The AGM was split into 2 meetings to aid participation by members. A part 1 lunch time session then a Part 2 evening meeting. Before both we had arranged guided tours of our national UNISON headquarters. The views from the 9th floor are spectacular.
All AGMs are a bit bureaucratic and dare I say even a little boring but our speaker, Tom Copley, was excellent. As the City Hall Housing spokesperson he was completely on top of his brief.
I had been re-elected unopposed as branch secretary (I obviously have not paid off all my sins yet from a previous wicked life), I moved the annual report, took questions on this and finance, spoke on a motion to our national conference about building a new housing consensus (passed) and generally helped out our number one Chair, Tony Power.
At the end of the meeting we thanked our branch and regional staff for their fantastic support for members and helping to organise this AGM. Next was the inevitable raffle.
In the finest traditions of the Labour Movement we had a post AGM drink (some had soft drinks but I needed Czech budweiser) in the UNISON cafetiere/bar.
Next our branch is organising its annual event for Workers Memorial Day 28 April at Three Mills, Bow, E3. While on Tuesday evening 16 May, our branch Labour Link AGM will take place at the House of Commons with keynote speaker, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, John Healey MP.