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Voting members

Applications for voting members have now closed and the voting entities, branches and forums, will be making their selections in the course of the next few weeks.

In 2022 we had fewer applications than usual so we are reaching out to branches and forums where there were gaps in order to fill those remaining spaces.

Seating plan to follow.

Voting members are provided with their travel and accommodation and a lunch voucher for the days they are attending Congress. This is booked for you by your country or regional office or by the RCN Nursing Department if you are a forum member.

Who gets to vote?

With close to half a million members all around the UK, it’s crucial that any votes cast at Congress properly represent the views of the entire membership of the RCN. In order to achieve this, votes are distributed proportionately between the branches, forums and the UK Representative committees. 

Branches and forums are allocated one voting member per 1,000 members. Each representative committee (Students, Nursing Support Workers, Learning Reps, Safety Reps and Stewards) are allocated seven voting places each.

 

Who chooses the voting members

Voting members are selected by the committee members from each branch and forum. They take into account:
  • whether members have been active in the branch/forum or would be interested in becoming active.
  • how many days the member is able to attend Congress
  • how many days the member is willing and able to vote
  • how many years has the member previously attended Congress
  • how many years has the member previously received funding to attend Congress
  • whether they are willing to meet with branch or forum committee members to discuss the agenda, before and after Congress, in order to provide feedback
  • whether they were selected as a voting member for Congress 2021 (which did not go ahead)
Branch committee members are accountable to their Board for their selections, and forum committee members are accountable to the Forums Governance Group.

 

Voting member responsibilities

Voting members must attend sessions in order to vote on the resolutions on behalf of your branch, forum, or your representative committee. Voting members have specific responsibilities. Please see this guide for more information.

A guide to claiming expenses for Congress 2022 will be published here shortly.

Page last updated - 12/05/2022