UNISON Northern Ireland

Agitating for Political Change /Understanding the Assembly

Event Date: 
17 May 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00

Parliament Buildings Stormont

This course is being run in the hope that eventually our politicians will get back to work and the learning from this workshop will be really useful.  

Decisions are made by our politicians in various elected institutions that affect our public services.  Often those decisions are about saving money which threatens services with closures. reductions or re-organisation. This one day workshop enabled participants to gain a better understanding of lobbying techniques and how the decision making processes happen so you know when to intervene.   This day is in two parts.  In the morning, the session will be focus on how the Assembly works - its committees and structures.  It will explore topics such as voting, petition of concern, the stages a Bill goes through before becoming law.  It will include a tour of the Assembly building.  In the afternoon participants will explore the techniques of effective lobbying and campaigning.   The morning session and tour is open to any member.  The morning will be delivered by Assembly Education Team and the afternoon by PPR.