Roll up; roll up for the Amnesty AGM and Conference!
I’ve suggested before that what bonds Amnesty and the labour movement most profoundly – alongside our shared values – is that we are both activist movements that recognise the power of solidarity and that we are both rank-and-file movements, reliant on the energy and commitment of our members and supporters.
And that means democracy and accountability.
Readers may not realise, but the UK section of Amnesty is unique amongst the 60 plus national Amnesty sections in embracing trade unions as core members of our organisation by inviting unions to affiliate, at national or local level. Our Trade Union Network Committee acts as a constitutional conduit for consultation and coordination.
But where the big decisions are made is at our AGM and National Conference. This year it will be taking place at the University of Swansea on 3- 5 April. We would like to see more union affiliates contributing to the debates.
Everything you need to know about how to get involved, including the imminent deadline for submitting resolutions (I wish Amnesty didn’t call them that – trade unionists know that a ‘motion’ is a proposal and a ‘resolution’ is a decision) is online HERE
This year Wales TUC General Secretary Martin Mansfield will be joining us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our trade union partnership at the evening Reception on Friday 3rd of April, and we plan to unveil our 30 Years = 30 Voices exhibition then too.
Many Amnesty activists are trade unionists – and there will be plenty of us there as individual members, but we would welcome affiliated branches as well. Please play your part in helping shape the future of the largest human rights movement in the world.
You'll find a warm welcome – and plenty of debate and socialising that touches on union concerns and priorities. Please join us!
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