Election procedures for Branch Roles.

UNISON is a democratic union, led by you our members.

All positions within East Sussex Area Branch UNISON are elected annually.

To nominate yourself or anyone for any officer post, please complete the nomination form.

In the event of more than one nomination being received for any post (excluding nominated job-shares – which must be made clear on the form) then there will be a postal ballot of members, with each candidate being asked to submit a 300 word election statement. Any post not receiving a nomination will be tabled at the AGM for nominations/election at the meeting.

•CHAIRPERSON
Advise the branch officers and branch committee in respect of matters relating to procedure and interpretation of rules. To preside at all meetings of the branch and branch committee in accordance with UNISON rules and guidance.

• BRANCH SECRETARY
The Branch secretary is responsible to ensure the smooth management of the branch in line with the branch developmental plans. To manage staff and ensure that all procedures are properly followed and authorised and to encourage participation of all members.

•TREASURER
To approval and make payments of branch expenditure, in accordance with UNISON financial regulations. To carry out monthly reconciliation of accounts.

•EQUALITY CO-ORDINATOR(S)
To make sure “equal opportunities” is being raised and addressed

• HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICER
To increase the awareness of members, health and safety representatives and branch officers of health & safety issues. To act as a link between the health and safety representatives and other branch representatives to ensure that health & safety issues are treated as an integral part of the work of the branch

•EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR
Ensuring the necessary training programme for the Branch.

• LIFELONG LEARNING CO-ORDINATOR
To promote UNISON as a provider of training opportunities and to endorse ‘lifelong learning’.

• MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
To monitor the branch membership and to make recommendations to the committee

•YOUNG MEMBERS’ OFFICER Note young members’ officer must be under 27 years of age for the whole of their term of office.
To recruit new members and to encourage existing young members to become active in the branch.

•WELFARE OFFICER
To promote UNISON Welfare and its range of services.

• COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
To provide the information to members and help create a positive image.

•INTERNATIONAL OFFICER
To co-ordinate the branch’s work on international relations.

• LABOUR LINK OFFICER Note that the post holder must pay to the Affiliated Political Fund and be an individual member of the Labour Party.
To develop the role of the UNISON Labour Link within the branch and ensure that correct procedures are followed regarding the rights of Labour Link levy payers

• RETIRED MEMBERS’ SECRETARY Note that this position is elected by Retired Members.
To encourage the participation of retired members in branch activities as appropriate. To be a branch retired members’ secretary, you must be eligible for retired membership under Rule C2. 6. 1, unison.org.uk/acrobat/1 581 7.pdf.

• CONVENORS
Presently we have convenors for Central, Children’s Services, Adult Services, Schools and FE Colleges. However it is the hope of the branch that we will get a Convenor for the private sector.

To be elected as a Convenor or Senior Steward, you must be a steward already and you are elected from the steward group only. You are automatically members of the Branch Committee. To support, recruit and mentor stewards within their service area. To organise regular meetings with stewards.

East Sussex Area Branch UNISON Role Profiles

All of the roles listed above are in line with the UNISON Code of Good Branch Practice. Further descriptions are available from the ESAB office esab@btconnect.com

Facility time is negotiated yearly dependent upon requirements of the branch development plan.