Ballot Papers for Unison NEC Elections April 2017

Ballots are now taking place for contested seats on the national executive council.

Voting Process

Members not on the UNISON central membership system on 3 January 2017 will not be eligible to vote in these elections. Only full members are eligible to vote in this election.

 Ballot papers

Ballot papers will be sent to members’ home or other notified address. Members will be provided with a prepaid envelope for the return of the ballot paper to the independent scrutineer. All voting will be by post.

The despatch of ballot papers to individual members will begin on 3 April 2017.

Where members have previously requested (via the RMS) materials in a special format, eg in large print, they will automatically receive the ballot pack in that format. Any additional requests should be made to the ballot helpline.

 Ballot helpline

If individual members have not received a paper by 11 April, then they should contact the ballot helpline operated by UNISONdirect on the following telephone number: 0800 0857 857.

Lines are open from 6am to midnight Monday to Friday and on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Members with hearing difficulties can use textphone 0800 0 967 968.

Members should try to have their membership number to hand when telephoning.

The latest point at which members can request a ballot paper is 12noon on 25 April.

Please note that the ballot helpline can only deal with queries from individual members. If branches believe there is a wide-scale problem with receipt of ballot papers amongst their members (for instance if whole departments or geographical areas have not received ballot papers) then the branch should contact their regional office.

Close of ballot and result

The deadline for receipt of ballot papers by the independent scrutineer is 5pm on Friday 28 April 2017.

The results will be available on 23 May 2017 and the successful candidates will take office at the close of national delegate conference 2017.

Independent scrutineer and returning officer

The scrutineer and returning officer for this election is Electoral Reform Services, the contact details for which are: Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre,33 Clarendon Road,London N8 0NW. Fax 020 8365 7013. Tel 0208 365 8909. 


Any complaint about the conduct or fairness of this election must be received no later than 5pm on 5 May. Complaints must be in writing and should enclose any supporting documentation.Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre,33 Clarendon Road,London N8 0NW. Fax 020 8365 7013. Tel 0208 365 8909. 


Any query regarding this information or this election should be directed to the mmber liaison unit at the UNISON Centre.  Telephone 020 7121 5399. Email


NEC Elections 3- 28 April 2017 – 5 Reasons To Vote

Are you a UNISON member? You can vote for our national executive council between 3 April  and 28 April. But why should you? Here are five reasons to use your vote. 1. The NEC makes decisions that affect your life and the lives of many ordinary working people. It is the senior decision-making body of UNISON and direct the union’s policy and campaign priorities. As your elected representatives, its members use their judgement to take important decisions on, for example, pay negotiations and industrial action. Whose judgement do you trust? Who do you think will best represent you? Make sure you find out and vote. 2. It champions public services. Last year, the NEC supported campaigns that got the public behind public services. Considering the government’s austerity agenda, this work is vital. The NHS, education, local councils and other services need UNISON to stand up for them. The NEC makes sure our public service agenda is prioritised. 3. The NEC ensures UNISON continues to be a member-led organisation. Unions have accountable, democratic structures that give them the mandate to campaign for working people. Participation is the bedrock of any union. The late Tony Benn once asked five questions of power.

  • What power have you got?
  • Where did you get it from?
  • In whose interests do you exercise it?
  • To whom are you accountable?
  • How can we get rid of you?

We’d be able to answer Tony.

  • The NEC has power to make UNISON policy (between conferences).
  • Members give it its power.
  • Its members work in the interest of UNISON members.
  • They are accountable to members.
  • And they can be voted out every two years.

So make sure you use your vote in 2017 and participate in our proud, democratic tradition. 4. The NEC’s structure ensures minority voices are heard. There are seats reserved for Black members, disabled members and young members. This ensures UNISON is an inclusive organisation, where all voices are encouraged and represented. 5. UNISON rules mean the make-up of the NEC fairly represents the wider union. Since women make up two thirds of our membership, two-thirds of the seats on the NEC are reserved for women and 13 seats are reserved for low-paid women. Considering women are not proportionally represented in Parliament or on company boards, we should be proud that the NEC is leading the way. The NEC election is your chance to make sure your voice is heard. Ir makes important decisions, which affect the lives of many low paid workers and our public services. All members are eligible to elect candidates to represent their region and their service group. It’s a postal vote and ballot papers have been sent to you. Voting is open from 3 April to 28 April. A helpline at 0800 0 857 857 is open from 11 April to 25 April for any queries or in case you don’t receive your ballot paper. Find out more at

Unison Branch Executive Committee – Vacant Officer Positions

The Branch Executive Committee currently has vacancies for:

  • Welfare Secretary
  • LGBT Officer male – job share
  • Equality Officer
  • Membership & Recruitment Officer
  • Education Secretary
  • Communications Officer
  • Youth Officer
  • International Relations Officer

Job descriptions for each post are available on the latest branch vacancy bulletin  – March 2017

Anyone who requires further information can e-mail Amber Robinson, Branch Secretary-

Branch Annual Report 2016


The annual report reflects the work undertaken by the branch January – December 2016. It is well worth a read – 2016

Personal Injury Settlements January 2017 and February 2017


For January 2017, members in the West Midlands Unison region received £251,400 in compensation for personal injury payments, with members of this branch receiving £3335.  For February 2017, members in the region received £91,090.18.

It always pays to be a Unison member!!

City Council Budget 2017-2018 Contact Information


If you are affected by the budget or have any questions relating to this, please telephone or e-mail the Convenor who covers your directorate.

City Director & Governance – Amber Robinson – Branch Secretary – mobile 07786 330404 email

Learning Services Section of Children & Families, Housing & Customer Services, Place Growth & Prosperity, School Support Staff – Brian Tomkinson – Convenor – mobile 07767 814284 email

Children & Families (apart from Learning Services), Finance, Public Health & Adult Social Care – Justin Ashton – Convenor – mobile 07880 966510 email


If you are not a member and wish to join, please contact us and we can talk through the benefits of membership and bring you a membership form.

Stars In Schools 25 November 2016


The branch awarded a food box comprising tea, coffee, chocolates, biscuits and sweets to those schools who organised events in appreciation of their valued School Support Staff on 25 November 2016 for Unison’s Stars In Schools Day.

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