Group Conferences 2017

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29 August 2017

The 2017 Group Conferences will be held in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast starting on Wednesday 8th November with the Public Officers Group and followed on Thursday 9th with the Civil Service Group.

As required by the NIPSA constitution Branch General Meetings must be convened to deal with Group Conference business.

Nominations and Motions

To comply with the constitutional requirements of both groups the latest date for the submission of motions for the Group Conferences is 2.00 pm on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Therefore all Branches should now hold a Branch General Meeting to decide on nominations and motions and ensure these are submitted by the deadlines set out below. Electronic submission of nominations and motions can be made by completing the appropriate form in the Group Conference section and sending it to Lesley-Anne Scott. Please note that written confirmation signed by two Branch Officers confirming the details of the branch meeting and the nominations and/or motions submitted must be received by the General Secretary within 3 working days of the closing date above for those branches who choose to submit their nominations/motions electronically.

The stipulated deadlines which are as follows:

Motion Forms/Nomination Forms

2:00 pm on Thursday, 21 September 2017.

If submitting online your printed counterpart must be received by the General Secretary within 3 working days of the closing date above.

Delegate Forms/Expenses Forms

5:00 pm on Friday, 13 October 2017

If you need further copies of these forms please contact Lesley-Anne Scott

Conference Delegates

A light lunch will be provided for all delegates.

Trainee Delegate

Branches are encouraged to consider submitting trainee delegates to attend Conference. Branches who have fulfilled their full delegation are encouraged to submit trainee delegates. Trainee delegates fulfil a vital role at Conference including assisting with elections, tellers and door duty. This is a learning opportunity for representatives who have not previously attended Conference and who are unable to attend Conference as a delegate because the Branch delegation is already taken up.

Special Leave

Special leave with pay for attendance at Conference is available for most members and special leave application forms can be made available where required to members attending Conference. Where special leave with pay is not available, NIPSA will compensate delegates for loss of pay.

If attendance at Conference is not satisfactory, payment of expenses for travelling may be withheld or reclaimed in whole or in part.

If you are in any doubt about the rules relating to Conference or the pre-Conference programme please consult the NIPSA Rule Book.

Alison Millar

General Secretary

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