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Millennials: Avocados, flat whites and Instagram – right? Not quite. The hipster characterisation masks a much starker reality for the houseless generation. Most young workers are contending with low wages, insecure jobs and no voice at work. They need trade unions more than ever.

This is why UNISON has voted to make 2019 the year of young workers. Considering the working conditions young workers face and the need to secure protection at work for future generations, it is a moral imperative. But it’s not all doom and gloom – young members are one of UNISON’s fastest growing demographics. We are already reaching out in new and innovative ways and demonstrating the practical impact we can bring to young people’s lives.

A new suite of resources are available to help you communicate with young workers. Download digital materials below and order printed materials from the Online Catalogue. Use a host of video’s on UNISON’s Youtube channel, featuring young workers, apprentices and UNISON campaigns.

This is a live campaign. We will add new resources and announce activities and events on this webpage. Share in your channels.


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Blog: Young members are the present and future of our movement

This weekend, many of UNISON’s young members are coming together to talk about the future of our union, the future of public services and the future of our country.

The issue

Young workers need a voice, protection and fairness at work more than ever. However:

  • Just 4% of union members are aged 16 to 24.
  • 39% of union members are over 50.

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Changes to the labour market, attitudes and union strategies have been cited as key reasons for this shift.

However UNISON data shows young members are one of our fastest growing demographics. The tide seems to be turning. A new generation delivering public services want greater fairness at work.

To capitalise on this success and to meet the urgency of the challenge, UNISON have prioritised young worker recruitment and organising.