UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare trade union – over 400,000 people who work in the NHS and for private contractors providing NHS services are UNISON members.
Our health members are nurses, student nurses, midwives, health visitors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff.
And that’s not all of us!
UNISON is a powerful voice for working people in the United Kingdom. We have over 1.3 million members working in public services, the community and voluntary sector and for private companies.
Looking after people at work
We represent our members in many ways, offering help and advice at work, raising your professional/local concerns or by highlighting issues that will affect all health workers at a national level. We work together to make sure our members’ concerns are heard – whether it is about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of our NHS. As a branch we can offer a 24-hour service, protecting our members who work for the NHS and private companies who support the NHS. We have stewards and reps in all areas and sectors that we have members.
For example: if you are a nurse on a hospital ward, we have nurses as trained stewards who are ready to help you. The same applies for other job roles.
All our stewards are trained in Employment Law, and many have taken up specialist training such as: Agenda for Change, Pensions, Education, Sickness and Absence (Attendance management) and Health and Safety.
Our Health and Safety Team are fully qualified to Diploma level and have the power of the law behind them to help them make your workplace safer for you. Some are registered members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) giving them unique access to health and safety consultants for advice and guidance.
Looking after the NHS
But there is more to UNISON than looking after people at work. We care passionately about the future of the NHS as a publicly funded service that is free at the point of delivery. This makes campaigning to stop the increasing involvement of the private sector in the provision of health care services a priority for us.