Our public services are at the heart of a healthy, fair and thriving society.
After nearly 10 years of government cuts all UNISON members know how hard it can be to provide good quality, effective public services.
The Public Service Champions campaign aims to help win over public opinion to a change of direction on cuts and proper investment in public services.
Public Service Champions seeks to keep real people – service users and workers – at the heart of the campaign. Telling their stories, showing the impact on people’s lives, is what it is all about.
Throughout the campaign we will use the real experience of our members – experts you can trust when you don’t believe politicians or the media.
How you can help
- Gather and share testimony from UNISON members – the trusted experts. We are asking branches and members to make short, simple films about the local services they work in or use. With little more than a smartphone, you can tell the heartfelt stories that people will stop for, listen to and share. Check out our briefing for an interview script and filming tips. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
- Brand your existing branch campaigns with Champions. Stickers and ‘I pledge to support public services’ pledge postcards are in stock. Images for your materials: unison.org.uk/champspix. – Posters of the adverts; ‘I pledge to support public services’ postcards; and other printed materials will be available from the UNISON online catalogue: unison.org uk/catalogue- Merchandise such as Champions pens and badges for specific events can be ordered by emailing email@example.com or phoning: 020 7121 5481.
- Encourage people to take action and sign up to support our pledges.
Share the success!
UNISON has a responsibility to speak up for public services – because we know them better than anyone else. Winning the argument for a change of direction and increased investment is a challenge.
But we can do it! Sharing our best ideas and our successes is a great way to spread the messages and boost our campaigning confidence at branch level. Social media can achieve a wide reach; one-one conversations can create deep change.