Constitution

ALLIANCE FOR JOBS AND CLIMATE

INTERIM CONSTITUTION

Preamble

• This is the interim constitution of the Alliance for Jobs and Climate agreed by the Management Committee under powers set out below. The Constitution, with any appropriate amendments will be submitted to the first Annual General Meeting held no later than twelve months after the 9 May 2012.

NAME and STATUS

2.1 The Alliance for Jobs and Climate (hereinafter called the Alliance) is a not for profit unincorporated association of affiliated organisations and individuals which support it’s aims and objectives, as set out below. The Alliance has no Party Political affiliation. The registered address is the ALLIANCE FOR JOBS AND CLIMATE: 4th Floor, 6-10 Lexington St., London W1 OLB; email alliance@jobsandclimate.org; web www. jobsandclimate.org/new.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

3.1 The Alliance aims to build the widest possible coalition of support for a campaign with two key objectives:
• Massive public and private sector investment in jobs which transform the economy and safeguard the planet
• Massive shift to renewable energy, powering extraordinary enterprise, meaningful employment and reduced energy prices.
3.2 The Alliance will undertake such activities necessary to achieve its objectives and will lend its support to the campaigns of other organisations, nationally or locally, which can further those objectives. The Alliance will not seek to take policy decisions on economic, social or environmental issues except as they relate solely to the objectives and the furtherance of its campaign.
3.3 The Alliance will seek to ensure the widest possible diversity and gender balance in undertaking its activities and in its structures and membership.

MEMBERSHIP

4.1 The Alliance has the following categories of membership

• Affiliated Organisations – These are national and regionally based organisations that support the aims of the Alliance but which also have broader aims and objectives. Such organisations represent NGOs, faith and youth groups, climate and environmental organisations, trade unions and business. There is no set membership fee but an appropriate level financial and other support will be agreed depending on the circumstances of the organisation affiliating. The management committee will review this position as appropriate.
• Individual Members – interested individuals who support the Alliance objectives and who pay an annual membership fee of to be determined .
• Local Campaign Groups – are local alliances or coalitions campaigning on jobs and climate formed either directly as a result of the formation of the national Alliance or of other initiatives. Such groups will pay an affiliation fee to be determined..
• Patrons- are individuals the management committee believe whose support will enhance the Alliance profile and appeal. Patrons are entitled to attend General Meetings and to vote.

4.2 Members will be entitled to participate in the structures of the Alliance as set out below. The management committee will review membership fees from time to time and any recommended changes submitted to an annual or general meeting for agreement.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Composition

5.1 The management committee will be representative of affiliated organisations and individuals. It will consist of two representatives from each of the following categories of affiliated organisations: NGOs, faith groups, youth groups, trade unions, environmental/climate groups and business. The representatives will be agreed by voting at the Annual Meeting. The management committee has the power to coopt up to five further members to represent other relevant interest groups.

Powers

5.2 The management committee has the following responsibilities and powers:

• Management of the organisation between General Meetings, deployment of resources and day-to-day priorities. The committee can establish working groups for specific areas of activity or sectors
• To develop the campaign in furtherance of the Alliance objectives
• To promote the development of the Alliance, its financial health, membership and local groups
• To appoint officers responsible for specific activities, subject to the powers of the Annual General Meeting
• To ensure financial probity in the use of all resources
• To ensure the importance of diversity and gender is reflected in the work of the Alliance and the management committee
• To convene General Meetings in accordance with the procedure set out below and to report and be accountable to those meetings
• To be responsible for any staff or volunteers the organisation employs
• To have the power, by a simple majority, to suspend any individual or organisation which brings the organisation into disrepute or does not support its aims. The suspension must be ratified by a General Meeting of the membership.

Officers

5.3 The Alliance shall have the following officers who shall be nominated by the management committee and elected by the Annual General Meeting:

• Secretary- responsible for the convening of management committee meetings, ‘maintaining the database(s) of members and supporters. and the implementation of decisions, including the convening of General Meetings
• Co Chairs- one of whom must be a woman. Responsible for chairing management committee meetings and undertaking such specific activities that are necessary on its behalf. They will chair any General Meetings that are convened.
• Treasurer- responsible for the management of the finances of the Alliance, preparing financial accounts and reporting regularly to the management committee, maintaining the bank account, ensuring financial probity.
• Auditor- the Annual General Meeting will approve the appointment of an external independent auditor.

5.4 The management committee can appoint other officers for specific areas of work including communications, fundraising and campaign coordination. It is envisaged that as many members of the management committee as possible will undertake specific activities on it’s behalf. Decisions will be by simple majority voting of those present and voting.

Procedures

5.5 The management committee will meet as and when required but at least six times a year. Decisions will be made by a simple majority of those present and voting.
5.6  The management committee can recommend the winding up of the organisation, but would need to get the approval of the Alliance Annual Meeting.

GENERAL MEETINGS

6.1 The management committee can convene General Meetings
of its affiliates and members, as required. There shall be at least one meeting a year, which shall be the Annual General Meeting. At least 21 days notice of the date of the meeting will be given to members in writing.
6.2 All affiliates and members are entitled to attend. Each individual member will be entitled to attend at his or her own cost. Affiliated organisations and local groups will be able to able to send, at their own cost, two representatives each to the General Meetings. The management committee will present to the first annual Meeting its proposals for any additional scheme of representation it deems appropriate.
6.3 Each individual and affiliated organisation will be able to submit up to three motions for debate and one amendment to the constitution. All such motions and amendments must be seconded by an affiliate and submitted at least 14 days prior to the date of the meeting. Similarly, nominations may be proposed for officers in accordance with paragraph 5.3 above.
6.4 Movers of motions will have 5 minutes to move a motion and seconders 3 minutes. Other speakers will speak for no longer than 5 minutes.
6.5 Decisions will be made by a simple majority of those present and voting except for amendments to the constitution, which must attract the support of at least two thirds of those, present and voting to be approved.
6.6 The management committee will submit to the first AGM proposals for a scheme of representation and voting rights at General Meetings designed to reflect the size of affiliated organisations including any quorum required.
6.7 The management committee will prepare the agenda for General Meetings and submit its proposals to the meeting for adoption by simple majority vote.
6.8 The AGM will elect, by simple majority, the officers as set out in paragraph 5.3 above.
6.9 The General Meeting has the power, by a simple majority, to expel any individual or organisation which brings the organisation into disrepute or does not support its aims. At least 21 days notice of the date of the meeting will be given to members in writing.

FINANCE

7.1 The financial year will run from the 1st January.
7.2 An annual statement of accounts will be submitted by the Treasurer to the AGM for approval by a simple majority. Members are entitled to ask questions on the financial statement and to seek clarification on any item of expenditure.
7.3 The auditors report will be submitted to the AGM
7.4 The management committee will maintain a bank account in the name of the Alliance. All cheques and expenditure must be approved by at least two authorised officers. Expenditure on any item over £500 must be approved by the management committee. The authorised officers will be the secretary, co chairs and Treasurer.

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

8.1 The constitution (except for the registered address and contact details in paragraph 2.2 which can be amended by decision of the management committee) can only be amended by the AGM voting by a two-thirds majority in support of the change. ‘

24 May 2012