Current Elections

3rd October 2023


Branches will be aware that following a long period of sick absence, Deputy General Secretary (Postal) Terry Pullinger has taken the decision to leave the union.  Branches were advised of this in LTB 232/23.

Therefore, there is now a vacancy for one of the most senior and important CWU Industrial National Officer Positions and accordingly an election will now be required for this vacant position.

In respect of the DGS (T&FS) position, regretfully Andy Kerr has now advised that he will not be seeking re-election in 2024 and would, subject to a suitable hand over period, be looking to vacate the DGS (T&FS) position immediately following CWU Annual T&FS Industrial Conference scheduled to be held in April 2024.  Therefore, an election for the DGS (T&FS) position is also going to be required.

These are clearly unprecedented and exceptional circumstances and rather than delay for a very significant period of time, the NEC believe it is essential for the democracy and leadership of the union to commence these elections as soon as possible, in accordance with the proposed timetable set out below.

Accordingly, the NEC has agreed the election timetable and regulations for the CWU Deputy General Secretary (Postal) and CWU Deputy General Secretary (Telecoms & Financial Services).

The timetable for these National Officer elections is as follows:

Nominations Open:                                         05 October 2023

Nominations Close:                                         26 October 2023 (14:00)

Ballot Papers Dispatched:                             09 November 2023 

Ballot Closes:                                                    30 November 2023 (First Post)

The Election Regulations stipulate that a copy of the regulations for these elections must be distributed to all branches in advance of the nomination process.  A copy of the Election Regulations is therefore attached and I would be grateful if you could ensure that these are brought to the attention of the members of your branch.

The regulations will also be published on the CWU website and a copy will be issued to all candidates nominated to stand in the Election(s).

Please note that in accordance with the election regulations the nomination forms for these elections will be sent to eligible branches by email prior to the opening of nominations.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Senior Deputy General Secretary Department, CWU HQ, for the attention of Peter Metcalfe.  Telephone: 0208 971 7368, or email: