Every member of UNISON belongs to a branch. Why not get active by going along to a branch event to meet other UNISON members and find out what the branch is doing? You’ll be made very welcome and it’s a great chance to find out more about what the union is doing for you.
Branches are the basic unit of the union, they are made up of groups of members working for the same employer or several employers in the same area. Within each branch there are members with established democratically elected positions, as well as many members who help out in an informal way.
Why get active in your branch?
Getting involved in your branch offers a chance for you to influence the decisions of the branch – and in turn make a difference in your workplace.
Volunteering brings personal benefits too:
- you can get free training and learning opportunities – and time off work while you learn;
- you gain valuable experience in new areas;
- you can create a better workplace and better public services;
- it looks good on your CV.
How to get active
If you want to help out, why not offer to lend a hand from time to time? What you do depends on how much time you have. You might be able to help get the room ready for a meeting, hand out information or put up posters advertising branch meetings. Just contact your local branch. Whether it’s a particular campaign that interests you, or a group, or just being part of the everyday running of the union, your branch will be able to help you get involved.
My UNISON is a weblink which allows you to manage and update your personal information with UNISON.
If you already have a My UNISON username and password? Then login on https://my.unison.org.uk/
If you aren’t registered then you will need your UNISON membership number to register with My UNISON. You can find this in the welcome pack you received when you joined UNISON or on your membership card or phone UNISONdirect on 0800 171 2193 or text phone 08000 967968.