Three unions – Nupe, Nalgo and Cohse – came together on 1 July 1993 on ‘Vesting Day’ to form one union to represent all public service workers, wherever they work.
There’s no denying that things are difficult for public services and the dedicated staff who provide them. We can’t forget the cuts, privatisation and pay restraint that have become an unwelcome part of our members’ lives. But we will never forget how proud we are of our members, proud of the jobs they do and proud of the public services they provide.
For 25 years we have challenged unfair employment practices and defended jobs and pensions. We have taken legal cases and won a staggering £775m in compensation for our members. We have stood up for fairness and equality – and we’re not about to stop.
That is why we are taking this opportunity to celebrate 25 years of our achievements. This is an ideal opportunity to remember why it’s good to belong to a union that is campaigning, caring and visionary – and here for the next 25 years and beyond.
Dates for your diary
Use the anniversary to help you plan activities and recruitment in your UNISON branch. Think about some of the key points in your year and plan your celebrations around them. For example, you might want to tie an event in to your branch AGM, a recruitment drive or pick a national day or week, for example Black History Month (October), Workers Memorial Day (28 April), International Nurses Day (12 May), or International Women’s Day (8 March).
In the resources section you will find ideas to help you spread the word about our achievements and lots of ideas on how to celebrate. You can download the artwork ready to use in your own newsletters and social media.