UNISON opinion: Your vote matters

Don’t miss out as the deadline approaches in the union’s service group executive elections

Christina McAnea, arms folded, in front of conference stage - 'Fighting for our future'

By UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea

It’s the final countdown to the close of UNISON’s important service group executive elections.

It’s because UNISON members are at the heart of all our work, that we put power into members’ hands. That’s why your votes in these elections matter.

The ballot closes this Friday 17 May at 5pm, so if you’re planning to vote by post, don’t delay in returning your paper ballot. You can also vote using the link sent to you by email from CES – search your email inbox to dig it out.

Voting only takes a few seconds, but could be significant in shaping your future.

The members who win in these elections are not just figureheads for your health, local government, community, higher education, energy or WET service groups, they’re decision-makers, negotiators and advocates.

Your vote gives them the power to deliver fair wages, safe working conditions, and advocate for your rights at work.

They could also be in charge of taking decisions on pay consultations, strike ballots and strike days.

Throughout this election, it’s members doing similar jobs to you, or working for similar sorts of employers, who’ve been asking for your vote.

So if you haven’t already voted, now is the time to choose your rep and get the best from your union. Don’t delay. Vote today.