It will be the second extraordinary general meeting in two years.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has revealed it will hold a virtual extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Friday 27 November 2020.
The meeting has been called in response to a petition calling into question the unions’ decision to disqualify candidates in the RCN presidential elections over alleged rule violations.
It will be the second EGM in two years after members previously passed a vote of no confidence in the unions’ leadership team for misrepresenting the 2018 pay deal.
Extraordinary general meetings are used as a way to deal with urgent matters that arise between annual general meetings.
A formal notice and agenda for the meeting will be announced in the coming weeks alongside technical instructions for joining.
An open and honest conversation.
Chair of RCN Council Dave Dawes said: “I’m looking forward to having an open and honest conversation about how we’ve got to this point and how we can move forward as nursing professionals to make the organisation the best it can be.
“Council very much wants to hear from members, and we are happy putting these key decisions in the hands of the membership.
“We want a conversation with the whole membership about the governance challenges and this General Meeting will form part of that ongoing conversation.”
Since the petition was submitted, Council has agreed to commission both an independent review of the presidential election process and further research to explore issues raised in the recent governance review.
A decision has also been made not to recommence the RCN President elections until after the General Meeting.
Elections for the RCN Deputy President are currently underway.