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Organisation Name

The organisation name is the Organisation of Professional Gas Operatives, known as OPGO. This is referred to below as 'The Organisation'.

Objectives

The Organisation is a 'not for profit' organisation, formed to represent its Membership, recognising the need to give a voice to, represent, and involve all Gas Safe Registered installers either self employed or employees.

The Organisation is an 'unincorporated constituted association'. The Constitution and Organisation rules govern the entire operation of the Organisation. As an unincorporated association OPGO has no legal identity (except where the Law specifies otherwise) and is regarded legally as a group of individuals who have come together for a common purpose.

Membership

The Organisation consists of Members who pay a subscription fee annually, subject to revision by the Organisation. All Members of the Organisation agree to obey the rules of the Organisation and are subject to disciplinary measures for transgression, including possible severance of membership, with a membership fee refund pro-rata. Organisation Rules and the responsibilities and voting rights of Members are listed in the 'Organisation Rules'. Membership is restricted to those who are 18 years of age or older, Gas Safe Registered or directly employed in closely related functions like the running of businesses with Gas Registered employees, training establishments, technical support, retired and trainee gas installers. The Committee will have the power to admit individuals to be members if it is conducive to achieving the objectives of the organisation.

The Law

The Organisation shall comply with all aspects of the Law and the Management Committee will acknowledge its responsibilities in this respect.

Equal Opportunities

The Organisation is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and aims to ensure that everyone has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in the Organisation at all levels irrespective of their age, gender, ability/disability, religion, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, social status or sexual orientation.

Health and Safety

The Organisation recognises its 'Duty of Care' and is committed to the Health and Safety of its Members and of third parties.

Management Committee

All business of the Organisation shall be carried out by the Management Committee (aka 'the Committee') on behalf of the Membership. The Committee shall consist of officers, elected by Members of the Organisation through on-line (Web) voting as set out in the Organisation Rules.

The Committee shall be responsible for: recommendation of policy for on-line voting; enabling the Membership to propose policies for on-line voting; the implementation of policy decided through on-line (Web) voting; discipline of Members, in a fair and unbiased way, through procedures listed in the Organisation Rules.

The Committee shall have the following powers to:
a) raise funds and apply for, invite, obtain, collect and receive contributions, grants, subscriptions, fees & otherwise
b) employ any paid worker to assist in the attainment of the objectives of the Organisation
c) rent or own property and equipment and pay for services necessary to achieve the objectives
d) affiliate to any local or national group or association that the Management Committee decides is appropriate and disaffiliate from any group or Organisation if continued affiliation be, in the Management Committee's view, against the interests of the Organisation
e) do all such other lawful things as shall further the attainment of the objectives

The Committee may ask for volunteers for sub committees (aka known as 'groups') for campaigns, special projects or conflict resolution.

The Committee may ask for individuals to act on behalf on the Organisation for other roles, though these roles must be specified in writing.

Elected Officers

The elected officers shall be:

Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and the other permanent roles as defined in the Rules. Two to five people may be elected to share an individual role equally, with one vote between them on the Committee.

The role of the Chairperson is to:
Represent the Organisation as a spokesperson (in-line with the Organisation's voted policies); to ensure the Organisation is run democratically; to produce an Annual Report. The Chairperson is non-voting, but in the event of tied vote in the Committee or at a General Meeting the Chairperson will have the deciding vote.

The role of the Treasurer is to:
Keep full and detailed accounts of all monies spent and received by the Organisation; to produce an Annual Treasurer's Report and Accounts; to keep the Committee up to date with financial information and developments. The Treasurer has a duty to ensure a standard of accounting that is acceptable to the Membership and the Committee, to the necessary legal standards.

The role of the Secretary is to:
Ensure the full and adequate two-way flow of information between the Committee and the Membership; to ensure the production of Committee Meeting Minutes and Agendas, and Minutes and Agendas for on-line voting; to ensure that the Committee and Organisation Members are aware of all legal responsibilities of the Organisation and of the Management Committee.

Election of Committee Members

The procedures for election of candidates for Committee Roles are listed in the Organisation Rules.

Vote of No-Confidence

The procedures for a vote of no-confidence in Committee Member(s) are listed in the Organisation Rules.

Web Based Democracy

The Web Site and the forum are the primary policy making means for the Organisation. The requirements for, conduct of, and procedures for policy votes and elections for candidates are listed in the Organisation Rules.

Changes to the Constitution

Proposed changes need a minimum of 10% or 25 members (whichever is the lowest). A minimum of 75% of the Membership are required to vote, with a majority vote needed to effect changes.

Closing of the Organisation

The Organisation can only be folded by an 80% vote of the Membership, a minimum of 30 days notice is required for a vote to be taken. After the settling of all debts any remaining money or other assets shall be given to an organisation with the same or similar objectives of this Organisation, or a chosen charity, which shall be decided by the members. The Treasurer must present an account of all monies spent at the closure meeting.


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