Joining UNISON

1. Why join UNISON?

Membership of UNISON gives you essential cover, wherever you work. UNISON offers a full range of member benefits which can include:

  • advice, support and help when you need it at work
  • a helpline that is open until midnight during the week and 4pm on Saturdays
  • legal help for you at work and your and your family at home, subject to certain eligibility criteria;  Read the criteria
  • financial assistance and debt advice in times of need
  • compensation for accidents and injuries at work
  • a range of exclusive member discounts that can save you and your family money when you are shopping, buying insurance or looking for a holiday
  • education and training advice and courses, leading to vocational and professional qualifications.


These are just some of the reasons to join UNISON and get essential cover.

Read more about our essential cover

Do you have a question?

0800 171 2193

Call us and we will do our best to help you.

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 6am - 12midnight
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

2. Am I eligible?

Anyone employed in providing public services can join UNISON. That includes people working:

  • in the public services;
  • for private contractors;
  • in the utilities;
  • in community and voluntary organisations.


Joining UNISON means you have access to our huge network of stewards and reps who are there to help you with your workplace problems.

Read more information about who can join UNISON

Your right to join a union

The right to join a union is protected by UK law. An employer cannot discriminate against you for joining a trade union. You cannot be refused employment, treated unfairly at work or dismissed for joining a trade union.

Read more about your right to join a union

3. Join UNISON today

It’s simple to join UNISON and get essential cover wherever you work.

If you want to pay by Direct Debit there are three options for you:

1 Join online at join.unison.org.uk

2 Call 0800 171 2193 and join instantly.

3 Download an application form and when you fill it in select the "pay by Direct Debit" option.

If you want to pay for your UNISON membership by having the cost deducted directly from your salary, you can download an application form and select the "deduct from salary" option.

Dowload the form now.

Download a large-print form now.

Do you have a question?

0800 171 2193

Call us and we will do our best to help you.

Opening times
Monday to Friday: 6am - 12midnight
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

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