Warrington Local Government Branch
UNISON Warrington Local Government Branch
UNISON members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and the essential utilities. They include manual and white collar staff working full or part time in local authorities, the NHS, colleges and schools, the electricity, gas and water industries, transport and the voluntary sector.
We have more Workplace Representatives than any other union in the country backed up by experienced full-time regional and national experts. Together we can help ensure that your rights are protected at work and that you are in a safe environment
Most people join a union because they want protection at work - help with pay and conditions of service, legal or health and safety advice or representation in case things go wrong at work. That's what we're here for. UNISON negotiates on pay and working conditions at every level - local, regional and national. But we also do a lot more. Being a UNISON member gives you a range of benefits and unbeatable deals.
Every member of UNISON belongs to a local branch which is made up of people working for the same employer.
Local stewards are there to represent you at work and help find the answers to your problems. They are volunteers and play a vital role in recruiting new members and organising your branch. If you have a problem, talk to your local steward. If they can't handle the problem on their own, they can talk to other branch officers or full - time union experts on your behalf.
Anyone can face problems at work sometimes but if you are a member of UNISON, you don't have to face them alone. We can provide advice or representation on things like pay, rotas, leave and sickness procedures. We are also there to help you make sure your workplace is healthy and safe, support you in case of disciplinary action, dismissals or redundancy
About trade unions
Trade unions are groups of employees who join together to maintain and improve their conditions of employment.
The typical activities of a trade union include providing assistance and services to their members, collectively bargaining for better pay and conditions for all workers, working to improve the quality of public services, political campaigning and industrial action.
Nearly seven million people in the UK belong to a trade union. Union members include nurses, school meals staff, hospital cleaners, professional footballers, shop assistants, teaching assistants, bus drivers, engineers and apprentices.
Most trade unions are independent of employers but have close working relationships with them.
What trade unions do
Unions train and organise workplace representatives who help union members with the problems they face at work.
Reps provide support and advice and campaign for better conditions and pay.
Unions have brought significant changes to society, including:
- a national minimum wage;
- the abolition of child labour;
- improved worker safety;
- improving living standards by reducing the number of hours in the working week and encouraging a healthy work/life balance;
- improved parental leave;
- equality legislation;
- better protection of migrant workers and a reduction in exploitation;
- minimum holiday and sickness entitlements.
Unions have also made thousands of local agreements on issues affecting individual workplaces following consultation, negotiation and bargaining.
Why join a trade union?
In workplaces where there are unions, members benefit from the strength and security that comes from working together to tackle problems.
Employees at unionised workplaces earn around 12.5% more than non-unionised workplaces.
The major benefits are:
- better working conditions such as improved health and safety or pay;
- training for new skills to help you develop your career;
- advice on your legal employment rights;
- advice on finance and problems at work.
Trade unions may also represent their members’ interests outside the workplace. For example, trade unions may lobby the government or the European Union on policies which promote their objectives.