National Pensioners Convention (NPC) Funding
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My Ref: MRP 32/1 8th December 2014
Circular No: NP/263/14
To: The Secretary All Branches & Regional Councils
NATIONAL PENSIONSERS CONVENTION (NPC) FUNDING
Please find below the following resolution carried at the 2014 National Retired Members Advisory Conference:
“Conference agrees that the National Pensioners Convention founded in 1979 by Jack Jones has become a major voice for retired people in Britain. Its campaigning work on health and social care, universal benefits and state pensions is vital not only for today’s pensioners but also for all union members as well.
Conference notes however that despite operating on a modest income with a small number of dedicated staff, mainly volunteers, its income is facing a huge reduction. This is at a time where society is facing new challenge as a result of the government’s austerity program.
To assist in their continuing work this conference instructs the RMAC working with the GGC to write to Branches to actively encourage individual RMT members to support the initiative by the National Pensioners Convention to become a friend of the NPC.
A small donation of not less than £1 paid by standing order would help to sustain the NPC over the coming years – and in so doing would reinforce the connection and solidarity between today’s pensioners and the pensioners of tomorrow.
RMT Branches – either of working age or retired members – are welcome to affiliate to their Regional NPC group, whose contact details are on reverse of enclosed form, and help build the pensioner movement.
Branch Secretaries are requested to send a copy of this letter and ‘Sign-Up’ form to all of their Branch/Retired Members. Thanks for your cooperation.”
Subsequently this was placed before your Council of Executives for consideration where the following report was adopted:
“That we instruct the General Secretary to circulate to Branches the detail of how to donate to the National Pensions Convention, encouraging members to donate individually, as laid out in the documentation.”
In accordance with this resolution an article appeared in the October 2014 addition of the RMT News. I would also request that the attached document is brought to the attention of members and that branches and individuals affiliate to the NPC.