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Why Join UNISON

Fair Pay UNISONOur Unison Branch officers are available to support our members in every aspect of their everyday working life.

  • Aside from representation, UNISON offers a range of exclusive member discounts that can save you and your family money when you are shopping, buying insurance or looking for a holiday
  • We can provide education, training advice and courses, leading to vocational and professional qualifications.
  • We have reps on the ground to ensure you can put a face to your union.
  • Our helpline is open until midnight on weekdays and 4pm on a Saturday for around the clock help and advice.
  • We can help with not only individual but also collective issues within the workplace.

 

 

Being a UNISON member gives you a huge
range of benefits, including:

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Why UNISON is right for - UNISON Success stories

These are some of the bigger successes of UNISON in recent years:

  • UNISON has secured more than £33 million in compensation to its members for personal injury settlements in the past year alone.
  • UNISON achieved a £4million settlement of an equal-pay claim for more than 1,500 school meals workers employed by former Cleveland County Council.
  • UNISON made a number of submissions to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) pushing for £6-an-hour minimum wage. As a result of UNISON’s work, the LPC is now a permanent body and its scope was widened to examine all aspects of poverty pay.
  • UNISON was a key player in ensuring that government increased the value of basic state pension in real terms for the past 20 years. UNISON’s delegation to the Labour Party also successfully argued for the restoration of the link to earnings.
  • UNISON is the country’s first carbon-neutral trade union thanks to its policy of reducing greenhouse emissions through its partnership with Future Forests and planting of thousands of trees across the U.K.
  • UNISON has been invited by the Home Office to join the influential Police Reform Steering Forum, developing radical proposals
  • UNISON helpline for members and stewards, UNISONdirect (0845 355 0845), Handled some 51,800 calls last year, a year-on-year rise of 228%.

 

    1 Advice, support and help when you need it at work
    Unison have a network of trained local advisors and negotiators who will provide you with help at work when you need it most, as well as professional legal advisors and experts when appropriate.
    2 Legal services for your family at home
    Unison offer free initial legal advice on any matter
    not related to work, plus a range of other legal help for you and your family.
    3 Unison Welfare
    Unison offers a confidential service (and registered charity) ‘There for You’, listen and support with sorting out finances and advise on benefits. Through Unison Welfare Unison can offer grants to help with household bills, ease debts or help with the cost of a much needed break.
    4 Helpline open until midnight
    Unison Direct helpline is open from 6am to midnight Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.
    5 Compensation for accidents and injuries at work
    Specialist lawyers are there to help if you have an accident or are injured at work and will do their best to get compensation for you.
    6 Member discounts – including up to 50% off holidays
    Join today and you’ll have access to a wide range of exclusive member discounts such as holidays, car and home insurance and offers which could save you up to £250 plus Thompsons Solicitors offer a free will righting service for all Unison Members.
    7 Education, training and support
    UNISON offers a range of courses and short workshops which can help you develop your confidence, skills and knowledge.