My Ref: MRP32/1
15th October 2015
Circular No: NP/200/15
TO: The Secretary,
All Retired Members’ Branches and Regional Councils
National Retired Members’ Advisory Conference 2016
Arrangements have been made for the 2016 National Retired Members Advisory Conference to take place on Thursday 21st April, commencing at 13:00 in the Concert Room, Doncaster Trades & Labour Club, Doncaster.
The Advisory Conference consists of a maximum of four delegates per Region. Retired Branches, or where applicable Regional Councils, are invited to nominate retired members as delegates. Four nomination forms are enclosed herewith.
Nominations are also sought for the National Advisory Conference Liaison Committee which consisting of two delegates per Retired Member Branch, or where applicable Regional Council. Two nomination forms are enclosed.
Please also find a nomination form for internal conference positions and external committees.
The closing date for receipt of nominations at Head Office is Friday 11th March 2016. Head Office will meet delegates’ legitimate travel and subsistence expenses but only with valid receipts.
May I please bring to your attention to Rule 4 of the National Retired Members Advisory Conference Constitution:
“Each Retired Members Branch shall have the right to nominate four delegates, who shall be retired members or have been resettled under ill health or PT&R.
In the event of a Regional Council having more than one Retired Members Branch, two nominees from each Branch shall be permitted, subject to a maximum of four nominees per Regional Council.
A Regional Council which does not have a Retired Members Branch may, if it so wishes, nominate four delegates.”
Therefore only Retired Member Branches or a Regional Council without a retired member branch can nominate delegates to the Conference and Liaison Committee. Nomination forms received which are not supported by a Retired Members Branch or a Regional Council will not be accepted.
I would therefore advice branches in a region which does not have a Retired Members Branch to go through the appropriate Regional Council to ensure retired members can attend the conference and Liaison Committee.
I would also take this opportunity to seek resolutions for inclusion on the Conference Agenda. Resolutions, which must deal with issues directly relating to pensioners, should also reach Head Office by Friday 11th March 2016.
The Conference is entitled to submit two resolutions, which must deal with issues directly affecting pensioners, to the Union’s Annual General Meetings. Two representatives of the Advisory Conference may attend the Annual General Meeting to move the resolutions.
As you will be aware the Retired Members Conference was moved from London to Doncaster as a result of the increasing number of delegates attending this event. This has inconvenienced some delegates who have to travel a great distance. It has been agreed that accommodation in Doncaster will be offered on a limited basis to those delegates who have a genuine problems with travelling.
If a delegate meets the above and requires one nights’ accommodation can they please indicate this on the Conference Nomination Form.
My Ref: MRP32/1