Labour Link Scotland Committee
The Labour Link Scotland Committee co-ordinates
policies and activities of the Labour Link in Scotland, working
with Service Groups and Self Organised Groups to take forward UNISON
The Labour Link Scotland Committee is elected annually
- Nine members elected on the basis of fair representation (at
least 5 of whom are women). These members are elected at the Scottish
Labour Link Forum by branch ballot. There should aim to be a spread
of service group and geographical representation.
- Six members elected by the UNISON Labour Link levy payers on
the UNISON Scottish Committee from amongst the members of the
Committee who pay the UNISON Labour Link Levy. These are elected
on the basis of fair representation so at least 3 are women.
- Additional members from the following groups are elected if
no representative from these groups is already elected: each service
group, the self organised groups, young members committee.
- Members who serve on the UNISON Labour Link National Committee
attend in an ex-officio capacity, so they can speak but not vote.
- Members who represent UNISON Labour Link on the Labour Party's
Scottish Executive Committee may speak but not vote.
- The Scottish Organiser with responsibility for the Labour Link
acts as secretary to the Committee, so can speak but not vote.
- Other UNISON staff are able to attend the Committee to facilitate
the meetings, and can speak but not vote.
The Scottish Labour Link Committee itself elects
a Chair and Vice Chair (at least one of whom is a woman) who also
act as Chair and Vice Chair to the Labour Link Forum.
Currently these positions are held as follows:
Chair: Gordon McKay (Ayrshire and Arran Health Branch)
Vice Chair: Pat Rowland (West Dunbartonshire Branch)
The Scottish Organiser responsible for the Labour
Link, Dave Watson acts as Secretary to the Committee. (email@example.com
tel: 0845 355 0845).
Committee Responsibilities and Functions
The Scottish Labour Link Committee ensures the
widest participation of members in decision making at all levels
within the Labour Link in Scotland, and develops effective communication
with branches and members.
Meetings of the Committee are held 4 times a year
of which the March meeting incorporates a policy seminar.
The Committee produces an Annual Report, which
is submitted to the Scottish Labour Link Forum and to the National
Labour Link Committee, on the development of the Labour Link organisation
in Scotland and their activities during the year.
The key responsibilities and functions of the Committee
- Overseeing the organisation and administration of all UNISON
Labour Link fund activities between the meetings of the Labour
Link Scotland Forum, producing a workplan for the Scottish Labour
Link and monitoring development.
- Controlling the Scottish UNISON Labour Link fund and budget,
and if appropriate seeking additional funding from the National
UNISON Labour Link for any training or campaigns.
- Organising delegations to the Scottish Labour Party Conference
to promote UNISON's policies and interests.
- Receiving regular reports from the Scottish Labour Party Executive
and associated committees, and guiding the work of UNISON Labour
Link representatives on these bodies.
- Receiving regular reports from members of the UNISON Labour
Link National Committee.
- Ensuring effective liaison with elected Labour representatives
in Scotland and overseeing the effective and democratic involvement
of UNISON Labour Link representatives within the party's structures
at Scottish and local levels.
- Encouraging UNISON members to join the Labour Link and persuading
Labour Link members to become individual members of the Labour
- Organising policy debates and political education events to
develop the knowledge and skills of members and activists.
- Working with the Labour Party on joint campaigning, providing
resources and support for the Scottish Labour Party before and
- Administering and monitoring Constituency Development Plans
with Constituency Labour Parties, developing organisation and
campaigning to help promote UNISON members' interests.
- Promoting equality and fair representation at all levels of
UNISON Labour Link organisation in Scotland, monitoring progress
and taking appropriate action to achieve these aims.