Did you know our Co-op is at risk?

The Co-operative has always been different. It’s always been owned by its members, which means that it’s not just another grey PLC with the usual disinterested shareholders.

Because it is owned by its members, we have always been able to trust it.
That is why we – and this includes many Unite members who work in it – don’t want that change.

However, while all eyes are on May’s elections and the EU referendum, the Co-operative Group is once again calling a vote that would change the Co-op forever – but not for the better.

Starting this week, millions of individual members of the Co-operative Group will have a vote on whether or not to continue their historic partnership with the Co-operative Party.

If you’re a Co-op member – if you shop or bank at the Co-op – a ballot paper could be arriving any day either in the post or by email.
On behalf of your union, Unite, I urge you to vote to Keep it Co-op and vote in favour of motion 12.

We believe that if support for the Co-operative Party comes to an end there will be one less voice in Parliament speaking up for our communities and one less organisation telling big business it can’t have it all its own way.
So whether you are eligible to vote or not, please sign up at the ‘Keep it Co-op’ website to call upon the Co-op Group to maintain its radical, progressive roots, with a democratic voice for its members and staff, and a powerful voice in changing politics.

It’s vital we ensure that voice remains. Last year, thousands of people rallied around, voting resoundingly to keep the link between the Co-operative Group and the Co-operative Party.
Let’s ‘Keep it Co-op’ again.

Yours in solidarity,
Len McCluskey
Unite general secretary

Notice of Unite Branch Annual General Meeting 27/04/2016 (New Unite Merchandise will be available at the meeting)

We have an Unite Branch Annual General Meeting coming up at the end of April, please try and attend if you can.

Unite at Exeter University Branch Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th April 2016, at 1230, Laver Lecture Theatre 6. (Look for the Unite Banner)

The Branch according to the rules needs a minimum of the following Officers to be able to function as a stand-alone Branch:-
Branch Chair (Current Chair is retiring so this post will be vacant)
Branch Secretary (Current Secretary is looking to standing down so we will be looking for a new Secretary.)
Treasurer – Morley Burrow (Campus Services)
Equalities Officer – Ian Leaves (Technical Services)

The above are the minimum the rules allow, if the Branch agrees then Secretary and Treasurer can be a joint role. Also other roles such as Women’s Officer, Youth Officer etc can be added by agreement of the Branch.

If you are currently not active and would like to become more involved or even become a rep, then please let us know? We particularly need activists / reps in the following areas:
Cleaning, Porters, Security and Hospitality, however wherever you work if you’d like to be a rep or become active let us know?

We also need to ratify the Branch Standing Orders, at this AGM, please see attached.

We will also use this meeting as an opportunity to discuss other Issues such as Pensions / Pay / Transformation / Exeter Release Scheme.

A full Agenda will be available at the meeting, however, I have attached a copy of the poster advertising the Branch Meeting to this email. Please print off and circulate widely please. The meeting is scheduled for an hour from 1230 to 1330. However, we have the room until 1400 if you need to discuss items after the meeting.

Any items for the Agenda / Questions / Comments / Suggestions / Apologies to David Childs, Branch Secretary at D.J.Childs@exeter.ac.uk or Brett Crane on x3478 / b.crane@exeter.ac.uk

Got a colleague who is not a member, please ask them to join at:- www.unitetheunion.org/

** Shape your Union, come along, share your views & give yourselves a voice!**

Please alert other members who may not have access to emails