18 November 1998
SNFU approves ‘historic’ shake-up plans

By FWi staff

THE Scottish NFU has approved resolutions to adopt a new constitution, with effect from the 1 January, 1999.

The special general meeting also approved a 2.5% increase in 1999 subscriptions to the union.

“This is a historic decision for the union,” said president George Lyon. “For the first time in over 30 years, weve agreed major changes to the way the union is run. It will secure the future of the organisation and will enable us to deliver our primary objectives.”

The decision will enable to the union to provide top-quality lobbying in Brussels, Westminster and in Scotland, said Mr Lyon. “And it is particularly important with the setting-up of Scotlands new Government.”

The decision will also enable it to offer first-class information to its members and give good value for money.

The new arrangements will deliver a robust but flexible democratic structure, with strong lines of communication, and ensure that power is devolved from head office, out into the Regions, said Mr Lyon.

“Well have a sound financial basis on which to develop the union to meet the challenges to come for the whole of Scottish agriculture.”