An election will shortly be held for regional seats on the union’s National Labour Link Committee.
These elections are absolutely critical to determine how UNISON’s policy objectives are taken forward within the Labour Party. As the UK’s largest union, how UNISON uses its voting strength within Labour Party structures and conferences can go a long way to shaping the kind of party Labour will be.
Branches were asked to nominate their preferred candidates prior to ballot papers being issued. Our branch has nominated Ruth Cashman for the London seat.
Ruth Cashman is a socialist trade unionist She has led strikes against cuts and section 44 action for safety in the pandemic. She will fight for UNISON to defend the left-wing policies of 2017-2019 and for the policies UNISON members need in such tough times.
She says “Covid-19 has exposed to the public how crucial public sector workers are, our union must be bold and confident in its political demands”
Ruth will raise:
· Pay rises across public services
· An end to austerity and privatisation
· A nationalised and well-paid social care service
· Abolish all anti-union laws
· Mass council house building programme
Only full members and retired members who pay the Labour Link APF levy are eligible to vote in this election.
Ballot papers will be sent to members’ home addresses and online ballot codes will be emailed to members’ email addresses as shown on our membership system. Members will have the option to vote online or by post. The ballot papers will include a prepaid envelope for returning the postal ballot to the scrutineer, and unique security identifiers for returning the vote online.
The despatch of ballot papers to members will begin on 7 September 2021.
If individual members have not received a paper by 13 September 2021 then they should contact the ballot helpline operated by UNISONdirect on the following telephone number: 0800 0 857 857.
The deadline for receipt of ballot papers is 5pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021.