All branch members are entitled to stand for election to be a UNISON workplace representative or branch officer for the coming year. We hope to have new people come forward to help organise union members in their work area to help us stand together to defend our pay, terms and conditions, and our NHS services which face the most serious attacks for decades.
It might be that more than one person wants to stand, in which case we hold an election so members can decide who represents them. The newly nominated/elected officers and stewards are announced at the Annual General Meeting which is also an opportunity for branch members to say what you think about how our branch has been run over the past year, and how you think it should be run in the future.
UNISON provides free training for officers and workplace reps, and reps have legal rights to paid time off to carry out their vital role of ensuring members voices are heard.
If you would like to stand as a workplace rep and/or a branch officer then you need to complete a nomination form ( two if you wish to stand for as a workplace rep and a branch officer). You will need 2 nominations from the other UNISON members for each position, and for workplace reps nominations must be from members in your immediate workplace.
You can view and download nomination forms to stand as a workplace reps and/or branch officer here. The same link will also allow you to view descriptions of the different types of workplace reps (convenor/stewards/health and safety/learning rep) and branch officer roles.
If positions are contested elections will take place in the New Year with results announced at the AGM on 26th January.
All branch members are invited to attend the branch Annual General Meeting. A well attended and vocal AGM gives the branch officers a clear view of the concerns of members and allows members to see how their branch has been run over the last year as well as make decisions for the year ahead about branch policy and which members will represent the branch. To round off the night we have a meal and disco paid for by the branch, plus free entry into a £500 prize raffle for members coming to the meeting before 7.30pm. Members can bring a guest for just £5 which will be donated to charity.
If you would like a meal at the AGM you will need to book this in advance. Book your meal by registering at the website event here.