DEMOCRACY AT ACCA
Did you know that:
ACCA President, Deputy President and Vice-President are not
directly elected to their office by ACCA members. It is all based upon
the principle of the Buggins Turn.
ACCA does not allow proper discussion of anything at AGMs.
The outgoing President insists that each member can only speak for
2-3 minutes even though s/he takes 35 minutes. There is no bylaw limiting
the members' rights, but the leadership does not care.
ACCA officialdom claims that ACCA Council elects the leaders,
but it has failed to give anyone any sight of the alleged ballot paper.
The leadership opposes the election of the leadership by
members. It insists that individuals seeking high office must do an apprenticeship
i.e. firstly they must become a Vice-President, the Deputy-President and
then President. However, when they want their own cronies, all these concocted
rules are consigned to dust-bin. In 1999, Moyra Kedslie was appointed Deputy-President
without ever being appointed Vice-President. This after only three years
on Council, hardly enough for 'experience'. In 1999, John Brockwell was
'appointed' President without even serving as a Deputy-President. Funny,
how the leadership does not follow its own rules.
ACCA uses a voting system known as 'delegated proxy' system
which unlawful for trade unions. The system ensures that the leadership
can always 'appoint' its Council.
ACCA leadership routinely ignores the 'proxy voting form'
approved by the members and reproduced in the official handbook. It instead
pre-prints President's name and abuses the voting system.
ACCA Council elections are rigged. ACCA President casts some
20-25% of all votes. The Council is "appointed" and hardly in a position
to raise uncomfortable questions..
ACCA leadership defends its voting system by saying that
members do not always know who to vote for. This is a lame excuse. All
that the Council candidates need to do is to publish more information about
their policies. People vote in national and elections on the basis of policies.
ACCA's overseas members do not trust the leadership. so they
insisted that the 'delegated proxy system' not be used for election to
International Assembly. Here a system of proportional voting is used.
ACCA's self elected leaders takes their friends, spouses
and even mistresses to all expenses paid overseas jaunts. The cost of this
is some £50,000 per annum and is borne by the Association's ordinary
members. ACCA members are not told anything about this and their approval
for this 'nice little earner' is never sought.
ACCA subscription increases are running ate 2-3 times the
rate of inflation. What do members get in return? Precious little whilst
the Chief Executive takes her spouse on overseas jaunts. The officeholders
spend £50,000 taking their spouses around the world and charge the
cost to members.
ACCA leadership has failed to provide a decent library for
its members. The ACCA technical staff use the ICAEW library. Overseas members
do not even get a rudimentary library.
Following FRS8, ACCA should disclose the details of the spouse
and friend jaunts, but the leadership has ignored compliance with FRS8.
Yet the accounts are still described as 'True and fair'.
ACCA is the only major professional accountancy body which
does not admit either its members or the public to its Council meetings.
ACCA claims to be an international body, but prior to the
1995 EGM organized by Prem Sikka, no one from any overseas jurisdiction
was ever allowed to sit on the Council. What use did the Presidents make
of their 20-25% block votes?
No person of 'color' has ever been nominated to be an officeholder
of the ACCA. Why not?
Unlike other professional associations, the ACCA leadership
has failed to publish composition of the membership by gender, ethnicity,
or by geographical area. What is the leadership hiding?
Minutes and agenda papers of ACCA Council meetings are not
available to members. So they have no idea of the policies being pursued.
ACCA Council members are nicknamed 'DUMMIES'. They attend
AGMs and always support the leadership. They have no mind of their own,
no policies and never ever speak at the AGMs.
The most powerful person in the ACCA is its Chief Executive,
who is neither an ACCA member nor elected by members.
ACCA members have never been asked to approve the Chief Executive's
contract. Members are not allowed to vote and approve (or disapprove) the
Chief Executive's salary either.
ACCA is the only UK professional body which has been forced
by the commission for Racial Equality (CRE) to undertake ethnic monitoring
of all its disciplinary cases.
There are no published procedures for lodging a complaint
against the Chief Executive and other officers.
Unlike other professional bodies there is no Ombudsman to
resolve any conflicts between ACCA officialdom and its members. The officialdom
insists that its interpretation of bylaws is the only one and members can
do nothing about it.