Our objectives 2019

As the UK’s biggest union representing over 1.3 million members working in public services, UNISON’s main priority in 2019 will be to campaign for additional funding across all public services, and to fight the challenges posed by the Trade Union Act and the European Union exit negotiations.

Our key objectives are:

1. Recruitment and organising

We aim to:

  • Enhance our capability to recruit and retain members and meet the organising and representation challenges facing the union in the changing world of work.
  • Ensure our union is relevant to all members who provide public services – including those who work in the community and private sectors.
  • Identify and develop leadership from across the union, particularly among young members.
  • Enhance our democracy by increasing and widening participation of our activists and members.

2. Bargaining and equalities

We aim to:

  • Deliver increased funding for public services and secure real terms pay increases, improved terms and conditions, and high quality employment and pensions for UNISON members.
  • Build confidence for industrial action when required, identify and support strategic industrial disputes at national and branch level and seek to co-ordinate action wherever possible.
  • Promote equal pay and equality.
  • Actively challenge all forms of discrimination including racism and sexism, discrimination against LGBT people, against disabled people, and discrimination based on age, religion or social class.
  • Provide support to migrant workers.
  • Promote UNISON’s alternative economic strategy.

3. Campaigning and influencing

We aim to:

  • Develop our campaigns in support of quality public services and in defence of the NHS, education, local government, social care, police, probation and all public services.
  • Build our political influence, forging alliances with other unions and appropriate campaigning and community groups to challenge the austerity programme, including attacks on the welfare state.
  • Campaign for the election of UK governments and councils that value public services and working people, rejecting the arguments of the Tory government and far right parties.
  • Promote the new political fund arrangements.
  • Promote the union’s international work.
  • Promote 2019 as UNISON and TUC Year of the Young Worker.

4. Building an efficient and effective union

We aim to:

  • Ensure that the union’s structures including organisational, lay member, ICT infrastructure, digital and internal management systems and the distribution of our resources are accessible, efficient and effective to meet the changing needs of all sections of the union and its members