The role of the executive committee
The MU, like all other trade unions, is a democratic organisation, governed by its members through a system of representative democracy.
Union members are elected as delegates to the Union’s Conference and onto representative committees. Decision-making takes place at Conferences and through the actions of the network of Union Committees. By far the most important of these Committees is the Executive Committee (EC).
Rule V.1 of the MU Rules states that, ‘subject to the Rules, the EC has all the powers of the MU and all powers necessary for or conducive to the attainment of the objects of the MU including the power to delegate its authority’. The MU’s objects are set out in Rule I.
The EC is the national governing body of the Union, and EC members have a collective responsibility for the decisions and the policies of the EC. EC members are not accountable individually for the work of the Union and have no individual decision-making powers.
All decisions are the result of debate and vote and all EC members are expected to uphold such decisions. Although EC members do not sit as delegates for their Regions, they are elected on a Regional basis.
The EC makes major decisions that can affect the working lives of many musicians. It often deals with sensitive issues, so each EC member must adhere to the concept of collective confidentiality in the interests of the Union and its members.
EC members are presented with numerous reports and other documentation. It is the duty of EC members to keep abreast of all the issues that may be likely to appear on its agenda from time to time. Individual EC members take their responsibilities very seriously and always put the collective good of the Union and its members first.
The General Secretary acts as secretary to the EC and is responsible for the administration of all correspondence to and from the EC and for the Union between EC meetings.