Branch officer roles

President: Chairs branch meetings; represents the branch and oversees all its functions.

Chair: Deputises for the President. Oversees day to day running of the branch, especially in service conditions. Chairs Branch Committee.

Vice Chairs(2): At least one must be a woman. Deputises for Chair in meeting chairing role.

Secretary*:  Branch organisation, staffing and administration. Oversees policy and all branch officers work. Delegation leader/ spokesperson.

Asst Secretary*: To assist in many of the above tasks.* One must be a woman.

Treasurer: Keeps the accounts, financial overview, provides budgets, ensures books audited.

Service Conditions Co-ordinator: Oversees all service conditions and negotiations.

Service Conditions Convener: Works in conjunction Co-ordinator as well as general negotiation and representation. Has stewards development role.

Service Conditions Officers(5):  At least three must be women. Responsible for general representation and negotiation.

Equalities: Co-ordinates equalities strategy. Brings equality perspective to service conditions. Keeps up with legislation.

Health & Safety: Develops plans to improve workplace environment. Oversees health and safety activity. Needs to know legislation.

Communications: Branch magazine, web and social media. Develops media strategy. Ensures members get briefings etc.

Education: Identifies training needs. Develops appropriate courses/training plans.

Young Members: Coordinates and campaigns on young member issues, encourages involvement of young members.

Welfare: Builds support for welfare fund. Visits beneficiaries. Advises on benefits.

Membership/ Recruitment: Co-ordinates recruitment. Assists in keeping statistics. Builds services to members.

International Relations: Keeps branch informed of international issues and UNISON policies. Raises members’ understanding of international issues as they affect UNISON.

Auditors: To conduct an efficient audit in accordance with NEC principles at least yearly.

Lifelong Learning Convener: To identify and co-ordinate opportunities for members who wish to access further learning.