Constitution of Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services (as agreed unanimously at the HATDPS meeting 14/7/2010)
1. Name: Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services
2. Membership: Open to all concerned individuals/organisations living, working or based in Hackney, particularly trade unions delivering public services, campaigns and groups representing those who use public services and community groups who link both
3. Aims: To encourage and support opposition/resistance to the running down, closure or privatisation of any public services in Hackney, and encourage and support campaigning for improvements needed.
4. Methods: We will promote inclusive, independent and non-sectarian ways of communication, co-ordination and solidarity among all those concerned
5. Tactics: We will encourage and support a wide range of tactics and initiatives towards achieving the aims. We will respect the diverse views, interests, activities and independence of the various supporting organisations.
6. Organisation: Joint chairs, joint secretaries (responsible for minutes and membership) and joint treasurers to be elected; other posts to be co-opted and subgroups set up as needed – all accountable to the general meetings. Officers to have instant recall by general meeting.
7. Meetings: monthly general meetings to be held ; each meeting will be chaired and minuted; minutes will be circulated; atmosphere of respect; friendly but efficient; focused on practical activities towards achieving the aims; open to all, with organisations encouraged to send reps; decisions by consensus where possible (indicative voting if necessary); particular weight and acknowledgement to be given to the views of those directly involved in any issue/dispute (eg user groups and front-line staff)
8. Mandate: Any views/decisions of the alliance/network will be discussed and agreed at general meetings. Only those mandated by a general meeting to do so can speak for the alliance / network, as mandated.
9. Contacts: Membership secretary to maintain a contacts lists for use of the network only.
10. Communication: A one-to-all updates/announcements e-list to be set up which anyone can subscribe to. All supporting organisations urged to cascade the campaign updates to their own members. Efforts will be made to provide updates to those with no email.
11. Co-ordination: An internal co-ordination e-list to be set up to which those actively involved can be added.
12. Affiliations: All organisations agreeing with the aims are urged to express support / affiliate.
13. Finances: All money raised will be used for the achievement of the aims.
Records will be maintained and made available to a general meeting on request. Affiliated organisations will be asked to donate £10 for up to 50 members, £50 for 50-500 members, and £100 for over 500 members.
Individuals free, but donations welcome. Fundraising efforts encouraged.
14: Other organisational matters: Any other organisational matters not dealt with above can be proposed for discussion at general meetings. Any proposed changes to the above must be in writing and with sufficient notice to enable adequate scheduling.
The elected officers, with purely functionary roles, are
Joint Chairs – Brian Debus President Hackney Trade Union Council and Julie Waterson Hackney Stop The War
Joint Secretary – Glyn Harries Unison Shop Steward, Hackney Homes and Ibrahim Avcil RWCA/Gik Der
Joint Treasurers – Rebecca Galbraith UCU rep Hackney Community College and Mick Gosling NUJ