As Joint Assistant Branch Secretary, Christine’s role is to deputise in the absence of the Branch Secretary however Christine works alongside Jayne and Andrea to
act as the co-strategic lead officer and co-ordinator within the branch.
encourages partnership working within the branch committee and the development of new representatives and stewards.
manages our Administrative branch staff and Branch Organiser in the absence of the Branch Secretary.
manages the delegation of work to other branch officers and branch staff as appropriate, while providing support and guidance.
guides the branch’s development by preparing and implementing a branch organisation and development plan in cooperation with the Regional Organiser.
ensures the representation of members within the branch is in accordance with national guidance and in partnership with regional staff.
convenes and attends meetings of the branch and branch committees and ensure proper minutes are kept and circulated.
ensures branch records are kept in a proper manner.
ensures the branch processes membership applications speedily and accurately and maintains records in accordance with UNISON’s systems;
ensures there is regular communication with branch members, including news of campaigns, negotiations, issues, branch developments and activities;
communicates with the wider union, including the region and centre, on behalf of the branch;
ensures that branch members are aware of opportunities to take part in the activities of the wider union, including self-organisation if appropriate;
supports, mentors and encourages stewards and reps in the branch on an individual and collective basis; co-ordinating all branch negotiations and industrial relations matters;
leads the branch committee in making sure that the branch observes the union’s rules, supports UNISON campaigns and works towards achieving UNISON’s objectives.