GMB Northants Community Branch
Secretary, Alan Irwin
Summary minutes of the Branch Meeting held on 23rd February 2022
Minutes of branch meeting 26th January 2022
Agreed as a true record.
No matters arising – covered in subsequent Officers reports.
Secretary read out correspondence received since our last meeting. Mostly from affiliations and minutes received from region and Head Office. Congress delegates agreed 2022.
Colin Gunter, CEC Boundary Proposals
Colin gave a comprehensive report to the branch on the proposed changes from the CEC and the importance of these changes to the union. He took questions from members and agreed to report back developments as things unfold in the coming months.
Minutes of the extraordinary meeting have been done. Will go for approval at the next full meeting.
Labour Party fund raising event 19th March – still places available – no takers!
All audits have been complete and signed off.
Most of the attention has been concentrated on the ‘boundary changes.
Branch finances were reported
8) Presidents Report
The chair referred to recent industrial action by ASDA in many areas. Mostly in relation to the company trying to impose a pay freeze. ASDA conference in March.
Digital Communications Officers Report
Website activity for last 30 days: we had 168 (+64) website visits (sessions) by 108 (+21) people (users) and they viewed 593 (+276) pages.
News Items Added to Website:
· FACE COVERINGS IN SECONDARY CLASSROOMS
· FREE COURSES AVAILABLE TO GMB MEMBERS
· EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING 17TH FEB 2022
· NJC BULLETIN 080222 - 2021 PAY OFFER
· NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION
· SUMMARY OF BRANCH MEETING 260122
· FEBRUARY 2022 BRANCH MEETING
WhatsApp Group has 33 members (+0)
The February email newsletter was sent out on 14th February to a total of 1,590 members and has been opened by 671 members, a 42.4% opening rate
Twitter: 701 (-1) Followers. Last 28 days: Tweets viewed (impressions) 43(-57%) Profile visits 309(+127.2%)
Facebook: 194 (+3) Likes & 233 (+1) Followers. Last 28 days: Posts seen by (reach) 55 (+90%) people. Page views 9 (+50%). Post engagements 9 (-10%)
Equality Officers Report
Training course on the menopause – went down very well with participants.
Looking at something for International Women’s Day – theme will be on domestic abuse.
Youth Officers Report
Race Officers Report
Regional Organisers Report
Full and comprehensive report received from Rachelle
Report on two Councils.
Accompanying Reps Report
Again, the Secretary reported that he was still representing members, mostly on disciplinary cases in the workplaces.
Any Other Business
Standing orders for food banks
Campaigner travelling through Kettering – Ukraine awareness. Please support, especially with what’s happening on the border and Russian potential aggression.
Possible informal meeting in March if we hear back from Colin on boundary and union changes.
Request that informal meetings be conducted on a Thursday, rather than a Wednesday – agreed.