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Disability Labour AGM motion.

The social model

Disability Labour notes that the “Aims and Objects” within the Constitution reads as follows:

  1. Aims and Objects.
    Preamble.
    The group recognises that disability is a socially constructed experience resulting from environmental, economic and social barriers faced by disabled people.

Disability Labour moves that this part be changed to the following with immediate effect:

  1. Aim and objectives.
    Disability Labour recognises that disability is a socially constructed experience resulting from environmental, economic and social barriers faced by disabled people. This is known as ‘the social model of disability’.
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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Conflicts of interest

Disability Labour recognises the importance of ensuring our decision making processes are seen to be beyond reproach.

We therefore agree that an additional section H(13) be added to our constitution as follows:

At the start of any executive meeting, members and officers must declare all pecuniary interests and memberships of any other organisation, political or otherwise they may have in relation to any issue to be discussed. Members with such interests must leave the meeting for the entire period that said issue is being discussed.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Indemnifying Executive Committee members and officers

Disability Labour recognises that using members’ money to indemnify Executive Committee members is wholly inappropriate. Executive members should be indemnified by an appropriate insurance policy or by incorporating as a company limited by guarantee.

We therefore call on the Executive Committee to explore more appropriate means of indemnifying themselves as a matter of urgency. Further we agree that section J of our constitution should be removed immediately.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Banking procedures

Disability Labour recognises the need to improve and tighten up our banking procedures to be more specific, accountable and to address modern online banking techniques.

We therefore agree that section I(1) be amended and a new sections I(1b) to I(1d) be added to our constitution as below:

(1) An account will be maintained in the name of Disability Labour at a bank agreed by the executive committee. Four cheque signatories will be nominated by the Committee (one to be the treasurer). The signatories must not be related nor members of the same household.

(1a) All payments must be signed by two of the signatories, one of which to be the treasurer.

(1b) For BACS payments, cash withdrawals, debit card payments or cash payments, a requisition note must be signed by two signatories one of which to be the treasurer.

(1c) Records of income and expenditure will be maintained by the treasurer and a financial statement given at each meeting.

(1d) The income and expenditure records will be independently audited in good time for the AGM, and included in the printed and online annual report.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Regularity of AGMs

Disability Labour recognises the need for our Executive Committee to be more accountable, more regularly to members.

We therefore agree that section L(1) of our constitution should be amended to:

There must be an Annual General Meeting within fifteen months of the previous AGM.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Final notice for the AGM

Disability Labour recognises the need to clarify what the final AGM notice includes, and to make it accessible.

We therefore agree to amend section (2b) and add section 2(c) as below:

(2b) The executive committee must send the agenda, minutes of the previous AGM, full annual report including audited accounts, details of online participation and nominations to the executive committee to members giving 14 clear days notice. This is the final notice.

(2c) Alternative formats including accessible pdfs, large print, Braille ready files and audio files of all papers will be included in the final notice.

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Notice period for General Meetings

Disability Labour recognises the need for our constitution to clarify that 40 days notice of General Meetings means 40 clear days. This gives our members 40 complete days notice.

We therefore agree to change section M of our constitution to:

M. Special General Meetings.
The Executive Committee may call a special general meeting of the group at any time. If at least sixty percent (60%) of its members request such a meeting in writing stating the business to be considered the General Secretary shall call such a meeting. At least 40 clear days’ notice must be given. The notice must state the date, place and the business to be discussed. Only business included in the notice may be transacted. This notice is both the preliminary and final notice of such a meeting.

 

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

AGM voting procedure

Disability Labour recognises the need to improve our voting procedures at AGMs, making them more secure, valid and reliable.

We therefore agree the following should be added to Section L(7) of the constitution:

(7e) When electing executive committee members and officers, each member will be given a ballot, with a unique identifier to enable a full audit trail.

(7d) Those standing for election will cast their ballots first. They will then leave the meeting for the duration of the voting process.

(7f) Ballots cast will be kept secure at all times by independent third parties. They will be counted by being entered onto a database for the purpose. The database will include the unique identifiers to enable member to check that their ballots were counted correctly.

 

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Procedures at the AGM

Disability Labour recognises the need to improve our procedures at AGMs, making them accessible and more democratic.

We therefore agree the following should replace Section L(7) of the constitution:

(7) The quorum at the AGM is 10% of members or 30 members, whichever is higher.

(7a) A signer and a palantypist will be provided to ensure accessibility for deaf people.

(7b) Alternative formats including accessible pdfs, large print, Braille ready files and audio files of all papers tabled at the AGM will be made available.

(7c) All questions at the AGM will be discussed openly and the meeting will seek to find general agreement that everyone present can agree to.

(7d) If a consensus cannot be reached a vote will be taken and a decision will be made by a simple majority of members present. If the number of votes cast on each side is equal, the chair will have an additional casting vote.

 

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Disability Labour AGM motion.

Business of the AGM

Disability Labour recognises the need to improve the way Officers report to members, and to introduce the right for members to directly elect executive officers bringing us in line with Party procedures.

We therefore agree that section L(8) of the constitution be amended to:

(8) At the AGM:

(8a) The executive committee will present the report of Disability Labour’s work over the previous year. This must include a report from each officer.

(8b) The executive committee will present Disability Labour’s audited accounts for the previous year.

(8c) Motions for constitutional changes will be discussed and decisions about them made.

(8d) Officers and executive committee members for the next year will be elected by members.

(8e) Membership rates will be agreed.