NEC 2017 election: notification of ballots

UNISON sign at the union's centre in London

Ballots are to take place for contested seats on the national executive council.

NB unopposed candidates are not confirmed until the election results have been declared by the returning officer on 23 May 2017.

Voting Process

Members not on the UNISON central membership system on 3 January 2017 will not be eligible to vote in these elections. Only full members 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 3 April 2017.

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.

Lost your ballot paper? Call 0800 0857 857

 Ballot helpline

If individual members have not received a paper by 11 April, then they should contact the ballot helpline operated by UNISONdirect on the following telephone number: 0800 0857 857.

Lines are open from 6am to midnight Monday to Friday and on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Members with hearing difficulties can use textphone 0800 0 967 968.

Members should try to have their membership number to hand when telephoning.

The latest point at which members can request a ballot paper is 12noon on 25 April.

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 28 April 2017.

The results will be available on 23 May 2017 and the successful candidates will take office at the close of national delegate conference 2017.

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 0208 365 8909. 


Any complaint about the conduct or fairness of this election must be received no later than 5pm on 5 May. Complaints must be in writing and should enclose any supporting documentation.Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre,33 Clarendon Road,London N8 0NW. Fax 020 8365 7013. Tel 0208 365 8909. 


Any query regarding this information or this election should be directed to the mmber liaison unit at the UNISON Centre.  Telephone 020 7121 5399. Email