Unite General Secretary and Executive Council Elections 2017

Unite is holding an election for General Secretary alongside the one for a new Executive Council (EC) early in 2017. The General Secretary will hold office for 5 years and the new EC will hold office for 3 years from May 2017 to April 2020. The timetable for these elections is set out below. 

Standing in the election:

  • Any member who is eligible to vote in the election and has at least 5 years continuous membership of the union can stand for General Secretary.
  • To stand in the Executive Council election a member must be an accountable representative of workers, a paying member of at least 13 weeks and a member of the constituency they wish to represent.  

Campaign statements from members who have put themselves forward to stand in these elections have been sent to branches and can be viewed online.


The nomination period for these elections is now open.  Branches and workplaces have been be invited to submit nominations for the General Secretary and Executive Council elections in accordance with the timetable below.   Full details of how to make a nomination are available on the ERS Unite nominates website.

Voting in the election:

Voting papers will be posted to all eligible members along with the election addresses submitted by candidates.  Voting will take place in accordance with the timetable below.  

Please ensure that your postal address is up to date on the membership system. It is not possible to vote on line so please check postal address and update if necessary.  You can do this using the Member Login button at the top of this page.

Election Timetable:

Invitation to submit nominations will be sent out w/c 2 January 2017
 Nominations Period Monday 16 January – Friday 17 February 2017
Voting Period 27 March – 19 April 2017
General Secretary – Count and scrutiny of the ballot papers will take place 20–22 April 2017
Executive Council – Count and scrutiny of the ballot papers will take place form 20 – 28 April 2017
New EC takes office 1 May 2017

If you have any further queries about either of these elections please submit them by e-mail to: elections@unitetheunion.org or visit the ERS Unite general secretary and Executive Council 2017 election website