The Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) is often referred to as the Union’s own parliament because it is here that policies and priorities are debated and voted on by Union activists. It is the most important Conference in the Union’s calendar.
ADM is held once a year in Blackpool, usually in April, and lasts for four days. Activists are chosen by their branch to attend either as a delegate (eligible to debate and vote) or a visitor (eligible to attend and observe but not allowed to debate or vote).
The agenda for ADM is made up of propositions submitted by branches, which are then debated and voted on by delegates. Everything from wages, working hours and holidays to the NHS, education and housing is discussed.
ADM also includes policy statements submitted by the Union’s governing body, the Executive Council.
The President chairs the Conference and the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary play a major role during the ADM.
Delegates and visitors may be eligible to paid time off from work to attend and the Union pays travel and accommodation costs.
If you are an active Rep and want to participate in the ADM you need to start thinking about it now. Branches may also wish to send members as visitors. Find out more from your local Usdaw office.
What is the timetable?
- A Preliminary Agenda Paper, including all of the propositions will be circulated in late January to which branches can send amendments by end of February.
- At the same time branches will be asked to elect their delegates and visitors before mid March.
- In April the Interim Agenda Paper will be sent out along with the Annual Report and Executive Council statements.
- Two weeks later delegates and visitors credentials will be issued.
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To get a flavour of previous ADMs you can check out the coverage in back copies of Arena
Usdaw's booklet A Guide to the ADM is also available to download below or you can get a copy from your local Usdaw office