Why should I join UNISON?

With more than 1.3 million members working across public services, being part of UNISON means you have the full weight of the UK's leading public services trade union behind you.

Together we can work to:

  1. Protect and improve your terms and conditions.
  2. Advise, support and represent you on employment issues and during times of difficulty, including grievances and disciplinaries.
  3. Health and safety issues.
  4. Legal services.
  5. Campaign and raise those issues that affect you.

Unity is strength.  Join us today.

Speaking with one voice to achieve what cannot be gained through individual negotiation.

Other benefits of being in a Trade Union:

YOU CAN EARN MORE Year on year, UNISON wins pay rises for its members. Average earnings are around eight per cent higher in unionised workplaces.
YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO GET EQUAL PAY UNISON is campaigning to bring women's pay into line with men's. Workplaces with union recognition are 20 per cent more likely to have an equal opportunities policy.
YOU GET MORE HOLIDAY UNISON has won increased leave for many of its members wherever they work.
YOU GET MORE & BETTER TRAINING UNISON provides courses to help you learn new skills, improve existing ones and develop your career. Since 1994 UNISON has won agreements with employers to pay for courses and provide time off for employees to attend them.
YOU GET MORE MATERNITY/PARENTAL LEAVE If you belong to UNISON, your employer is more likely to have parental leave policies which are more generous than the statutory minimum.
YOU'RE LESS LIKELY TO BE INJURED AT WORK UNISON health and safety stewards are trained to minimise the risk of workplace injuries and ensure that employers meet their legal obligations.
IF YOU DO GET INJURED AT WORK YOU WILL GET BETTER COMPENSATION UNISON wins millions in legal compensation for people who are injured or become ill at work. We won over £37 million in 2004 for members and their families.
YOU'RE LESS LIKELY TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST UNISON campaigns for tougher laws to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, disability or sexual orientation. Black and Asian trade unionists earn 32 per cent more than non-unionised colleagues.
YOU CAN HELP KEEP OUR PUBLIC SERVICES PUBLIC UNISON campaigns against all forms of privatisation, including PFI and foundation hospitals. Where our members have been transferred to the private sector we have won them pay and employment protections.
YOU'RE LESS LIKELY TO BE SACKED Trade union members are only half as likely to be sacked as non-Members.


Do I get any other benefits for being a member of UNISON?

Yes, as a UNISON member you would be entitled to a wide range of discounts from many different organisations. You can also receive free legal advice from Thompsons Solicitors and also are eligible for financial advice and assistance in times of difficulty.  Find further details here.


How do I join UNISON?

In order to join UNISON you need to complete an application form. Details of how to join can be found here or contact the Branch Office on 01785 245000.