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Y&H 74th Annual Regional Conference

Presiding: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw
Regional Secretary: Bill Adams, TUC

Delegates to conference are nominated by affiliated unions. Please speak to your union if you wish to attend as a delegate.

Our H&S risk assessment for conference will be available soon. We will keep this event under review, following public health guidance. 

Conference formally opens on Saturday morning and adjourns at lunchtime on Sunday. Our fringe programme begins on Friday evening with a welcome reception for delegates and a panel debate on organising for equality.

5 hours of debate time for motions is scheduled below.

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Saturday 23 April 2022

06.00     Deadline for Emergency Motions by email 

08.00     Consideration for Emergency motions by Executive Committee Officers

08.15     Welcome desk opens

08.30     Heads of Delegation to meet for decision on Emergency motions, voting instructions and final speaker lists 

09.00     Conference opens

Chair's address
Welcome address: Cllr Daren Hale, Leader Hull City Council

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw              

Regional Secretary's report
Followed by policy and campaigns report

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw

09.30     Emergency motions; then
              Programme Motions for a resolution

Section 1: Green jobs and just transition (4)
Section 2: The pandemic and public services (4)

Chair: Harriet Eisner, Unite 

11.00     Report to Conference on the TUC Just Transition Project

Chair: Harriet Eisner, Unite

11.15     Panel Debate One 'Trade unions' role in climate transition: skills, jobs and justice'

Chair: Richard Emmott of Yorkshire Water, representing the Yorkshire Humber Climate Commission 


Olivia Blake MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change
Sarah Woolley, BFAWU General Secretary
Cat Lee, Unite Hospitality

Supported by: 
Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission and Yorkshire Water 
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority 

12.30     LUNCH
1 hour 30 minutes

14.00   Conference business suspends (1 hour)

            We Deserve Better: Rally for P&O workers

             Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
             Karl Turner, MP for Hull East
             Martyn Gray, Nautilus International Union
             Gary Jackson, RMT Union
             Hull Trades Council

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw 

15.00     PROGRAMME MOTIONS for a resolution

Section 3 - Winning more for workers (6)

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw 

16.15    Keynote address

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw

16.45     Panel Debate Two 'Building stronger unions: Organising for the future'


Sarah Jaffe, US-UK Labor journalist and author  
Lois McCallum, TUC Young Worker of the Year 
Emma Hardy, MP for Hull West and Hessle
Sindre Hornnes, LO Youth Officer
Bryan Simpson, Unite Industrial Office

Chair: Bob Jeffery, SYCATUC

17.45     Conference adjourns to Sunday

19.00     Civic Reception: One Yorkshire

19.45     Regional Council Awards & Unionlearn Rep Awards 

20.00     Regional Council Dinner

21.45     Close of dinner

Sunday 24 April 2022

09.30    Conference resumes

Chair's welcome

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw

9.45    Report to conference on low pay

Afzal Rahman, TUC

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw

10.00    Report to Conference on the state of employment law (Thompsons)

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw 

10.15    PROGRAMME MOTIONS for a resolution

Until all business concluded (working lunch served after midday)

Section 4: The economy (4)
Section 5: Devolution (3)
Section 6: Rule changes (1)

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw

Sunday afternoon 

Chair’s closing address to conference
Conference closes

Chair: Joanne Thomas, Usdaw

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