November is just around the corner – and that means it’s nearly Grovember!

You know about Grovember right? Our month-long push to raise our recruitment levels and improve retention too? Everybody’s talking about it and planning their work to make the UK’s biggest and best union even bigger and even better. To make it work we need everyone to join in.

Get ready for November

Supporting members and recruiting new people to UNISON is what we all do week in and week out anyway.  Because of our focus on recruitment and organising, we’ve kept UNISON strong despite massive job cuts in public services. But now we have a chance to turn things around and grow our union.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 25th birthday – and to help all those people out there working hard to provide our vital public services who should be in UNISON because they need us.

So, let’s get out there and talk to them about all the support that’s on offer from UNISON and all the great campaigning work we are doing to improve the public services we all care so much about. Let’s show potential members why we are so proud to be in UNISON, and let’s remind our existing members why they joined and how to access our help and support when they need it.

There’s plenty of stuff available on our online catalogue to help you plan and deliver Grovember in our online catalogue.

Share what you are doing

We’d love to know what your plans are, what you are organising and how it all went – plus pictures of course. With that in mind we’d like to suggest three steps for sharing:

Step 1 – share on social media via usual channels – Please use #joinUNISON when you are tweeting so we can see everything that is happening.

Step 2 – email us at

Step 3 – share your organising tips on the organising space

Sign up a member and win!

And as a thank you, if you successfully recruit a new member during November we will enter you into a prize draw to win one prize of £1,000 and 4 runners up prizes of £500, thanks to our UNISON Living partners LV and Lighthouse financial services.

Enter your details, and the person’s you’ve recruited, below.

  • So we can verify your member record
  • So we can contact you if you win. We will only use this information for the purposes of this campaign.


Never too big to care

UNISON is proud to be unique among unions in having a dedicated charity, There for You, which supports our members when life gets tough.

NEC gears up for growth

Two months of industrial action and campaigning shows why we need to go for growth, executive hears

How we can be stronger, together

UNISON is turning November into Grovember with a big recruitment drive. Here are some helpful tips to support activists and members alike, working to recruit their new union colleagues

16 reasons …

… that people give for not joining a union, and some helpful hints for changing their minds

Living wage week – a recruitment opportunity

New living wage rates are announced on 5 November as part of living wage week – and UNISON has plenty of material available if you plan any recruitment activity around the issue


We have lots of useful publications that you can use to recruit new members, and to remind existing members what’s on offer from their union.

Below we have picked out a cool half dozen of our most useful items, but there are plenty more in our online catalogue – so why not have a Browse.

There is lots more information on our online catalogue – why not go and have a browse.


November is a month full of awareness days, UNISON events and key national days. Why not have a think about how you could use some of those days to promote specific messages about why people should join UNISON.

Here are just a few examples, now it’s over to you to get creative.

2 November – National stress awareness day. A good opportunity to talk to staff about what UNISON can offer if you are struggling with stress in your workplace.

5-9 November – UNISON One Team Week. A week where we celebrate the hard work of all the vital non-clinical staff in the NHS. There’s tons of material you can order, so get making those cakes, organising those events and celebrating. It’s a great opportunity to ask staff in your trust to join the union that represents the whole team of staff in the NHS.

5-10 November – Living Wage Week: the new rates are announced on Monday 5 November.

5 November – remember remember the 5 of November – and don’t forget to join a union! A great excuse for a get-together, hot dogs, cakes and application forms!

21 November – world hello day. The aim is to say hello to 10 people, and while you are doing it why not ask them if they are interested in joining UNISON.

23 November – Stars in Our Schools. UNISON’s annual celebration of school support staff and the vital role they play in our children’s education. It’s the one day when we celebrate our school heroes, and we should take the opportunity to remind members that UNISON is proud to represent them. Why not find some more heroes and ask them to join UNISON.