Rarely for me, I missed yesterday’s Amicus NEC meeting because of union commitments in my Trust. With the merger proceeding, more and more decisions are being taken by the Joint Executive. I didn’t expect to miss any crucial discussion or votes.
I have had some reports of the meeting from fellow EC members and now wish I had been there.
Apparently the Union had received an invitation to attend the May Day celebrations in Cuba in 3 months time. I am not opposed to sending a small delegation, perhaps combining the trip with a look at healthcare or education in Cuba. That’s not was proposed though. The proposal was that all members of the NEC be invited to go on the trip. That’s around sixty people. I don’t know how much that will cost, but I can think of many better uses for members’ money.
Thankfully, one solid left-wing activist on the NEC argued against the proposal. It was nevertheless agreed overwhelmingly.
I, for one, won’t be accepting the invitation. I never even claim the £25 ‘beer money’ that NEC members can get for simply attending a meeting.
I believe NEC members are elected to represent their members’ interests. They should not need financial incentives or ‘free’ holidays – paid for by the members. For me, it has been a privilege to serve on the Amicus NEC for the last four years, fighting for our members in Health.