The West Sussex branch has many brilliant reps, but our rep from Field Place Infant & Nursery School in Worthing, Marilyn Cox, is one of the best! So much so, she won an award for rep of the year from our region in 2017.
We’ve encouraged Marilyn to stand for election to UNISON’s Local Government Service Group Executive (see below for more info) because we think she will do a brilliant job representing local government members in West Sussex and across the Southeast. Marilyn is a teaching assistant and will stand up for all our members including those like her on low-pay.
Ballot papers will be issued on or shortly after Thursday 28 April, by email and post: use which method you prefer and please take part by 25 May!
What’s a Service Group?
UNISON’s 1.3 million members are a diverse bunch. We represent public services workers across many different occupations and employers: from the nurse to the social worker to the charity worker to the university administrator.
Because of this, UNISON splits its 1.3 million members up into Service Groups so their core interests are looked after. Our Service Groups are led by their Service Group Executives (SGEs). SGEs are decision-making bodies of lay members who are elected by all the members in their respective Service Groups. The SGEs are then responsible for agreeing the strategy of the union in how it relates to key employers for pay bargaining and all other matters relating to your terms and conditions at work.
This is important work – even more so at a time of a national cost of living crisis. So who represents you and determines the strategy your Service Group adopts on pay matters a lot. Right now, UNISON is holding elections to its SGEs for a term of office of two years.