I would also like to thank branch Executive members for all their hard work in organising the AGM.
Below is my report as Branch Chair which I would have presented tonight (and will still be sent out to our members in our annual report)
"Branch Chair report
While the dreadful general election result was the low point of my year as Chair of the branch, it has actually meant that our union is even more important to our members who have faced amongst the very worst cuts in jobs and attacks on their pay, pensions, terms and conditions.
Winning trade union recognition agreements and greater trade union membership density in our workplaces is absolutely key to saving jobs and improving pay. The more members we have in any employer, the better the deal we will always get for those members.
Due to other commitments I am standing down as Chair but I hope to still remain on the branch executive.
Finally, I would like to thank our directly employed branch workers and UNISON regional staff for their hard work in advising and representing members. But most importantly, I also want to thank our lay activists and shop stewards who are the unsung heroes of our movement and the first line of defence in so many workplaces.