IMT Constitution

CONSTITUTION

 

Article 1. Aim:

Basing itself on the principles embodied in the first four congresses of the Communist International and the founding World Conference of the Fourth International, our organisation strives to win the leadership of the working class for the establishment of a workers’ government in Britain and, in collaboration with the working and toiling masses of the world, to abolish class society and build the world socialist order.

 

Article 2. Membership:

(a) Any person who accepts the aims, principles and constitution of the organisation and participates in its activities under the direction of its local, district and national bodies is eligible for membership.

(b) Every member must be a member of a branch, but in exceptional circumstances where no branch exists, may become a national member working under the control of the Executive Committee (EC).

(c) Applications for membership must be made to the branch, except in those cases stated above, and must be ratified by the District Committee (DC), where it exists, or the EC. (d) All so accepted will become probationary members for a period of three months. This period can be shortened, in exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the EC.

(e) Probationary members are entitled to the rights of members, but may not be delegates or officers of the organisation. The length of probationary period may be extended or the member excluded.

 

Article 3. Branches:

(a)                       The unit of the organisation is the branch, which is based on an area or workplace group of not less than three. Where the branch is of sufficient size it may divide itself in agreement with the DC and EC.

(b)                       The branch shall elect officials who will be responsible for the direction of local activity. These shall usually include a secretary/organiser and treasurer. Every branch should hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect officers and discuss the progress of work and set organisational objectives.

 

Article 4. District Committee:

(a)                       Where more than one branch exists within an area, a District Committee (DC) may be set up. The DC shall be composed of at least one member from each branch and shall be responsible for the direction of all activities within the district.

(b)                       (b) The DC shall be elected at an AGM of all the members in the district or at a delegate conference of all the branches.

 

Article 5. Central Committee:

(a) A Central Committee (CC) shall be elected at National Congress. The size of the CC shall be determined by congress. Candidate CC members may also be elected, who will have a consultative vote. The CC shall have the authority of the national congress in between such congresses.

(b) The CC shall not be comprised solely of full-time party workers, but shall reflect a balance between full-time and non full-time members of the organisation.

(c) In event of an emergency the CC shall have the power to amend the constitution. Any such amendment to be put to an immediate ballot of the branches for ratification.

 

Article 6. Executive Committee:

(a)                       An Executive Committee (EC) shall be elected annually by the CC and shall have the authority of that body in between its meetings. The EC shall not comprise of more than one third of the total membership of the CC. It shall be composed of at least seven members and shall meet at least once a week.

(b)                       Each EC member must have a special responsibility or task and be responsible for liaison with an area of the country. Where possible, this body would be made up of full-time comrades.

 

Article 7. National Congress:

(a) A National Congress of the membership, represented by delegates from branches shall meet at least once a year. Delegates shall be elected on the basis of one per five members or majority part thereof, or in such ratios as may be determined by the CC to take account of the growth in membership.

(b) The members of the EC and CC and the delegates elected by each functioning DC shall be present in a consultative capacity. They may also be elected as local branch delegates.

(c) Branches must be circulated with national documents not less than six weeks before a congress. Resolutions and amendments must be submitted to the EC not less than a week before the congress and will be circulated to branches. Emergency resolutions may be submitted up to and during the congress as events dictate.

(d) No binding mandate can be imposed on any delegate. The decisions on all questions shall be by a simple majority.

(e) A Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) shall be elected for the following year, two members from the floor of congress and two members at the first CC meeting following the congress. The CAC shall be responsible for the technical functioning, timetable and running of the congress.

 

Article 8. Method of Election:

We believe the slate (list) system is the best method for proposing a balanced team of candidates for positions and committees. It is the right of any delegate to propose simple amendments to a slate of deletion, addition or replacement as well as alternative slates.

 

Article 9. National Council:

A National Council consisting of one delegate per branch and functioning DC and CC members shall meet as a consultative body at least once between National Congress.


Article 10. Special Powers:

(a) A Control Commission of three shall be elected by the national congress from members who are not full-time, CC members or officers of the organisation. The Control Commission shall meet as and when required.

(b) The Control Commission shall investigate any complaints or special enquiry referred to it by the CC and to advise the CC of its findings and recommendations. It shall also investigate complaints of individuals, branches or districts against disciplinary measures taken against them by higher party bodies and submit its opinions on these issues to the CC or national congress for final decision.

 

Article 11. Membership contributions:

(a)                       Every comrade must pay subs. Working comrades are required to pay a minimum sub of £40 per month. In special cases a lower sub can be agreed with the national treasurer. In addition, all members shall pay a further £5 per month to the International.

(b)                       Members two months in arrears shall not have the right to vote or stand for election as delegates or other officers of the organisation. Members three months in arrears shall be considered to have lapsed after due notice from the treasurer.

(c) Local branches can receive a rebate on the members’ subs based on an equal amount per member at a level to be set by the CC in collaboration with the national treasurer. The rebate only to be paid if actual resources allow.

(d)                       A monthly report of all areas of local finance shall be given at branches. A written financial report shall be made to each CC. The CC shall submit a balance sheet to the national congress.

(e)                       All bodies of the organisation holding accounts shall elected two auditors who shall report to annual general meetings/congresses. Financial accounts throughout the organisation shall be available for inspection by branch representatives

 

Article 12. Democratic Rights and Discipline:

(a)                       All decisions of the governing bodies (national congress, central committee, executive committee, district committee and branch) are binding on all members and subordinate units. Any member violating these decisions shall be subject to disciplinary action.

(b)                       The majority decisions of any body are binding on all members within its jurisdiction. While co-operating in the carrying out of all democratic decisions, all minorities have the right to present their viewpoint within the organisation, verbally and by means of the internal bulletin which shall be published at least bi-monthly.

(c) Any discussion material which is submitted with the support of any branch or CC member must be produced and circulated to the entire organisation by the national centre within 28 days.

(d)                       Any member subjected to disciplinary action is entitled to appeal to higher bodies and to the national congress, the disciplinary action being meanwhile upheld.

 

Article 13. Special Meetings:

A Special Meeting of any body of the organisation must be called at the request of one third of the members of that body, or by decision of a higher body. All members of the appropriate body shall be informed of the special meeting and its agenda in writing.

 

Article 14. Full Time Workers:

(a)                       National full-timers shall be appointed by the CC. For the appointment of area full timers, the district committee shall draw up a short list, in liaison with the EC and CC. The full-timer will be elected from this short list at an aggregate meeting of all members in the appropriate area. The decision to be ratified by the CC.

(b)                       The organisation aims to ensure that full-timers, as a minimum, have the same take-home pay as local authority manual workers.

(c) All full-timers shall be accountable to and should report in writing on their work to the DC or CC as appropriate.

(d)                       All officials, including full-timers, shall be subject to recall by the bodies appointing them.

(e)                       All property of the organisation shall be vested in trustees appointed by the CC and shall come under the complete jurisdiction of the organisation.

(f)   All members holding public office, paid or otherwise, shall come under the complete control of the organisation.

(g)                       All members are required to work in the mass organisations of the working class under the direction of the organisation for the purpose of fulfilling the aims of the constitution.

 


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