Andy S explained the information circulated by head office
Each local People's Assembly can send 10 delegates
National trade unions can send 10 delegates
National campaigning groups can send 5 delegates
Local TUCs can send 2 delegates
Local anti cuts campaigns can send 2 delegates
There is an invite letter we can send to groups we think may be interested
Andy S has sent this to the Leeds Trades Council. Please let Andy know of any other groups who may be interested
Individuals are welcome to go along too but won't be able to vote
There is a £5 fee
In the run up to the conference, we are entitled to submit two motions - deadline 22nd February
The motions will then be subject to a compositing process
The two motions must fall into one of the following: future actions, structure, aims - only one motion per category
There is a 200 word limit for motions
Andy from Selby is driving to London on Friday, coming back on Sunday and has spaces in his car
Rhi couldn't attend the meeting but asked to be put forward as one of the delegates
Both Nicola and Helen said they would like to attend but don't mind if they're not official delegates
The group agreed that the official delegates should represent the group as a whole
Andy S will send round an email asking who would like to attend and for suggestions for motions
Membership / subscriptions / funding
The national committee have suggested paid membership / affiliation
The group felt that this should be kept low for individuals with unions perhaps been able to pay more
A sliding scale was proposed with the lowest bracket to be zero
Allow individuals to choose which bracket they can afford - it isn't as simple as saying waged vs unwaged as some working people have large outgoings and debts
The national subs could perhaps be split 75%/25% national/local
The above suggestions could form one of our motions
On a local level, it was felt that a cash float would be useful
We need funds to cover transport
One suggestion was to distribute bankers drafts
Hands Off Our Unions Tour
Manuel Cortes, leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) is available on the 24th February
Andy S has also contacted Leeds Trades Council to see if any local trade reps are available on that date
Regarding a venue, Brian will try to book a room in the Civic Hall on that date
Emailing Councillors and candidates in the lead up to the local elections
The group discussed the difficulties in researching and organising this
It was felt that rather than a serious of letters on different subjects, it would be better to produce one letter with very specific, key questions focussed on things which are in local juristriction
For example, Would you evict tenants in arrears due to the bedroom tax? Would you vote for planning permission for fracking? Would you vote for an austerity budget?
People can then send this to their local councillors and candidates mentioning that they are writing as a member of the People's Assembly
We will ask people to let us know who they've sent it to and pass on replies so we can publish them on the website
Brian suggested linking with Unite Against Fascism in the Brons Out campaign to stop Andrew Brons from getting elected to the European Parliament in 2014.
Andy S suggested another group member having access to the email account and said Helen had volunteered. Daragh also has the password if needed.
The saga of setting up the bank account is still ongoing and Nicola is following up.
Left Unity are arranging a meeting around the anniversary of the miners' stike near International Women's Day and asked if the People's Assembly would like to co-sponsor. The group agreed they would. Details to follow. It was suggested that we invite a speaker from the Justice for Orgreave campaign.
Next month a report is coming out on the impact of cuts on health in Leeds. This would be a useful document for us to have.
Brian mentioned an incinerator in Cross Green. Areas round incinerators have been found to have a higher incidence of cardio vascular diseases. The council are now doing plume testing to check deposits. However, as they've signed a 99 year lease, it will be very difficult for them to get out of the arrangement.
Friday 7th February, Branch Meeting, Unite Community, Unite Regional Office, 55 Call Lane