Service Group elections 2018

The service group elections are being held this year.

Ballots are to take place for contested seats on the relevant service group executives.

Contested seats

A list of candidates in contested seats is available to download here.

Unopposed seats

A list of candidates in unopposed seats (PDF) is available to download here.

NB unopposed candidates are not confirmed until the election results have been declared by the returning officer on 12 June 2018.

Voting process

Members not on the UNISON central membership system on 23 January 2018 will not be eligible to vote in these elections. Only full members in the relevant region and service group are eligible to vote in this election.

Ballot papers

Members will be able to vote by post or online.

Ballot papers will be sent to members’ home or other notified address. Members will be provided with a pre-paid envelope for the return of the ballot paper to the independent scrutineer.

To vote online members should go to: www.ersvotes.com/unisonsge18 and follow the online instructions. However, members will require their two-part security code which will be sent to them in the post with their hard copy ballot papers.

The despatch of ballot papers to members will begin on 23 April 2018.

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 30 April 2018 then they should contact the ballot helpline operated by UNISONdirect on 0800 0 857 857.

Members with hearing difficulties can use textphone 0800 0 967 968. Members should endeavour to have their membership number to hand when telephoning.

The latest point at which members can request a ballot paper is 12 noon on 15 May 2018.

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, or for votes to be cast online is 5pm on Friday 25 May 2018.

The result will be available on 12 June 2018 and the successful candidates will take office at the close of national delegate conference 2018.

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. Email unison@electoralreform.co.uk Fax 020 8365 7013. Tel 020 8365 8909

Complaints

Any complaint about the conduct or fairness of this election must be received no later than 5pm on 5 June 2018. Complaints must be in writing and should enclose any supporting documentation.

Complaints should be sent to the Returning Officer, Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. Email unison@electoralreform.co.uk Fax 020 8365 7013.

Queries

Any query regarding this information or this election should be directed to the member liaison unit at the UNISON Centre.  Telephone 020 7121 5399. Fax 020 7121 5196. Email elections@unison.co.uk

FAQs

SGE 2018

  • How is the committee made up?

    UNISON has democracy at its heart and the unions strives to make sure that its committees represent the general membership. So in these elections, the available seats aim to proportionally represent both women and low-paid members, reflect differences in the size of different regions and maintain a balance between manual and non-manual workers.

  • Who are they elected by?

    You! The committee is chosen by UNISON members just like you. That’s why your vote is so important.

  • What does the committee do?

    The committee’s job is to represent members in each sector by making decisions that will help the union to improve your pay and conditions and protect your interests at work.

  • How is the committee made up?

    The committee’s job is to represent members in each sector by making decisions that will help the union to improve your pay and conditions and protect your interests at work.

  • How is the committee made up?

    UNISON has democracy at its heart and the unions strives to make sure that its committees represent the general membership. So in these elections, the available seats aim to proportionally represent both women and low-paid members, reflect differences in the size of different regions and maintain a balance between manual and non-manual workers.

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