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You told us you wanted a "formative" (ie discussion and education) as well as a "summative" (debating and decision making) stage to policy making, so you could engage in the topics, hear evidence from experts like NUS Staff or Sector professionals and feed back without having to make a grand speech or draft an 800 word motion. But you also wanted to keep the formal democratic stage and keep the right for an ordinary union to submit a policy proposal. So a series of consultative conferences were proposed for each of NUS' five main work areas (or "Zones"), after which the zone committee would make a policy proposal to the Congress that could catch these "consensus" issues. To avoid "stitch ups", all unions could amend and or reject the report democratically. We also kept in a formal motions process for more contentious matters. The idea was to create more time for debate at Congress.

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Sounds like a good idea.

Posted by Ade Olaiya on 2008-08-14 15:52:55.
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Posted by Ade Olaiya on 2008-08-14 17:34:21.
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