Trafford Unison is recruiting for several Branch Officer Positions to sit on the Branch Committee. If anyone is interested please contact the branch on 0161 877 9840
Responsible for managing branch finances, including keeping accounts.
The main responsibilities of branch treasurers include:
◾keeping accounts in accordance with the rules;
◾preparing budgets for defined areas of activities such as welfare, recruitment, campaigning, etc;
◾providing reports on the financial position of the branch to the branch committee or branch executive committee;
◾providing a detailed financial report for the annual branch meeting(s);
◾advising the branch officers and branch committee on matters relating to financial management and appropriate expenditure;
◾providing an audited annual return of branch income.
Health and Safety Officer
Promoting health and safety at work is one of the functions of the branch.
Even though employers have clear legal duties to make sure that employment does not cause death, injury or ill-health, health and safety is a trade union issue and not something which can be left to management.
The branch health and safety officer’s role includes:
◾making sure members, safety reps and branch officers are aware of health and safety issues;
◾co-ordinating the activity of safety reps, including making sure that there are enough reps in the workplaces organised by the branch, and convening regular meetings of safety reps;
◾organising the information held by the branch on health and safety;
◾acting as a link between safety reps and other branch reps to make sure that health and safety issues are treated as an integral part of the work of the branch;
◾reporting on health and safety issues at branch meetings, committee meetings and annual meetings;
◾liaising with relevant branch officers about priorities for health and safety training, campaigns and publicity materials;
◾keeping contact with the region and regional service groups, for example via the regional health and safety committee and the national health and safety structures;
◾liaising with the equalities officer(s) to make sure that equal opportunities aspects of health and safety issues are taken into account and vice versa.
Branch equality co-ordinators have a number of important functions. But it is not expected that the office holder will be the fount of all knowledge on every equality issue, nor carry sole responsibility for the branch’s equality work.
Everyone shares responsibility for tackling prejudice and discrimination and promoting equality.
The role of branch equality co-ordinators is to co-ordinate and monitor this shared responsibility. The role includes:
◾being the identified and well-publicised point of contact in the branch for equality issues;
◾collecting and sharing information on equalities issues, including information from the regional and national self-organised groups;
◾making sure other branch officers and the branch committee consider the equalities dimension of everything they do;
◾making sure equality is raised in all collective bargaining – not just in bargaining on ‘pure’ equalities issues;
◾encouraging and supporting the development of branch self-organised groups on behalf of the branch committee, co-ordinating among them and between them and the branch committee;
◾making sure new recruits and potential members know about UNISON’s commitment to equality and the opportunity to take part in self-organisation;
◾advising the branch officers and branch committee on the development and monitoring of the action plan to achieve proportionality and fair representation;
◾co-ordinating the development and training of members from under-represented groups;
◾co-ordinating motions and support for delegates attending self-organised group conferences.
Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and branch officers.
The role includes:
◾making sure all new stewards and reps receive information about the branch and their role;
◾publicising the range of educational and training opportunities available to members and activists, and making sure that all reps go on appropriate courses;
◾talking to existing reps about their ongoing training and development needs;
◾organising a plan of training for activists and producing an annual budget to meet its costs;
◾keeping records of what training has been undertaken and by whom within the branch;
◾negotiating with the employer, along with union learning reps on issues relating to learning including time off;
◾supporting and co-ordinating the work of buddies and mentors in the branch.