UNISON, the biggest growing union’s main priority for 2019 will be to campaign for additional funding across all public services, and to fight the challenges posed by the restrictions brought about by the Trade Union Act and the European Union exit negotiations.
Our key Objectives are to:
- Enhance our capability to meet the recruiting and retaining of members, along with the organisational and representational challenges the union is faced with. Ensuring the union is relevant to all members who provide public services – including those who work in the community and private sector. To identify and develop leadership from across the union membership particularly among young members. To enhance our democracy by increasing and widening participation amongst our activists and members.
- To deliver increased funding for public services to ensure we can protect and secure real terms increase to pay and terms and conditions and high quality employment and pensions for our UNISON members. Build confidence for industrial action when required and identify and support strategic industrial disputes at national and branch level and seek to co-ordinate such action wherever possible. Promote equal pay and equality and challenge all forms of discrimination and provide support to migrant workers. Promote UNISON’s alternative economic strategy.
- Develop our public service campaigns in support of quality public services, in defence of the NHS, Education, Local Government, Social Care, Police, Probation 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, and councils which value public services and working people, rejecting the arguments of the Tory government and all far right parties. To promote the new Political Fund arrangements. To promote the union’s International work. To promote 2019 UNISON and TUC ‘Year of the Young Worker’.
- 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