UNISON is one of the largest unions in police and justice and has more than 40,000 members. We protect you so that you can do your job protecting others.

We help and support individual members who face difficulties at work; we negotiate pay and conditions; we campaign on behalf of workers to protect jobs, services, health and safety and equalities. We want public services to remain in the public sector.

We are proud to represent your best interests and to fight for the recognition you deserve for the essential public services you provide.

Who are our members in police and justice?

UNISON’s police and justice service group has members working for:

  • police forces in England and Wales
  • Police Scotland
  • the Probation Service in England and Wales
  • the Child and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)
  • private companies working in police and probation throughout the UK.

How we look after you

When you join UNISON in police and justice you will become a member of a local UNISON branch:

  • police branch
  • probation branch
  • joint police and justice branch

CAFCASS members are part of our North-West Probation and CAFCASS branch.

In each UNISON region we have a regional police and justice committee to bring together representatives from police and probation to make sure that members’ interests are being addressed.

Negotiating for better pay and conditions

UNISON organises at a branch, regional and national level to address our members’ needs. We then use our collective voice and our strength in numbers to negotiate for better pay and conditions. We negotiate/speak for you at:

  • police staff council for England and Wales
  • police advisory board for England and Wales
  • Police Scotland
  • the Probation Service joint negotiating committee
  • Cafcass joint negotiating and consultative forum.

The benefits of UNISON membership

Besides negotiating for better pay and conditions and campaigning against privatisation and budget cuts at a national level, we also help our members individually with:

  • redundancy
  • disciplinary action
  • grievances
  • Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigations
  • Police Post Incident Procedures (PIP)
  • Serious Further Offence investigations in probation