Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. (William Morris - A Dream of John Ball)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UNISON NEC elections - your chance to have your say (about nearly two thirds of your Executive...)

The ballot for election of members to UNISON's National Executive Council (NEC) opens next week and the list of candidates (your blogger included) has now been published.

‎23 out of 65 seats on the 2015-17 NEC are, in effect, already filled, as candidates have been elected unopposed, leaving just 42 contests.

Whilst it may be a source of some consolation that there are - at least - no posts which will be left vacant (having attracted zero nominations), it is hardly a sign of the rude health of our lay democracy that more than a third of our ruling body will take office having not faced the test of a contested election.

I will blog further about the forthcoming elections (using, of course, no UNISON resources) over coming days but for now offer my congratulations to the 23 who already know that they will be members of the Executive for another two years.

Increasing the engagement of members in our democratic structures will continue to be a challenge facing the incoming NEC.

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the EE network.

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