Labour Link Scotland Forum
The Scottish Labour Link Forum, is usually a day
long event held annually prior to the UNISON Labour Link National
Forum, at a time and venue agreed by the Labour Link Scotland Committee.
Labour Link Scotland Committee members attend and
participate in the Forum. In addition Branches can send up to two
representatives each (one must be female), and branches with more
than 1000 levy payers may have up to four representatives, again
based on fair representation. To attend representatives must also
be individual members of the Labour Party.
Others are able to attend the Forum in an ex-officio
capacity, that is they are able to speak but not vote in any ballots
that are held. This includes the Scottish Organiser for the Labour
Link and other appropriate UNISON staff, and UNISON representatives
on other Labour Party Committees.
Key note speakers are invited to the Forum, usually
including a Scottish Executive or Westminster Minister, and an internal
UNISON speaker, often the General Secretary. This gives delegates
an opportunity to put questions to elected representatives, and
to put forward UNISON policies.
All Labour Link MPs, MSPs and MEPs are invited
to attend the day's proceedings on an ex-officio basis. Very often
those that are able to attend will participate in a panel question
and answer session during the Forum. Again this is a good opportunity
for the Labour Link to ensure Labour Link elected representatives
are held accountable, and we can inform them of UNISON policies
A section of the agenda is devoted to reports from
Labour Link representatives on:
- Labour's Scottish Executive Committee
- UNISON's National Labour Link Committee
- Parliamentary reports from Labour Link MSPs, MPs, and MEP
- Other relevant reports, eg Scottish Policy Forum, etc.
- In addition the Labour Link Scotland Committee tables a formal
report of its activities.
The Forum elects:
- members of the Scottish Labour Link Committee, as detailed in
the section on the Scottish Labour Link Committee;
- delegates to the UNISON Labour Link National Forum;
- two delegates to the National Labour Party Conference
- the delegation to the Scottish Labour Party Conference.
All delegates representing UNISON on the above
bodies must be UNISON Labour Link levy payers and fully paid up
individual members of the Labour Party.
The forum receives and debates motions submitted
by UNISON Labour Link Branches and the Labour Link Scotland Committee.
Motions are circulated to Branches and the Labour Link Scotland
Committee prior to the Forum, and there is an opportunity for each
Branch or the Committee to submit two amendments within an agreed
Policy and Activities
The Forum develops UNISON Labour Link policy and
organisation proposals through workshops and political education
initiatives, and develops the objectives and priorities for Labour
Link Scotland for the coming year. It determines UNISON Labour Link
policy in the Scottish Labour Party taking into account overall
UNISON policy, and agrees up to two motions to be forwarded to the
UNISON Labour Link National Forum.