Sunday, December 10, 2017

London UNISON Regional Finance Convenor Nomination Request

John Gray Standing for: Regional Finance Convenor

Nominations close this Thursday 14 December 2017 5pm

I am currently the Regional Finance Convenor, and firmly believe that strong management of our member’s money is the foundation to organising campaigns that deliver for our members. In the best of times this is true but now in the worst of times it is even more important than ever.

If re-elected as the Regional Finance Convenor I will continue to ensure that the member’s money is used to support branches focusing on real issues for real members such as:

•Smashing the pay cap for ALL public sector workers

•Defending our NHS

•Protecting workers rights as we exit the EU

•Securing a Labour victory with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister before 2020 and across London Councils in May 2018

We must ensure we continue to build a strong union that always put our member’s interests first. We remain committed to working with you to build membership democracy & participation and campaigning tirelessly to defend members and services from attacks wherever they may arise. Our collective strength, unity and determination are our greatest strength.

Open & transparent

Financial decisions need to be open and transparent and be easily understood by activists. We have a responsibility to our members to be diligent and ensure probity in our financial matters.

I want to make sure that activists better understand the financial support that is available to branches and ensure that the money gets to them to support recruitment and organising campaigns.

I am an experienced branch officer and regional activist for many years. I am currently the Branch Secretary of the Housing Associations branch, UNISON representative on a LGPS Pension Board and Chair of London Labour Link (APF). I am also an elected National Executive Council member for Community.

As part of the current lay leadership team, working in partnership with the regional office, we have had significant success in strengthening our union in London by bringing greater unity, building participation across the differing service and self organised groups, and building a union to be proud of. I hope to be re-elected to continue the work we have started. In these difficult and demanding times we need a team that can deliver.

If anyone wishes to discuss my statement with me they could email me at

I hope your branch will also consider nominating :-

Regional Convenor – Yvonne Green 
Publicity Convenor – Francesca Hammond
Deputy Convenor – Conroy Lawrence 
Equalities Convenor – Elizabeth Baptiste

(Photo with the above after 2017 AGM result with UNISON Acting Regional Secretary Stephanie Thomas)

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