18th August 2021
TO: All Branches and Regional Secretaries
Virtual Special General Conference 2021 – Sunday 7th – Tuesday 9th November 2021
LTB 304/21 dated 23 July 2021 gave details of General Conference 2022. That LTB also stated that the NEC were aware that there are a number of policy areas around which we need debate and decisions made sooner than a conference in 2022 would allow for.
We informed Branches that the NEC had agreed to hold a virtual, on-line event later this year for that purpose and that the process of planning the event was underway and further details would be forwarded to Branches shortly.
We are now able to publish the details around what issues will be discussed at that event and the format it will take.
With that in mind a decision has been taken to hold a Virtual Special General Conference in relation to the following areas of policy:-
Recruitment & Organising
Building Collectivism/New Deal for Workers
Politics/Relationship with Labour
CWU Anti-Racism Strategy
The General Conference Standing Orders Committee has now started working on the business of holding this virtual conference.
Branches should note that the Motion Guide and Motion form for submitting motions to the Virtual Special General Conference 2021 are attached. Please note that only Motions that seek to create policy on the headings above will be accepted.
In relation to the Virtual Special General Conference 2021 all Branches and Regional Committees are entitled to submit a maximum of TWO Motions to the Virtual Special General Conference 2021 in relation to the headings above.
Branches and Regional Committees are advised that the closing date for submissions of Motions to the Virtual Special General Conference 2021 is Noon Monday 13th September 2021.
All Motions to The Virtual Special General Conference must be emailed to email@example.com and must arrive by Noon 13th September 2021.
Branches, Regions, and the NEC are reminded that the Standing Orders Committee will not alter or amend any of the Motions submitted therefore it is important that the wording of the Motions is checked before they are submitted.
Motions will only be admitted to the agenda if they deal with matters under the headings as detailed above. Any motions seeking to deal with other business will be ruled out of order in line with normal procedures for a Special General Conference.
This Virtual Special General Conference has been called by the NEC under arrangements drawn up due to the suspension of Rule 10, Rule 15.1, 15.2 and 15.3. Appeals based on these Rules should be referred to the President. Appeals based on the Standing Orders should be referred to the SOC
Please note that all correspondence must be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and no other personal e-mail address.
Any queries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Angela Niven on 0208 971 7256 or by e-mail to email@example.com
Further details of the Virtual Special General Conference will follow.
Senior Deputy General Secretary