Guide to Meetings
For the benefit of members who have joined recently, and others who might need a reminder, here’s a quick guide to all the different types of LI meetings, what their purpose is, and who can attend them. Most are held via Zoom online video conferencing, as in the picture above.
LI General Committee (GC or LIGC)
Meets once per month, except August and December, on the third Sunday of each month.
It’s responsible for policy decisions in LI. All LI members can attend and join in the discussions, but only branch delegates and LIEC members have voting rights. Branches can send up to 1 delegate for every 40 branch members (or part of 40). The names of any new branch delegates should be notified to the LI secretary. Motions and agenda items for GC meetings should be submitted to the LI secretary through branches. Your branch secretary should email you with notification of upcoming GC meetings, together with the agenda and any relevant documents.
LI Executive Committee (LIEC)
This replaces the former LICC (Labour International Coordinating Committee) It meets once a month on the first Sunday of each month, with the possibility of extra meetings when necessary.
The LIEC is responsible for the day-to-day running of the CLP and implementation of the decisions of the GC. Motions should not be sent to the LIEC unless very urgent. There are 14 voting officers on the LIEC who are elected by the membership every two years. The 3 regional coordinators are elected but non-voting members. Each branch can nominate a representative to attend LIEC meetings, who has speaking rights but is non-voting. This may be the branch secretary or another member. Any new branch representatives should be notified to the LI Secretary. Other members can attend as observers.
All Member Meetings (AMM)
These are no longer formal, decision-making meetings but are now informal discussion meetings on particular issues and topics, called as and when needed on an occasional basis. They can, for instance, be used for political education, to present conference motions, or to support campaigns, and can include external speakers. All LI members can attend and join in the discussions.
A yearly meeting is held once a year over a weekend in April, from Friday evening to Sunday lunch time. This is a face-to-face meeting that usually moves to a different place each year. In was in Dublin in 2018 and Amsterdam in 2019. A Zoom link is provided for members who can’t attend physically. It includes motions and discussion sessions on various topics, some of which have invited guest speakers. There is also usually an evening meal together and other opportunities for socialising. The picture shows a panel discussion on the Green New Deal at our yearly meeting in Amsterdam in 2019. The AGM is usually part of this meeting but can be held separately.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
This happens once a year, usually in April. The LIEC officers present reports about activities and achievements over the past year, including a financial report from the treasurer. There is also discussion about future activities and plans.
Members of LI are allocated to branches according to their geographic location. Some branches have members concentrated in one particular city, and can easily hold face-to-face meetings, though they are also expected to provide a Zoom link for those who can’t be there physically. Other branches have members dispersed over a wider region, or even over several countries, and run most of their meetings online via Zoom.
Branch meetings are usually monthly, with a branch AGM once a year. Other meetings, campaigns and social events may also be organised from time to time by branches.
You can find a list of branches on our website contacts page.
Open Branch Meetings
Our branches sometimes open up a meeting and invite all LI members, especially if they have guest speakers on a topic of interest.