Private Fiefdom of ACCA: No Democracy at ACCA
2015 AGM Resolutions - Reclaim the Association
hierarchy barely tolerates its members. Members are treated as money
machines and hardly receive any worthwhile services. The official
poor and is basically a propaganda sheet for the officialdom. It has
pages but no critical opinions or even a discussion about where ACCA
A major reason for neglect of members is that they have no say in
and policies of the Association. Here are some examples:
(e.g. President) are not directly elected by members and have no
incentive to listen to members.
members are not elected. They are "appointed" by President who under
the archaic delegated proxy voting system casts hundreds of votes.
President never names the cronies benefitting from his/her block vote.
Delegated proxy voting system is unlawful for trade unions, but is used
by the ACCA because it enables the leadership appoint its cronies to
council. When did you ever hear a council member speak at the AGM or
even express a dissenting/contrary view?
meetings are closed to members though the magazine provides a
meaningless paragraph or two about what might have been discussed.
Members can’t see minutes of meetings.
has no mandate from members. Most members are disgusted by the lack of
support and can’t be bothered to vote because it makes no difference.
Only about 5-8% of the membership votes. This makes President’s block
vote even more influential. It is always used to oppose any resolutions
brought by members.
- ACCA AGMs
are packed with council members and former officials. If
you are lucky you will get three minutes to say your piece as President
is keen to close the meeting as quickly as possible. Members don’t
- Barely 20
out of 178,000 members attend AGM. There is little point in speaking
and leadership rarely answers the questions and there is virtually no
are totally disempowered. About 1,800 signatures are needed to secure
an EGM. Yet with all the advantages of mass mailing, individuals
securing fewer votes (the votes of cronies are topped by President's
block vote) sit on council.
are not permitted to vote on chief executive's remuneration. They
cannot show their approval or displeasure of ACCA's operatons, services
executive is not an ACCA member and therefore can’ easily identify with
members. ACCA Presidents give the usual speech about what a wonderful
and vital qualification ACCA is. If so, how is come that chief
executive does not hold it?
resolutions by members provide an opportunity to members to reclaim the
Association. Members are asked to support the
resolutions and create a democratic and accountable Association that is
fit for the 21st century.
As always, the unelected leadership
will oppose change. Members should also show their anger by rejecting
the annual accounts and report.