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Executive Council has set in hand the election of a new General Secretary

The Executive Council has set in hand the election of a new General Secretary of Unite the union. The current General Secretary, Len McCluskey will step down from office and the successful candidate will assume office as at the conclusion of the election on the 26th August upon the ratification of the Executive Council. The new General Secretary will hold office for five years.

The General Secretary is responsible for the administration of the Union, their powers and responsibilities are set out in Rule 15. The election for the General Secretary is conducted by the Executive Council in accordance with Rule 16. The Executive Council has drawn up guidelines for this election which are intended to ensure it conforms to law and the union's rule book, and to indicate what candidates and their supporters can and cannot do. It is aimed to ensure an open, fair and democratic process. These guidelines can be downloaded from the election website HTTP://www.cesvotes.com/unitegensec21
. A paper copy of the guidelines will be sent to branches along with the communication inviting nominations from 30th April.

To ensure that all members wishing to stand for election as General Secretary have equal access to branches in Unite 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 us to circulate such a statement please advise them that they should send it by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for receipt of these statements is noon on 26th April. Members eligible to stand in the election may circulate a statement. Only members who have five or more years of membership of Unite are eligible to stand in the election.

The statement seeking nominations must comply with the following:

  1. It should be 150 words or less. This word limit does not include the personal information requested below.
  2. Personal information to be provided:
    1. The name of the member seeking nomination
    2. The postal address (including post code) and/or membership number of the member (this information is requested so that we can identify a member on the membership database. The membership number will be published with the statement, but postal addresses will not)
    3. An e-mail address and other contact details the member seeking nominations wishes to convey to members so that they can directly contact the member who is seeking nomination. This may include one link to a campaign website or social media account.
  3. It must not contain, photographs, illustrations or other such visual material
  4. It must not defame Unite or any of its fulltime employees or any other member of Unite. The Union reserves the right to edit a statement to ensure that it conforms to the guidelines for the election.

The mailing inviting nominations will been sent to branches from 30th April 2021.

The timetable for this election is as follows:

election of the new Unite general secretary.

 

The Executive Council have set in hand the election of the new Unite general secretary. The current general secretary, Len McCluskey, will step down from office and the successful candidate will assume office at the conclusion of the election.

The general secretary is responsible for the administration of the union; their powers and responsibilities are set out in Rule 15. The election for the general secretary is conducted by the Executive Council in accordance with Rule 16.

regular elections for our workplace

Dear Colleagues

You will be aware that Unite was due to run the regular elections for our workplace representatives from January this year.

These elections are for the people who represent the life blood of our union – the men and women who support you in the workplace. They are the foundation of our democracy.

campaign to unionise Amazon.

Dear Unite Branch,

As employers in many areas are becoming more emboldened, we are seeing the ‘Amazon Brand' of management being transported into a number of our key sectors.
If we are not careful, the worst of Amazon’s work practices will become the new normal. Where they lead, others are following. No worker should have to work under intense surveillance and ever-increasing targets. Workers across the economy cannot afford to let this carry on and that is why we have mounted a campaign to unionise Amazon.

cycle routes

A286 Chichester Ring-Road (2km) Estimated cost: £74,000

This will involve reallocating road space for cycling by segregating lane one of the dual-carriageway to form a cycle lane, widening and providing light segregation on the existing cycleway on a busy gyratory.

 The works will be supported by a 20mph speed limit and create links to existing cycle facilities or provide alternatives to cycle paths where social distancing may be difficult to maintain.

 The route will link to the central retail area and other major employment sites, such as the University of Chichester and St Richard’s Hospital.

 The scheme provides cycle lanes in both directions and has the potential for parts of the route to become permanent.

A259 Chichester to Bognor Regis (5km) Estimated cost £185,000

This will involve localised widening of the existing off-carriageway cycle track to enable social distancing on a busy commuter route. There is potential to explore converting one lane of the western dual carriageway to a shared cycle and bus lane.

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