Who we are

UNISON is Britain's biggest trade union with more than 1.3 million members. Our members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and in the essential utilities. They include frontline staff and managers working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, the police service, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector. Last year UNISON recruited 155,000 new members - 425 per day.

UNISON's objectives

UNISON is a powerful voice for working people in Britain. In the workplace, through our campaigning work, and in our input to decision-making inside the Labour Party, the union expresses the democratically agreed views of members.

These views - our objectives - are agreed at UNISON's annual delegate conference, which brings together over 2,000 members for four days every summer.

UNISONdirect 0845 355 0845 (calls charged at local rates)
Freephone textphone 0800 0 967 968
Lines are open 6am-midnight Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm Saturdays.

You can also submit a query online at: unison.org.uk/help

What we campaign on

UNISON campaigns and lobbies on key issues affecting our members and the public at large. We're working to protect and improve the public services, win equal pay and employment rights for everyone, improve safety in the workplace and end discrimination and harassment at work. We also support external campaigns on issues such as fuel poverty and fair trade.

Local organisation

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.

Local health and safety reps are there to help make sure your workplace is safe and your job is not too stressful. They are volunteers and play a vital role in recruiting new members, ensuring safety at work and organising your branch. Local branches are made up of ordinary members elected by the workforce. They take on different roles in order to make your life easier at work.

Women in UNISON

Women make up two thirds of UNISON's members so we make sure their voices are heard throughout the union. At every level of the union, when people are elected to committees or delegations women must be elected in fair proportion to their membership. Even the National Executive Council has to elect 44 women out of its 67 seats and 13 are held by low-paid women.

UNISON branches are grouped into 12 regions which cover the UK.

Each region has its own head office and a regional council made up of delegates from all branches in the region.

The regional council develops policies and puts them into action regionally. It's the main link between neighbouring branches and between branches and UNISON's national executive council.

North West
Regional secretary: Frank Hont
Arena Point
1 Hunts Bank
M3 1UA
Tel: 0161 211 1000
Fax: 0161 661 6740
Minicom: 0161 611 6740

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