ACCA's District Society Consultation
Globalization, money laundering, regulation, audit failures, the pensions
crisis and the role of accounting in povert ywages are just some of the major
topics that are rarely discussed at the ACCA District Societies. The reason
is that District Societies are not allowed to discuss anything that Head
Office disapproves of. Once upon a time, the UK District Societies were locally
managed and controlled. But now they are all (with some minor exceptions)
controlled by ACCA Head Office. It decides which speaker will be invited
and the topics that will be discussed. Topics such as the governance of the
Association, accountability of the leadership and lack of democracy and openness
are not ever allowed on the agenda.
Under pressure from some members, ACCA is belatedly undertaking a consultation
exercise. Overseas members are totally excluded from the consultation. Their
local events are all centralised and controlled by the Head Office bureaucrats.
The UK consultation is a sham. Everything has already been centralised and
members at local lever have little, if any say, in matters. The so called
'consultation' is a cynical exercise in impression management.
VOTE AGAINST CENTRALISED CONTROL
Many ACCA members voluntarily
give their time to sit on local committees and organise events, but now the
whole thing has been hijacked by Head Office. Local committees have become
puppets of the management.
For effective democracy to function, local mmebers must elect their District
Society management committees. These committees must decide what their priorities
are and decide the programme of events. The Head Office bureaucrats should
be there to serve, not determine, the local needs.