Our Ref: HSR/2/23
Head Office Circular: NP/133/17
26th September 2017
ALL SHIPPING BRANCHES
ALL REGIONAL COUNCILS
National Health and Safety Advisory Conference 2018
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
RMT’s National Health and Safety Conference will be held at the Doncaster Trades Club on Wednesday 28th February 2018. In line with previous practice a training course will be provided to all delegates and will be related to the conference theme. In the past this has made it easier for delegates to obtain release with pay from their employers.
As in previous years the 2018 Health and Safety Conference will have a theme; this year’s theme, chosen by the National Executive Committee following a resolution to the AGM, will be centred on improving RMT policy and activity on mental health. Conference will focus on RMT organising strategies for health and safety reps and the steps they can take to secure change in the workplace to improve working conditions for all RMT members.
As part of the conference programme all delegates will be allocated a place on the RMT’s new training course which will be offered either the day before conference, Tuesday 27th February 2018, or the day after, Thursday 1st March February 2018. The training course will take place at the National Education Centre at 47-51 Thorne Road, Doncaster DN1 2EX. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Potential delegates are asked to express their preference on the attached nomination form. To equally spread delegates across the training courses and to balance numbers delegates, who do not comply with the cut-off date for nominations, may have to be allocated to a less busy course.
Branches and Regional Councils are invited to nominate General or Shipping Grades members to attend conference who are, where possible, accredited Health and Safety Representatives. A nomination form is attached and may be photocopied, if necessary. Additional forms are also available from Head Office on request. Completed nomination forms should be returned to Head Office by the closing date of Friday 15th December 2017.
Branches and Regional Councils are also invited to submit suitable resolutions, relevant to health and safety within the transport industry as a whole. In order to improve Conference organisation and efficiency and to ensure the final agenda is delivered to delegates earlier than in previous years, Resolutions must be submitted to Head Office by the closing date of Friday 15th December 2017.
The Agenda and final conference arrangements will be sent to Branches and delegates early in the New Year 2018.
Branches are advised that it is appropriate that, where necessary, Delegates’ expenses, including overnight rate, can be funded from the Branch Management Fund or by Regional Council as appropriate. In line with AGM item No.64, 2005, Delegates should attempt to secure paid release from their employer. In cases where paid release is not secured and branches have insufficient funds they can apply to Head Office for a £35 delegate fee. Delegates must be nominated by the branch to receive this rate.
Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of relevant members.
Our Ref: HSR/2/23