Unison is the main national union for public sector workers, and is Britain's biggest union, representing around 1.3 million people. It negotiates on pay and working conditions at every level: local, regional and national.
Local stewards represent you at work and can help you find the answers to your problems. They are volunteers and play a vital role in recruiting new members and organising the 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 workers 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 issues such as pay, rotas, leave and sickness procedures. We also work to make the workplace healthy and safe, and support members in cases of disciplinary action, dismissals or redundancy.
Unison at The University of Nottingham
Unison is one of the unions recognised by the University of Nottingham; we represent all staff within APM levels 1-3, all O&F job families, and Senior Hall Managers. We sit on a number of UoN committees to represent our members.
Branch elections and democracy
Unison, at all levels, is a representative democracy. Members elect other members to represent them both inside the union and to employers.
In line with our policies on proportionality and fair representation, we make particular efforts to ensure that groups of members who are often under-represented in Unison structures (eg, women, black members, disabled members, and LGBT members) are encouraged to stand for elected positions. Similarly, we encourage young members to take up roles.
For more details about branch and union rules, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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