General secretaries of trade unions are required by law to be subject to election after no more than five years. Therefore, the PCS national executive committee has decided to hold an election according to this timetable:
Monday, 2 September
Call for nominations
Monday, 14 October at 5pm
Deadline for receipt of completed nominations
Monday, 21 October at 5pm
Deadline for acceptance and election addresses
Thursday, 7 November
Thursday, 12 December at noon
Election regulations and nomination forms were issued on the appropriate date in September. The election process, determined by the NEC, states that for a candidate to run in the election they must have nominations from at least 15 PCS branches.
Nominations from branches had to follow agreement by a branch general meeting called by the branch executive committee in accordance with the union’s rules. So branches had to make arrangements for this meeting and notify members accordingly.
It is important that your branch participates in the nomination process. High levels of participation strengthen the union.
Commercial sector branches are asked to approach their employers for time off for meetings. A request for facility time in the civil service and linked areas has been made centrally to the Cabinet Office and further information will be circulated as soon as possible.
If you want any help or advice about the process of organising a meeting please contact your group or regional organiser.