Service group executive elections

Ballots for contested seats on the union’s seven service group executives open on Monday 11 April when ballot papers start being despatched to members

Ballots are to take place for contested seats on the union’s service group executives.

Contested seats: download the list of candidates in contested seats.

Uncontested seats: download the list of candidates in uncontested seats.

NB unopposed candidates are not confirmed until the election results have been declared by the returning officer on 14 June 2016.

Voting process

Members not on the UNISON central membership system on 11 January 2016 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

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 11 April 2016.

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 19 April 2016 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 17 May 2016.

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 20 May 2016.

The result will be available on 14 June 2016 and the successful candidates will take office at the close of national delegate conference 2016. 

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 020 8365 8909.



Any complaint about the conduct or fairness of this election must be received no later than 5pm on 27 May 2016.

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.
    Fax 020 8365 7013.
    Tel 020 8365 8909.




Any query regarding this information or this election should be directed to the member liaison unit at the UNISON Centre.

Tel 020 7121 5399.

Fax 020 7121 5196.