More than 5.5 million people are in a union – from nurses to checkout assistants to lorry drivers to airline pilots. Unions help workers get together, stop people being treated unfairly and get a better deal from their employers.
Why join UNISON?
By joining UNISON you get peace of mind because we are there to support and assist you, when help is needed.
You get sensible and honest advice from qualified and experienced people who are respected by your employer.
You get support to the highest level should you need it in all matters relating to your employment.
How can UNISON help me?
Via our trained representatives and workplace stewards who can ask the right questions and get the right answers for you.
They will be there to support and represent you when needed.
A welfare team who are there in times of need.
What’s in it for me?
A professional back up from dedicated people who are at the end of a phone, replying to your email or there in person to discuss the issues that are concerning you.
Access to legal advice and the reassurance that you are part of the biggest union in the country with the most experience in the NHS and other health service providers.
Access to benefits such as:
– Discounted Insurance
– Free Written Wills
– Free Legal Advice
– Subsidised holidays in UNISON’s own holiday centre at Croyde Bay
Each of our 1.3 million members has their own reasons for joining UNISON. But every one receives our help and support. Join today, and you can too.
1. Advice, support and help when you need it at work
We 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 you at work and your family at home
Our legal support includes free help with most work problems that you may have. This can either be from our specialist in-house lawyers and a team of trade union solicitors that are on hand to help, or by local union reps, branches and officers in the UK. But our help doesn’t just stop when you leave work. We offer free initial legal advice on any matter not related to work, plus a range of other legal help for you and your family. To be eligible for our legal assistance scheme you must have been a member for at least four weeks prior to the incident that led you to seek this help. You must also be up to date with your subscriptions. Legal help is provided at the discretion of the union’s national executive council.
3. Financial assistance and debt advice in times of need
We’re here for you when you need us most. Our confidential service (and registered charity) There for You, is your safety net when times get tough. We can help with sorting out finances and advise on benefits. We offer grants to help with household bills, ease debts or help with the cost of a much needed break. To be eligible for our financial assistance scheme you must have been a member for at least four weeks prior to the incident that led you to seek this help
4. Helpline open until midnight
In these uncertain times it’s easy to lose sleep over job security. But don’t lie awake worrying, our helpline is open from 6am to midnight Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays closed on Sunday. Your call will be dealt with by a professional who will ensure that the person who can best help will ring you back at a time that is convenient for you.
5. Compensation for accidents and injuries at work
If the unexpected happens you can count on our support. If you have an accident or are injured at work our specialist lawyers are there to help when appropriate. You are covered for things like assault, accidents, industrial diseases and accidents on your way to or from work. Our experts have got you covered 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 and offers which could save you up to £250 – more than the cost of your membership. Savings on holidays through the UNISON travel club, plus discounts on home, car, pet and travel insurance, dental and health plans, cashback on mortgages all add up to a great deal for UNISON members.
7. Education, training and support
Whatever work you do, we are here to help you learn more – whether you are facing change at work, want to develop your career or want to learn something new for your own benefit. UNISON offers a range of courses and short workshops that are free to members, so whether it’s brushing up on computer skills, professional development or finding out more about the union, learning through UNISON can help you develop your confidence, skills and knowledge.