How we work

Our members work in the public services, for private contractors and third sector employers providing public services and for utility companies.

When you join you become a member of a UNISON branch, these are run by our volunteer activists and we rely on them for much of the support we offer to members. Without them UNISON would not be able to function. UNISON employs around 1,200 people across the UK.

Our volunteer workplace reps play a vital day-to-day role in helping UNISON members. They help members by giving advice and answering questions; organising meetings; acting as spokespeople; recruiting new members; running ballots; and publicising campaigns.

Some members are elected by their workplace to play different branch roles. Branches must elect certain core officers. They may also create other posts according to their rules. Officers are elected either at the AGM or by postal ballot beforehand.

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