National “Combine” Structure

The proposal for a new national structure for UNITE in Fujitsu across the UK was approved by members. The vote was 452 to 6. Thanks to everyone who took the time to cast their vote. The proposal is reproduced below. This “combine committee” structure is essential to ensure we can run our pay and pensions campaign democratically and effectively.
As well as the votes, there was some useful feedback. In particular, it was pointed out that given that the role of the committee members includes maximising members’ involvement in decision-making, the “combine-7” committee is too small to take potentially contentious decisions except in an emergency.
The next step is to elect the members of the “combine-21” committee who will represent you.
It’s really important that every area of the country is properly represented, so please take a look at what is involved (see the proposal below) and consider standing yourself or encourage a colleague to stand.
To stand, please contact us, including:

  • Your name
  • Your contact details (email, phone, mobile)
  • Which constituency you are standing for
  • An election statement of up to 100 words

Nominations must be received by Friday 3rd July.

Proposal for national structure for UNITE Fujitsu UK
The campaign over pay and pensions requires a UK-wide UNITE structure to enable timely, representative and democratic decision-making, involving members as fully as possible.
Given the large number of Fujitsu sites and HOM99 staff, representation must be regionally-based, rather than built upon the workplace rep/contact structure.
If this proposal is approved by members, UNITE will run a ballot for members to elect a “combine committee” (this name is widely used in other companies). The ballot will be run by email, with a paper alternative where UNITE does not hold an email address.
The constituencies and numbers of seats set out in the table below are roughly proportional to membership. The regions definitions are largely based on the UKCF constituencies.

Constituency

combine-21 committee seats

combine-7 committee seats

London, South & East

3

1

Midlands

2 (1 SOL10, 1 any)

1

Yorkshire & North East

1

Manchester bargaining unit (these people are not included in other regional constituencies)

6 (2 MAN33, 2 MAN34, 1 MAN35, 1 HOM99)

2

North-West

3 (1 CRE, 1 WAR, 1 any)

1

Northern Ireland

1

1

Scotland

1

Wales

1

Thames Valley and South West

3 (1 HOM99, 1 BRA, 1 any)

1

All members would be invited to stand for election for their constituency. The candidates with the highest number of votes would be elected to the “combine-21” committee.
Members on the combine-21 committee who are elected from a particular constituency or group of constituencies would agree amongst themselves who would be their representative(s) on the combine-7 committee, who would act as deputies etc. If the committee members in a constituency or group of constituencies are unable to agree this by majority vote, the decision will be put back to a vote of members.
The smaller combine-7 committee could deal with more urgent decisions, while the larger combine-21 committee could deal with those that required broader discussion. Having the combine-21 also helps ensure cover on the combine-7 when particular committee members are unavailable.
Members on the combine committee are expected to:

  1. Encourage members in their constituency to hold meetings, elect reps and get involved at a local level
  2. Seek views from members, reps and contacts in their constituency
  3. Work together as a team
  4. Maximise members’ involvement in decision making
  5. Take part in combine committee discussions and decision-making
  6. Report back to members, reps and contacts in their constituency
  7. Coordinate with reps and contacts in their constituency, including encouraging them to undertake training and gain accreditation
  8. Liaise with the union full-time officers covering Fujitsu in their constituency

Being a member of the combine committee is a separate role from being a local rep or contact, but it is expected that most committee members would also be doing that role.
It is recognised that the time and facilities available will vary considerably, depending on geography, whether or not the committee member is covered by union recognition etc, and that activities are undertaken on a volunteer basis.

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