UNISON’s annual national delegate conference (NDC), due to take place in Brighton in June, has been postponed because of the crucial role that the union’s members and activists are playing in tackling the coronavirus crisis, together with government restrictions.
NDC is the union’s annual parliament and members of the national executive council (NEC) unanimously endorsed the difficult decision taken by UNISON’s general secretary Dave Prentis and president Josie Bird.
The annual conferences for the local government, water, environment and transport (WET) and energy service groups will also not now take place as planned.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We have been keen to explore every option available to ensure we maintain our proud tradition of lay democracy across the union. Our intention is to restart the democratic processes and reschedule the conference as soon as it is safe to do so.
“We cannot at this stage determine when that will be and in what form it could take. We will also have discussions with the other service groups to agree a way forward in relation to their conferences.
“We are all living through the most difficult and worrying times, but I want to place on record again my personal thanks to UNISON members for what they are doing for all our communities across the UK.”
Our branch has endorsed this decision, as we know it is important to reduce unnecessary travel and to ensure officer remain available to support our members as much as we can during the ongoing emergency. Our annual conference is very important, but the priority for now must be to support our members locally and for us all to do all we can to help the Coronavirus response.