UNISON nationally

UNISON is one of the UK’s biggest trade unions.

UNISON members are people working for 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 universities, colleges and schools, local authorities, the NHS, 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 behalf.

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, and support you in case of disciplinary action, dismissals or redundancy

UNISON has produced the following TV ad, Support at work, available on YouTube:

This is a popular animated UNISON ad from 2007:


UNISON at Sheffield Hallam University

The Sheffield Hallam University branch of UNISON is recognised by the University and the Students’ Union. We have negotiating rights for administrative, professional, technical, clerical and manual staff.