News from Prospect's NEC: 2011 meetings
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The key points of the meeting:
- Mike Clancy was the successful candidate to be the NEC's nominee in the general secretary election process.
- The meeting agreed that indications from potential candidates of their willingness to stand in the NEC election should remain openly accessible on the website.
- Terms of reference for a working group on voting arrangements for the Retired Members' Group at conference were agreed.
- The final Action Taken on resolutions, remitted and guillotined motions from the 2010 national conference was agreed (http://library.prospect.org.uk/id 2012/00083).
- Deborah Hargreaves, chair of the High Pay Commission, has accepted an invitation to speak at conference.
- NEC motions to conference were agreed.
- End of year accounts – it is likely that the out-turn will be broadly in line with estimates and show a small operational surplus.
- Approval for ballots on industrial action, or action short of a strike, was granted for IBM (ex-ScottishPower IT) and UK Power Networks. Members in Research Sites Restoration have voted for industrial action but further site meetings will be held before action is called.
- Public sector pensions – the civil service sector is likely to call a meeting of reps within the next six to eight weeks to consider proposals.
- The NEC agreed that the new website is a success and congratulated all those involved.
- Data breach: a circular will be prepared for branches outlining the arrangements made to ensure difficulties surrounding a recent loss of data do not recur.
- The research and specialist services department is analysing and collating the 10,000-plus replies to the members' survey that have already been received.
- The NEC broadly endorsed a lifelong learning strategy presented by head of research Sue Ferns.
- Prospect will do further work on Scotland's constitutional future when the potential implications of any referendum are clearer.
- Delegations and motions to the TUC Black Workers' conference and motions to the Scottish TUC were agreed.