Unite is a member-led union. When there is an important decision to make we 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:

1. Consultative ballot

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

The ballot is conducted by Unite.

The ballot is sent out by

  1. email, if we have one on file for you
  2. text, if we have a mobile number but no email
  3. post, otherwise.

The consultative ballot shows members are not happy about something and would action action, then we run an industrial action ballot.

2. Industrial action ballot

An industrial action ballot asks if you are willing to take industrial action over an issue. An industrial action ballot has strict legal requirements attached to it.

The ballot is conducted by an independent company.

The ballot is sent out by post only.

At least 50% of the members balloted must vote in order for the ballot to be valid. This is why it is very important that you vote. Read the Institute of Employment Rights easy guide to the Trade Union Act 2016 for more on where these requirements come from.

Send your ballot back as soon as you get it. Ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted.

Get ballot ready!

We need to have the right details on record so we can get a ballot to you.

We need your correct

  • workplace
  • job title
  • home address
  • phone number—not your work one
  • email address—not your work one.

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