Each employer is its own national branch and under UWU rules, each branch is entitled to two representatives on the Executive Committee. The Executive meets monthly, in the evening and online to discuss the operational matters of the union. The UWU is committed to direct democracy therefore, key decisions will always be taken by an all-member ballot. Responsibility for enacting key decisions falls to the Executive and each member has the opportunity to lead on a key area of responsibility.
Convenor – Equality Networks
The union is committed to equality and self organisation. To this end we have a range of networks for members to engage in. These networks are as yet undefined but offer a safe space for members from underrepresented groups and their allies to come together to discuss issues important to members. Our networks also create recommendations for key pieces of work for the union to adopt. As an example networks could present motions, work on campaigns or events to promote any issue connected to underrepresentation within the union’s rules.
Like all unions, our network of workplace reps are the lifeblood of our union. The role ranges from promoting the union in your workplace(s), convening a quarterly meeting, member recruitment and once trained and confident; undertaking representation both individually and collectively for members required to attend formal procedures. As our recognition range expands there will be a local and national bargaining dimension to the role however, training and ongoing support is available from experienced reps and officers.
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Rep
An important and often overlooked role in our movement. HSW reps have a significant amount of legal rights and responsibilities including the right to investigate hazards and member complaints pertaining to HSW. Also to carry out inspections and request information pertaining to inspections. Full details on the rights, role and responsibilities of HSW reps can be found here.
As a Learning Rep you will have responsibility for promoting the union’s training program. In addition, you role will be to carry out learning needs surveys with a view to ensuring our training offer is current and attractive to members. Tutor training is also available to learning reps who wish to get involved in writing and delivering UWU training. You can see an up to date list of the union’s training offer here.
The union is required under law to appoint Trustees for the purposes of property. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 sets out the details here.
The union is required under law to appoint two auditors to review our annual report to the Certification Officer in June. As our union is still small, there is not a requirement to use external auditors and as such the role is not onerous. However, the laws says: you are not permitted to stand for this role if you are already an officer or employee union or of any of its branches or sections. Partners of staff or officers are also prohibited from standing as as those who employ or are in the employment of an officer or employee.