Get Active

UNISON South East has over 2000 members who are active in their branch, at a regional level and nationally.

Our activists do thousands of different roles from representing members in hearings, campaigning for equality in the workplace to leading local recruitment activities. So, if you are a UNISON member and want to find out more about how you can help your union, get in touch today.

Get active with your union!

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Get active in your workplace

Many members start their activist journey in their workplace, UNISON provides training and education for all branch positions so if you think you have the skills to get involved here are a number of roles you could play in your branch or workplace.

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What’s it like being a union rep?

‘I find helping members during their time of need very rewarding.  My motto is to help members the way I would like to be helped if the roles were reversed.  I am very organised which bodes well in my in my role as UNISON Branch Secretary.  I take my role very seriously and get a lot of enjoyment from it.  I enjoy holding regular recruitment stalls and case surgeries where I  meet our members and staff.  I am supported by regional staff and enjoy working with them.  I am purple through and through.’

– Marcia Ming, Branch Secretary, Dartford and Gravesham Health Branch.

Help the movement grow


It’s not just personal benefits that a union provides. You too can be part of the movement that gave the world weekends off, the national minimum wage, workplace pensions, the right not to be sacked for being pregnant or sick and many more legal rights. Oh, and ended child labour. Our members play an active role to defend public services in their communities from saving vital NHS services to campaigning for better local schools.

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Are you a new rep?

Before you start your formal training, there’s lots you can do to get ready. There is a range on online learning and information to download, on our page for new activists.

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