Motion Guide

What is a motion?
A motion is simply a set of words which directs the Union to pursue a particular policy or to deal with a particular problem. If there are things that you would like to see the Union do (or stop doing!), the process by which you can change things is by submitting a motion to the Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM), where it will be debated. 

What sort of things can it be about?
Previous motions have covered all sorts of areas, from local smoke rooms to issues such as pensions, pay, hours of attendance, and even wider issues such as the war in Iraq, campaigning against off-shore working, and so on. It can be any area where we have a remit to represent you, which you feel strongly about and want the Union to act on.

What happens to it at the AGM?
You will move or present the motion to the meeting, a notified second person (‘seconder’) is required to support it, and then it is open to be debated by any members present at the meeting. At the end of the debate, a vote will be taken. If the majority vote in favour, then the motion is carried and the Branch is required to act upon it.

That sounds very formal! 
There is a certain amount of formality involved, but please don’t let that put you off! The Branch Officers can help you put something in writing, and discuss how it is presented at the AGM.

So how do I put my idea forward?
Simply download and complete the Motion form which will be available on the main AGM webpage nearer the time.

If you have any further questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us in the Branch office on 0161 865 2820