UNISON’s main priority for 2017 will be to respond to the challenges posed by the constant threats to public services, job security and pay but also the effects brought about by the implementation of the Trade Union Act and the UK’s exit from the EU.
Our objectives are to:
- Enhance our capability to meet the recruiting, organisational and representational challenges posed by austerity measures including cuts, workforce reductions, reorganisations, attacks on facility time and privatisation. Ensuring the union is relevant to all members who provide public services – including those who work in the private sector – regardless of the economic sector in which they work.
- Protect and secure fair and equal pay, good conditions, high quality employment, and pensions for UNISON members, building confidence for industrial action when required. Fighting for and promoting equality and challenging all forms of discrimination, including racism and hate crime, supporting migrant workers, and promoting UNISON’s alternative to austerity.
- Develop our public service campaigns in support of quality public services, in defence of the NHS, and all public services, building our political influence, forging alliances with unions, appropriate campaigning and community groups to challenge the austerity programme, including challenging the attacks on the welfare state. To campaign for the election of governments in Westminster, and the devolved nations, which value public services and working people, rejecting the arguments of UKIP and other far-right parties.
- Ensure that the union’s structures including organisational, lay member, ICT infrastructure and internal management systems are efficient and effective to meet the changing needs of all sections of the union and its members.