RAHU Branches

What is a RAHU branch?

A branch is a body of members from a local area from as small as a single building, to as large as a state. RAHU is structured as a federation of branches, with a GMB (General Member Branch) covering everywhere that does not have a local branch.

Branches act with a lot of autonomy and are not directed by any union governing body outside of following constitution rules and union by-laws. They may have their own social media accounts, their own campaigns, their own events, and even their own secretary and treasurer. They are represented by branch delegates to the main governing body of the union.

Branches must hold meetings at least once every two months or be dissolved. Meetings can be in person, online, or hybrid (it is recommended to hold hybrid options as to exclude the fewest amount of members who may have disabilities that prevent their travel for example)

How is a branch created?

A group of at least 5 members in good standing must hold a minuted meeting (meaning those attending and votes must be recorded). They must:

  1. Vote to start a branch
  2. Outline the area that branch will include
  3. Elect a delegate to represent them to the union bodies
  4. Submit minutes from that meeting to [email protected]

The governing committee will review the request at the next monthly meeting and vote to accept or reject the request.

What are the benefits of a local branch?

We believe that local organising and local issues are hugely important for the union and make sure that we are not missing the forest for the trees. It means meetings, catering, events, campaigns etc may be financially covered by the union, and it means a bigger voice democratic for local issues.

Local branches have far more autonomy than the General Member Branch and can have their own secretary, treasurer, and campaigns.