UNISON NEC Elections: Have your say – don’t throw those papers away!

Elections for all of the seats on your union’s National Executive Council (NEC) start on Monday 3 April and run until Friday 28 April.

UNISON’s NEC is elected every two years and has responsibility for deciding policy on important questions impacting members across the whole of our 1.2 million member union in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between annual conferences. It also is responsible for implementing decisions taken by UNISON’s National Delegate Conference each June.

Your branch committee has nominated the following candidates for the London regional seats:

  • Sonya Howard, an incumbent member of the NEC and secretary of the Kensington & Chelsea local government branch
  • Sean Fox, the secretary of the Haringey branch and a member of the National Joint Council committee for local government
  • Helen Davies, who is an incumbent NEC member and chair of the Barnet branch.

In addition, our branch has made the following eight nominations including for the newly created NEC positions specifically reserved for disabled members:

Local Government Seats (four in total):

  • Paul Holmes (general seat)
  • Jane Doolan and Andrea Egan (women’s seats), and
  • Paul Gilroy (male seat).


 National Seats for Black Members:

  • April Ashley (female), and
  • Hugo Pierre (male) – yes, Camden UNISON’s very own schools convenor, and


National Seats for Disabled Members:

  • Pam Howard (female), and
  • Roger Lewis (general).


Ballot papers should go to members’ home addresses from 3 April. If you’ve not received a ballot paper by Tuesday 11 April, then please contact the ballot helpline through UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857. Please don’t contact the branch office in this regard.

Unfortunately, turnout in these important elections is often very low, which undermines your union’s credibility, so please make use of your democratic right to vote in these important elections.

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