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

Who runs your union? Whoever we, as members, elect to run it.

Elections for all of the seats on your union’s National Executive Council (NEC) started on Monday 3 April and will 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 who we feel will reflect the key key demands we feel our union must move forward with:

  • A UK co-ordinated response using the full force of UNISON against cuts, privatisation, pay freeze and attacks on our terms and conditions
  • No more leaving branches to fight austerity attacks alone
  • Break the 1% public sector pay cap
  • An accountable UK leadership that puts members first
  • UNISON to punch its weight. Fight austerity with action not just words 

Scotland Region Seats (four in total):

  • Jim McFarlane (male seat) - Dundee City Unison Branch Secretary

  • Duncan Smith (general seat) -  Edinburgh City Branch Chair

  • Brenda Aitchison (female seat) - Renfrewshire Branch Chair

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 + Andrea Egan (women’s seats)
  • Paul Gilroy (male seat)

National Seats for Black Members:

  • April Ashley (female)
  • Hugo Pierre (male)  

National Seats for Disabled Members:

  • Pam Howard (female)
  • Roger Lewis (general)


Ballot papers should have gone 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.