General secretary election: candidates at meetings

Any invitations to attend real or virtual meetings, as part of UNISON’s general secretary elections, must include all candidates

Please note that paragraph 45 of the 2020 general secretary election procedures states that: “Any nominating body, branch or group of members that invites a prospective candidate to speak at a physical or virtual meeting or social event of the nominating body about their involvement in the election must also invite all the other candidates.

“Candidates can appoint a representative to attend these meetings and speak on the candidate’s behalf.”

Any nomination bodies which are found to have held meetings with one or more prospective candidates present, where not all prospective candidates were invited, may be found in breach of the procedures and their nomination could be deemed as invalid by the returning officer.

With this in mind, as of 26 August 2020, the alphabetical list of prospective candidates is as follows: Paul Holmes, Christina McAnea, Roger McKenzie, Hugo Pierre and Peter Sharma.

Candidate forms can be submitted online up until 25 September 2020. Therefore, this information could change.

Should you wish to receive the contact details for any or all of the prospective candidates, please contact UNISONdirect on 0800 0 857 857 or email the member liaison unit at

This article was updated on 19 August and 26 August