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 UNISON activist – your weekly union update
09 APRIL 2019
Helping members to use their voice (and vote)
Short new film helps members understand NEC elections

Ballots will be taking place this summer for contested seats on the union's national executive council for 2019 to 2021. Ballot papers will be sent to members from next Monday (15 April) but now is the time to start talking to members about the elections.

With that in mind, we've produced a handy, short animated film that helps you explain why the NEC elections are so important to the union (and therefore all members) and how quick and easy it is for all members to play a part. Please share the film with members on Twitter and Facebook.

There are also election posters (stock no 4071; Welsh/English 4073) and leaflets (4072; Welsh/English 4074) in the online catalogue and social media graphics in the resources section of the campaign page. Learning and Organising Services have also produced a handy guide to help you run quick workshops with members about the elections. All the links are below. 

Visit the dedicated NEC elections campaign page
Read the full ballot notification
Order NEC posters and leaflets
List of seats and nominations (pdf)
The guide to NEC workshops (pdf) 
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