Motions give delegates the opportunity to help shape Accord’s agenda for the next two years. They seek changes to the way in which members are managed, changes to terms and conditions of employment and improvements to their working environment.
They will typically be submitted by groups of members. Either by branches or department teams.
Motions must be submitted to Accord HQ by the deadline given by the union. They’ll then be considered by the Standing Orders Committee (SOC), alongside Accord’s President and General Secretary.
Those that make it into the agenda will usually be grouped together so that similar issues can be debated collectively, or where they seek conflicting outcomes.
Not all motions that are submitted will be debated at conference. The PEC have overall responsibility for the agenda of conference, and any motions that are not debated during the conference period will be decided upon and taken forward by the PEC.
Once a motion has been presented to conference, we'll open up for debate for those that wish to speak either in favour or against the motion. After the debate has concluded, or the conference chair has brought the debate to an end, we'll open up for voting. You can read more about the voting process in the next section of this guide.
How to write a motion
Here are some tips on what to consider when writing motions
- Make your motion simple to follow – avoid technical terms & business jargon
- Make it easy to understand – keep it clear and simple
- Don’t try to explain everything at once – that’s what the supporting speech is for
- Ask for an outcome and suggest a solution to the issue
- Try not to criticise colleagues in other business areas – they may be at conference and you may need their support
THIS CONFERENCE opposes the working of unpaid overtime at all grades and in all of the Lloyds Banking Group. If overtime is necessary, Conference insists that the Group should always pay the overtime which is due at the agreed rate or offer time-off in lieu as an alternative.
THIS CONFERENCE asks Lloyds Banking Group to look at the travel policy in relation to travel time to work and to reduce this to one hour each way. At the moment, maximum travel time is unfair, especially where staff need to use public transport, so are likely to be within the distance policy but can spend up to 3 hours travelling to work for a 7-hour day.