LAST MINUTE MOTION BEATS DEADLINE FOR CIfA EGM

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A third substantive motion is to be added to the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists [CIfA] which is to be held online on Tuesday 9 April.

The motion, which has been agreed jointly by the senior management of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the organisation which upholds professional standards
for the UK’s archaeologists and employers body, the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers [FAME], sets out to unify the disparate parts of the profession in a way which its proponents hope will lead to archaeologists gaining a more authoritative voice within the development industry and the media.

Citing the recent merger between three archaeological trusts in Wales to form a single entity, Heneb: the Trust for Welsh Archaeology, which comes into effect on 1 April 2024, the motion asks members of CIfA to agree in principal to a merger between the two organisations to create one “Voice of Archaeology”.

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If passed by CIfA’s membership, talks to bring about the merger will begin immediately, with the intention of achieving a unified structure by 1 April 2025.

A spokesperson for FAME told thePipeLine,

“We accept that the idea of merging the two bodies which represent archaeologists and their employers might be seen as controversial by some. However, in the context of archaeology’s role as a crucial part of the development industry it makes perfect sense to ensure that there is a single clear line of communication between archaeologists and those in industry who employ them.”

The spokesperson added,

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“FAME’s central role in the recent successful negotiations over the use of CSCS cards in archaeology shows how important we are to the development industry and what we can achieve on our own, so imagine what we could achieve together?”

Speaking on behalf of CIfA, the chair of the Future Archaeology Working Group, April Fisk MCIfA said,

“Archaeologists should not be afraid of this kind of change. CIfA will not be going away. The name of the new organisation, the Federation of Archaeologists Managers and Employers [FAME] includes the word “archaeologists”.”

Ms Fisk added,

“The proposal to merge CIfA and FAME is a real positive because it builds on the work done recently to reach joint positions on critical issues for our members such as the setting of minimum rates of pay and working conditions, including CIfA’s decision to shadow FAME’s practice by not setting minimum rates of pay and working conditions.”

The motion was registered just before the midday deadline of 1 April 2024.

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