Originally submitted to MU London Region for consideration as a motion for the 2015 MU Delegates Conference (declined)
Currently (with the exception of the guidelines in the case of the General Secretary in MU Rule VIII.9) there is no clear grievance process for complaints against MU Officials or other members of staff. Rule XVIII only deals with disciplinary procedures against members. This seems unfair and out of step with modern practice.
Conference calls on the EC to instigate a fair, clear, and transparent grievance and complaints process in line with the existing disciplinary process against members (and any such existing office complaints process as may be in place). Ideally this should form one cohesive grievance and complaints procedure applying to all members, officials and staff equally. This should be in line with comparable TUC grievance processes. To set this up might, if necessary, require a rule change.
To be fair, any such grievance and complaints procedure would also require a clear outline of officials’ responsibilities. Grievances and complaints should be fairly, even-handedly, and transparently adjudicated by a central body.