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General Secretary & Executive Council Elections 2017

The nomination period for these elections closed on 17 February.  Ballot papers are being sent out to members eligible to vote during week commencing 27 March 2017.

Ballot helpline:

Members who have not received a ballot paper by Friday 7 April 2017 should contact the ballot enquiry service on 0800 783 3856 (0818 333 155 from the Republic of Ireland or Gibraltar).  A ballot notice with this information can also be downloaded to print off locally and display.

Election statements and nominating branches and workplaces:

A list of valid nominations from branches is available in the election address booklet which is being distributed to members along with their ballot papers.   Full lists of valid nominations from branches and workplaces (where relevant) are also available here:  http://www.ersvotes.com/uniteelects2017

Executive Council designated seats:

One of the objects of Unite is to promote equality amongst its members and one way it does this is to ensure that the proportion of women and BAEM members on committees at least reflects the proportion of women and BAEM members within the relevant membership.  For the Executive Council, this means the proportion of Unite membership as a whole.

To achieve this on the Executive Council it has been decided that there will be designated seats which must be filled by a woman or by a BAEM member in some constituencies.

What this means in the constituencies affected is explained below.

Automotive Industries and Passenger Services In these constituencies one of the seats must be filled by a BAEM member. The BAEM member gaining the highest number of votes will therefore be declared elected no matter where he/she is placed in the result overall. Should more than one BAEM candidate secure the votes necessary for election then both/all such BAEM members will be declared elected.

London & Eastern and West Midlands regional constituencies and Civil Air Transport and Food Drink and Agriculture industrial sector constituencies - In these constituencies one of the seats must be filled by a woman and one by a BAEM member. The woman and BAEM member gaining the highest number of votes will therefore be declared elected no matter where they are placed in the result overall. Should more than one woman and BAEM candidate secure the votes necessary for election then both/all such women and BAEM members will be declared elected.

Scotland, South East and South West regional constituencies and Local Authorities industrial sector constituency – In these constituencies one of the seats must be filled by a woman. The woman gaining the highest number of votes will be declared elected no matter where she is placed in the result overall. Should more than one woman candidate secure the votes necessary for election then both/all such women will be declared elected.

Finance & Legal - In this constituency two of the seats must be filled by women. The 2 women gaining the highest number of votes will be declared elected no matter where they are placed in the result overall. Should more than two women candidate secure the votes necessary for election then all such women will be declared elected.

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, Wales and Ireland regional constituencies – In these constituencies one of the seats must be filled by a woman and in each case only one woman was validly nominated and she is elected unopposed.  The members are: Kate Osborne (NEYH), Wendy Gilligan (Wales), and Therese Moloney (Ireland).  A ballot is required to fill the remaining seat in the Region.

Health industrial sector constituency – In this constituency two of the seats must be filled by women. Only two women were validly nominated, Jasmin Suraya and Suzanne Abachor, and they are elected unopposed.  A ballot is required to fill the remaining seat in the Sector.

Close of ballot:

The ballot closes at noon on 19 April 2017.  All ballot papers must be returned to the Independent Scrutineer by that time and date.  A pre-paid envelope is enclosed with the ballot paper for this purpose.

Declaration of result:

The following is a list of constituencies where there is no contest as valid nominations received corresponded to the number of seats available.  These candidates are elected unopposed.

Constituency

Number of Seats

Names of Candidates

East Midlands

2 seats

Steve Hibbert and June Shepherd

North West

3 seats

Barry Knowles, Fran Sullivan and Tony Woodhouse

Aerospace and Shipbuilding

2 seats

Phil Entwistle and Tam Mitchell

National Women’s

1 seat

Jane Stewart

Government Defence Prisons & Contractors Industrial Sector

1 seat

Chris Cadman

Community Youth Workers & Not for Profit Industrial Sector

1 seat

Ruth Hayes

Docks, Rail, Ferries & Waterways Industrial Sector

1 Seat

Andy Green

Health Sector

2 seats for women

Jasmin Suraya and Suzanne Abachor

Ireland

1 seat for a woman

Therese Moloney

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

1 seat for a woman

Kate Osborne

Wales

1 seat for a woman

Wendy Gilligan

The count process for these elections, which will be conducted by ERS, will take place from 20  April and the results will be declared on 28  April.   Candidates will be contacted direct about the arrangements for the count process.

 


Unite EC statement