UNISON has over 1.3 million members, making it the biggest union in the UK. UNISON members work either directly within the public services, or for private contractors providing public services and the essential utilities. We include both frontline staff and managers, working full or part-time in local authorities, the NHS, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector.
What can UNISON do for you?
Most people join a union because they want protection at work – help with pay and conditions of service perhaps, legal or health and safety advice or representation in case things go wrong at work. Anyone can face problems at work sometimes. If you’re a member of UNISON, you don’t have to face them alone. That’s what we’re here for. We can provide advice or representation on things like pay, rotas, leave and sickness procedures. We’re also there to help make sure your workplace is healthy and safe and to support you in case of disciplinary action, dismissals or redundancy.
UNISON campaigns on key issues affecting our members and the public at large. We’re working to protect and improve public services, win equal pay and employment rights for everyone, improve safety in the workplace and end discrimination and harassment at work. UNISON also provides a range of excellent benefits and services for all its members, so make sure you make the most of your membership.
About Durham Branch
Durham Branch has around 7000 working members and over 1400 retired members. The Branch has approximately 65 stewards to provide service to those members. Primarily organised around the boundary of the main employer, Durham County Council, we cover all departments and grades. The range of branch membership also extends to other public sector employers within County Durham including Durham & Darlington Fire Authority and support staff in Further Education, 6th Form Colleges and Academies. We also represent many more members within the Private Sector depending upon the nature of their employment as well as some voluntary sector organisations.