Age discrimination

Retired members

This section is for retired members. Our retired members’ group works closely with other member groups on almost every issue that affects workers in the UK, as well as fighting for quality public services, on which many older people rely.

UNISON retired members have a wealth of experience and knowledge that make them a valuable part of UNISON campaigns.

Retired Member delegates attending 2019/20 UNISON self-organised group conferences

UNISON rule D 6.8 allows for the National Retired Members’ Organisation to send two representatives to each of the National Self-Organised Group Conferences.

Currently, the National Retired Members’ Committee on behalf of the National Retired Members’ Organisation is seeking nominations for representatives to attend the following Self-Organised Group Conferences:

  • 2019 UNISON National Disabled Members’ Conference being held in Brighton from 2 – 4 November;
  • 2019 UNISON National LGBT+ Conference being held in Bournemouth from 15 – 17 November;
  • 2020 UNISON National Black Members’ Conference being held in Bournemouth from 31 January – 2 February;
  • 2020 UNISON National Women’s Conference being held in Bournemouth  from 13 – 15 February.

Travel costs, expenses and accommodation will be met from national funds.

Disabled retired members, LGBT+ retired members, Black retired members and women retired members interested in attending are asked to submit a supporting statement of not more than 200 words by email to or by post to Colin Derrig, National Retired Members’ Officer, MPU, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY to arrive no later than 5.00pm on Friday 9 August 2019.

The statements will be sent out to delegates in the final conference mailing and considered and voted on at the relevant caucus meetings at UNISON National Retired Members’ Conference on Tuesday 1 October. Successful applicants will be advised no later than 8 October.

Pension credit

Are you a couple – has one of you already reached state pension age while the other hasn’t?

Or is one over and one under 65?

From 15 May you will no longer be able to claim Pension Credit.

You will have to claim Universal Credit instead until you are both over state pension age, and could lose around £7,000 a year.

Find out more

Are you single, over state pension age and on a low income?

Are you both over state pension age and on a low income?

The government says over 1 million people who should be claiming pension credit aren’t – saving the government £3 billion a year.

Should you be claiming?

Find out if you’re eligible


The two motions chosen for submission to the 2019 UNISON National Delegate Conference by the ballot held at the end of the 2018 UNISON Retired Members’ Conference were as follows:

Composite A Intergenerational Commission

Motion 22 Abuse in Care Homes.


UNISON’s retired members play an active role in creating a fairer society.

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Key issues

This section is about the key issues affecting retired members. Each key issue explains the facts behind the issue, what UNISON is doing and how you can get involved. You will also find news articles, useful resources and events.

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    Retired members meet as a self-organised group at branch, regional and national level. Find out what the different groups do and how they are organised.

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    Group structure and contacts

    Find contact details for the national officer with responsibility for retired members.

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    Contact information

    Colin Derrig
    UNISON Centre
    130 Euston Road
    NW1 2AY