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19May94 UK: UCATT COUNCIL VOTE THIS YEAR.

By Grant Prior.Construction workers will be voting this year on whether to get rid of UCATT's full time Executive Council.The ballot comes in the wake of a decision by the union's Rules Revision Committee last week to move towards a lay body of leaders. Votes to rubber stamp the proposal will have to be in by the end of December and a new governing group could be in place by next summer.Grass roots union members are leading the push against the existing council.One campaigner said: 'They will lose any ballot overwhelmingly and will take a battering at the annual conference where I wouldn't be surprised to see a motion of no confidence passed.'Last week's Rules Revision Committee also endorsed key changes in the union's structure which will see the number of regions reduced from 12 to eight.The slimming down of the union's structure forms part of a business plan drawn up by the Unity Trust Bank to guarantee UCATT's survival as a financially viable organisation.Three regional secretaries have already been earmarked for early retirement in the latest round of redundancies when 10 full-time organisers were shown the door.And the business plan means staffing levels at UCATT will drop to 98 from 141 by the end of next year.Wrangling over UCATT's leadership is being played out against the background of on-going merger talks with transport union TGWU.And leaders at the TGWU are confident that moves to set up a lay leadership of UCATT will speed plans to integrate both unions. That will pave the way for further job cuts which could see more than a quarter of UCATT's staff and paid organisers made redundant. CONSTRUCTION NEWS