Election time – make sure your voice is heard!

Return your ballot paper now! Voting closes on Thursday 27 May 2021

“It only takes a few minutes, so please vote.” That’s the message from UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea, as the union approaches the start of balloting for this year’s elections to the national executive council (NEC).

Watch Christina’s video explaining about the NEC elections

The NEC is elected by the members to speak on their behalf – and sits at the heart of the decisions made on their behalf.

Despite the pandemic, the union is determined that its democratic life will continue.

Members elect candidates to represent their region and their service group, while there are also additional seats for Black members, young members and disabled members.

As with all other UNISON elections, the union’s principles of proportionality and fair representation mean that some seats are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up of the NEC fairly represents the wider union.

“Democracy is at the heart of everything we do at UNISON and despite all the difficulties of the current pandemic, these important NEC elections are going ahead,” said Ms McAnea.

“I’d encourage all members to take part in the elections. UNISON is your union and this is your opportunity to help shape the direction of the UK’s biggest union.

“It only takes a few minutes, so please vote in our NEC elections.”

In accordance with UNISON rules, our branch has nominated the following candidates. Our branch is supporting these candidates for these reasons:

  • Putting UNISON Members first
  • Fighting Cuts and Austerity
  • Fighting for fair Pay and Pensions
  • Fighting Racism and Hatred
  • Building a union that looks after you
  • Growing and Retaining our union
  • Uniting our union in one voice

Yorkshire & Humberside Region seats 

Tony Green

Wendy Nichols

Pat Musleh

National Local Government Service Group seats

only members employed in Local Government will be able to vote in this section

James Minto

Sean Fox

Janet Green

Maggie Griffin

Black Members seats

Conroy Lawrence

Manjula Kumari

Abiola Kusoro

Disabled members seats

Graham Ellis

Katrina Murray

Young Members seat

only members employed in this sector will be asked to vote for this seat

Jamie Dickinson

Community Members seat

only members employed in this sector will be asked to vote for this seat

John Gray

Denise Thomas

Police and Justice seat

only members employed in this sector will be asked to vote for this seat

Chris Hanrahan

Maureen LeMarinel


Find out all about the NEC elections here

Find out more about the NEC, current members and what it does