Constitution

 As amended at the AGM July 2011

Constitution of Sheffield Anti Cuts Alliance

 Name Of Organization

The name of the organization will be the Sheffield Anti Cuts Alliance (SACA)

Aims And Objectives

The group has been set up to oppose all public spending cuts and attacks on the public sector in Sheffield, and to support those who resist these attacks  including  community campaigns and strikes by trade unions.

Our aim is to bring together and involve the different communities and trades unions across Sheffield to build a united resistance. It will invite all such campaigns and all trade unions to affiliate in order to unite and co-ordinate our efforts across the city. SACA is open to support and affiliation from political parties, but it remains non-party political and will refrain from direct involvement in election campaigns. We will not work with any organisation that espouses racism, sexism or homophobia, as unity is impossible if these things go unchallenged. SACA recognises the need to make every effort to diversify and broaden its membership base to include ethnic minorities and people with additional needs.

Affiliation

SACA seeks affiliations from trades union branches and organizations, and community and political groups and campaign organizations. The affiliation fee shall be a minimum of £50 for trades union branches and organizations, and a minimum of £5 for community and political groups and campaign organizations.

Affiliates shall be entitled to be represented at the Annual General Meeting by delegates on the following basis:

Each union branch:     Less than 1000 members – 1 delegate

                             1001 – 2000 members – 2 delegates

                             2001 – 3000 members – 3 delegates

                             3001 – 4000 members – 4 delegates

4001 and above – 5 delegates.

Each community and political group or campaign organization shall be entitled to 1 delegate.

Each trade Union Council shall be entitled to 3 delegates.

 Governance

The sovereign body of SACA will be the Annual General Meeting, to be held annually in the month of April. The Annual General Meeting shall be the only body which has the power to amend the constitution. The Annual General Meeting shall elect officers for the forthcoming year, and determine the policies of SACA.

A Steering Committee shall be established, which shall be comprised of the  delegates from affiliates, according to the formula described above for the Annual General Meeting. Meetings of the Steering Committee shall be held at least once a month or more often if necessary. Its purpose shall be to organize activities in support of the work of SACA. It shall carry out its work in accordance with the policies and objectives laid down by the Annual General Meeting. Whilst decisions of the Steering Committee will be made by majority vote, it will aim to arrive at its decisions by consensus, recognizing the need for unity to defeat the cuts. The Steering Committee shall have the power to establish Task Groups to carry out particular functions and co-ordinate particular events or campaigns. The Steering Committee shall determine the purpose of each Task Group, and shall appoint a Convener for each Task Group who shall provide reports on progress to the Steering Committee. Observers may attend Steering Committee meetings but may not vote.

 The Annual General Meeting shall be open to observers,but they may not vote.

The Annual General Meeting shall elect officers from amongst the delegates representing the affiliates. The SACA officers will be a Secretary, a Chair, two Vice-Chairs, a Treasurer, a Publicity Officer and a Membership Secretary. The officers shall administer SACA in accordance with the policies as determined by the Annual General Meeting, carry out decisions taken by the Steering Committee, deal with press, publicity and correspondence, respond to events and make preparations for meetings of the Steering Committee. The officers shall meet on such dates as it determines, and shall normally meet between meetings of the Steering Committee.”

 Finance

All the monies raised by the group shall be applied to further the aims and objectives of the group.

The Treasurer shall keep proper accounts of the finance of the group and shall maintain a bank account.

The group shall bank at a place suitable for access for the Treasurer.

Two signatures from a stated list of three shall be required to withdraw money from the group’s account.

Members shall be reimbursed agreed expenses incurred whilst undertaking approved (by committee) business expenses on behalf of the group.

The group will ensure that all accounts are independently examined at the end of each year.

Powers

In order to achieve its aims the group may:

Raise money

Open bank accounts

Work with similar groups and exchange information and advice.

Do anything, which is lawful, which helps to fulfil its aims.

 Management

The group shall be administered by a steering committee of not fewer than three, and not more than seven, individuals elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The officers of the Steering Committee will be the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer, two Vice chairs, a Membership Secretary and a Publicity officer.

 Alterations to the Constitution

Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by two thirds of those present and voting at the AGM.

 Dissolution

The Group may be wound up at any time if agreed by two- thirds of those members present and voting at the AGM. In the event of winding up any assets, after debts have been paid, shall be given to another group with similar aims.

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