Newsletter #1/2011

26 02 2011
Newsletter Number 1 for 2011 from Connect South is availible .Issue 1-2011 – Feb Next meeting Thursday the 3rd of March starting at 14:00 at the GFTU Headland House, 308-312 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP Nearest Train/tube St.Pancras.

Prospect Conference 2010

1 06 2010

Just off to prospect conference more reports later

Connect Merger with Prospect Approved

3 11 2009

Connect members have voted decisively to merge with Prospect, with over 88% of those voting supporting the proposal. This move will create the UK’s largest managerial and professional union, representing professional members in the private and public sectors and across a diverse range of occupations.

Adrian Askew, Connect’s General Secretary, said:

“I am delighted that our members have strongly backed plans to merge with Prospect. This promises an exciting future, and we look forward to working closely with colleagues in Prospect, sharing our expertise and our innovative approaches to trade unionism to represent and protect our members”.

Connect members will be part of a dedicated sector for communications workers within Prospect, benefiting from a shared focus on delivering for professional members and a commitment to a positive agenda. Adrian Askew added that:

“This merger will help us to realise our vision of creating a union to protect and represent our professional members throughout their careers, with their union membership as a vital part of their career plans. We share Prospect’s commitment to a focus on the issues that really matter at work, working proactively with our members and their industry to shape the future of the world of work”.

Paul Noon, General Secretary of Prospect, said: “This is a great result and confirms Prospect as the UK’s fastest growing union.

“Our strong focus on Prospect as a professional union for professional people has been shown to have wide appeal. This year alone we have seen nearly 25,000 new members join us, ranging from telecommunications specialists in Connect to aircraft safety engineers in the Association of Licensed Aircraft Engineers and public sector workers in the Jersey Civil Service Association.”

Connect Merger Ballot

16 10 2009

Ballot papers have been sent to all members at home to have the final say on the recommended merger with Prospect. Members are strongly urged to return your papers immediately given the likelihood of disruption to postal services.

All Connect members will take the final decision on the merger in a ballot which is now open and will close on November 3, following the decision by Connect delegates to endorse merger with Prospect at the union’s Biennial Conference in June. All members are urged to return their ballot papers immediately due to potential disruption in postal services.

Connect Prospect Merger

27 06 2009

Connect’s Conference has this week clearly decided that the union should merge with Prospect. The decision was taken at the end of a lengthy and very positive debate, where the merits of merger, and of merger with either Prospect or the Communications Workers Union, were considered in great detail.

The ultimate decision to merge rests with members so we will now draw up a legally binding agreement between Prospect and Connect, which will need to be endorsed in a ballot of members. This is a legal requirement, so the ballot will be a statutory ballot – and that means that it will have to be conducted by post.

We aim to conclude discussions with Prospect over the summer and hold the ballot in the autumn. The merger itself is planned to take formal effect on 1 January 2010.

Connect to Merge With Prospect.

24 06 2009

At Connect’s Biennial conference this morning after a thorough debate conference voted to merge with Prospect by overwhelming majority.

Connect Conference / Merger Debate

19 06 2009

Connect’s BT and Biennial Conferences start on Monday. This biennial conference is a key one for Connect as the major item on the table is the merger propositions.

So if your going to Blackpool next week see you there and if your not check back regularly for updates on the conferences.

If possible we may be putting up a short interview once the merger decision is made.