South East Region – 2 x Regional Organisers

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UNISON is Britain's leading public sector trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public services, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ 1200 staff, approximately 370 at our national centre in Euston, central London and the remainder in our twelve regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.
South East
Regionally based due to the current situation and closed offices
Starting salary
£49,702 per annum including Annual Subsistence Allowance plus Car
Closing date
26 February 2021
Contract type
Full time, permanent
R9/8, R9/15

About this job

 Are you ready to make a difference as one of our Regional Organisers?

The Regional Organiser is the key generic organising role in the region, with responsibility for recruitment, retention and organisation of members. They act as a powerful advocate of organising and building branch and membership organisation and UNISON’s profile and reputation in the branches and with employers. All Regional Organisers have overall responsibility for promoting and ensuring equalities and tackling discrimination is at the heart of all regional and branch activities.

Additionally, one of these posts (R9/15) will initially undertake work as part of the Equalities and Education team as the strategic lead for Women & Equalities across the region. The post holder will support the development of women and women’s organisation within the region and guide the progress of other self-organised groups. The post holder will provide specialist equalities advice across the region including support for representation and advice on strategic equalities and discrimination cases, collective bargaining in workplaces and with employers on strategic equalities issues, and developing and implementing equalities campaign strategies. They will support the further development and implementation of the Regional Equalities Action Plan.

The Role

 As a Regional Organiser, you will:

  • Provide leadership to a group of branches within a locality, service group or work area to ensure that branches have the strongest possible workplace organisation.
  • Support, guide and develop branches and activists through major periods of change in the delivery of public services.
  • Build branch organisation and performance, identifying training and development needs of activists and providing ongoing support through coaching and mentoring of stewards and branch officers.
  • Lead collective negotiations across the range of sectors that UNISON organises across, at local, regional, or national level.
  • Represent members individually and collectively, assisting branches in developing systems and processes for managing and undertaking their casework effectively.
  • Manage a small team of area and/or local organisers or administrative.

The Person

 You will have skills and experience that include:

  • Demonstrable leadership and motivational skills.
  • A proven track record of using initiative and independence over a broad area of activity.
  • Considerable knowledge of industrial relations and a track record of high level negotiation and representation.
  • Experience of advocacy in difficult situations.
  • Ability to develop strategies, plans and solutions to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to work on and manage projects.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and experience of influencing people at all levels.

While our Regional Organisers are regionally based, they are required to work in any team or location across the region.

Work will include strategic responsibility for work with branches and employers, leading negotiations and undertaking complex casework including representation at final stage appeals.

The Regional Organiser will manage a small team of organising staff and oversee the development and delivery of projects with branches and employers to build UNISON organisation and implement the unions bargaining and organising strategies.

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, please download and complete the General application form (under “”Resources””).

See job description and person specification (under “”resources””).

Please note that only the General application form will be accepted.

Applications should be sent to  quoting Ref: R9/8, R9/15 as appropriate.

.Closing date for applications is 5pm on 26th February 2021.

Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on 15th and 16th March 2021 with a media assessment on 12th March 2021.


UNISON is the UK’s leading public services trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ approximately 1,200 staff, with around 370 at our national centre in Euston in central London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

UNISON is a dynamic, progressive union, committed to equality. We encourage men and women of all ages, Black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to work with us.