Ballots

Unite is a member-led union. When there is an important decision we need to ballot you, our members, to find out what you think. The key ballot is the one for the annual pay award.

There are two types of ballots in the process:

Consultative ballot

A consultative ballot asks if you agree with something—for example if you accept or reject a pay offer.

This is done by email, if we have one on file for you, or post if not.

If the majority of our members reject something, then the next step is an industrial action ballot to find out what you want to do about it.

Industrial action ballot

An industrial action ballot asks if you are willing to take industrial action over an issue.

This is done by post only—this is a legal requirement due to the Tories’ Trade Union Act 2016. Trade unions continue to fight for electronic balloting. You may want to contact your MP to ask why there has been no progress with this.

The ballot will ask if you are willing to take

  • strike action
  • action short of a strike, this includes things such as work to rule or overtime bans.

To get a mandate to take industrial action at least 50% of the members entitled to vote in the ballot must vote.

Your details

As you’ll see, it is vital that we have the right contact details for you so you can have your say in ballots.

Update your details on MyUnite or call the office on 0131 556 9676.