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June, 2016:

Why go to conference?

Sitting in a windowless hall during a debate on the amendment of a motion, I wondered this.

And realised – it’s democracy in action, which isn’t always as exciting as it sounds!

UEA UCU President at conference

UEA UCU President Amanda Williams speaking to a motion

Like everything, there are good and bad bits.

Procedure, policy, rule changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But also networking, inspirational stories, different experiences.

 

Sheila Coleman

 

I’ve come back fortified by solidarity, and reminded of everything a union achieves, not just pay, but much, much more: improved, fairer working conditions and rights, highlighting the issues faced by those on casual contracts, or because of colour, gender, sexuality, or disability.

 

 

 

 

The incoming Trade Union Act means all members need to engage, not just the activists.

 

It’s our union, our voice, our vote.UCU mug your union your voice your vote