York St John University Branch
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 6 Feb 2013 10.30am
Fountains Lecture Theatre
Apologies were received from Mick Tillett, Hazel Eldred, Pete Layton
and Pieter Smit.
Members accepted the 2012 minutes as a correct record.
Any matters arising would be addressed in the Chairs report.
Dave Thompson (Chair) reported that it had been a busy year for the
branch, with branch officers sometimes finding it difficult to juggle
their Unison and University roles.
Branch officers continued to meet monthly with HR, UCU and different
members of management to keep up to date with reviews and University
The branch continues to attend regional meetings and also send
delegates to Unison’s national conference. Delegates attend Unison’s
HE conference and seminar to try to keep up to date with what is
happening at other universities.
As always there had been several reviews in different areas. Some
which seem to be under never ending review.
The Exec has concerns that Unison are being consulted about the
reviews a bit later in the process than they should be.
Committee members were continuing to attend training so as to be able
to represent members correctly.
This was presented by Ken Scott who had actually left the University
in December but had been YSJ Unison treasurer for most of the year.
Ken agreed to look into a question raised about branch retention.
Health and Safety Report
Members were told that the branch attends the Health and Safety
Committee and continues to work closely with the university to resolve
any issues that arise.
It was proposed that the Quorum level for the AGM be reduced to 20%.
This was seconded and passed.
After a discussion it was decided to leave the honoraria payments as
they currently stand.
Pay and Pensions
It was noted that members were unhappy with the 1% pay award but after
being balloted no further action was taken.
Pension discussions were continuing, mainly over the governance of
The Christmas event had appeared to be a success. The Branch Officers
would consider future events.
Election of Branch Officers and Reps
The following were proposed, seconded and elected.
Dave Thompson(Chair), Anna Herbert(Deputy Chair), Hazel Eldred(Deputy
Chair), Gelayol Holme(Secretary), Joanne Ripley(Treasurer), Colin
Simpson(Health & Safety Officer), Monty Feather(Health & Safety
Officer) Pieter Smit(Membership Secretary), Gareth Jenkins(Workplace
Rep), Linda Wilson(Workplace Rep), Keith Vasey(Workplace Rep), Simon
Davis(Workplace Rep), Sally Rollinson(Workplace Rep)
Any Other Business
The Chair thanked members for attending and closed the meeting.