrears with subscriptions) the branch had on 31 December, 2021.

Observers

Branches may send observers to attend ADC, but expenses must be met solely from funds raised by either the branch or the individual’s own activities, and they must be registered in advance.

Gender balance

Currently 60% of our members are women but only 37.6% of delegates to ADC 2021 were women. We encourage branches to make a positive effort to achieve a gender balance of at least 50% on conference delegations.

Safety measures

Although there has been a fall in recent weeks, Covid-19 transmission rates remain high. The virus is still causing serious illness, and long Covid remains a significant public health issue. As a trade union, our members’ and activists’ health and safety is our highest priority.

We advise delegates to take a lateral flow test (LTF) before coming to the Brighton Centre and do not come if you have had a positive test result and/or you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19. In the Brighton Centre a constant fresh air flow throughout the building will be in operation at all times. Deep cleaning is in operation replacing standard cleaning. Hand sanitisers are placed throughout the building including the lifts. There are trained first aiders on site.

You are strongly advised to:

  • Wear a face mask in the Brighton Centre, if you can, when entering and leaving the building, and when moving around the centre.
  • Wear a mask when moving around inside the conference hall and rooms.
  • Maintain social distancing where you can.
  • Use the hand sanitisers.

Masks and LFT kits will be available for delegates at the registration desk if required. If you have symptoms and you believe you may have Covid do not enter the centre; ask a colleague or member of PCS staff to obtain a LFT kit for you.

ADC seating arrangements

This year there will be increased spacing between rows and the seating blocks are smaller than they have been previously. The seating plan provides for approximately 30% more chairs than required to allow delegates to space out. In every row, there will be spaces left free and some rows will be left almost empty to allow delegates to move if so desired.