From the Chair(s)

Co Chairs 1As the Summer draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the ongoing challenges that continue to stretch our resources. It’s all change at Napo HQ as staff move towards implementing Direct Debit with the removal of check-off. We are fortunate that we have been able to secure a 3 month stay of execution but this still doesn’t mean we have time to sit on our heels. We would like to thank those who have already returned forms and those members who have volunteered to be champions but we still need more hands on the ground level. This is also a great opportunity to speak to non-union members and increase our density.

Additionally, we are fast moving towards conference season and we’re pleased to report AGM planning is going well with the Programme just getting it’s finishing touches. The deadline for motions has passed and we would like to thank those members and branches who have taken the time to put together motions on a number of interesting issues. Don’t forget to vote for your favourites…remember it is the membership who dictates the order of business so have your say!

Finally, we would like to spare a thought for all members in this challenging new world, so whether you work in the NPS, you are at threat of redundancy in a Sodexo CRC, you are waiting quietly in another CRC, you are facing cuts in PBNI or you continue to work within the FCS…you are all doing the best you can in sometimes impossible circumstances and each and every one of you are what makes napo work!

We look forwards to seeing as many of you as possible in Eastbourne and for those of you who can’t make it keep doing what you do best.

Chris Winters and Yvonne Pattison

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