10 Good Reasons to Join Us

Here are 10 good reasons, why you should join UNISON

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1 You earn more

Year on year UNISON wins pay rises for its members.

Average earnings are around 8 percent in unionised workplaces.


2 You’re more likely to get equal pay

UNISON is campaigning to bring women’s pay into line with men’s.

Workplaces with union recognition are 20 percent more likely to have an equal opportunities policy.


3 You get more holiday

UNISON has won increased leave for many of its members wherever they work.


4 You get more and better training

UNISON provides courses to help you learn new skills improve existing ones and develop your career.

Since 1994 UNISON has won agreements with employers to pay for courses and provide time off for employees to attend them.


5 You get maternity leave or parental leave

If you belong to UNISON your employer is more likely to have parental leave policies which are more generous than the statutory minimum.


6 You're less likely to be injured at work

UNISON health and safety stewards are trained to minimise the risk of workplace injuries and ensure that employers meet their legal obligations.


7 If you get injured at work you’ll get better compensation

UNISON wins millions in legal compensation for people who are injured or become ill at work. Trade unions won £321 million for people who were injured or became ill at work in 2000


8 You're less likely to be discriminated against

UNISON campaigns for tougher laws to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, disability or sexual orientation.


9 You can keep our public services public

UNISON campaigns against all forms of privatisation, including PFI and Foundation Hospitals.


10 You're less likely to be sacked

Trade union members are only half as likely to be sacked as non members.