The Unite policy conference meets every other year. This is when Unite members, elected by their fellow members, are brought together to make the policy of the union. This year, our policy conference is being held in the Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton during w/c 2 July 2018.
The current policies of Unite, as agreed at previous policy conferences are contained in the attached policy manual. The most recent policy conference was held in 2016 and the policies made then stay in place until they are specifically changed; they do not have to be agreed again at every conference.
The rules of Unite cannot be changed at policy conference. Members can also download a copy of the Unite the union rule book - these rules apply to all members of the union.
Agenda for policy conference
The agenda for the policy conference is made up of motions submitted by branches and committees of the union. Information about how to submit motions and amendments to motions will be sent direct to branches and committees who may submissions.
The final agenda for the conference will be compiled from these motions and will be circulated to all delegates in advance of the conference.
Delegates to conference
Delegates participate in debates about the motions on the final agenda and may vote for policy.
They are to the conference are elected mainly by and from the Regional Industrial Sector Committees (RISCs); a small number of delegates are elected by some National Industrial Sector Committees (NISCs).
In addition, each region is entitled to elect delegates from their Regional Committee and delegates to represent young members, LGBT and disabled members and a Retired Members Observer. Young member observers are also being invited to attend – they are appointed through their region.
Delegates are required to attend conference from Saturday 30th June to the end of the conference. Hotel accommodation is booked centrally for them.
We will be writing to all delegates with further information about arrangements for the conference including accommodation in due course.
If you are an elected delegate and for whatever reason are no longer able to attend please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing the conference team.
Visitors to conference
Unite members wishing to attend conference can apply for a visitors pass free of charge via Eventbrite registration. Non-member Visitor tickets are available at £10 per person. Visitors to conference need to book their own travel and accommodation, at their own expense. Elected delegates and official retired or young member observers do not need to apply for a visitors' ticket.
Media credentials for conference
Members of the press will be invited to attend the 2018 policy conference. Invitations will be issued by the press office in due course. If you would like to register your interest, please email Taylor Humphris.