What is National Conference?
UNISON's annual national conference is the union's ruling body.
Every year delegates from all over the country take part in debates
to choose our campaigning priorities and policies.
Every UNISON branch elects reps to attend annual conference and
to vote on behalf of their local branch members. Scotland has about
200 delegates. This branch has three. Two must be women and one
of these must be a low paid woman, to reflect the make-up of the
The Standing Orders Committee (SOC) is responsible for the business
of National Delegate Conference and for making sure that everyone
at conference abides by the rules.
Branches, along with Regions, self organised groups and the National
Executive Council (the elected body which runs UNISON on a day to
be basis, governed by the policies made at conference) can put forward
motions to be debated at conference or can amend motions which have
been submitted. Delegates vote on the motions in line with branch
policy, where we have that in place and can speak for or against
the motions and amendments.
National service group executives and conferences
Service group conferences bring together members across the country
doing similar kinds of jobs or working for the same kinds of employers.
This branch's service group is local government. It has its conference
just before the National Conference.
Branches, along with Regions, self organised groups and the Service
Group Executive (SGE) can put forward motions to be debated at conference
or can amend motions which have been submitted. Delegates will vote
on the motions in line with branch policy, where we have that in
place. Delegates can also speak for or against the motions and amendments
and branch delegates have a good record of participating in debates
at this conference. (See previous conference reports.)
Branch members can stand for election to the local government service
group executive (the elected body which runs the service group in