Trades Union Congress (Questers)
|Trades Union Congress|
|14th Peoples Conference|
2nd May 1955 (Federation)|
12th January 1991 (Legislature)
|Committees||Standing Committees of the TUC|
|Committees||Elective Committees of the TUC|
|Constitutional Committees of the TUC and College of Justice|
Length of term
|Delegates subject to recall|
|All for one, one for all|
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The Trades Union Congress (TUC), commonly known as Congress is the federation of Questarian trades union that also acts as the national legislature. Workers councils, formed at co-operative enterprises, elect workplace and regional representatives to their trades union, who chooses representatives, known as Delegates, to sit in the Congress. Delegates are not subject to general election must their presence in the Congress must be renewed every year by a vote, and they are subject to recall. The number of delegates granted to a trade union is based on a simplistic formula. The Trades Union Congress also attends biennial Peoples Conferences, alongside the Communist Party, in which legislative agendas are determined.
The legislative agenda spans for the remainder of the year after a Peoples Conference, until November, when the Trades Union Congress must announce its economic plans and budgets. Co-operation with the Central Planning Board between November and March finalises the budget. This period usually sees the most recall elections and bargaining between unions as individual workplaces and regional enterprises express approval or disapproval of the economic planning system. The Questarian system can be considered participatory, a form of guild socialism or horizontalist democracy; decisions about the economy are made by workers councils delegated to the Congress.
Other than its agricultural and industrial unions, the Trades Union Congress includes the National Union of Students and the National Homemakers Union. Government services which rely on conscription, such as the police and armed services, do not have unions. Other than its legislative functions, the Trades Union Congress also functions as a national trade union center, co-ordinating union activities throughout the country. It is the largest national trade union in the world, with approximately 87 million members.
The number of delegates assigned to each Union is based on a simplistic formula:
- Under 100,000 members; 3 delegates
- Every 100,000 members to 1,000,000 members: 2 delegates
- Above 1,000,000 members: extra 5 delegates
Majority of unions have between 3 and 6 delegates; some very large unions have 18, the maximum figure. There are currently 77 unions represented at the Congress, although they are typically divided into blocks:
- Federation of Allied and Manufacturing Enterprises: the largest federation, comprising a large number of manufacturing and process production unions: can call between 103-125 delegates.
- National Drivers Union: Can call between 45-65 delegates.
- Miners and Loggers of Alisna: Can call around 50 delegates.
- General Clerks: Can call around 50-60 delegates.
- Communication Workers Federation: Can call around 30 delegates.
- Agricultural and Rural Enterprises Alliance: Can call around 21 delegates.
- National Electrical Labourers Union: Can call around 15 delegates.
Selecting the Cabinet
The Constitution mandates that the Cabinet may recommend members. The Congress may select another member instead, if two thirds of the Congress delegates approve: otherwise, the Cabinet's recommendation is carried. Cabinet members may resign or be fired by the Prime Minister.