The ballot to elect a new Executive Council (EC) will be held in 2020. Those elected will hold office from 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2023.

The Executive Council is the ‘government’ of Unite, bringing together ordinary workers from around the UK and Ireland to shape our policies and development. To encourage members to stand for the EC they have produced a booklet titled “Your union is run by you” which sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Council. Please bring it to the attention of your members. This will be sent to branch secretaries by post but copies can be read here: “Your union is run by you” and paper copies will be available from your regional secretary. If any members require the booklet in an alternative format please e-mail

Election statements from members interested in standing - email deadline 26 November

To ensure that all members wishing to stand have equal access to branches in their constituency the administration of the union will send, by e-mail, an election statement on behalf of members who wish to seek nomination when the mailing inviting nominations is sent. If any of your members would like to circulate such a statement please advise them that they should send it by e-mail to The deadline for receipt of these statements is 26 November 2019. Only members who are eligible to stand in the election may circulate a statement. For details of who is eligible to stand in the election see page 2 of the “Your union is run by you”.

The statement must comply with the following:

1. The election statement should be 150 words or less. This word limit does not include the personal information requested below.

2. Personal information to be provided:

a. The name of the member seeking nomination
b. The address (including post code) and/or membership number of the member
c. The name of the constituency in which they wish to stand (see Appendix 2 in the “Your union is run by you” booklet for a list of constituencies). They must be a member of the constituency in which you wish to stand for election.
d. An e-mail address or other contact details where members can contact the member who is seeking nomination direct.

3. It must not contain, photographs, illustrations or other such visual material

4. It must not defame Unite or any of its full time employees or any other member of Unite. The union reserves the right not to circulate a statement that, in the opinion of the administration, does not comply with this requirement or with the rules of Unite.

The mailing inviting nominations will be sent out during the week commencing week commencing 16 December 2019.

Nominations Period  2 January – 7 February 2020
Last date for Receipt of Nominations   12 February 2020
Last date for Acceptance and Receipt of Election Address   19 February 2020
Voting Period   25 March – 29 April 2020
Count verification   30 April - 1 May 2020

A copy of the Unite rule book is available to download from the Unite website. The complete ballot rules and guidelines for the conduct of the ballot along with details of how to submit a nomination will be sent with the mailing inviting nominations.