Have your say – vote in the General Secretary election

The ballot has opened for the election of Unison’s general secretary and ballot papers have been sent to members’ home addresses. The ballot closes on Friday 11 June, with the result announced on 22 June.

If you don't receive a ballot paper or have another query, please contact our ballot helpline on 0845 355 0845. Lines are open 6am-midnight Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturday. The textphone number is 0800 0 967 968.

What does the general secretary do?

The general secretary is the principal officer of our union, the face of UNISON in the wider world and the voice that speaks up for you. That's why it is so important that you have your say in electing our leader.

General secretary election 2010

According to our rulebook and trade union legislation, UNISON has to elect its general secretary every five years. Everyone who is a member as of 17 February 2010 has the right to vote in this important election - that includes retired members.

Who are the candidates?

The following have been confirmed as candidates in this election. Their names are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot paper and in the election address booklet. A draw was held to determine the order:

  • Roger Bannister, Knowsley Branch: nominated by 31 branches
  • Dave Prentis, General Secretary: nominated by 371 branches (including Norwich City branch), 11 regional councils, 7 service groups and the National Executive Council
  • Paul Holmes, Kirklees Branch: nominated by 52 branches