UNISON is Northern Ireland’s leading and liveliest trade union, representing over 40,000 workers delivering essential public services in areas such as health; social services; education; local government; private companies providing public services; and the community and voluntary sector.

Members are organised into 29 branches – 19 in health, 9 in education and higher education and one in the community and voluntary sector.

As well as defending public services and fighting the government’s cuts to public services, our priorities are fairness, equality, participation, partnership and peace.

Our members

In Northern Ireland, we have members in all of UNISON’s sectors. The biggest numbers of members are in health and local government.

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Our activists

The work that reps do in recruiting, organising and supporting members is key to the strength of UNISON. This section explains the role and responsibilities of branch stewards, health and safety representatives and learning representatives.

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Organisational structure

The organisational structure of the Norther Ireland region is made up of a regional council, regional committee, regional convenor and regional staff.

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Lay structure democracy and elections

As a democratic union, all members have a right to take part in making the decisions which define what work we do, our campaigns and priorities. This includes voting to elect branch officers and deciding who sits on the regional council and regional committee.

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Every member of UNISON belongs to a branch. Your branch is the main place where you can get help and advice and take part in the democracy of the union.

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UNISON members who share common concerns come together in self-organised groups to discuss, campaign and organise events around the specific issues that affect them. UNISON’s self-organised groups are for black members, women, young members, retired members, disabled members and LGBT members.

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