Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Returning to the subject...

‎UNISON President Wendy Nichols addressed the elephant (not) in the room at the start of today's meeting of the UNISON National Executive Council (NEC) (of which, more later) when she reported that UNISON is still waiting for the report from the Returning Officer appointed in relation to the General Secretary election.

The President expressed the frustration felt by many in (and beyond) the room, but explained that the Union could not do much other than wait.‎ The Union is required by law not to do anything which could call into question the independence of the person appointed as "Independent Scrutineer".

Two months after the result of the election was declared (and the Independent Scrutineer - who is also the Returning Officer - felt able to confirm that there had been no breach of the statutory provisions governing union elections) the Returning Officer - who was also the Independent Scrutineer - has still not concluded investigations into complaints which they have received.

The least that can be said about this state of affairs is that it is unsatisfactory. 

And (for now) I shall say no more.

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