At work

UNISON members work in many different sectors across our public services and for private companies. Members in similar workplaces can best support each other by bringing specialist help and experience to their co-workers and UNISON members nationally.


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  • Council workers

    UNISON represents people employed in all areas of local government. We make sure the needs and rights of workers in this sector and related public services in our service group are recognised and defended.

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  • Health workers

    Nearly half a million UNISON members work in the NHS and for organisations providing NHS services in all four countries of the UK. We recognise and defend the rights of all workers in the health service.

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  • Teaching assistant

    UNISON represents more education staff than any other trade union in the UK. Our 350,000 members in education give us a powerful voice to campaign against inequalities and speak out on work issues.

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  • PCSO

    UNISON is one of the largest unions in police and justice with more than 50,000 members. We protect you so you can focus on protecting others.

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  • large group of people

    More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the community and voluntary sector. We make sure the needs and rights of workers in this sector are recognised and defended.

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  • Staff noticeboard. Insight

    Supporting more than 17,000 members working in water companies, the Environment Agency, passenger transport executives, bus companies, British Waterways and regional and local airports.

    Read more about WET

  • Gas ring

    Helping to support members facing issues at work and improving pay and conditions. We campaign on energy related matters which impact the wider community like fuel poverty and environmental safeguards.

    Read more about energy

  • Older black man in conversation. Royalty free

    For more than 20 years, UNISON’s private contractors unit has been campaigning for equal pay and fair conditions for workers in private companies working in the public sector.

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There’s never been a more important time to be in a union. General secretary Dave Prentis talks about the issues facing working people and why they should join UNISON.

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