Thursday, 19 March 2009
London Unison AGM elections
It was an interesting day at the London Unison regional AGM today with elections, a number of speakers and a few rule amendments but no motions. The meeting was well attended with around 180 delegates (my estimate)
The 3 major positions were won by Gloria for Convenor, Conroy for Deputy and John Gray for Finance Convenor (so no change) I do not know what the actual vote was but the detail will be going out to branches tomorrow, there will, no doubt, be a lot of talk about what went 'wrong' within the UL camp.
It is my opinion, for all its worth, that the UL candidates were not able to shake off the perception held by the floating voters (around 20%) who do not think that they have their interests as a priority. But this isn't the time to blame anyone and I would say that the best performers at Council today came from the UL with Andrew Berry making a good confident speech and M Campbell doing quite well. Didn't see much of Mandy though who is usually a good speaker.
Was also interesting to see how Linda Perks, Regional Secretary, held her nerve when attacked (heavily questioned) on a number of occasions at the section where rule amendments were being debated.
Very disappointed that we were not able to get to the section where motions are considered. I will do a more extensive analysis of the election when I know what the figures were.
Congratulations also to Jackie Lewis from Lambeth Unison who gave a very sincere and passionate speech in support of the motion on Palestinian Solidarity. Well done Jackie! And to Lambeth Unison for producing such splendid activists.