What does a Convenor do?
  1. Represents members in discussions and negotiations as appropriate.
  2. Assists the branch secretary in their duties towards service group members and co-ordination of branch activities.
  3. Communicates with members of their service group.
  4. Acts as a spokesperson for the service group, and assists the branch secretary when service group business is conducted with other levels of the union and external organisations.
  5. Drafts service group reports and presents them to the branch committee.
  6. Assists the Branch Secretary in the election, appointment, support and encouragement of stewards in the service group.
  7. Attends meetings convened by the branch secretary for Convenors.
  8. Convenes and attends all meetings of the service group and prepares agendas in conjunction with the chairperson of the group.
  9. Acts on all occasions under the direction of the branch committee.

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