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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity Movement* Autumn 2005 conference - Administration

Date Wed, 16 Nov 2005 09:04:45 +0200


a Workers Solidarity Movement policy statement WSM Administration
The role and duties of the National Secretary
Constitutional definition of role:
(i) To be the first spokesperson for the organisation.
(ii) To keep a record of all national correspondence.
(iii) To produce the Internal Bulletin.
(iv) To place a report in each IB.
WSM Constitution section 10c
Spokesperson:
The National Secretary has responsibility, in the first instance unless
another member has been delegated by the organisation, for issuing
press statements and representing the WSM to the media.

Correspondence:
Copies of all correspondence sent and received must be retained on
file in folders, one per year. Correspondence should be dealt with as
soon as possible, and always within two weeks.

Contact with other Irish anarchist groups:
Contact will be maintained with other Irish anarchist groups, through
meetings and correspondence.

IB report
Each IB must contain a report listing correspondence received and
sent, coverage in the Irish media, relations with other organisations in
Ireland. The National Secretary will also ensure that members active
in particular areas (trade unions and campaigns) submit reports.

Report to conference
A report must be prepared and submitted to the pre-conference IB.
This will include a section on action taken to implement decisions
made at the preceding conference.

Conference report
Within one month of each conference a report containing a record of
attendance, reports given to conference, copies of motions and
documents passed, a list of people elected (or ratified) to the various
posts, and details of votes shall be produced as a supplement to
accompany the Internal Bulletin. This supplement shall also be
available, upon request, to candidate members and others. The
National Secretary shall be responsible for seeing this is done.

Following the National Conference, the National Secretary will ensure
that a short news report on the Conference is produced which will be
posted on our web page, on Anarkismo, and on any other relevant
pages.
The role and duties of the International Secretary

Constitutional definition of role:

(i) To establish and maintain contact with similar organisations
abroad, and to send them our publications and news of our activities.

(ii) To organise the translation of articles from foreign papers, and
to be responsible for the writing of articles when requested by contacts
abroad.

(iii) To place a report in each IB.

WSM Constitution section 10c

Making contacts:
The International Secretary will seek to establish contact with
organisations which seem to be close to our position (e.g. FdCA in
Italy), or containing tendencies which may be moving close to our
position, or are important libertarian forces within their own countries
(e.g. the CGT of Spain or the SAC of Sweden).

The purpose of this contact is to share news, inform them about our
politics, learn of their positions & activities, and to work towards short
term co-operation on specific issues and long term co-operation on the
basis of political agreement.

Where an organisation comes to our notice which appears to meet one
or more of the above criteria contact is generally established, in the
first instance, by writing with a short explanation of our politics and
activities. Copies of Workers Solidarity are also sent along with
pamphlets (where it is felt worthwhile). A list of our 'position papers' is
also included with an offer of copies of any or all of the documents
they are interested in seeing. Rather than send our position papers on
first contact it is better to wait for them to request a copy as this
indicates some level of serious interest in our politics.

Correspondence:
Copies of all correspondence sent and received must be retained on
file. Correspondence should be dealt with as soon as possible, and
always within four weeks.

Retaining and developing existing contacts:
This is done through regular correspondence which seeks to find out
more about their activities and policies on specific issues such as
activity within the trade unions, attitude towards syndicalism, position
on the role of revolutionary organisations, etc.

Exchange copies of WSM publications:
A list of organisations/papers with whom we have agreed to exchange
publications will be maintained and updated as necessary by the
International Secretary.

Anarchist archives:
In the case of pamphlets or books produced by the WSM it is the job
of the International Secretary (not the Bookservice Organiser) to send
copies to those anarchist archives we supply with our publications.

Files:
All correspondence (and replies) is kept on file in folders, one per year.
At the end of each year correspondence with the different
organisations is collected together in chronological order.

Also filed are publications of other organisations, information about
them, and collections of addresses of anarchist organisations around
the world. The latter can be used to request information about events
in particular countries (e.g. when writing an article for Workers
Solidarity).

Criteria for filing material:
We receive a large number of newspapers and journals, including
some unsolicited rubbish. It would not be worthwhile or valuable to
retain everything we receive. It would also entail renting a small
warehouse!

Sorting the wheat from the chaff involves picking out

* material from organisations claiming
anarchist-communist/'platformist' positions. (This would include
publications and policy documents from the ACF of Britain, the FdCA
of Italy, the OSL of Switzerland, etc.)
* material with hard or interesting information about anarchist
organisations, activities, history or debates. (This will sometimes be
found in publications of the WSA-IWA of the USA, the CGT of Spain,
Freedom of Britain, etc.)

IB report:
Each IB must contain a report listing correspondence received and
sent, conferences attended, publications received, brief news items
about anarchists abroad.

Report to conference:
A report must be prepared and submitted to the pre-conference IB.
The role and duties of the National Treasurer

(i) To keep a record of all funds and financial transactions at
national level.

(ii) To place in each IB a financial statement.

WSM Constitution section 10c

Bookkeeping:
The National Treasurer keeps a record of all income and expenditure
(at a national level) in an account book. This will include members
subscriptions, donations, spending on printing of Workers Solidarity,
officers out-of-pocket expenses, etc.

Bank Account:
The National Treasurer will be one of the signatories for any and all
WSM national bank accounts. All monies must be banked with two
weeks of receiving same.

IB report:
Each IB must contain a summary of income and expenditure.

Report to conference:
A report must be prepared and submitted to the pre-conference IB.
The role and duties of the Bookservice Organiser

Stock:
To purchase books and pamphlets for the Bookservice. Consultation
with other members is advised as to titles before stock is bought.

Sales:
To deal with all orders. To arrange bookstalls at meetings and events.

Advertising:
To place advertisements in suitable publications for both the
Bookservice and for specific WSM publications, including Workers
Solidarity.

Pamphlets:
A copy of all books and pamphlets published by the WSM shall be
submitted to the National Library, the Trinity College Library and the
Linenhall Library.

Bank Account:
The Bookservice Organiser will be one of the signatories for the
Bookservice bank accounts.

Report to conference:
A report detailing sales, advertising undertaken, value of stock, and
balance in bank account must be prepared and submitted to the
pre-conference IB.
The role and duties of the Branch Secretary

Branch Meetings:
To minute proceedings, recording decisions taken and progress on
implementing them. To present minutes to the following meeting. To
prepare a draft agenda for meetings.

* At the end of the Branch meeting the Branch Secretary should
give notice of all upcoming deadlines
* The branch meetings are divided into two sections, a work half
and an educational half.
* When there is a large number of items on the agenda for a
meeting, urgent items should be prioritised and allocated sufficient
time, with the agreement of the meeting, to ensure discussion. Non
urgent items may be discussed at National Committee meetings.
* The paper will be discussed at the first branch meeting after its
publication.
* The Branch secretary should list (as far as possible) the work to be
done in the following month and put this plan in the IB report.

Contacts:
To maintain and develop contact, by letter and meetings, with people
who show an interest in our politics.

Correspondence:
All correspondence relating to the branch should be dealt with as soon
as possible, and always within two weeks.

IB report
Each IB must contain a report listing correspondence received and
sent, decisions made and branch activity, coverage in the local media,
relations with other organisations in the locality.

Education
The Branch secretaries should co-ordinate the implementation of our
Education document

Report to conference
A report on the activity of the branch must be prepared and submitted
to the pre-conference IB.

Address lists
That copies of all address lists (contacts, Workers Solidarity
subscribers and stockists, international mailing list, bookservice
customers) be made by the person responsible for each area and given
to another officer. This will mean that in case of fire, flood or other
disaster a copy will remain within the organisation. All lists and
back-up copies should be updated prior to each conference.
Branch Treasurer

(i) To collect dues from branch members, and forward half of those
dues to the National Treasurer

(ii) To keep a record of all funds and financial transactions at branch
level

Bookkeeping
The Branch Treasurer keeps a record of all income and expenditure
(at branch level) in an account book. This includes members
subscriptions, money sent to National Treasurer, spending on printing
of leaflets etc.

Bank account
The Branch Treasurer will maintain an account for the branch, and
will be one of the signatories of that account.

IB Report
Each IB must contain a summary of branch income and expenditure.

Report to Conference
A report must be submitted to the preconference IB.

Members Subscriptions=
Half of all members subscriptions shall be sent to the National
Treasurer to pay for national expenses (printing of paper etc). The
other half shall be retained to pay branch expenses.
WSM Office Meeting Room

The Dublin Branches will pay half the rent of the office.

A donation will be sought from all non-WSM organisations which
may be allowed to use the meeting room in the WSM office.

Updated Oct 2005

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