17 May 2010
BECTU representatives meeting in Bournemouth on Saturday 15 May debated a number of motions. See the list below for confirmation of which ones were carried, lost or remitted.
Each year the union's branches are invited to submit policy propositions to annual conference. This year's accepted motions are listed below, with the name of the submitting branch and confirmation of how each fared.
List of Propositions
Proposition 1 - Alternative voting (Central London FM&T) - LOST
Proposition 2 - Proposed employment agency regulations (Film Artistes) - CARRIED
Proposition 3 - Recruitment initiatives (Bush) - REMITTED
Proposition 4 - Representation of overseas employees (BBC Worldwide TV & Publishing) - LOST
Proposition 5 - Use of branch funds (North West Freelance) - CARRIED
Proposition 6 - Make the bankers pay (BBC Radio and Music Production) - CARRIED
Proposition 7 - Break the link with Labour (BBC Radio and Music Production) - LOST
Proposition 8 - No co-operation with war crimes (BBC Radio and Music Production) - LOST
Proposition 9 - Impartiality of new broadcasting (BBC Worldwide TV and Publishing) - CARRIED
Proposition 10 - MPs Expenses (Bush) - CARRIED
Proposition 11 - Anti-union laws (BBC Radio and Music Production) - CARRIED
Proposition 12 - Exploitation of young workers (Writers Producers and Directors) - CARRIED
Proposition 13 - Equality monitoring data (North West Freelance) - CARRIED
Proposition 14 - BECTU T-shirts (Royal Opera House) - CARRIED
Proposition 15 - Policy on the BNP (Central London FM&T) - CARRIED
Proposition 16 - The BNP (Writers Producers and Directors) - CARRIED WITH AMENDMENT.
(NB: in respect of proposition 16, the branch submitted an amendment to the proposition which was rejected at an earlier stage by the SOC; this amendment was accepted at annual conference and the amended proposition was carried).
No emergency propositions were debated at this year's conference. Post Production and Facilities branch did ask the SOC to accept a proposal to debate the union's policy on illegal downloads but this was not accepted as an emergency issue. Representatives were encouraged to refer their concerns to the London Production division.
What happens next?
Where a conference proposition is marked as CARRIED, this indicates that the proposition becomes union policy and the NEC is committed to acting in accordance with that proposition. Where a proposition is marked as REMITTED, the branch representatives agreed to put the proposal into the hands of the NEC for further consideration. Where a proposition is marked as LOST this means that the proposition was defeated by a conference vote.