About the Staffordshire Branch of UNISON

A warm welcome from Staffordshire Branch of UNISON to all our members and prospective members.

Depending on where you work and your occupation, now more than ever you need to consider becoming a trade union member.  If you are already you will understand and recognise the benefits as we joined together are the voice of the membership.  A voice that is loud and clear when joined in UNISON than the voice of an individual.

Many people associate a trade union as only being needed during times of difficulty, but trade unions are here all the time because if you are a member you literally are the trade union.  How many organisations do you know that not only listen to your views but make your views the policy of the organisation – that’s what joining a trade union does for you.  In addition being in a trade union not only gives you a say in your own future but also gives you a say in the service you work in.

One of the most frequently asked questions is “What is the relevance of a trade union today?”  Probably because the understanding of what a trade union does and why it is there has been lost in the midst of time.  Trade unions have developed and been known by different names for hundreds of years.  They are literally a democratic association of working people formed to protect their interests covering everything from working conditions, pay, health & safety and in times of difficulty are there when needed whether it is a grievance, disciplinary or financial.  Trade unions are also about education and training opportunities for members.

Unity Is Strength

This is probably one of the oldest trade union slogans.  Only by combining together could groups of workers improve their working terms and conditions and increase salaries.  They were also able to speak with one voice and achieve through collective bargaining what cannot be gained through individual negotiation.

The old trade union slogan still remains as relevant today as it did then.  “Pick up a match and try to break it that’s easy, now pick up twenty matches together and try to break them”.

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