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Peter Sharma 

Letter to Branches   Contact:  peter.sharma@edinburghcollege.ac.uk              Nomination address

Dear fellow member,

You will be aware by our General Secretary Dave Prentis is shortly to retire, I am entering this election to succeed Dave Prentis. Dave has given lifetime of service to our union I wish him well and a happy retirement.

Personally, am excited in being a part of this election am seeking nominations to be your next General Secretary of UNISON. It is my aim to run a clean campaign remaining positive and optimistic fully recognising we will continue to develop remaining strong as a powerful union that represents all workers delivering public services, I am committed to standing up for our members wherever they are and ensuring social justice remains  at the heart of Unison. I believe we are constantly changing to meet the new and ever developing challenges ahead.

Message to you

  • Much higher public, media profile for Unison. Remaining ahead of other unions and ensuring our members voice is heard loud and clear.
  • More funding and resources to be delivered for regions, branches and activists. Ensuring our union does not become distanced from public service workers hence the need of focusing on supporting our branches.
  • Having a National Organising Plan in place working for all union members everywhere.
  • Campaigning remains a fundamental target to increase our membership as we move forward. Continuing the fight for equality not only at home as well as our fellow workers internationally.
  • Our strength lies in the strong voice of our members which in turn brings real change for all our members.
  • With our strength in numbers and our organisation, our fight to deliver improvements in terms and conditions, pay rises that our members rightly deserve. We can and will achieve the aims set out above with help of our organisers and our branch activists.

I am a trade unionist from throughout my working life, I began working when Harold Wilson was in office, from being a shoe salesman, milkman bus driver, HM Forces, Student, shopkeeper, council worker, education administrator. Have come though the Firemen’s strike, Grunwicks’ dispute, Miners’ strike, Poll Tax to name a few. Demonstrating against Thatcher prior to her taking office in 1979

Further, was the chairperson of Anti-Apartheid fighting to free Nelson Mandela and the dismantlement of the Apartheid state. Am a union activist, my voice remains loud and clear as the Secretary of Scottish Black Members I am a proud trade unionist with your help and your support we can achieve our goals I ask and seek your nomination to allow a grassroots member to go forward into the ballot.

Peter Sharma

Convener Edinburgh College

Paul Homes 

Dear branch secretary
Gen Sec Election 2020
I am seeking your branch’s nomination for the General Secretary election as a lay member. The
General Secretary is not a job – it is a leader. I am standing on policies for the radical change that
this union needs.
UNISON is not currently fit for purpose. When the Covid-19 crisis is over the Government will want
working people to pay for it through cuts in pay, terms and conditions and pensions. The employers
have an old motto ‘Don’t waste a good crisis’.
This union needs to be organised for these attacks with a leader who understands, and has been on,
the shop floor.
What can we expect?
The current dismissal and re-engagement of 4,000 workers at Tower Hamlets Council (where we
have one of our strongest UNISON branches) and the strikes there should be known about by every
branch and member.
The refusal to make a pay offer to NHS staff who are exhausted, frightened and ground down is a
disgrace and has caused justifiable anger. The NHS has thousands of vacancies and members have
worked hours of unpaid overtime with restricted chances to take holidays. This should be financially
recognised and UNISON should be at the forefront of that pay campaign.
We need to be at the forefront of all current battles. The union needs to be leading demos and
shouting from the rooftops. We need to be bold.
Why we can win
• I already have the support of over 20 NEC members in my campaign to be General Secretary
• I have been on UNISON’s NEC for 13 years, being elected 7 times
• I have been Branch Secretary of Kirklees UNISON for 30 years, one of our biggest branches
• I have represented over 200 members in gross misconduct cases and never had a dismissal
• In my 30 years as Branch Secretary there has only been 1 single compulsory redundancy of a
UNISON member in the council
• When I have stood for election to the NEC (local government seat) I was the first candidate ever to
get 50 branch nominations, the first to get 60 and then the first to get 70.
I stand in elections to win them, not just to take part. I am well known and respected across the
union. I am a good speaker and have done numerous press, television and radio interviews.
What do I stand for?
I am a socialist and a trade unionist. I am a Labour Party member (for 40 years) and am a firm
believer in UNISON’s Labour Link being used to ensure that Labour representatives reflect UNISON’s
values and will fight for our members’ interests.
I also support:
• The General Secretary being on a worker’s wage. My current salary with the council is £32,000. I
would remain on that. I would not take the current General Secretary renumeration of £130,000
plus. I would give the extra £100,000 to a lay member committee to donate to UNISON’s Welfare
Committee and Strike Funds
• Unified pay claims across sectors with a minimum wage of £15 per hour
• An anti-austerity campaign for decent jobs and pay, proper training and affordable homes for all
• Using this campaign to help fight the scourges of racism, sexism and all discrimination
• A green agenda for UNISON; including an audit of the use of company cars by the union and the
promotion of green travel
• A racism audit of UNISON, taking inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, and so the
allegations at the heart of the Labour Leaks scandal can be dealt with
• A leadership school with real investment so we can bring on a new generation of leaders from our
young members and SOG groups
• Selling UNISON’s 2 ‘prestige’ office buildings in central London and re-investing the proceeds into
branches and organising, and a new more functional HQ in the Midlands with good transport
• 50% of members’ subscriptions income going to the branches. Give branches the resources they
need to do the job: whether that be funding or lay-directed officers
• A fully-funded, massive plan of action, driven by the branches, to improve collective bargaining
rights in the community/private sectors. This will replace the current system where our members
in these sectors are often hard to service by branches who themselves are under pressure with
not enough resources
• A clear dividing line between elected officials and employed staff. This can best be implemented
by an elected lay General Secretary and the election of Assistant General Secretaries and Regional
I am offering a programme of real change. I am well known across the union and have a track
record of winning. I have a wide team of supporters working on my campaign from every region,
service group, section and SOG. I hope that your branch can support my nomination.
I want to unite with all those who want to change UNISON. I don’t want more of the same. I want us
to change our great union together.
In the immortal words of the Tolpuddle Martyr, George Loveless, “The rich and the great will never
act to alleviate the distress and remove the poverty felt by the working people of England. What
then is to be done? Why the labouring classes must do it or it will forever left undone.” That slogan,
expanded to include Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, should be our inspiration.
I hope you will want to get involved in my campaign.
Paul Holmes
Mem# 1787781

Christina McAnea


UNISON Local Government workers hold our society together.

Dear Branch Secretary,
I am seeking your branch’s nomination for General Secretary of UNISON.Local government workers have always held our society together, but are often unrecognised, underpaid and undervalued.

You, and so many UNISON members working across the UK, continued looking after our children, the elderly and the vulnerable and keeping our streets clean and safe throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Your dedication, your commitment, your sense of duty in carrying on to help those who needed help the most, often at great personal risk, has undoubtedly saved many lives.

You are the frontline not just in these traumatic times, but every day and you deserve a better deal.  I assure you, I will fight for that better deal.  I will not let you down.


I’ve supported local government workers throughout Covid-19


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Across our four nations, local government has endured 10 years of hard austerity. Coupled with Covid-19 costs, this leaves huge funding gaps running into billions of pounds.

Frontline workers should not have to pay the price for Covid-19. I will be demanding a new deal for public services and public service workers.

I launched UNISON’s Care after Covid campaign. The care workforce is fragmented and spread across thousands of public and private employers. We have a moral imperative to make organising care workers a top priority.

I will fight for a new Social Care Service that reflects the differences across the U.K and delivers a cradle to grave universal service to look after you and your family. But that also respects and recognises the care profession with decent pay, terms and conditions, and career progression.


Schools now make up between a third and a half of members in their branches and it is vital that we continue to campaign for safe school environments. School and college staff have been overlooked as the focus is often directed to heads and teachers. Jobs have been cut and remaining staff are overworked and undergraded. I believe our members deserve recognition, career development and full year contracts.


Social workers have played a vital role during the crisis. As we uncover some of the hidden problems that have occurred in homes as we come out of lockdown their role will be crucial. Social workers will be backed all the way by UNISON as we anticipate that workloads will become even more intense.


Covid-19 highlighted the strength of local decision-making. This has been obvious in the devolved nations, but is important in English regions too – where devolution has been patchy and bureaucratic. I will fight for genuine devolution where communities and workers are engaged in decision-making for their local communities. Including greater local control of public health decisions on lockdown measures as a result of local Covid-19 outbreaks. Government uses blunt instruments and doesn’t understand the needs of, or the impact on local communities. I want to see needs based local decisions.

In my role as Assistant General Secretary for Bargaining, Negotiations and Equalities I am supporting the local government service group executive as it fights to defend pay, jobs and services under threat from the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis and to secure funding for local services.

I want to build on the Local Services Champion campaign and the recently launched ‘Fighting for a Better Future’ Campaign in Scotland to ensure that these staff are recognised and rewarded for keeping communities safe, families supported and children educated.

I have fully supported industrial action taken by our branches across the country as local government and care workers defend their jobs and terms and conditions. Just like these branches showed the strength of local organising, I believe our future in UNISON is in our branches. From day one I will make sure branches are funded and resourced to support every member. Local organisers to help lift the load for branches and regional staff to sort out facility time will give our branches the immediate support they need.

Whether you work in an office in a local Council, in a local school, or if you spend your time in the community caring for residents or keeping streets clean and communities safe, you can trust in my experience and proven track record to lead in partnership with you.

Yours in solidarity,



Roger Mckenzie 

Dear fellow UNISON member,
You will be aware by now that our general secretary Dave Prentis is to retire at the end of the year,
so we are entering an election for his successor. I wish Dave well for the future and thank him for
his lifetime of service to our union.
I am excited to announce that I am seeking nominations to be the next General Secretary of
I am determined to run a campaign that is positive and optimistic about our future and recognises
that we must continue to change to be the strong, powerful union that represents all workers
delivering public services, can stand up for our members wherever they are and ensures that social
justice is at the heart of everything that we do.
I believe that we need to change to meet the new challenges posed by a government intent on
making public service workers pay for their mismanagement of the global pandemic. To achieve
this there are five key areas that I want us to work together on:
1.I want to bring the union closer to the members. That means more funding and resources for
regions, branches and activists. We need to ensure that the union does not become remote from
public service workers and we can only do that by focusing on branch support.
2.We need to have a National Organising Plan that has been developed by the whole union. This
includes ambitious targets to increase our membership to 2 million and, importantly, have
100,000 activists.
3.We need a much higher public and media profile than we have ever had. We must never be overshadowed
by other unions and we will be a determined voice for our members.
4.Campaigning will be a priority. We will use the strength of our voice to bring about real change
for our members including in the fight for equality at home and in solidarity with workers
5.We will, through the strength of our numbers and our organisation, deliver the pay rises and the
improvements to terms and conditions at work that our members deserve. This will be backed
up by our organising plans and our support for branches. We will put on the table the claims
that our members need and back them up with action when needed.

I have been a trade unionist from the day that I started work. From being a subs collector on
building sites, striking for pay as a young painter and decorator through to taking leading roles as a
union official. I have been proud to be one of your Assistant General Secretaries for the last 10
years. I am a union activist and believe that when we stand together, we have strength. That is why
I am prioritising more support for branches and our hard-pressed activists. This work is not
something that one person can do. It will take all of us together to win for our members so I hope
that you will nominate, vote for and work with me to deliver a bigger, stronger union.
In solidarity,
Roger4GS @Roger4GS @Roger4GS
Roger McKenzie

Hugo Pierre 

Dear UNISON Member,
I hope this letter finds you safe in your community and at work.
I am writing to let you know that I am seeking nomination from your Branch to become a candidate in the
election for a new UNISON General Secretary. UNISON needs to change direction so that it is more responsive to
the interests of you and members of our union. UNISON must change for us to fight the massive battles facing
every member.
We Won’t Pay for the COVID CRISIS
* Fight Local Authority Cuts: Now is time for UNISON to lead a national fight to win over £10 billion for local
government: Fight all cuts: We must demand Labour councillors don’t vote for cuts
* For a Re-Nationalised NHS and Social Care sector: All services brought back in-house with full collective
bargaining and national terms and conditions
* Reverse all Education Privatisation: Academies back to Local Authorities; Full funding for Early Years &
Schools; Full funding for FE & HE
* For a Real Fight on Public Sector Pay: National Action to back claims to reverse the ‘austerity years’ pay cuts:
£15 an hour minimum wage
* Fight for Jobs and Homes not racism: Black Lives Matter!
* For a trade union fight to end environmental catastrophe
* Not a penny of members’ money to Labour representatives who back cuts, privatisation or austerity:
Support candidates in Parliamentary or Council elections that put UNISON policies into action
* For genuine member control of our union: Election of union paid officials: Our branches must have a genuine
right to campaign: Full resources for our branches
I pledge not to take the £138,000 General Secretary salary but to live on a workers wage.
We must build our union. This crisis shows that unions can recruit members. However a union’s job is to get
those members organised. I pledge a thorough campaign to recruit and support workplace representatives.
My experience as a UNISON workplace representative, fighting low pay, fighting cuts, fighting closures and
building organisation will bring our members’ daily struggles to the heart of our union. I would be pleased if your
branch considered nominating me and supported my campaign for a Lay Member’s General Secretary!
In solidarity,
Hugo Pierre
Membership No 1140926 Branch Name: Camden UNISON Branch Code: 3905