Annual General Meeting (AGM)


The AGM will be held as two aggregated meetings on:

Tuesday 3rd March 2020
12.15pm – 1.30 pm and
5.15pm – 6.30pm
Room 11, Town Hall, Church Street,
Barnsley, S70 2TA

The AGM is open to all members and its function is to allow an opportunity for members to receive reports from Branch Officers/Convenors on the performance of the branch in the previous year, including the campaigns that we have been involved with, our services to members and the branch accounts. Members have an opportunity to ask questions about reports that are submitted including the financial accounts of the branch.

Motions/Amendments to Branch Rules

As a full member you are entitled to submit motions and amendments to branch rules to the AGM so that they can be debated. For a motion to be competent the subject must be relevant to the functions of the branch and be submitted in time for its inclusion on the agenda of the AGM. The final date for motions or rule amendments to be submitted is 12 noon, Wednesday 15th January 2020.

Motions received by this date will be posted on the branch website ( Any member then wishing to submit amendments to motions will need to do so in writing to the branch office with details of the proposer and seconder by 12 noon, Tuesday 4th February 2020.

Election of Branch Officers/Stewards/Reps etc

This AGM also endorses the election of Branch Officers, convenors, stewards and reps etc for the forthcoming year 2020/21. You will find a list of Branch Officer positions overleaf, further details of the roles and responsibilities of Branch Officers can be found in the branch rules that are posted on the branch website, you will also find a description of the duties and responsibilities of stewards. A nomination form is included in this mailing. All existing stewards, Branch Officers and learning representatives who wish to continue in their role for a further year should return a nomination form.

Any full member of the union can stand for election to any of the Branch Officer positions (except for the Labour Link Officer who must also be a member of the Labour Party), subject to obtaining the appropriate number of members to support the nomination. Details of the number of members required are printed on the enclosed nomination form.

Nominations should be received at the Branch Office no later than 12 noon, Wednesday 15th January 2020. In the event of there being more than one nomination for any officer post a postal ballot will be held of all full members to determine the successful candidate, in the case of Labour Link Officer any election will be held of Labour Link members only.

Branch AGM and Election Timetable

  1. Motions, Rule Amendments, Branch Officer nominations, Steward nominations etc to be received by 12 noon, Wednesday 15th January 2020.
  2. Final Agenda and ballot papers for contested Branch Officer positions distributed by Friday 31st January 2020
  3. Amendments to motions/rule changes to be submitted by 12 noon, Tuesday 4th February 2020.
  4. AGM – Tuesday 3rd March 2020.


Join us for a free buffet lunch available from 12.00 noon. Tea and coffee will be provided at the evening meeting.

A prize draw for all members attending will be held after the 5.15pm meeting, subject to the meetings being quorate. All members attending will receive a promotional gift and a choice of either a Love2Shop voucher or a pair of free tickets for a UNISON social trip.

Finally, just to remind you that our union is a democratic organisation that is member led and the AGM and election process is important in ensuring that the union is and remains accountable to its members, not just for its policies and its activities but also in determining those members who will go on and speak for the union and our members. We therefore encourage you to play a full part in the process and to ask your colleagues to do likewise.

I look forward to seeing you on 3rd March.

Yours sincerely

Ben Harvey-Wade
Branch Secretary