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Conference 2024

Everything you need to know about Accord's biennial delegate conference taking place in Glasgow between 18 & 19 April 2024.

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Conference details

Accord's conference will be taking place from Thursday 18th to Friday 19th April 2024 in Glasgow. On this page you'll find all the information about the event that you'll need.

Registration

Registration

We'll shortly be inviting reps to attend conference. You'll be hearing more about this through your Regional Officer.

If you have any queries, you can contact us at [email protected]

Conference venue

Conference venue

Accord's 2024 conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in central Glasgow (1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT)


Conference contacts

Conference contacts

If you have any questions about conference, you'll be able to contact our conference organising team below.

Louise Gray and Chris Rimell are our conference organisers and will be able to assist with any queries relating to the event.

Krisna Lakhani is our conference liaison officer and will help with any concerns, queries or help you need during your time at conference i.e. issues relating to accommodation, lost or stolen items, feeling unwell.

Louise Gray (she/her)

Conference organiser

0118 934 7885 [email protected]

Chris Rimell (he/him)

Conference organiser

07506 540 325 [email protected]

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Conference guide

About conference

About conference

Accord’s biennial delegate conference is held every two years at venues throughout the UK.

Conference is hosted by the union’s Principal Executive Council (PEC) and takes place over two days.

The purpose of conference is to set Accord’s agenda for the next two years. This is done by workplaces submitting motions which are debated and voted on by delegates. You can read more about motions on this web page.

The agenda is divided into sections to reflect Accord’s main campaigning areas:

  • Dignity at work
  • Fair reward
  • Security of employment
  • Union policy and external matters (such as rule changes)

When conference is in session, it’s chaired by Accord’s president, or one of the vice-presidents.

Around 120 people will be in attendance at the 2024 conference, including delegates, speakers and union staff.

Guest speakers are invited from the main employers that we work with and external bodies like the TUC. They address issues of interest and relevance to members and will usually engage with delegates in Q&A sessions.

Conference provides a great opportunity for Accord reps to meet new people from the union, discuss the issues of the day and make their voices heard. We hope they’ll also have an enjoyable and memorable time. 

Find out more about conference

Accessibility & prayer room

Accessibility & prayer room

We aim to make conference accessible for everyone, no matter what your needs may be. We ask all delegates to let us know what requirements you may have so that we can make any necessary arrangements.

We'll be providing a prayer & quiet room for delegates to use throughout conference.

If you have any requirements during conference, do let us know at [email protected].

Delegate attendance

Delegate attendance

We'll be inviting reps to attend conference, but places are limited and fill up fast!

Delegates can travel on Wednesday 17th April, and accommodation will be provided so the Conference can start promptly at 9.30am on the 18th. Conference will finish at lunch time on Friday 19th April.

Delegation numbers are allocated based on a number of factors which includes us looking at our membership levels across employers, regions and business divisions as well as our knowledge of local issues.

For those who are able to attend, paid time off work is granted by the business, so delegates don’t need to use holiday. However, confirmed delegates must give their line manager as much notice of attendance as possible.

Delegates are expected to represent members from their employer and business division, and act as ambassadors for Accord throughout conference.

Delegates are encouraged to contribute whenever appropriate by speaking on any relevant issues and in debates.

They should prepare by:

  • Being aware of any motions submitted by the members they represent
  • Proposing or speaking on these motions
  • Being prepared to represent the contrary points of view on behalf of their members

As well as attending the formal arrangements of conference, there’s also time for delegates to relax and unwind. There’ll be evening events and time to explore the city.

Motions

Motions

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 Conference Standing Orders Committee (SOC).

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, a vote will be taken.

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

Example motions

Motion

Example text

Unpaid overtime

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.

Travel & mobility policy

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.

More about motions

Standing orders for conference

Standing orders for conference 2024

The rules that govern how conference business will be conducted are set out in our standing orders. The standing orders have been developed and agreed by the Standing Orders Committee to ensure a smooth-running conference.

We'll provide details of the standing order for conference once they have been agreed.

Terminology glossary

Terminology glossary

Whether you're new to Accord's conference, or whether you've been a delegate in the past, it's essential you know what we mean by certain terms. Here's a list of the important terms you will hear in connection with conference.

Term

Description

Agenda

A list of topics to be raised at conference and the order in which they are to be discussed.

Delegate

A rep chosen to represent workplaces / business areas at conference.

Motion

Something that seeks change to the way in which members are managed, changes to terms and conditions of employment and changes to their working environment.

Mover / Proposer

The person who introduces a motion and speaks on it first.

Opposer

The person who does not want the motion to be carried.

Seconder

The person supporting the motion for debate.

Standing Orders Committee (SOC)

Workplace reps who volunteer themselves to help with sorting out the motions before conference.

Never attended Accord's conference before?

If you're ‘new-to-role’ as a rep or never had the opportunity to join conference before, you may be wondering what conference is about.

Conference is the biggest and most important event in our calendar. It sets Accord’s agenda for the next two years. Around 150 people attended our last conference held in Manchester in 2022 - including delegates, guests speakers and union staff. 

Find out more about our past conferences to get a better feel of what you're about to get involved in.

Explore past conferences