2000 AGM: EGM Signatories raised to 1% of the Membership

As expected, the ACCA has lurched further to the right. Its controllers are  keener than ever to stifle debate and silence dissent. In a move welcomed by ACCA President John Brockwell, the number of signatories needed for the EGM has been raised from 100 to 1% of the membership. On the last published data, that would mean that an EGM needs to be requisitioned by 720 members. The leadership thinks that the raising of the number of signatories will make it impossible for members to call it to account.

However, there are numerous inconsistencies.

At the AGM, Prem Sikka drew the President’s attention to these inequalities, but he received no response from the leadership. The leadership's main interest is to give the impression that ACCA is democratic, but at the same time make it impossible for anyone to call them to account. With £35 million operating budget,  a huge mail shot, flying visits to other countries and bribery (e.g. free dinners in Malaysia and Hong Kong), the ACCA machine could only persuade 7% of the membership to vote in the 2000 council elections. Yet it expects, ordinary members to collect signatures from 1% of the membership.

The bottom line is that the leadership wanted to disenfranchise the members. It gave no consideration to the geographical composition of the membership. Not has it created any new channels to enable members to express their concerns. The effect of the change is to further disenfranchise the members, especially from outside the UK. Two years ago, Malaysians were prevented from tabling a ‘critical’ motion at the AGM.

The signal from the leadership is clear. It does not care about the feelings of members from outside the UK. It just wants their money and  shut-up.