UNISON National Election 2023

The election for UNISON’s National Executive gets underway week commencing 17 April 2023.


The below-attached leaflet lists all the candidates NOMINATED by your Birmingham UNISON Branch and the reason why.


Ballot Helpline 

If individual members have not received a paper by 25 April 2023, then they should contact the ballot helpline operated by UNISONdirect, on the following telephone number: 0800 0 857 857.

Lines are open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. Members with hearing difficulties can use textphone 0800 0 967 968.

Members should endeavour to have their membership number to hand when telephoning.

The latest point at which members can request a ballot paper is 12 noon on 15 May 2023.

Members not on the UNISON central membership system on 17 January 2023 will not be eligible to vote in these elections



UNISON’s National Executive Council runs our union and determines the kind of union we are and can become. It is made up of 67 UNISON members just like you! NEC elections this year are hugely important to determine whether UNISON succeeds and wins for you at work and on pay.

How the election works

The ballot will be open from 17 April to 19 May. Lookout for your ballot paper which will be posted to your home address.

Members can vote in all the regional seats and all the national Black and disabled member seats, regardless of your own ethnicity or whether you consider yourself disabled or not.

Members will only be able to vote for the service group candidates for the service group you are a member of e.g. Local government only. And members only get a vote in the Young Member seats if they are under 27 years old.

Members are strongly encouraged to use all the votes available to them.

Who the Birmingham branch is backing

Our branch knows the candidates well. Caroline Johnson is the Joint Secretary Of Birmingham UNISON and Mandy Buckley is our Womens Officer and a Senior Steward. We’ve nominated the following candidates for the 2023 NEC elections following discussion at our branch committee.


West Midlands

Caroline Johnson – Female seat

Mandy Buckley – Female seat

Tameka Hewitt – Reserved seat

Mike Vaughan – Male seat


Local Government

Andrea Egan – Female Seat

Jane Doolan – Female Seat

Ant Solera – General Seat

David Jones – Male Seat


Black Members

Shazziah Rock – Female Seat

Julia Mwaluke – Reserved Seat


Disabled Members

Andrew Berry – General Seat

Tara Thomas – Female Seat


UNISON, like any organisation, needs to change and adapt to new conditions if it is to succeed. The Birmingham branch believes that the candidates we nominated will continue to see through the kind of changes we need in UNISON and will deliver on their promises.

The NEC elected in June 2021 is making good progress and intends to continue to build a more effective union that can win for members. Already they have:

  • Doubled strike pay, which is payable from day 1 and not day 4 as previously, so our members can afford to take action when necessary to defend themselves.
  • Agreed a new £4 million project to radically improve and coordinate UNISON’s digital communications for members.
  • Secured more ambitious proposals for a £1 million Energy Support Fund to support members in most need with rocketing home energy costs.
  • Banned the carrying of gambling adverts in UNISON publications, recognising the harm gambling does to our society.
  • Initiated a wide-ranging review of UNISON’s staffing structures, to ensure they are fit for purpose and focused on delivering a powerful, organising union.
  • Started to review UNISON’s legal services in 2023 to better meet member needs.

Our branch believes we need more, deep-rooted change in UNISON and it takes committed and determined NEC members to achieve this. We back these candidates to continue the good work done so far.