2017 Labour Link committee – notice of ballots

Ballots for four seats on the Labour Link national committee open on 9 August and close on 15 September

Ballots are to take place for four seats on the national Labour Link committee.

  • Greater London region : Candidates: James Beckles and Andrew Berry
  • North West region: Candidates: Pat McDonagh and James Tattersall
  • South East region: Candidates: Steve Milford and Dan Sartin
  • South West region: Candidates: Neil Guild and Berny Parkes

Voting eligibility

Only full members and retired members who pay the Labour Link APF levy are eligible to vote in this election.

Members not on the UNISON central membership system on 9 May 2017 will not be eligible to vote in these elections.

Ballot papers

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. All voting will be by post.

The despatch of ballot papers to individual members will begin on 9 August 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.

Ballot helpline

If individual members have not received a paper by 15 August 2017, then they should contact the ballot helpline operated by UNISONdirect on the following telephone number: 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 12noon on 12 September 2017.

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 15 September 2017.

The result will be available on 3 October 2017 and the successful candidates will take office immediately.

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.


Any complaint about the conduct or fairness of this election must be received no later than 5pm on 22 September 2017.

Complaints must be in writing and should enclose any supporting documentation. Complaints should be sent to

Electoral Reform Services,

The Election Centre,

33 Clarendon Road,

London N8 0NW.

Email unison@electoralreform.co.uk, fax 020 8365 7013,


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.