I have said this before and will say it again. It does not make sense that major rules agreed by Unison conference years ago apply to national and regional matters but branches can opt out from these?
I agree that a branch with say 300 members will have problems implementing the rules on say Fair Representation or low paid women worker seats. But branches with more than 1000 members must be given a time table and be expected to transpose these rules into their local frameworks. Branches must be independent enough to manage their own affairs but should also comply with rules that are sacred for many members.