UNISON members are people working in the public services, for private
contractors providing public services and the essential utilities. They
include manual and white collar staff working full or part time in local
authorities, the NHS, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water
industries, transport and the voluntary sector.
Most people join a union because they want protection at work
- help with pay and conditions of service, legal or health and safety
advice or representation in case things go wrong at work. That's what
we're here for. UNISON negotiates on pay and working conditions at every
level - local, regional and national. But we also do a lot more. Being
a UNISON member gives you a range of benefits and unbeatable deals.
Every member of UNISON belongs to a local branch which is made up of
people working for the same employer.
Local stewards are there to represent you at work and help find the answers
to your problems. They are volunteers and play a vital role in recruiting
new members and organising your branch. If you have a problem, talk to
your local steward. If they can't handle the problem on their own, they
can talk to other branch officers or full - time union experts on your
Anyone can face problems at work sometimes but if you are a member of
UNISON, you don't have to face them alone. We can provide advice or representation
on things like pay, rotas, leave and sickness procedures. We are also
there to help you make sure your workplace is healthy and safe, support
you in case of disciplinary action, dismissals or redundancy. Working life is not all doom and gloom, we also
like to share the positive things about work-life