The IPU AGM has all the potential of being a humdinger this week end. Apart from all the various sessions over the three days, which I am sure will be interesting in themselves I’m talking about the AGM proper on Sunday morning at 11:15am. There are 17 motion down for discussion and decision. That’s more than I can remember for a long time. While this can be taken as an indicator of greater unease within the membership it means that given that there is only 2 hours scheduled for this session this would mean that there will be only 5-10 minutes per motion.
To keep it brief here I only propose to write about the two motions that I am involved with.
The first, proposed by Margaret O’Doherty and seconded by myself proposes “That this AGM calls upon all superintendent pharmacists to suspend completion of the PSI’s assessment folder pending a full review and consultations between the IPU, superintendents and the PSI.” I think that this is self explanatory. This assessment folder is one of the greatest box ticking exercises that I have seen in a long time. The registrar admitted that he feels it needs to be looked at but nobody seems to want to take the initiative. I feel that this motion can be the kick in the ass that this process needs. It allows the PSI a chance to save face and for everybody involved to get around the table.
The second that I am proposing and Michael Tierney is seconding is “That this AGM calls upon the IPU members not to cooperate with the PCRS in certain administrative tasks , such as the high tech stock take, until the PCRS agrees to consult with the IPU prior to making any changes which affect current practice.” This comes about because I for one am fed up with all the arbitrary decisions and changes to practice that are being forced upon us without consultation by the PCRS. Particularly those which save money for the PCRS at our expense. The two examples that I use are both related to the high tech scheme. Firstly the return of the unused stock some years ago saved the PCRS in the order of millions of euro and yet we who did most of the work involved received nothing in return. Not even a letter of thanks if memory serves me. Then there’s the online stock take that they want us to conduct every year. Again this saves them many man hours in not having to input the details themselves. What do we get in return, nothing! There is no obligation in the contract on us to enter the stock levels on line. We can still put the stock sheets into an envelope and stick them in post them or the yellow bag. Most of us will still have to fill in the paper sheets before entering them on the computer so it is extra work for us that we receive nothing for in return.
In any other relationship between union and employer the proceeds of productivity are shared. If the PCRS want to save money off our backs then I want my share!
If you want to have a say in these but will be unable to attend then the AGM there is a facility for you to appoint another IPU member as your proxy. I would suggest your regional rep. The process is outline on page 185 of the IPU Yearbook and Diary, Art. 47, 48 & 49.
If I find time I might get around to giving my opinion on the other 15 motions before then.