News from Prospect's NEC: 2011 meetings
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The key points of the meeting:
- Prospect's national executive met in March. Here are the key points of the meeting:
Mike Hardacre and Derek Pickup from Aspect were warmly welcomed to the NEC. A report was given on Aspect integration which is going well.
- NEC election: Ballot papers will be issued to members from Tuesday March 20, 2012 to be returned by Tuesday April 17, 2012 no later than 6pm.
- The only nominations for the posts of president, vice-president and deputy vice-president were Alan Grey, Denise McGuire and Craig Marshall respectively. They will therefore be duly elected as long as they are successful in the NEC ballot.
- The NEC agreed to donate £500 to Aerobility, the Air Traffic Control Officers' branch charity.
- Dai Hudd reported on recent recruitment results. The position in February with 645 new members was encouraging.
- Mike Clancy reported on attempted union de-recognition in QinetiQ and Prospect's campaign of opposition. The NEC agreed full support to the branch and endorsed the measures being taken.
- Industrial action ballots were approved in a number of areas.
- The NEC endorsed the decision to appoint Miller Technology Limited as the new membership system provider.
- The final audited accounts for 2011 were agreed. Although the position in 2011 was satisfactory with a small operational surplus, the overall position in the accounts showed a deficit because of the FRS17 valuation of the staff pension scheme. The NEC agreed to keep the financial position in 2012 under close review.
- We anticipate formal offers on public service pensions on March 9.
- Motions and delegations were agreed for the TUC disability and LGBT conferences, the Scottish TUC conference and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions conference.
- The NEC agreed to support a motion from the Department of Health branch opposing government plans to reform the NHS.
- The annual report and accounts for 2011 were accepted and agreed.
- The NEC agreed that the theme for 2012 national conference should be 'Agenda for a New Economy'.
- Director of resources, David Pelly reported on further actions in relation to the data breach and in particular the letter to the branches affected.
- A revised corporate social responsibility action plan was endorsed.
- The NEC warmly welcomed news of the release of Liliany Obando from prison in Colombia but noted that Liliany's future safety must be closely monitored.