Equity Elections

As a trade union, Equity is a democratic organisation.

We hold elections every year to determine who will sit on the various structures that make up the union.

Later in 2022, elections will take place for the union's President, Council, Appeals Committee and Standing Orders Committee.

Nominations for Equity's President, Council, Appeals Committee and Standing Orders Committee are now closed.

The Council Policy on Equity Elections sets outs the procedures and minimum standards of behaviour required of all members when campaigning in union elections.

When elections are held

  • In even-numbered years, elections are held for the President, Council (the union's governing body), Appeals Committee and Standing Orders Committee (SOC).
  • In odd-numbered years, elections are held for the Industrial, Specialist, Equalities and National Committees.
  • Every five years, an election is held for the General Secretary.
  • In some years, we also hold a referendum on key decisions, such as a change to the union's rules.

About elected Officials, Committees and Council

President, Council, Appeals Committee and Standing Orders Committee (SOC)

Last election: 2020
Upcoming election: 2022 

  • The President is the most prominent member within the union. They chair the Council, Conference and other meetings, and represent the union nationally and internationally.
  • The Council is made up of 32 members plus the President (from 2022, there will be one additional member). It is the union's governing body, or national executive, and the key decision-making body within the union. It is made up of various different seats, some general and some reserved for specific parts of the union's membership.
  • The Appeals Committee hears appeals following disciplinary procedures within the union.
  • The SOC arranges the business of the union's Annual Representative Conference (ARC).
  • Every member has the right to vote for the President, every Council seat, the Appeals Committee and the SOC.
  • Find out more about the Equity Council

Industrial, Specialist, Equalities and National Committees

Last election: 2021
Upcoming election: 2023 

  • These committees represent specific parts of the union's membership, and set the union's priorities in those areas of its work.
  • ​Members only have the right to vote for the committees which represent them, whether that be due to the industry or professional specialism they work in, the equalities characteristics they identify with, or the nation they live in.
  • Find out more about Equity Committees

General Secretary

Last election: 2020
Upcoming election: 2025

  • The General Secretary is the union's head of staff, spokesperson and Secretary to Council meetings. They also have many other duties under the rules.
  • ​Every member has the right to vote for the General Secretary.

Referendum

Last referendum: 2021
Next referendum: TBC

  • ​Normally, a referendum is held in order to pass a rule change, but a referendum could be held for various other reasons.