Women's demonstration for peace, Brussels (Amsab-ISH)
Women's demonstration for peace, Brussels (Amsab-ISH)

Constitution as approved at the founding international conference of the International Association Strikes and Social Conflicts (IASSC), held at NOVA University of Lisbon on 16 to 20 March 2011.

1. The title of the association shall be International Association Strikes and Social Conflicts.

2. The objects of the Association are to promote the research, from an historical perspective, on strikes and social conflict from the 19th to the 21th century, through the organization of conferences and the publication of a journal.

3. Membership is open to all persons and organizations who wish to associate themselves with the objects of the Association and who pay the annual subscription. The annual subscription shall be determined from time to time by the Executive Committee and agreed by the General Assembly (GA). Individual members pay no fee and have no right to vote; institutional members pay a fee and are entitled to one vote.

4. The Officers of the Association shall include a President, Vice-President(s), Secretary and Treasurer.

5. The Executive Committee (EC) shall consist of the officers (ex-officio) and up to seven members. The EC shall reflect the geographical composition of the Associations’ membership.

6. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to carry out the instructions of the General Assembly to the best of its ability. Between meetings of the GA the EC shall have authority to act on behalf of the Society and initiate action which it considers to be in the interest of the Society. It shall appoint editors and also have the power to co-opt members. It shall further have power to constitute sub-committees for specific purposes.

7. The appropriate Officers and members of the EC shall be elected by triennial postal ballots. Calls for nominations will be posted on the Association’s website by 1 February in the year of an election. Nominations must be made in writing to the Secretary. All persons nominated must (a) be members of an affiliated organization, and (b) give the secretary written or verbal confirmation of their readiness to stand.

8. There shall be a GA held normally in conjunction with the triennial conference of the Association. The Association shall notify all members in writing in advance of the time and place of the GA, and shall include a copy of the Agenda and of any proposed Amendments to the Constitution. All members shall have the right to attend and institutional members will have one vote each.

9. Dissolution: The Association may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at an Extraordinary General Meeting convened for the purpose of which 21 days’ notice shall have been given to members. Such resolutions shall give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the Association, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities such property shall not be paid or distributed among the members of the Association but shall be given or transferred to such other institution or institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of the Association.