Solidarity Winnipeg Expectations & Complaints Procedure

Adopted on August 20, 2016.
[updated: October 28, 2017]


As members of an organization committed to transforming society, we expect that we will strive to conduct ourselves in ways that promote equality and challenge injustice, both within and beyond the organization, and that respect the group's democratic decisions.

Members who use oppressive behaviour, language or jokes, or who abuse, harass or discriminate against people on the basis of their gender, race, sexuality, disability, national or cultural background etc. are subject to sanction. Members whose behaviour disrupts or undermines the group's work are also subject to sanction.


Members can launch complaints on their own behalf or on the behalf of another member or non-member by notifying the group at a members' meeting. A complaint can be put on a meeting agenda in advance by notifying the convenor, or added to an agenda at a meeting. The meeting will respond to the  complaint by striking a 3-member committee to investigate. In extremely urgent cases a members' meeting may deal with a complaint directly.

In cases dealing with allegations of oppressive behaviour, the body handling the complaint must first connect with the person(s) who experienced oppressive behaviour, asking if they need support of any kind, and seeking first-hand testimony about the complaint. If the person(s) who experienced oppressive behaviour does not wish to speak with the investigation committee, the person(s) can delegate - in writing - someone to speak on their behalf.

The body handling the complaint must inform the person against whom the complaint has been made of the allegation and the potential sanctions (see below). That person has the right to meet with the body to discuss the allegation. If a third party is directly involved in the matter, the body handling the complaint must make an effort to hear from that party. The body handling the complaint can consult with others tangentially involved in the incident, although it is not required to do so.

If the allegation is being dealt with by an investigation committee, the committee must report to a members' meeting and make a recommendation about what sanction, if any, should be applied. The complainant and the member against whom the allegation has been made must be informed in advance of the date and time of the meeting at which the committee will make its report.

Decisions about sanctions are made at members' meetings. To pass a motion sanctioning a member requires the support of at least two-thirds of the votes cast.

The following sanctions may be applied:

1) Reprimand

2) Suspension of  membership for a specified length of time

3) Termination of membership

In cases where membership is suspended, the group may impose conditions (e.g. no attendance at Solidarity Winnipeg events during the suspension).

Recommendations may also be made (e.g. to seek counselling).

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