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MANDATE TRADE UNION BIENNIAL DELEGATE CONFERENCE 2012 AGENDA

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union affairs 1 This Conference recognises the large number of young workers employed in the retail trade today and calls on the incoming NEC to develop a campaign which will:

a Educate young workers in respect of the values, traditions and benefits of Trade Union membership

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c Encourages them to get involved in campaigning on union, social and political issues

Clonmel Local Council

Promote involvement in Mandate Trade Union

2 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to engage more productively with young members of Mandate by other forms of modern technology such as the creation of a Mandate App.

Tralee Local Council

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Conference recognising:

– That activist development is an integral part of the organisation and that there is a need to consistently improve and strengthen the development of activists;

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– That since the elimination of the Regional Council structure at the 2010 BDC, the current method of election for the National Executive Council places position holders at a distinct advantage over people who heretofore have not had a national profile, therefore, new people with the potential to progress in the organisation will find it virtually impossible to be elected to the National Executive Council;

And accordingly, directs the incoming National Executive Council in accordance with Rule 17 to establish a rule review Subcommittee, the composition of which should be determined by the National Executive Council in accordance with Rule 17. The parameters of the Subcommittee shall be to review the Unions Rule Book and make recommendations to the National Executive Council. Be it resolved that any such recommendations should be accepted by the National Executive Council subject to the recommendations being consistent with the general principles of the Union which are set out in the Union’s Rule Book, the recommendations shall be then put before the next Biennial Delegate Conference as a Rule(s) Change proposed by the National Executive Council.

Cork Local Council

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Decent Work, a Better Future

Conference condemns the wholly unacceptable practices of many major retailers in recent years of endlessly sub dividing and casualising what once were decent jobs offering a decent living. Irish retailers have pursued the flexibility and casualisation of labour to such an extent that the majority of jobs in the Irish retail sector no longer offer retail workers security of earnings or a decent living wage on which to survive. This drive to insecurity and precarious working by employers is motivated by greed, a desire to create shareholder value at all costs and to create a workforce which is so insecure that worker attachment to the employment is greatly reduced leading to high levels of staff turnover and a lack of worker cohesion. Major retailers depend on local communities and their support while at the same time they put little back into these communities in terms of decent employment and security of employment. Mandate Trade Union and Conference acknowledges the potentially important role that the multi billion euro retail sector could play in rebuilding the Irish economy and society by the provision of decent secure jobs at a decent living wage. This Conference calls on the National Executive Council to launch a major campaign to expose major retailers who are engaged in a race to the bottom in employment standards and who only offer contracts of employment that fail to provide a decent living wage. Conference also directs that as a matter of policy our Mandate industrial negotiators will ensure that the issue of decent contracts and a decent living wage are on the agenda of every set of negotiations with employers and that it is vigorously pursued by all means open to Mandate. National Executive Council (to be composited with Dublin South West Local Council, Dublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council and Balbriggan Local Council motions 36, 37 and 38 – see Secondary Schedule, Category A) 5 S.I. No 330 of 1997 made pursuant to the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 provides that shop workers whose hours of work include the period from 11.30am to 2pm shall after 6 hours work be allowed a break of one hour which must commence between those hours. This legislation was drafted over 14 years ago at a time when retail was a different environment and is now outdated in a majority of staff, either full time/part time are not working hours that would trigger such an entitlement. Accordingly Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through the ICTU to bring about a change in this legislation to ensure that it provides adequate provision for reasonable daily rest breaks for workers in the retail sector.

Santry/Dublin Airport Local Council

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6 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to ensure the Union continues to campaign for the protection of disabled workers against discrimination at work and further calls on the Union to raise awareness and consciousness amongst our members to support each other and work together to prevent all types of discrimination.

Limerick Local Council

7 Recognising the protection given to low paid vulnerable workers by Joint Labour Committees and Registered Employment Agreements Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Committee to campaign and lobby on the broadest possible front in order to ensure that the proposed replacement legislation is effective in protecting existing terms and conditions of employment including those in relation to Sunday working, in ensuring that rigorous policing of its provisions is maintained, and in providing quick and meaningful remedies for workers whose entitlements have been breached.

 ublin South East Local Council D (to be composited with Wexford and Dublin South West Local Council motions 39 and 40 – see Secondary Schedule, Category A)

8 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to make representations through the ICTU that St. Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day be voluntary for all retail workers and maintain these days as family friendly.

Dublin North West City Centre Local Council

9 Conference condemns the manner in which employers such as Dunnes Stores are taking advantage of the current economic climate by attempting to alter without agreement crucial elements of our members terms and conditions of employment, strip away collective agreements and deny our members their Statutory rights to have representatives of their choosing in order to challenge these decisions.

Portlaoise Local Council

10 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through ICTU to lobby government representatives to introduce legislation to amend the Industrial Relations Act 1990 that will compel companies to attend the Rights Commissioner Service, the Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Court regarding members’ grievances and disciplinary appeals and that the recommendations from the industrial relations institutions are enforceable on the employer regarding these matters.

Dublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council

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Education 11 This Conference strongly condemns the recent cuts in the allocation of Special Needs Assistants in schools. Special Needs Assistants are recruited specifically to assist the most vulnerable children in our society such as those with disabilities in an educational context. The removal of these vital supports is not only grossly unfair, it is totally short-sighted and economically stupid and by this action we are condemning children to a second class education in a supposedly first world economy. It is the right of these children to get an education like every other child but with the cuts in Special Needs Assistants this will not prove possible. Conference in condemning the cuts in the Special Needs Assistants instructs the incoming National Executive to pursue a campaign with like minded unions through the ICTU to have this cut to some of the most vulnerable children in our society reversed.

Dublin South West Local Council

12 We must oppose any attempt to increase the student contribution. The only way Ireland will get out of the current economic circumstances will be through investing in education and upskilling our young workforce through third level education. Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through ICTU to lobby government representatives to reverse the increase in student fees and maintenance grants as it has a greater adverse impact on middle to lower income earners who are members of Mandate Trade Union.

Dublin North West City Centre Local Council

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health and safety 13 Conference instructs the incoming National Executive Council to confer with the Health and Safety Authority with regard to members working alone in some of our smaller outlets. These members are at risk should they come under attack as one of our members did a while ago and had to leave his employment. Another reason is that it would be difficult to cope should a delivery arrive.

Licensed Trade Council

14 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to publicise the increasing incidents of verbal abuse and threatening behaviour experienced by Mandate members in the retail sector.

 illarney Local Council K (to be composited with Tralee Local Council motion 41, see Secondary Schedule, Category A)

15 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to lobby the Government to provide increased funding to organisations that deal with suicide prevention as Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world.

Killarney Local Council

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health 16 The Programme for Government has resulted in major cutbacks to Public Health Services, notably the downgrading of Blanchardstown Hospital. Staff and local residents claim the hospital budget has been reduced by 20% since 2009 despite treating 10% more patients. There are fewer than 3 acute hospital beds per 1000 population in Ireland compared to an EU average of 4 beds per 1000; and since 2008 there are 6000 fewer health-workers in the health service because of the recent recruitment embargo. These decisions are being taken on the basis of questionable statistics; with the HSE confirming in that prior to the downgrading of Roscommon Hospital HIQA never visited the site. Conference calls upon the National Executive to support all local campaigns and make appropriate representation to relevant bodies to defend savage cuts to public services that our members rely on.

Blanchardstown Local Council

17 Conference condemns the Government’s decision to close HSE run nursing homes which will effectively mean evicting the elderly residents from their homes causing extreme anguish and pain which is in breach of their Human Rights.

Conference asks the Government to reverse this appalling decision immediately.

Portlaoise Local Council

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Austerity is not Working

This Conference recognises that the decision of the previous FF/Green Government in socialisation of private banking debt has caused deep and lasting damage to the Irish economy and Irish society. Conference also notes with concern that the current FG/ Labour Government is implementing policies and programmes which support and in no way challenge the disastrous decision of the previous Government. Particularly in this regard, Conference condemns the continuation of payment of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society Promissory notes, particularly to unsecured bondholders. The full cost of these payments to the Irish taxpayer of these notes could exceed €65 billion. Instead Ireland needs a substantial investment programme in jobs. Ireland needs to get people back to work and back spending. This Conference commends and supports the ICTU policy document “Growth is Key”. Any new European Treaty which seeks to condemn Ireland to decades of further fiscal austerity, lack of investment, mass unemployment and emigration must be resisted by the Trade Union movement. This Conference calls on the incoming NEC to campaign to ensure that any such treaty is put to the Irish people in a referendum and that our members are made fully aware of the consequences of such a treaty on their future.

National Executive Council

19 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to lobby the Government to reverse upward only rent reviews.

Tralee Local Council

20 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to lobby the Government to provide a substantial increase in dedicated Family Court days especially now due to the increased number of family break-ups largely as a result of the economic downturn which has had a serious impact on family life.

Tralee Local Council

21 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive to lobby the Government to impose zero tolerance on money lenders who are targeting low paid workers and vulnerable people on the poverty line.

Killarney Local Council

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22 Dublin Bus is currently undertaking a major restructuring of its services, involving the elimination of some routes and the re-routing of others, as part of its Network Direct project, an example of which is the curtailment of the 19 serving the Finglas/ Glasnevin area. Further planned changes will cause unnecessary hardship for workers in the wake of rising fuel and motor tax costs, many of whom are dependent on the services for getting to work. Accordingly Conference calls upon the incoming National Executive Council to bring all necessary pressure to bear on the relevant authorities to ensure there is adequate public transport in situ to allow people to get to work in a cost efficient and timely manner.

Finglas Local Council

23 In the wake of the Cloyne Report Conference calls upon the National Executive to condemn the tax status of Religious Organisations in Ireland in light of the increasing secular nature of Irish Society and consistent with the Public Benefit test outlined in Re Worth Library case.

Artane Local Council

24 Noting the establishment of a Joint Oireachtas Committee to facilitate discussions between TD’s, Senators and Interest Groups in the wake of the Pyrite crisis that has affected anywhere between 20,000 and 60,000 homes in the country, notably Priory Hall in Donaghmede, Ballymun and Lusk. Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council of Mandate Trade Union to give all necessary support to initiatives designed to set up a redress scheme to compensate suffering homeowners.

Finglas Local Council

25 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to lobby the Government to re-examine the hours’ threshold for Family Income Supplement.

Limerick Local Council

26 Conference notes that public transport costs have risen significantly in the past year and therefore requests that the Tax Saver Ticket scheme be amended so as to enable employees to avail of the benefits of the scheme without being dependent on the consent of their employers to register for and administer it.

Dublin South East Local Council


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27 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through ICTU to lobby government representatives to reverse the cut in the lone parent allowance from 14 years of age to 7 years of age and to reverse the reduction in the rent allowance.

Dublin North West City Centre Local Council

28 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through the ICTU to lobby government representatives to reverse the reduction of the fuel allowance and the medical card charges for old age pensioners.

Dublin North West City Centre Local Council

29 This Conference notes the recent cut in Children’s Allowance payments for third and subsequent children made in Budget 2011. These cuts are unfairly biased against larger families with lower incomes and have been criticised strongly by organisations such as Barnardos and the St Vincent De Paul who deal with the aftermath of these cuts. Conference also notes the reluctance of the Government to increase income tax on the wealthy in our society in the 2011 Budget. Conference instructs the incoming National Executive Committee to use all resources available to it to ensure that a fairer way is found to ensure that the richer strands of society are made to pay their share of the burden and to campaign to have the recent cuts in Children’s Allowance reversed.

Dublin South West Local Council

30 Conference reaffirms Mandate’s consistent opposition to this and the previous governments’ regressive tax regimes as imposed on the ordinary Irish people regards redressing the country’s current huge budgetary deficits. Conference notes that the Irish people who had no hand, act or part in creating these economic deficits are effectively being made and forced to pay for the financially treasonous activities of an elite few, most notably those at the head of Irish banks, property firms and the higher offices of Irish politics. The household charge – which is effectively a poll tax not far removed from that which Margaret Thatcher tried to impose and which was vehemently opposed by the then Labour Party – is another regressive tax. Conference recognises that the household tax is brutally unfair, and thus unjust in that it does not recognise property value and an ability to pay. Conference instructs the NEC to lobby - and where appropriate - offer Mandate’s support to those individuals/groups in active opposition to this tax.

 astlebar Local Council C (to be composited with Waterford Local Council motion 42 – see Secondary Schedule, Category A)

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31 Conference notes with increasing concern that current governmental economic policy, as directed by the troika of the EU, IMF and the ECB, will ‘sell off’ our country’s national treasures and assets, i.e. our natural resources, to organisations with only capital and profit as their prime motivation. Conference recognises that Ireland’s natural resources – of which there are many – has the real potential to resurrect our country’s economy that is social rather than profit driven. By selling off these natural resources at clear cut price value, Ireland is effectively handing its future national sovereignty to a few global multi-nationals which can and will determine the cost and our access to these vitally important resources. Conference so directs the incoming NEC to lobby those groups and individuals that actively oppose these troika driven economic measures and further use the Mandate periodical – ‘Shopfloor’ – to highlight Mandate’s opposition to the same and why this is so.

Ballina Local Council

32 Conference recognises that the current government’s taxation policies are in effect a direct assault on Ireland’s rural communities which has the potential to destroy and devastate the same. In doing so it will negatively impact on Ireland’s cultural richness as promoted and delivered by many rural communities. Conference instructs the incoming NEC to lend Mandate’s support to those organisations in direct opposition to these taxes.

Ballina Local Council

33 Conference notes that the government has decided to abolish the State Pension (Transition) with effect from January 2014 resulting in no State Pension being paid until a person reaches the age of 66. Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Committee to seek clarification from the relevant authorities in relation to workers whose contract of employment obliges them to retire at age 65 as it is feared that many of these who are not members of an occupational pension scheme might be without income for a year and that those workers who are in pensions schemes might have a significantly reduced income. Conference condemns the lack of clarity and information from Government in this regard.

 allaght/Rathcoole Local Council T (to be composited with North West Liffey Valley Local Council motions 43 and 44 – see Secondary Schedule, Category A)


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Recruitment and Organising 34 Conference fully endorses the 2006, 2008 and 2010 decisions made supporting the need to organise retail workers in brown and green field sites and to campaign with and on behalf of retail workers and their families for a fairer and more equal society. Given the economic and societal issues in Ireland at present the need to organise and campaign is even more vital than at any time in our nation’s history. Conference recognises and welcomes the fact that some investment has been made. However it’s not nearly enough for the immense job required. Conference welcomes the re-invigoration of the strategic organising team and supports the concept of Mandate Step Up Representatives as the way forward for encouraging activists to become more involved in organising and recruitment. Conference also commends the closer working relationships between Mandate, other unions and voluntary groups. Conference calls on the incoming Executive to make available where possible increased funding and investment to build an effective and sustainable organising department with the organising jobs being linked to increased opportunity for permanency based on outcomes and accountability.

Wicklow Local Council

35 Conference recognises that the life blood of any trade union is its membership base and levels. In seriously economically challenging times Conference notes that Mandate – like many of its sister unions – is experiencing recruitment challenges which if left unaddressed has the potential to negatively impact on its:

1 membership base level and subsequent lack or future financial and human resources,

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3 ability to exercise societal and political influence that ensures future protection for the low paid and disadvantaged in Irish society and

4 maintaining and enhancing our global fraternal relations with international organisations.

influence to deal with employers in the retail and bar trade industries,

Conference therefore recommends that the incoming NEC consider developing a high level recruitment strategy template that can be implemented by the organisation’s shop stewards and activists, which will attempt to noticeably increase Mandate membership levels by the Biennial Delegate Conference 2014.

Castlebar Local Council

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Amendment to Rule 6

Insert the following into rule 6 after 6.5:

‘ 6.6 Members of the NEC shall attend the BDC as a collective body but shall not be entitled to take part in any vote or election, save that the officer presiding at the time shall be entitled to a casting vote in the event of an equal number of votes being cast on each side.’

Renumber current 6.6 and 6.7 as 6.7 and 6.8 respectively.

New Rule 6 to read as follows:

6.6 Members of the NEC shall attend the BDC as a collective body but shall not be entitled to take part in any vote or election, save that the officer presiding at the time shall be entitled to a casting vote in the event of an equal number of votes being cast on each side.

6.7 Delegates to a Special Delegate Conference shall be appointed in the same manner as delegates to the BDC.

6.8 Delegates to the BDC shall be paid such expenses as are necessarily incurred by them in attending at the Conference within a scale which shall be determined, from time to time, by the NEC.

National Executive Council

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Amendment to Rule re ‘Conduct of Debates’ at Point 33, Annex A

First line of point 33, insert after the word ‘delegate’:

‘, an official of the Union’.

New Rule to read as follows:

33 No one other than a delegate, an official of the Union or a member of the Standing Orders Committee may address conference unless authorised by the NEC.

National Executive Council

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Amendment to Rule re ‘The Agenda’ at Point 12, Annex A

Insert the following after the word ‘body.’ at the end of d) Category D at Point 12:

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 ategory E – motions which in the opinion of Standing Orders Committee fall into C the following:

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 otions which are unclear, vague to the extent that the motion is not M understandable and/or is not written properly and/or in proper motion format.

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 otions which could bring the union into disrepute, or which expose the M union to legal challenge.’

National Executive Council

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Amendment to Rule 7, Standing Orders Committee

At 7.1, third line, insert the following after the word ‘re-election.’:

‘ Members of the Standing Orders Committee shall as a collective body attend the Biennial or and when appropriate any Special Delegate Conferences but shall not be entitled to take part in any vote or election, or be a delegate to Conference.’

New Rule to read as follows:

7.1 A Standing Orders Committee of five members shall be elected by ballot vote at the BDC and shall serve for two years being then eligible for re-election. Members of the Standing Orders Committee shall as a collective body attend the Biennial or and when appropriate any Special Delegate Conferences but shall not be entitled to take part in any vote or election or be a delegate to Conference. The Chairperson shall be elected biennially by the Standing Orders Committee at its first meeting following the BDC. Members of the NEC and the Appeals Committee shall not be eligible to serve on the Committee. In the event of a vacancy occurring on the Standing Orders Committee, the NEC may appoint the person who is the next highest on the list of unsuccessful candidates at the last relevant election who is still a Union member and who is willing to serve on the Standing Orders Committee.

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Amendment to Rule 13

Insert the following into rule 13 after the word ‘office’ at the end of 13.3:

‘An Officer of the Union or an ordinary member of the NEC who fails, to attend a minimum of 75% of NEC meetings will be deemed not a suitable candidate for re-election, save for exceptional circumstances which must be made known to the NEC.’

New Rule to read as follows:

13.3 A statement shall be appended to the Annual Report of the Union showing the number of meetings of the NEC and its Sub-committees during the previous year(s) and the attendance of the members during their periods of office. An Officer of the Union or an ordinary member of the NEC who fails, to attend a minimum of 75% of NEC meetings will be deemed not a suitable candidate for re-election, save for exceptional circumstances which must be made known to the NEC.

This change if accepted will also require a change to rule 11, subsection 11.3.

At 11.2, fourth line, insert after the word ‘level’ the following:

‘or fails to comply with Rule 13.3’

New Rule 11 to read as follows:

11.2 No person may be nominated for election as an ordinary member of the NEC unless such person is and has been a member for at least 3 consecutive years prior to the date of their nomination and have a proven record as an elected shop steward or activist at workplace level or fails to comply with Rule 13.3. At the date of their nomination election and during their continuance in office, the ordinary members of the NEC shall be less than 8 weeks’ in arrears of contributions.

Dublin South West Local Council

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Secondary Schedule Category A These are motions which are covered by a composite or comprehensive motion on the primary schedule. 36 This Conference notes with concern the increasing trend of employers such as Dunnes Stores to engage in the cutting of hours of long serving members of staff while at the same time employing new staff on lower rates of pay to maximize their profits and gain a competitive edge over their competitors. Conference condemns this practice and instructs the incoming National Executive to pursue through the ICTU legislative changes in legislation to ensure this practice ceases immediately and that all workers are given the opportunity to earn a living wage.

 ublin South West Local Council D (to be composited with NEC, Balbriggan Local Council and Dublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council motions in Primary and Secondary Schedules, see Motions 4, 37 and 38)

37 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through ICTU to lobby government representatives to introduce legislation to ensure jobs within retail are meaningful full-time positions and to bring an end to the exploitation of staff through casual contracts and unsecure fixed term contracts.

 ublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council D (to be composited with NEC, Balbriggan and Dublin South West Local Council motions in Primary and Secondary Schedules, see Motions 4, 36 and 38)

38 Conference calls on Mandate to do all in its power to ensure that workers’ hours of work are protected and that all attempts by employers to reduce workers’ hours and replace them by using cheaper labour is resisted.

 albriggan Local Council B (to be composited with NEC, Dublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council and Dublin South West Local Council motions in Primary and Secondary Schedules, see Motions 4, 36 and 37)

39 That this BDC supports the Union in its efforts to ensure that the final legislation emanating from the Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2011 protects wages, terms and conditions of all low paid workers, particularly those in the retail trade.

 exford Local Council W (to be composited with Dublin South West and Wexford Local Council motion in Primary and Secondary Schedules, see Motions 7 and 40)

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40 This Conference notes the recent judgement in the High Court to declare JLCs unconstitutional and the eagerness of the present Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton to get rid of all protections afforded to employees on the matters covered by these agreements. Conference therefore instructs the incoming National Executive Council to use all resources at its disposal to ensure that there is no eroding of any existing terms and conditions for retail workers, as result of any proposed changes to the JLCs.

 ublin South West Local Council D (to be composited with Dublin South East and Wexford Local Council motion in Primary and Secondary Schedules, see Motions 7 and 39)

41 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to publicise the increasing aggressive behaviour and lack of respect by Management towards staff in many retail outlets.

 ralee Local Council T (to be composited with Killarney Local Council motion in Primary Schedule, see Motion 14)

Amendment to motion 41:

On the second line, after the word by, delete the word “Management” and insert the word “Employers”.

New motion to read as follows:

41 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to publicise the increasing aggressive behaviour and lack of respect by Employers towards staff in many retail outlets.

Tralee Local Council

42 That this BDC strongly condemns the Government for the range of stealth taxes which it has implemented as a result of the December Budget.

 aterford Local Council W (to be composited with Castlebar Local Council motion in Primary Schedule – see Motion 30)

43 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through ICTU to lobby government representatives to introduce an interim social welfare payment for those who retire at 65 years of age and are not eligible for the state pension until they are 67/68 years of age.

 ublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council D (to be composited with Tallaght/Rathcoole and North West Liffey Valley Local Councils motion in Primary and Secondary Schedules – see Motions 33 and 44)


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44 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council through ICTU to lobby government representatives to introduce legislation to ensure that all employees who work beyond their contracted retirement age will be entitled to the same benefits/entitlements that are in place for employees up to retirement age (e.g. illness benefit, etc).

 ublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council D (to be composited with Tallaght/Rathcoole and North West Liffey Valley Local Councils motion in Primary and Secondary Schedules – see Motions 33 and 43)

Category B These are motions which restate existing union policy.

Category C These are motions which can be dealt with by correspondence with Union Head Office. 45 Conference calls on Mandate to ensure that any discussions with employers regarding Christmas Trading Arrangements take into account the cultural difference that exist regarding when this event is celebrated.

Bettystown Local Council

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a That Mandate analyse current practices between satellite stakeholders (e.g. Labour Relations Commission, Dept. Of Trade and Commerce & Enterprise, etc) in order that failing Labour agreements or contracts to be the focus of improvement.

b That Mandate forms a working group to monitor business conditions in order that pay increases. Benefits and remuneration be proportioned to the economical turnaround and potential increase in trade and in proportion to pay freeze/cuts, already implemented

Licensed trade council

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Category D These are motions which are competent to be dealt with by a body established under Rule 15.3 of the rules of the Union and which are to be remitted to NEC for reference to that body. 47 Conference calls on Mandate to ensure that all provisions that are contained in a Collective Agreement between a Company and the Union are enforced and where they are not, that Mandate will engage in collective action rather than individual cases being referred to third parties.

Balbriggan Local Council

48 With the aim of ensuring that the interests of all Mandate members are adequately met the Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to set up a committee to look at ensuring that there is equitable distribution of seats for members from different companies.

Artane Local Council

Motions that cannot be heard as they are in conflict with Mandate Rulebook and thus would require an alteration to rule before they could be included. 49

Rule 45 – Local Councils

Tralee Local Council proposes that the name Local Council be amended to Branch.

Tralee Local Council – in conflict with Rule 54.3, Section 8, Rules

 roposed Withdrawal of Motion 49 – Local Councils P Tralee Local Council

50 That Mandate embark on a public campaign to improve members’ conditions in particular public holiday, holiday leave and maternity leave with escalation to the EU Commissioner should the Union not be satisfied in order to balance IMF-ECB European policy.

Licensed Trade Council – in conflict with Rule 15.3 c and g


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51 This Conference condemns the continued Austerity policies initiated by the Fianna Fail/Green Government and now being actively pursued by the Fine Gael/Labour Party coalition. Conference instructs the incoming National Executive Council to commence a campaign to persuade all unions affiliated to the ICTU to sever all ties with the Labour Party and form an alliance with like minded Left Parties and independents who are involved in pursuing an agenda that supports the working class and places fairness and equality at the heart of its policies.

Dublin South West Local Council – in conflict with Rule 3.2 i and j

52 Conference calls on the incoming National Executive Council to amend Rule 11.2 for the nomination qualification and election of members to the NEC as follows: After the wording ‘workplace level’, INSERT ‘and have attended a majority of their Local Council meetings (reasonable circumstances will be taken into account regarding absence from Local Council Meetings)’.

Dublin North West Liffey Valley Local Council – in conflict with 54.3, Section 8, Rules

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appendices


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APPENDIX 1: NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS PRESIDENT

NOMINATED BY

Joan Gaffney (Dublin South West Division)

Dublin South East Local Council Local No 1 Council Wicklow Local Council Limerick Local Council

Margaret O Dwyer (Dublin South West Division)

Local No 1 Council

VICE-PRESIDENT

NOMINATED BY

Lorna Dempsey (Dublin South/Wicklow Division)

Dublin South East Local Council Wicklow Local Council

Gerry Thornhill (Southern Division)

Cork Local Council

TREASURER

NOMINATED BY

Helen O Keeffe (Southern Division)

Tralee Local Council Wicklow Local Council

Gerry Thornhill (Southern Division)

Cork Local Council

TRUSTEE

NOMINATED BY

Eimear Brogan Morris (Dublin North Division)

Airport Local Council

Mandy La Combre (Dublin North Division)

Airport Local Council

Declan Murphy (Dublin North Division)

Airport Local Council

Frances O Regan (South Eastern Division)

Tralee Local Council

Ken Reilly (Dublin South/Wicklow Division)

Dublin South East Local Council

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APPENDIX 2: Nominations for National Executive Council 2O12 – 2O14 DUBLIN NORTH DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Eimear Brogan Morris

Airport Local Council

Mandy La Combre

Airport Local Council

Declan Murphy

Airport Local Council

DUBLIN NORTH WEST DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Pamela Atkinson

City Centre Local Council

Kay Fox

City Centre Local Council

Phyllis Kearns

Liffey Valley Local Council

Joe McGouran

City Centre Local Council

DUBLIN SOUTH WEST DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Joan Gaffney

Local No 1 Council

Margaret O Dwyer

Local No 1 Council

DUBLIN SOUTH AND WICKLOW DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Lorna Dempsey

Dublin South East Local Council

Ciaran Lang

Wicklow Local Council

Ciara Ni Bheolain

Tallaght Rathcoole Local Council

Joe Quinn

Wicklow Local Council

Ken Reilly

Dublin South East Local Council

LICENSED TRADE DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Dermot Fay

LTD Local Council

Noel Dunphy

LTD Local Council

MID WEST DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Doreen Curley

Limerick Local Council

Gerry Battles

Limerick Local Council

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MIDLANDS DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Dolores Mc Kenna

Newbridge Naas Local Council

Kathleen Kavanagh

Newbridge Naas Local Council

NORTH & WEST DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Anthony Meaney

Castlebar Local Council

Denise Curran

Sligo Local Council

NORTH EASTERN DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Carol Delaney Harris

Balbriggan Local Council

Desmond Finnegan

Dundalk Local Council

Ian Whelan

Navan Local Council

SOUTH EASTERN DIVISON

NOMINATED BY

Cathy O Connor

Wexford Local Council

Frances O Regan

Clonmel Local Council

SOUTHERN DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Helen O Keeffe

Tralee Local Council

Owen Roberts

Killarney Local Council

Gerry Thornhill

Cork Local Council

WESTERN DIVISION

NOMINATED BY

Jason Tully

Roscommon Local Council

Patrick Ward

Galway Local Council

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APPENDIX 3: Nominations for Standing Orders Committee 2O12 – 2O14 STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE

NOMINATED BY

Chris Kearney (North Eastern Division)

Dundalk Local Council

Ciaran Lang (Dublin South/Wicklow Division)

Wicklow Local Council

Eimear Woods (Dublin North Division)

Liffey Valley Local Council

Joe Quinn (Dublin South/Wicklow Division)

Wicklow Local Council

John O Donnell (Southern Division)

Cork Local Council

Mary Larkin (Midlands Division)

Newbridge Naas Local Council

Peter Rooke (Dublin South/Wicklow Division)

Dublin South East Local Council

Roland Sauter (Southern Division)

Killarney Local Council

Sandra Stapleton (Dublin North West Division)

Liffey Valley Local Council

Teresa Mc Nally (Dublin South West Division)

Local No 2 Council

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APPENDIX 4: NOMINATIONS FOR Appeals Committee 2O12 – 2O14 APPEALS COMMITTEE

NOMINATED BY

Andrea Mc Donnell (Dublin North West Division)

City Centre Local Council

Ann Keating (Dublin South/Wicklow Division)

Dublin South East Local Council

Chris Kearney (North Eastern Division)

Dundalk Local Council

Dan Mc Sweeney (Southern Division)

Killarney Local Council

Emma Mackey (Southern Division)

Cork Local Council

Eoghan O Toole (Dublin North West Division)

Liffey Valley Local Council

Joe Mc Gouran (Dublin North West Division)

City Centre Local Council

Liam O Meara (Mid Western Division)

Limerick Local Council

Sandra Stapleton (Dublin North West Division)

Liffey Valley Local Council

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