All in a day’s work for… the jetty engineer

Pete Read
National Grid
LNG Terminal

Peter Read may have one of the most unusual jobs of any UNISON member. Peter is a jetty engineer for National Grid at its Isle of Grain terminal on the Thames Estuary, the UK’s leading importation terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Making ends meet: a homecare support worker

a young white woman against a wall

The sun hasn’t risen over Scunthorpe, but there’s no such lie in for Fay Hart. With 28 years in school catering under her belt, and school cook at Priory Lane Community School for the past 18, Fay is already bustling around her realm, with dinner for a hundred or more pupils to prepare, plus breakfast club for some of the children. And it’s barely even gone 7am.


Holding back the tide

UNISON members working at the Thames Barrier represent the ‘epitome’ of public service


Vexing the government over tax credits

Victory in the Lords is only the beginning of UNISON’s hard-fought campaign to protect tax credits for working people


A father’s story

After years seeking justice for his murdered son, Conroy Lawrence has turned his campaigning spirit towards protecting the NHS and his trade union rights


When the cared for becomes the carer

Graeme Ellis’s experience of homecare made him determined to improve the lives of others in his situation


Your friend at work

A change of boss turned Karen Williamson’s working life upside down. Her UNISON rep, Mary Pearson, helped her find the right way up…

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Suffragettes in the spotlight

A team of women filmmakers have brought the story of the suffragette movement to the big screen, with a very special woman among the extras


Finding her way with UNISON

Sinéad Liddy recalls her journey to becoming Northern Ireland’s first chair of the National Young Members’ Forum

Sarah Ibbotson works for City of York Council as a business support perso

Paying the price for caring

A new law threatens to punish workers if they stand up for their jobs and services

Margaret McKee from Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital

Why did I get involved?

Unpaid, risking trouble at work and not always thanked – why do UNISON’s 40,000 activists do it?

Three school support staff at Cleves primary school in East London

Stars in our schools

Join UNISON’s search for the unsung heroes of our schools

Photos: Marcus Rose

Banging the drum over pay

This year Glasgow’s homelessness caseworkers decided to go on strike. This is their story

photo: Marcus Rose

Phillippa’s journey: a transgender member speaks

UNISON offers transgender members invaluable support in the difficult journey to become themselves

Ashington shop

Setting up shop

A new kind of UNISON office is adding an extra dimension to the union’s organising

Melanie Heitkamp

Small start, big finish: progressing your career with UNISON learning

‘Too small’ to be a nurse in her native South Africa, one member now finds herself in South Wales embarking on a nursing degree

Gita’s story

Gita Paul was born in Lithuania and came to the UK in 2005 as a 20-year-old looking for work.