ICC Waterfront, Belfast
The BDC will take place from 26-27 October 2021.
I wish to advise that at the most recent Executive Council meeting it was decided that, given the current circumstances concerning Covid 19 across the island, we would postpone the planned All Island Biennial Delegate Conference scheduled for 6-8 July 2021. The BDC will now take place from 26-27 October 2021. The venue remains the same, the ICC Waterfront, Belfast.
We are hoping that by rescheduling the event, this will give us every opportunity to have as close to the normal conference experience we have previously enjoyed, and by delaying the date to late October 2021 we have a better prospect of achieving this.
Please also note that we have been working with ‘Visit Belfast’ and have advised them of this change, and they have assured us of their flexibility in this regard. However, if affiliates encounter any problems regarding changing hotel accommodation dates, please let us know so we can advise Visit Belfast, (Belfast City Councils tourism partner) by contacting [email protected].
- Patricia King, General Secretary
Tuesday 26 October, 2021
Opening of Conference
Address of Welcome:
Election of Tellers (Six)
Adoption of Standing Orders Reports No. 1, and No. 2
Address by Congress President
Vote of thanks to President
Speakers from 5 Political Parties in Northern Ireland
Addressing the issue ‘What would your Party do for Workers’ Rights in Northern Ireland?’
Introduction of Executive Council Report
(Principal EC Report Reference: Section 2 The Work of Congress, (i) Industrial, Legislation and Organising (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Equality, Social Policy & the Labour Market, (iv) Education & Training and (v) Public Engagement, Campaigns & Communications)
Fraternal Speaker: Video Address by Frances O’Grady, General Secretary TUC
Fraternal Speaker: Rozanne Foyer, General Secretary STUC
Finance, Organisation & Organising (Private Session)
(Principal EC Report Reference Section 2 - The Work of Congress (i) industrial, Legislation & Strategic Organising, (iv) Education & Training, (v) Public Engagement, Campaigns & Communications, Appendix 1 – Accounts, Appendix 2 – Congress Committees, Appendix 3 – Affiliations, Appendix 4 – Staff at Congress 2021, Appendix 5 – Membership of Congress Committees and External Bodies, Appendix 6 – Action on Motions to BDC2019, Appendix 7 – Disputes Committee Reports).
Presentation of Financial Report by Treasurer
Committee Speaker: Video Address from Congress Youth Committee Representative
(Principal EC Report Reference Section 1, The Economy)
Presentation on The Economy in ROI and NI (NERI)
Fraternal Speaker: Address by Shavanah Taj, General Secretary Welsh TUC
Congress Committee Speaker: Video Address from Congress Centres Network Representative
Wednesday 27 October, 2021
Address by EU Commissioner Nicolas Schmit
(Principal Report Reference Section 2 - The Work of Congress, (i) Industrial, Legislation & Organising)
Fraternal Speaker: Esther Lynch, Deputy General Secretary ETUC
Polling Station Open to return ballot papers from 11.00 – 13.00 hours
(Principal EC Report Reference Section 1, The Economy, Section 2, The Work of Congress (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Equality & Social Policy, (v) Public Engagement Campaigns & Communication)
Committee Speaker: Video Address from Congress Women’s Committee Representative
Committee Speaker: Video Address from Congress Disability Committee Representative
(Principal EC Report Reference Section 2, The Work of Congress, (vi) European Union & International)
Fraternal Speaker: Address by Sharon Burrow, ITUC
Committee Speaker: Video Address by Congress Global Solidarity Representative
(Principal Report Reference Section 2, The Work of Congress, (i) Industrial, Legislation & Organising)
Committee Speakers: Video Address by Retired Workers Representatives NI and ROI
(Principal EC Report Reference Section 1 The Economy, Section 2, The Work of Congress (i) Industrial, Legislation & Organising)