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BYE LAWS OF THE UFS SECTION OF COMMUNITY

1 .          NAME AND STATUS OF BYE LAWS

The Section formed under these bye-laws, as a Section of Community, shall be known as the UFS Section. In the event of any conflict between the rules of Community and these bye-laws the Rules of Community shall prevail except where the bye-laws expressly provide otherwise.

2.        CONSTITUTION AND OBJECTS

2.1 The UFS Section shall consist of Former Members of UFS and members as allocated by the Community NEC to the UFS Section.

2.2 There shall be a body which will be called the UFS Section Committee which shall carry out the general administration of the UFS Section.

2.3       The UFS Section shall be divided into such branches as the UFS Section Committee may deem necessary for the efficient administration and organisation of the UFS Section.

2.4       The objects of the UFS Section shall be those of Community together with the following:-

To promote the interests of the members of the UFS Section in locations where members of the UFS Section are employed providing there is no conflict with

Community's Rules and Constitution.

3.            GOVERNMENT OF THE UFS SECTION

3.1              The UFS Section shall be governed by a UFS Section Committee which shall comprise ten delegates elected by ballot for three years by the UFS Section membership plus the UFS Section National Officer.

3.2              The UFS Section Committee shall meet at least 4 times per year at a location determined by agreement between the UFS Section Committee and the Community NEC.

3.3              The first members of the UFS Section Committee shall be the elected members and Chairman of the National Executive Committee of UFS in office immediately prior to the Effective Date of the transfer of UFS to Community, and they shall continue to hold office for three years from the Effective Date.

3.4              In the event of a casual vacancy on the UFS Section Committee, for whatever reason, an interim election shall be held unless the vacancy arises less than 6 months prior to the expiry of the term of office for which the person vacating office had been elected.

4.       COMMUNITY NEC AND CONFERENCES

4.1 The member to sit on the Community NEC for the period from the Effective Date shall be elected by and from the members of the UFS Section Committee and shall hold office from the Effective Date but shall have the option of standing down as UFS Section NEC member at any time and of standing for election for any other appropriate Community NEC seat in accordance with the appropriate rules of Community. If then elected the UFS Section NEC seat will be filled on a casual vacancy basis by and from the UFS Section Committee for the balance of the term.

4.2       A one-day UFS Section delegate conference may be held biennially at an agreed UK venue

4.3 Members of the UFS Section will be entitled to attend and participate in Community conferences. The level of attendance of the members of the UFS Section at

Community Conferences shall be determined by the Community NEC.

5.       DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE UFS SECTION COMMITTEE

5.1 The general business of the UFS Section shall be vested in the UFS Section Committee having such powers and duties as are hereinafter stated.

5.2 The UFS Section Committee shall have the superintendence of the business of the UFS Section whenever and wherever any such business may be transacted. It shall perform all duties allotted to it by these Rules and shall further the objects of the UFS Section.

5.3 The UFS Section Committee shall act at all times in the best interests of members and seek to improve their terms and conditions of employment and engage with employers to seek such outcomes as may be determined by the membership of the UFS Section and the UFS Section Committee. The UFS Section Committee shall regulate all affairs as provided in these bye laws. It shall have power to decide all questions on which these bye laws are silent and shall have power to interpret any doubtful bye law and its decision shall be binding subject only to an appeal to the Community NEC whose decision shall be final.

5.4 The UFS Section Committee shall direct the labours of the National Officer for the best interests of the Section.

5.5 The UFS Section Committee may with the consent of the Community NEC appoint such sub-committees as they may determine and may authorise them to deal with such maters of routine and administration as may be referred to them subject to such conditions, if any, as may be laid down by the Community NEC.

6.    NATIONAL OFFICER OF THE UFS SECTION

6.1 There shall be a National Officer of the UFS Section who shall be an employee of Community who shall be responsible for the administration of the UFS Section.

6.2 The National Officer will have overall responsibility organising and servicing UFS Section members in the areas designated to the National Officer. The National Officer shall attend all UFS Section Committee meetings and any UFS Section annual meeting and shall be allowed to speak but not to vote.

7.        CHAIR OF THE UFS SECTION

7.1       The Chair of UFS at the time of the transfer will be the first Chair of the UFS Section and will remain in office for three years from the Effective Date.

7.2 Thereafter, the Chair of the UFS Section shall be elected from within and by the UFS Section Committee and shall hold office until the end of his or her term of office which shall be three years. The Chair shall attend and preside over all meetings of the UFS Section Commitee and shall preserve due order and maintain oversight over the general management of the Section. It shall be the Chair's duty to see that all resolutions passed by the UFS Section Committee are in accordance with these byelaws and are carried into effect.

8.        OTHER MATTERS

8.1 The UFS Section may elect or appoint Union Representatives, Health & Safety Representatives, Learning Representatives and any other lay official positions relevant to the management of the UFS Section.