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MU Delegate Conference: a beginner’s guide, part 1

What is the MU Delegate Conference and why do we have it?

If you’re new to the Union, or trade unionism as a movement, the plethora of Conferences and standing orders and motions can seem baffling. But it’s not as complicated as it might seem.

So what is the MU Delegate Conference and why do we have it?

The MU Delegate Conference is about the work of the Union. Members decide what the Union will focus on for the next two years – what we campaign on, what we fight for and how we are run.

It’s also about accountability. The Executive Committee, a group of elected members who meet every month to guide the work of the Union, give their report on what the Union has done over the previous two years. Delegates hold them to account, making sure the Union is working for all musicians.

And democracy. Everyone has a say. Members elect Delegates to go to Conference – so you have a say. That’s a core trade union value.

Get involved! Follow Conference highlights on Twitter #MUconference. Email your Regional Office your thoughts on this year’s motions, which you will have received in the post with The Musician Spring 2015. And why not consider standing as a delegate next time? Look out for future editions of The Musician Extra for more information.

Published: 17/07/2015

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