Last week, Liverpool hosted the national delegate conference – UNISON’s annual parliament.
Members who are currently in dispute with Future Directions in Rochdale received overwhelming backing from UNISON delegates from across the whole country. There is no doubt that the weight of the whole union is behind this dispute.
Members from all over the North West made valuable contributions on many different subjects, including moving key policy motions on trade union and employment rights (Pat McDonagh, Manchester), the demise of state education (Katya Clifford, Sefton) and the NHS (Debbie Turner, Central Lancs). In all, over 20 North West delegates spoke in the debates during the week.
The North West Region was proud to invite Bhopal campaigners (pictured) to a packed fringe meeting. Liverpool local government branch organised slavery walking tours for delegates from around the country, and North West delegates were also involved in producing high quality daily news sheets.
At the close of conference Maureen Le Marinel of Lancashire Police branch was elected the union’s President
The North West will again be in the spotlight on 29 September, as Dave Prentis announced that there will be national rally in support of the NHS at the Tory party conference in Manchester. Activists and staff will again be working hard to ensure that another national UNISON event in the North West is a great success.