Nautilus International Rules

NAUTILUS INTERNATIONAL AS AN EMPLOYER
Nautilus International seeks to provide equal opportunities, job security, job enrichment and through a programme of training and development, enhance the skills and knowledge of employees.
 
REGULATIONS
The Rules are supplemented by Regulations approved by the Council under Rule 2 (q) and which have the same force as if they were in the Rules. Copies are available on request to a Nautilus International Office.
 
As agreed at the October 2011 RGM
with effect from 5 October 2011
 
 
Contents
Rule 1 Name of Union, the Head Office and other Offices
Rule 2 Objects
Rule 3 Membership
Rule 4 Admission of Members
Rule 5 Termination of Membership by a Member
Rule 6 Professional Protection
Rule 7 Provident Benefits
Rule 8 Subscriptions
Rule 9 Trustee
Rule 10 Funds
Rule 11 Auditor
Rule 12 Powers and Composition of the Council
Rule 13 Submission of Questions to Members
Rule 14 Elections of the Council
Rule 15 Cessation of Membership of the Council
Rule 16 Meetings of the Council
Rule 17 National Branches and National Committees
Rule 18 Nautilus NL
Rule 19 General Meetings
Rule 20 Special General Meeting
Rule 21 Procedure at Meetings
Rule 22 General Secretary
Rule 23 Officers and Officials
Rule 24 Industrial Action
Rule 25 Expulsion and Suspension of Members
Rule 26 Complaints by Members
Rule 27 Rule Changes
Rule 28 Notices
Rule 29 Dissolution
Rule 30 Definitions
Rule 31 Jurisdiction
Rule 32 Transitional Rules
 
 
RULE 1 Name of Union, the Head Office and other Offices
The Union shall be called Nautilus International. Its Head Office shall be at 1 & 2 The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford, London, E18 1BD or such other place in the United Kingdom as shall be determined by the Council. All formal communications and notices to the Union shall be addressed to Head Office. The central administration of the Union shall be, and the Union’s statutory books of account and records shall be kept, at Head Office.
An office shall be provided in the Netherlands and other offices may be provided, in locations as determined by the Council.
 
RULE 2 Objects
The Objects of the Union:
a) To promote the highest possible level of safety and security within
the maritime industry for both members and the travelling public alike;
b) To advise on all commercial, scientific, educational and technical
matters relating to maritime transport;
c) To advance the technical knowledge of members and potential members and the maritime industry as a whole and to provide training and learning opportunities;
d) To uphold the interests of members, improve their terms and
conditions, regulate relations with their employers and generally to assist them;
(e) To promote equality for all, including through:
(i) collective bargaining, publicity material and campaigning, representation, union organisation and structures, education and training, organising and recruitment, the provision of all other services and benefits and all other activities;
(ii) the union’s own employment practices;
(f) Actively to oppose all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, class, caring responsibilities, marital status, sexuality, disability, age, or other status or personal characteristic;
 (g) To establish for members superannuation or benefit schemes, contributory or otherwise, in conjunction with employers or otherwise;
 (h) To take all necessary action in the furtherance and observance of national and international legislation conventions rules recommendations and regulations as the Council may determine is in the interests of the maritime industry and those engaged therein; to include joining or participating in the work or activities of such national and international bodies or conferences as the Council may determine for the purpose of influencing such legislation conventions rules recommendations and regulations;
 (i) To promote, and participate in, the work of any body, national or international, charged with or considering the selection control of entry and training of officers and apprentices for the maritime industry and for the regulation of their conditions generally;
(j) To provide such legal advice and assistance for members, other than those referred to in rule 3.1 (ii), at the discretion of, and on such terms as may be considered appropriate, by the Council;
(k) to participate in such commercial activity whether through the holding of shares in limited liability companies, including but not limited to majority shareholdings, or otherwise as the Council may consider appropriate and for the benefit of the Union or its membership;
(l) To administer or manage trusts pension funds and residential establishments for the benefit of members, serving or retired seafarers, and others connected with the sea or their dependants
(m) To employ the funds of the Union, as the Council may deem desirable for all objects and benefits as provided in these Rules and regulations made hereunder.
(n) To do all such lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them as the Council consider to be in the interests of the members or likely directly or indirectly to benefit the Union or any member of it;
(o) For all or any of the above objects the Union by its Council shall have amongst its powers;
(i) to utilise subscriptions entrance fees income from all sources and monies invested by the Union and any other funds of the Union;
(ii) to own purchase or lease mortgage or otherwise deal with land or property;
(iii) to erect and furnish maintain such buildings as may be considered necessary or desirable;
(iv) to raise funds by borrowing money on any real or personal property of the Union or otherwise;
(v) to establish superannuation or benefit schemes, contributory or otherwise for officials and employees of the Union;
(vi) to invest in the names of the trustee all Union monies and funds in such securities, shares, debentures, mortgages and loans including commercial and industrial undertakings as the Council may determine;
(p) For the purpose of fulfilling any object the Council may establish such separate fund or funds as may be deemed necessary. When such funds are established the accounts of such funds shall be separate.
(q) The Council shall have the power to issue Regulations and amend these from time to time, to give effect to the detailed implementation of general powers under the Rules and any such Regulations shall have the same force as if they were in the Rules.
 
RULE 3 Membership
3.1 Those eligible for membership shall be those persons regularly engaged or employed as:
(i) maritime professionals including shipmasters, officers, ratings, other seafarers and other staffs engaged in or supporting the maritime transportation of goods and passengers or other forms of maritime activity, including inland navigation,
(ii) Officials and senior staff ,as defined by the Council, employed by  the Union, and
(iii) such other descriptions of persons, including persons engaged in non – maritime activity, as the Council may from time to time decide to be eligible.
3.2 There shall be four classes of member: (i) Full member; (ii) Associate member; (iii) Affiliate member; (iv) Honorary member
3.3 Full membership shall be open to those persons eligible for membership under Rule 3.1. Admission to membership shall be at the discretion of the Council.
Full members shall be entitled to services and benefits as determined by the Council from time to time and which may vary between groups of Full members. Full members who have not retired but who become unemployed may continue as Full members for a period not exceeding 12 months from the date they first become unemployed and shall on the expiry of that period cease to be Full members and as a consequence lose all voting rights and eligibility to stand for or hold elected office. They shall be transferred to either Associate or Affiliate membership as appropriate.
In the event that a Full member is assigned to the NL Branch and is eligible to be a member of FNV Waterbouw (FNV-W), for so long as the Council determine and the rules of FNV-W permit, such a member shall also become a member of FNV-W and shall remain such until such time as the member is no longer eligible to remain a member of FNV-W or terminates membership of the Union.
3.4 Associate membership shall be available only to individuals who have been Full Members but have ceased to qualify for full membership. Admission to associate membership shall be at the discretion of the Council.
3.5 Affiliate membership shall be available to individuals who have ceased to qualify for full membership having retired from regular employment. Admission to affiliate membership shall be at the discretion of the Council.
3.6 Neither Associate nor Affiliate members shall have any say in the affairs of the Union whatsoever, other than in the administration of welfare trust funds, or any residual legal entity or as determined by regulation under Rule 2 (q). They shall not therefore have the right to attend or speak at any General Meeting and are both classes all of whom are excluded from standing as candidates, nominating candidates, or voting in, any elections. They shall only receive benefits at the discretion of the Council. 
3.7 Honorary membership may at the discretion of the Council be conferred on such persons that the Council may regard as having rendered outstanding service in the furtherance of the interests of the Union or its members. Honorary members shall not have any say in the affairs of the Union whatsoever. They shall not therefore have the right to attend or speak at any General Meeting and are a class all of whom are excluded from standing as candidates, nominating candidates or voting in, any elections. They shall only receive benefits at the discretion of the Council.
The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations defining the benefits available to each class of member.
3.8 It shall be the duty of every member to provide the General Secretary with details of changes of circumstances affecting which membership class is appropriate to that member.
3.9 All members shall be allocated from time to time to a National Branch. This allocation shall be determined by the General Secretary, or other nominated staff acting on behalf of the General Secretary, on the basis of the country of main residence of the member or, where this is a country not having a National Branch, by reference to which Branch is responsible for conducting negotiations with the member’s employer and other relevant factors.
3.10 Neither the Council nor its employees nor its lay representatives will accept any liability for the consequences of any member acting upon or failing to act upon any advice or information given by, nor for any action or omissions of, the Council or its employees or representatives unless and until a written request for such advice or action is made on the appropriate form which is available from any office of the Union.
 
RULE 4 Admission of Members
4.1 Any application for admission for membership shall be considered by the General Secretary or by other nominated staff acting on behalf of the General Secretary. If approved, then upon payment of the appropriate subscription and/or entrance fee, the applicant shall be an admitted to membership. If an application for admission is rejected the General Secretary shall give notice to the applicant of rejection and of the right of appeal. The General Secretary shall be entitled to reject any application for membership on the grounds of the conduct of the applicant, or because of the applicant's membership or activities of any political party determined, to the extent permitted by law, by the Council under regulations determined in accordance with Rule 2 (q) to have objects contrary to the objects of the union.
4.2 On admission a member shall be sent a membership card as evidence of membership and a member shall produce the card if called upon to do so by a duly authorised member of staff or lay representative or when requesting benefit or service. A member may request a copy of the rules from Head Office, which shall be provided free of charge.
4.3 Every person upon being admitted a member of the Union shall be deemed to have agreed to abide by the rules of the Union.
4.4 Any person whose application for membership has been rejected may appeal against the decision. The appeal shall be in writing and must reach the General Secretary not more than 90 days from the date of the notice of rejection. The Council may at its discretion either confirm the rejection or decide that the applicant shall be admitted to membership.
4.5 It shall be the duty of every member to provide the General Secretary with their name and address as may be required under legislation to be included in the records of the Union and of any changes to that information.
 
RULE 5 Termination of Membership by a Member
A member of the Union may terminate membership at any time by giving notice in writing to the General Secretary. Membership shall terminate three months after the date on which the notice is received by the Union and the member shall pay all arrears of subscriptions up to that date. On the termination of membership the member shall forthwith forfeit all rights, benefits and offices, paid or otherwise.
 
RULE 6 Professional Protection 
6.1 Should a member be ordered to attend as a party or witness at an official inquiry in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland or such other country as determined by the Council, the Union, subject to the discretion of the Council in every case, may, subject to such terms and conditions as the Council may from time to time determine arrange for legal representation or advice for such member and pay their reasonable legal costs not covered by the State, employer or other person in connection therewith.
6.2 Should a member be ordered to attend as a party a naval court or other court of inquiry held outside the United Kingdom or the Netherlands or Switzerland or other country specified in or under the provisions of Rule 6.1, the Union, subject to the discretion of the Council in every case, may subject to such terms and conditions as the Council may from time to time determine, and to the extent not covered by the State, employer or other person, pay the member’s reasonable legal costs for legal representation or advice  in connection therewith, provided always that such legal costs shall not exceed an amount determined by the Council by Regulation under Rule 2(q), without the authority of the General Secretary.
6.3 At the discretion of the Council, a member may be reimbursed all or any part of the loss of salary directly arising from the cancellation or suspension of any certificate or licence issued to them by a competent or recognised authority, provided that no payment shall be made in the event that the Council determine that in their view the cancellation or suspension was as a consequence of a deliberate wilful act by that member.
6.4 No payments shall be made under Rule 6.1 or 6.2 in the event that, and from the time that, the Council determine in their discretion that any cancellation or suspension of a Certificate or Licence is likely to be as a consequence of a deliberate wilful act by that member.
6.5 Where the Union has agreed to fund the legal defence costs payable under Rule 6.1 or 6.2:
(a) they shall be paid for by the Union irrespective of the findings of any Court of Inquiry,
(b) such funding shall not be taken as an express or implied agreement on the part of the Union to indemnify the member in respect of any adverse costs orders made against the member howsoever arising.
6.6 For the purposes of Rule 6 the word “member” means a Full member as defined in Rule 3.3, and the definition of a deliberate wilful act shall be at the discretion of the Council in every case.
6.7 The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule but without limiting the discretion of the Council in each individual case.
 
RULE 7 Provident Benefits 
The Council shall be entitled to provide such provident benefits as it may decide by assuring to any person a sum not exceeding £4,000 by way of a gross sum or £825 a year by way of annuity or such higher levels as may from time to time be authorised under section 467 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 as amended or under any successor legislation.
 
RULE 8 Subscriptions
8.1 Each member of the Union shall pay a subscription at such time and of such amount and currency as the Council may, from time to time, in its absolute discretion determine.
8.2 The Council may impose, for new members, an entrance fee and, for those persons rejoining the Union, a re-entrance fee, in both cases of such amount as the Council may from time to time determine.
8.3 On cessation of membership, a member shall not be entitled to a refund of any part of the subscription or entrance or re-entrance fee except that, if requested at the same time as giving the notice of termination of membership under Rule 5, the General Secretary shall after the effective date of termination refund the balance of any subscription which has been prepaid and covers the period beyond the effective date of termination of membership.
8.4 In the event of any subscription not being paid within three months of the due date the defaulting member shall unless the Council otherwise determines cease forthwith to be entitled to any of the benefits or rights due as a member of the Union and be considered a member no longer in financial benefit for the purposes of these rules and in the event that the non-payment shall continue for a further three months the defaulting member shall cease forthwith to be a member of the Union.
8.5 In the event of a member falling into arrears all payments subsequently received shall be used first to offset arrears. In the event of an ex-member applying to rejoin, it shall, unless the Council otherwise determine, be a condition of rejoining that all arrears, not exceeding a sum equal to six months’ subscription be paid.
 
RULE 9 Trustee
9.1 A corporate body with up to four Directors appointed by the Council shall be established to act as trustee for the Union. The Directors of such body shall be entitled to attend and speak in an advisory capacity only at any Committee of the Council, may submit a report to the Council on their role as director and shall at the behest of the Council attend at any Council Meeting to report on the same. For these purposes they shall be provided with notices of meetings, agendas and supporting papers of all meetings of the Council and its committees as if they were members of the Council and its committees. No salaried employee of the Union shall act as such Director.
9.2 The corporate body shall hold or control and take reasonable measures for the preservation and safe custody of all deeds documents of title securities and property of the Union and may use the services of a nominee company or companies for these purposes. The Directors of such corporate body shall produce such deeds documents of title securities and property of the Union when required for inspection by the Auditors or General Secretary or by Resolution of the Council or Executive Committee.
9.3 Any three such Directors shall together form any appeals committee established under regulation for the purpose of Rule 25 and in that capacity shall have the power and authority in their absolute discretion to confirm, reverse or amend the decisions of the Council.
9.4 A Director may sign cheques or otherwise authorise the transfer of monies from the bank accounts of the Union for such amounts and in such manner as the Council may determine.
9.5 A Director or any of them in signing any cheque or otherwise authorising or delivering or producing or handing over any deeds documents of title securities or property of the Union authorised and required by these rules shall be fully indemnified and held harmless. A Director shall be reimbursed for any expenditure incurred under these rules.
9.6 A Director in fulfilling any duty under the aforesaid rule may call upon the General Secretary for any explanation or information.
 
RULE 10 Funds
10.1 The funds of the Union shall be paid into such banks or financial institutions as the Council may from time to time authorise.
10.2 The General Secretary shall cause proper receipts to be given for all monies received.
10.3 Transfers between accounts and holdings held in the name of the Union shall be authorised by the General Secretary or such other staff as specified by the General Secretary.
10.4 Any payments or transfer from an account or holdings held in the name of the Union to an account or holding in any other name shall be authorised:
(i) below such figure as decided by the Council, by any two of the General Secretary and such other staff as specified by the Council and;
(ii) subject to sub paragraph (iii) below, in any other case by the General Secretary and an elected member of the Council,
 (iii) except that if it exceeds a higher figure specified by the Council it shall additionally be authorised in writing by a Director of the Trustee Company referred to in Rule 9.
10.5 Any financial amounts quoted in these Rules or under Regulations adopted under Rule 2 (q) in a particular currency will be converted to other relevant currencies at exchange rates determined by the General Secretary but based on commercial rates used by major banks.
 
RULE 11 Auditor
The accounts of the Union shall be audited each year by a firm of chartered accountants, qualified to do so under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and any successor legislation, to which the General Secretary shall cause to be produced all books and papers necessary for the proper examination of the Union accounts. Auditors shall be appointed by the Council on such terms and for such period as the Council shall determine but may be removed from office only by a resolution adopted by a General Meeting.
 
RULE 12 Powers and Composition of the Council
12.1 The absolute control and administration of the affairs and property of the Union and the furtherance of the objects of the Union and the provision of all the benefits together with the necessary power to utilise Union funds and monies shall be vested in the Council subject only to any direction of the Union given by its members at a General Meeting convened in accordance with these rules. The Council may delegate any of its powers to an Executive Committee that shall be composed solely of members of the Council and be of such number as the Council shall determine.
12.2 (a) The Council shall consist of the General Secretary and a maximum of 32 and a minimum of 24 places to be filled by elected Full members of the Union or such smaller numbers as the General Meeting shall from time to time decide.
12.2 (b) At the first meeting following each election of the Council, there shall be elected by and from members of the Council, other than the General Secretary, a Chair of the Council, a Vice-Chair and a Deputy Vice-Chair.
12.3 The term of office of members of the Council shall be four years, or as provided for under Rule 14.1 or 14.2 or 22.1 or 22.2. The composition of the Council shall be decided from time to time by the Council with a view to providing appropriate representation between branches, for each category of full members, and for full membership levels in the National Branches.
12.4 Prior to the commencement of each Council election under Rule 14 the Council shall determine the number and composition of the Council under Rules 12.2 (a) and 12.3.
12.5 The Council shall have power and authority to construe the rules and to determine on all matters where the rules are silent. Any such construction or determination by the Council shall be binding upon all members and shall remain in operation unless reversed by the Council or by the members in General Meeting.
12.6 The Council may, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule.
 
RULE 13 Submission of Questions to Members
Without prejudice to the powers vested in the Council under these rules the Council may submit any matter or question to the vote of the members of the Union. The vote shall be taken in such manner and of such members as the Council shall determine.
 
RULE 14 Election of the Council 
14.1 Elections shall be held every two years with a Declaration Date determined by the Council. Where possible half of the places in each category on the Council shall be subject to election on each occasion. The places to be the subject of each election shall be determined by the Council to achieve these principles and also to provide for any changes in the numbers and composition under Rule 12.3.
14.2 To provide for such a change in composition or numbers the Council may reduce the term of office of a Member or Members in any category providing that the Member or Members so selected shall be the successful candidate or candidates receiving the lowest number of votes in the relevant category in the previous election. In the event that a ballot had not been required in the previous election the selection shall be undertaken using objective criteria laid down by regulations made by the Council under Rule 2 (q).
14.3 A Scrutineer shall be appointed at each General Meeting and shall hold office until the next General Meeting. Casual vacancies in the office of Scrutineer shall be filled by the Council.
14.4 Nothing in these rules will prevent the Council determining Regulations for the Council and General Secretary elections permitting electronic voting conducted in accordance with the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and any successor legislation.
14.5 The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule.
14.6 For the purposes of Rule 14 and any Regulation made under Rule 2(q) an ‘eligible member’ is a member who is in full membership as defined in Rule 3.3 and in financial benefit. A ‘nominee’ must be an ‘eligible member’ but shall not be an employee of the Union.
 
RULE 15 Cessation of Membership of the Council
15.1 Should a member of the Council be suspended or expelled from membership of the Union that member’s membership of the Council shall terminate forthwith.
15.2 Should a member of the Council become engaged or employed in a category other than that which s/he was elected to represent then:
a.  either there shall be an election to replace that member in the next following two yearly election and the member shall cease to be a member of the Council at the Declaration Date of that election; or
b, if earlier, the member shall cease to be a member of the Council on the expiry of 12 months from such engagement or employment or, if earlier, at the end of the period for which the member was elected.
15.3 Should a member of the Council fail to attend any meetings of the Council for a period of 12 months without giving the Council a satisfactory explanation, the Council may terminate the membership thereof after previously notifying the member at the address appearing in the records of the Union of its intention to terminate the membership.
 
RULE 16 Meetings of the Council 
16.1 Meetings of the Council shall be held as required and may be called by either
(a)  resolution of the Council or
(b)  the General Secretary when deemed by the General Secretary expedient to do so, or
(c) on a notice in writing to the General Secretary signed by not less than eight members of the Council stating the business to be considered.
16.2 The General Secretary shall convene all Council Meetings by communication in writing and, except for business deemed urgent by the General Secretary, not less than seven days’ notice thereof shall be given to the members of the Council.
16.3 The business shall be decided by a majority of the Council present and voting. The Chair of any Council meeting shall upon equality of votes have a second and casting vote.
16.4 The Council shall not have power to determine on any business unless there be present:
a. a quorum of one-quarter of the elected members plus
b. either the Chair, Vice-Chair or Deputy Vice-Chair of the Council, plus
c. the General Secretary, or in a non-voting, non-advisory capacity during his unavoidable absence, his appointee as a recorder of the meeting or in the event that the General Secretary has not made such an appointment, the Deputy General Secretary, if any, or an Assistant General Secretary appointed by those members of the Council present for this purpose.
16.5 Voting shall be by a show of hands but the Chair of any Council meeting may decide that a vote be taken by ballot and shall do so if a majority of the members present so request.
 
RULE 17 National Branches and National Committees
17.1 There shall be National Branches to which all members shall be assigned in accordance with Rule 3.9. Each Branch shall have a National Committee accountable to the Council.
17.2 The Council shall delegate to each National Committee the authority to deal with policy issues relevant only to the specific Country.
17.3 Further provision regarding the National Committees, including the power to determine their membership, establish further such Committees, including the Standing Orders and the quorum for meetings shall be provided for in regulations determined by the Council under Rule 2(q).
 
RULE 18 National Branches outside of the UK
All members of a National Branch outside the UK shall also be members, unless the Council otherwise determines, of any Residual Legal Entity for that country on such terms as may from time to time be determined by the Council.
 
RULE 19 General Meetings
19.1 Any General Meeting shall consist of a maximum of 200 Full members or such smaller number, as the General Meeting shall from time to time decide.  The composition of any General Meeting shall be determined from time to time by the Council in such a manner as to provide appropriate representation between National Branches and for each category of members. Prior to notice being given of a General Meeting under Rule 19.2 or a Special General Meeting under Rule 20.2 or a Rules General Meeting under Rule 27.2 the Council shall determine the composition and numbers in each category including by reference to membership levels in the National Branches.
19.2 A General Meeting shall be held in 2011 and every fourth year thereafter at such time and place as the Council may determine and to which only Full members shall be eligible to attend.
19.3 Any resolution carried at a General Meeting shall be binding on the Council.
19.4 The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule.
 
RULE 20 Special General Meeting
20.1 A Special General Meeting may be called for the purpose of considering any specified recommendation either by resolution of the Council or at the request in writing of not less than 200 Full members of the Union setting forth the terms of the recommendation for consideration.
20.2 Notice of a Special General Meeting shall be given at least 30 days beforehand by circular posted to the Full members or by publication in the Telegraph or any other official journal of the Union and circulated to Full members. Such notice shall state the nature of the business to be transacted thereat.
 
RULE 21 Procedure at Meetings
21.1 The Chair of the Council, or failing him the Vice-Chair, or failing him the Deputy Vice-Chair, shall take the chair at every General Meeting of the Union or the Council or Executive Committee meetings. Every voting member present at any meeting shall have one vote; except that the chair shall have a casting and second, vote. Voting shall be by ballot or show of hands at the Chair’s discretion except that, a ballot must be held where a majority of the meeting so resolves. Every member attending may be called upon to produce his membership card and failure to produce such card may at the discretion of the Chair cause the member to forfeit the right to vote.
21.2 Minutes ,in such form as may from time to time be decided by the Council, of all proceedings of General Meetings of the Union and of meetings of the Council and its Committees and the results of all ballots shall be entered in a book or books kept for that purpose. Minutes entered in any such book or books when signed by the Chair of the next succeeding meeting shall be evidence of the proceedings.
21.3 The declaration made by the Chair at any General Meeting that a resolution proposed at the meeting has been carried or lost shall be conclusive.
 
RULE 22 General Secretary  
22.1 The General Secretary shall hold office for a period of four years, or, if earlier until the date of retirement unless the employment is terminated for whatever reason in accordance with the contract of employment, in which case the term of office shall terminate on the date of termination of the employment. The terms and conditions of employment of the General Secretary as an employee of the Union shall be determined by the Council.
22.2 The General Secretary shall be the Chief Executive of the Union under the direction of the Council and in that capacity shall attend regularly at the Head Office of the Union and shall be responsible to the Council for the general administration of the union, the conduct of negotiations and the supervision of other offices. The General Secretary shall also cause to be kept proper books of accounts and shall when called upon to do so give the Council such financial statements and explanations as it may require.
22.3 The General Secretary shall be responsible for the giving of such notices as may be required by these Rules; shall prepare the agenda for and attend the Council and General Meetings; and shall cause to be kept Minutes of proceedings of such meetings.
22.4 In the event that the General Secretary is absent from the duties of the post through illness or any other cause for a period of 12 consecutive months, the Council may terminate the General Secretary’s tenure of the office and if so shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of Regulations determined by the Council under Rule 2 (q).
22.5 In the event of either the death of the General Secretary while in office or circumstances in which the General Secretary is unable to delegate authority, the duties and responsibilities of Chief Executive of the union shall devolve upon the Deputy General Secretary, if any, or upon one of the Assistant General Secretaries appointed by the Council who shall exercise all the powers conferred upon the Chief Executive in Rule 22.3 until a successor is elected. The duties of the General Secretary, set out in Rules 16.2 and 22.4, shall for the same period devolve jointly upon the Vice-Chair and Deputy Vice-Chair of the Council.
22.6 In the event of any serious breach of the Rules or an act of gross misconduct, the General Secretary may be removed from Office if so determined by at least 75% present and voting of the whole Council.
22.7 The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule.
 
RULE 23 Officers and Officials
23.1 The Officers of the Union shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Deputy Vice-Chair of the Council and the General Secretary. They shall be elected and removed from office in accordance with the provisions of these rules and their powers and duties shall be as specified therein.
23.2 Officials of the Union who are not Officers shall be appointed by the Council and shall hold office at the pleasure of the Council. Their powers shall be determined by the Council and their duties shall be determined by the General Secretary.
 
RULE 24 Industrial Action
Only the General Secretary, any Deputy General Secretary or any Assistant General Secretary shall have the power to give instructions to members of the Union to take industrial action. Other Officials and members shall not have the power to give instructions to members of the Union to take industrial action.
 
RULE 25 Expulsion and Suspension of Members
25.1 The Council or the Executive Committee if so authorised by the Council shall have the right to expel or suspend from the Union any member who in the opinion of the Council or of the Executive Committee has (a) acted in breach of these rules or prejudicially to the interests and objects of the Union or (b) has behaved in such a manner as to render his further membership detrimental to the interests of the Union or its members or (c) participated in the activities of a political party determined by the Council ,to the extent permitted by law, under regulation to have objects contrary to the objects of the union .
25.2 The Council, on information supplied or obtained from any source, may instruct the General Secretary to cause inquiries to be made within the provisions of this rule as to the conduct of a member or members with a view to the Council considering the expulsion or suspensions of such member or members.
25.3 If the Council or Executive Committee decides to expel or suspend a member such expulsion or suspension shall be operative from the time notice of the expulsion or suspension is posted by registered post to the member concerned.
25.4 Any member expelled from the Union shall forthwith forfeit all rights benefits and offices, paid or otherwise, and, notwithstanding Rule 8.3, shall have no right to the return of any subscriptions and/or entrance fee. The Council may, or if directed by the appeals committee shall, reinstate such rights.
25.5 A member on suspension shall forfeit all rights benefits and offices, paid or otherwise, but the Council may in its absolute discretion reinstate such rights on hearing any appeal made by the member or members.
25.6 The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule.
 
RULE 26 Complaints by Members
26.1 Any member of the Union who wishes to complain that there has been a breach of the Rules may make a complaint. The provisions of this Rule shall not apply to members who are employees of the Union in respect of actions taken under any Disciplinary or Grievance Procedures of the Union.
26.2 The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule.
 
RULE 27 Rule Changes
27.1 The power to make, alter or revoke any rule of the Union shall be vested only in a Rules General Meeting, which shall be convened in accordance with the following provisions.
27.2 A Rules General Meeting shall be held concurrent with the General Meeting in every fourth year, commencing with the General Meeting held in 2011, and may be called at other times either by:
(i) resolution of the Council for the purpose only of considering a rule amendment proposed by the Council or,
(ii) by notice in writing to the General Secretary signed by not less than 200 Full members and setting forth the proposed rule change(s), in which case a Rules General Meeting shall be called within 6 months of the receipt of such notice by the General Secretary.
27.3 Any proposals for change adopted by a Rules General Meeting shall come into effect at 2400 on the Sunday following the date of the Rules General Meeting, unless otherwise specified in the proposal.
27.4 The Council shall, under Rule 2(q) determine detailed regulations for the operation of this Rule.
 
RULE 28 Notices
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein contained, any notice required to be given under these rules shall be deemed to have been duly given if such notice be set out in an official journal of the Union, or sent by email to the last known email address of the member or posted on the website of the union provided always that:
(a) every ballot paper circular or notice required by the rules to be sent to any member shall be sent to the member by prepaid letter in the ordinary course of post addressed to the member at the address appearing in the records of the Union;
(b) any accidental or inadvertent omission to send or any failure to receive any ballot paper circular or notice shall not invalidate any ballot or meeting.
 
RULE 29 Dissolution
29.1 Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 20, the Union may be dissolved only by the consent of five sixths of the Full members present and voting at a Special General Meeting duly convened by the Council for the purpose.
29.2 Upon the dissolution of the Union, its assets shall be realised and its debts and liabilities satisfied and any balance available shall be divided equally amongst the Full members in benefit at the date of the resolution for dissolution.
 
RULE 30 Definitions
(a) 'Official' shall mean:
(i) Any member elected by a group of members to represent them under arrangements expressly approved by the Council or contained within these Rules; and
(ii) any employee or member of the Union who has been appointed to represent   members by the Council by way of a Resolution individually naming the employee.
 An employee who has been appointed other than by way of such a Resolution of the Council shall not be an official of the Union.
(b) Number and Gender: Words importing the singular number include the plural number and vice versa. In these rules the expressions ‘member’, ‘officer’, ‘applicant for admission’ and ‘person’ are understood to refer equally to men and to women.
(c) In these rules the expressions ‘maritime industry’ and ‘maritime transport’ and similar are understood to include reference to Inland Navigation.
(d) 'Residual Legal Entity' means a body registered in a country, other than the UK, for the purpose of facilitating, in the law of that country and also in compliance with UK law, a merger with, or transfer into Nautilus International and for any continuing legal requirements in that country.
 
RULE 31 Jurisdiction
The Rules of the union shall be interpreted in accordance with, and be governed by, the laws of England.
 
RULE 32 Transitional Rule
The Protocol entered into on 2 October 2007 between Nautilus UK and Nautilus NL shall have effect until determined otherwise or amended by the Council under the terms of the Protocol.

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