Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 7th September, 2011 2.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Governance Services Unit 

Items
No. Item

35.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members

 

Minutes:

The Lord Mayor announced that a list of written declarations submitted by Members was on display in the ante-room, on deposit in the public galleries and had been circulated to each Member’s place in the Chamber.

 

Members were also provided with an additional copy of the Note of Advice on interests from the City Solicitor prepared in light of advice received from Colin Crawford of Counsel which had been circulated at the meeting on 13th July 2011.

 

Following an invitation to declare further individual interests, declarations in accordance with the Council’s Member’s Code of Conduct were made as follows:- 

 

Members declared personal interests in minute 37 of this meeting, as follows:-

 

Cllr J Akhtar

Member of the GMB

Cllr S Armitage

Member of Unison. 

Husband is in receipt of a pension from Unison

Cllr B Atha

Member of Equity

Cllr D Atkinson

Member of USDAW

Cllr J Blake

Member of the GMB

Cllr K Bruce

Member of Unite

Cllr R Charlwood

Member of Unite

Cllr D Congreve

Member of Unison

Cllr M Coulson

Member of the GMB

Cllr P Davey

Member of Unite

Cllr N Dawson

Member of Unison

Cllr M Dobson

Member of Unite

Cllr J Dowson

Member of Unite

Cllr G Driver

Member of UCU

Cllr J Dunn

Member of the TGWU and Unite

Cllr A Gabriel

Member of Unison

Cllr P Grahame

Member of the GMB

Cllr R Grahame

Member of the GMB

Cllr K Groves

Member of the GMB

Cllr P Gruen

Member of Prospect

Cllr S Hamilton

Member of Unison

Cllr T Hanley

Member of Unite

Cllr G Harper

Member of the GMB and Unite

Cllr J Hardy

Member of the GMB

Cllr J Harper

Member of Unison

Cllr A Hussain

Member of the GMB

Cllr G Hussain

Member of Unison

Cllr G Hyde

Member of UCATT

Cllr J Illingworth

Member of Unite and UCU

Cllr M Iqbal

Member of the GMB

Cllr J Jarosz

Member of the GMB

Cllr A Kahn

Member of the GMB and CWU

Cllr J Lewis

Member of the GMB

Cllr R Lewis

Member of the GMB

Cllr A Lowe

Member of the TGWU and Unite

Cllr M Lyons

Member of ASLEF

Cllr C MacNiven

Member of Unison

Cllr K Maqsood

Member of Unison

Cllr J McKenna

Member of the TGWU

Cllr K Mitchell

Member of Unite

Cllr V Morgan

Member of the GMB

Cllr L Mulherin

Member of Unison

Cllr E Nash

Member of GMB

Cllr A Ogilvie

Member of Unite

Cllr M Rafique

Member of Unison

Cllr K Renshaw

Member of Unison

Cllr B Selby

Member of the GMB

Cllr N Taggart

Member of Unite

Cllr E Taylor

Member of Unite

Cllr K Wakefield

Member of GMB

Cllr N Walshaw

Member of GMB

Cllr L Yeadon

Member of GMB

Cllr P Harrand

Member, West Yorks. Fire and Rescue Authority

Cllr Campbell

Wife a member of the GMB and he is a Member of NUT

Cllr Fox

Member of Action for Older People

 

Cllr Townsley

Member of Equity  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

Minutes

To further consider the minutes received at the meeting on the 13th July 2011.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Wakefield, seconded by Councillor J Lewis that the minutes received at the meeting held on 13th July 2011 be further considered.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes received on 13th July 2011 be considered further.

 

37.

White Paper Motion - Trade Union Facilities

To consider the White Paper Motion in the name of Councillor A Lamb, the debate in respect of which was adjourned at the Council meeting of 13th July 2011:

‘This Council understands and recognises the valuable role played by Trades Unions in ensuring effective industrial relations and reaffirms the principle of providing reasonable support to Trades Unions including time off for stewards for this purpose.

However, this council believes that given the current state of the public finances taxpayer subsidy of full time Trade Union officials should now be brought to an end. The £417,000 annual cost to taxpayers in Leeds for 15 full time convenors is now unjustifiable both in terms of the massive budget pressure faced by Leeds City Council and the programme of cuts to frontline services currently being undertaken by the Labour administration.

This Council also notes the wider context of the huge donations that Trade Unions are able to offer to the Labour Party.’

 

 

  A LAMB

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Lamb, seconded by Councillor Campbell that this Council understands and recognises the valuable role played by Trades Unions in ensuring effective industrial relations and reaffirms the principle of providing reasonable support to Trades Unions including time off for stewards for this purpose.

However, this council believes that given the current state of the public finances taxpayer subsidy of full time Trade Union officials should now be brought to an end. The £417,000 annual cost to taxpayers in Leeds for 15 full time convenors is now unjustifiable both in terms of the massive budget pressure faced by Leeds City Council and the programme of cuts to frontline services currently being undertaken by the Labour administration.

This Council also notes the wider context of the huge donations that Trade Unions are able to offer to the Labour Party.

 

Upon being put to the vote the motion was declared lost.

 

On the requisition of Councillors Lobley and J Procter, the voting on the motion in the name of Councillor Lamb was recorded as follows:-

 

YES

 

Anderson, Bentley, Campbell, J L Carter, Castle, Chapman, Chastney, Cleasby, Cohen, Collins, Downes, Ewens, Feldman, Fox, Golton, Harrand, W Hyde, Kirkland, Lamb, G Latty, P Latty, Lobley, Marjoram, Matthews, J Procter, Pryke, Robinson, Wadsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Wood.

31

 

NO

 

Akhtar, Armitage, Atha, A Blackburn, D Blackburn, Blake, Bruce, Charlwood, Congreve, Coulson, Davey, Dawson, Dobson, Dowson, Driver, Dunn, Elliott, Gabriel, P Grahame, R Grahame, Groves, Gruen, S Hamilton, Hanley, Hardy, G Harper, J Harper, A Hussain, G Hussain, G Hyde, Illingworth, Iqbal, Jarosz, Khan, J Lewis, R Lewis, Lowe, MacNiven, Maqsood, A McKenna, J McKenna, Mitchell, Morgan, Mulherin, Murray, Nash, Ogilvie, Parker, Rafique, Renshaw, Selby, Taggart, E Taylor, Wakefield, Walshaw, Yeadon.

56

 

ABSTAIN

 

Finnigan, Gettings, Leadley, Varley.

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