The union’s national executive council (NEC) is elected by members to speak on their behalf.
NEC members are elected by all members of UNISON via a postal vote. Members elect candidates to represent their region and their service group. There are also additional seats for Black members and young members.
As with all other UNISON elections, the union’s principles of “proportionality and fair representation” means that some seats are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up of the NEC fairly represents the wider union.
Elections take place every two years, with members receiving a ballot paper with a prepaid envelope to return it to an independent scrutineer (an independent person who checks the ballot is fair and counts the votes).
Results are usually announced around one month after the voting deadline.
When do the Elections start?
The nomination period opened on Monday 9 January 2017 and will close at 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.
For more information, contact the member liaison unit at the UNISON Centre. Telephone 020 7121 5399, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of who are the current NEC members can be found on the UNISON website here
"Over the next few weeks I am going to provide comment on some of the NEC candidates and who I would like to see take an active role on the NEC.
For me the time of the talkers is over. UNISON members are being sacked and or privatised on an industrial scale. Every day that goes by when we don't mobile nationally is a day wasted and another job lost.
I am interested in those activists who are genuinely grassroots and have actually a current history of organising a fightback within their members.
Whatever happens make sure you vote.