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MU Delegate Conference: a beginner’s guide, part 2

If you’re new to the Union, or trade unionism as a movement, the plethora of Conferences and standing orders and motions can seem baffling. 

But it’s not as complicated as it might seem.

So how does MU Delegate Conference work?

What do you talk about? Each of the MU’s six Regions has an elected Regional Committee that talks about issues affecting them, such as local venues under threat. They send motions about these issues to be discussed at Conference. Delegates at Conference then discuss the motion, and vote to support or it or not to support it.

What happens to motions afterwards? Those that pass are implemented. So if it’s a policy issue, it becomes MU policy. If it is something practical, we do it.

What are Standing Orders? Standing Orders are the rules that govern how Conference is run – how many people need to be there to make it quorate, and the rules for speaking and passing motions. An elected Standing Orders Committee checks all the motions have a call to action.

Who chooses delegates? You do. Delegates are nominated and democratically elected. You can stand for election, as long as you’ve been an MU member for at least a year.

Can’t wait with a great idea? Think about sending a motion to your Regional Committee. Get in touch with your Regional Office to find out how. And keep an eye on The Musician Extra for how to stand as a Delegate for the next Conference in 2017.


Published: 20/07/2015

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