Don’t just join – JOIN IN

Published September 12, 2017 at 12:34

The workplace representative is UNISON’s most important link between the union and it’s members.

You don’t have to have much experience or free time to become a representative.

UNISON gives training and support and is happy for you to do as little or as much as you feel able. There are 4 types of representative, so there is bound to be one to suit you!

Workplace Contacts:

The workplace contact is an ideal role for members who would like to get more involved in UNISON but do not want to take on the full role of an elected steward.

Workplace contacts can get involved in a variety of ways, including:

  • Being a point of contact between members and the branch
  • Recruiting new members
  • Distributing information
  • Keeping notice boards up to date
  • Helping with branch organisation

As a workplace contact you can access a range of services from UNISON. You will receive regular mailings, you can become involved in branch work, attend training courses and you can receive advice on dealing with workplace problems.


UNISON aims to have at least one steward in each workplace and department. As a steward your involvement and activity will depend on your experience, skills and the time you are able to commit. You will be involved in:

  • Talking to members, distributing information and getting their views
  • Recruiting and organising
  • Helping members get advice for workplace problems
  • Being a spokesperson or representative for your workgroup.

Being an elected steward gives you access to important rights and support including:

  • Recognition as a UNISON representative
  • Training by UNISON and the TUC
  • Paid time off for training, meetings with members and managers and other union work
  • Access to UNISON advice and information
  • Mentoring and support from branch and regional officers.

Union Learning Representative:

Union Learning Representatives work closely with the branch to promote learning. Some of the tasks learning representatives will be involved to include:

  • Raising awareness of lifelong learning issues in the workplace
  • Offering support and encouragement to learners
  • Encouraging learners to get involved in the branch
  • Working with the branch to promote workplace learning with employers.

Union Learning Representatives are entitled to paid time off to undertake their role and for training, are encouraged to attend training courses, and have access to support from the branch and region.

 Health and Safety Representative:

We aim to have at least one health and safety representative to cover every workplace where we have members. As a health and safety representative you have a wide range of rights and functions including:

  • Making representations on behalf of members on health, safety or welfare matters
  • Inspected designated workplace areas
  • Investigated potential hazards, complaints by members and causes if accidents, dangerous occurrences and diseases
  • Facilities and support in your role as safety representative form your employer
  • Time off with pay for training.


If you would like further information please contact the Branch Office on 01254 585220

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