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Election of UNISON General Secretary

The other big election coming up is the five yearly Unison General Secretary election. Branch nominations deadline is 9 October. So the Branch Committee at the end of September will be able to decide who to nominate. All stewards and branch officers can be there. Talk to your steward and tell them what you think we should do.

UNISON has today (Thursday) announced that the process for the General Secretary election will start on 11 August.

To run for election a candidate must be nominated by the National Executive Council, or by at least two national service group executives, or by at least two regional councils or at least 25 UNISON branches.

The election process officially opens on 11 August when candidates can formally indicate they are seeking nominations to stand.

Key dates

11 August  General secretary election process formally starts. Forms are despatched to nominating bodies.

2 September  The nomination period starts.

9 October at 17:00 hours. The nomination period ends.

9 November Ballot opens – voting papers are sent to UNISON members

4 December at 17:00 hours  Ballot closes.

17 December  Results are published.

General secretaries of trade unions are required by law to be subject to election after no more than five years


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