2015 Constitutional Amendment: Prevention of Entryism

Proposer: Jack Maizels
Seconder: Matt Dolman

Final text as amended

Unlock Democracy notes that:
1. Section 3.1.4 of our constitution reads: 

“The Management Board has a fiduciary duty to the integrity of the Organisation and may reject any individual's application to join the Organisation within 90 days of receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal. Any individual, whose application is not rejected within this period, shall be deemed to be a member of the Organisation.”

Unlock Democracy believes that:
2. The current wording prevents genuine supporters who want to become members from participating in our AGM or Council Elections unless they join over 90 days in advance
3. This also has the implication of preventing Unlock Democracy from using either the AGM or Council elections to encourage supporters to get involved in the organisation and become full members
4. The wording should allow individuals to start being members in a much shorter time period than present, while maintaining Management Board’s ability to prevent entryism by allowing retrospective removal for the first 90 days of an individual’s membership

Unlock Democracy resolves to:
5. Change section 3.1.4 by replacing “90” with “30 working days”, and to also do this in 3.1.4 and 3.2, and in other consequential numerical amendments and adding “Management Board may also retrospectively remove an individual’s membership until 90 days after receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal.”

6. Section 3.1.4 would then read:

“The Management Board has a fiduciary duty to the integrity of the Organisation and may reject any individual's application to join the Organisation within 30 working days of receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal. Any individual, whose application is not rejected within this period, shall be deemed to be a member of the Organisation. Management Board may also retrospectively remove an individual’s membership until 90 days after receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal.”

The motion, as amended, passed.


Original text:

Unlock Democracy notes that:
1. Section 3.1.4 of our constitution reads: 

“The Management Board has a fiduciary duty to the integrity of the Organisation and may reject any individual's application to join the Organisation within 90 days of receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal. Any individual, whose application is not rejected within this period, shall be deemed to be a member of the Organisation.”

Unlock Democracy believes that:
2. The current wording prevents genuine supporters who want to become members from participating in our AGM or Council Elections unless they join over 90 days in advance.
3. This also has the implication of preventing Unlock Democracy from using either the AGM or Council elections to encourage supporters to get involved in the organisation and become full members.
4. The wording should allow individuals to start being members in a much shorter time period than present, while maintaining Management Board’s ability to prevent entryism by allowing retrospective removal for the first 90 days of an individual’s membership.

Unlock Democracy resolves to:
5. Change section 3.1.4 by replacing “90” with “14” and adding “Management Board may also retrospectively remove an individual’s membership until 90 days after receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal.”
6. Section 3.1.4 would then read:

“The Management Board has a fiduciary duty to the integrity of the Organisation and may reject any individual's application to join the Organisation within 14 days of receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal. Any individual, whose application is not rejected within this period, shall be deemed to be a member of the Organisation. Management Board may also retrospectively remove an individual’s membership until 90 days after receipt of their application, for any reason, and with no recourse to appeal.”