Get Political

UNISON is affiliated to the Labour Party, this ensures that UNISON has powerful voice for public sector workers within the Labour Party. We ensure that our members who chose to be affiliated members (through the Affiliated Political Fund) are able to influence party policy through our branch, regional and national Labour Link structures. The key contact in every UNISON branch is the Branch Labour Link Officer and you will find information on this about how you can get involved.

Get active in politics

Many of our members are already local councillors, members of parliament or active community leaders. If you have ever thought about being more involved in local politics or wish to seek elected office to represent working people then we need you. UNISON South East has set up a network of Labour Link members considering political leadership roles, our aim is to support, educate and train our members so we have more workplace people making key decisions in town halls and in Parliament.


Year of Black Workers 2023

This year is UNISON’s Year of Black Workers UNISON has 185,000 Black members, most of whom work in health and local government services, with significant numbers working in social care and schools. Many deliver frontline services, and many are low paid. UNISON national officer for race equality Margaret Greer said: “The Year of Black Workers […]

Year of the disabled worker – toolkit for branches

Welcome to the Year of the Disabled Worker toolkit for branches. It is hoped that this tool kit will help branches in 2022 and beyond to identify disabled members officers, support Self Organised Groups of disabled members, encourage more members to disclose as disabled and organise so that we can tackle issues that are important […]

ABW branch committee 2023

Thank you for voting to agree the branch committee for 2023. Your vote has been counted now. Have a great day!

Regional Council AGM – list of available positions

Branches and Self Organised Groups in the region may make nominations to the following positions, which will be elected at the Regional Council AGM in February each year. All nominations are general – unless otherwise stated. General seats can be occupied by a full UNISON member from the South East region of any gender. Low […]

Pride despite prejudice

UK Black Pride is fulfilling a necessary service to the LGBT+ community at large From its inception in 2005, UK Black pride has served as a critical convergence point for those who find themselves caught in the intersectional crosshairs of being Black and LGBT+.  Intersectionality, a term conceptualized and coined by an analytical framework for […]

UNISON South East Equality Calendar

Equality is at the heart of everything we do as a union, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved. We hope the new and innovative UNISON South East interactive Equality Calendar will be useful for you in knowing when equality events and training which interest you are […]

West Berkshire Council members switch to direct debit

If you are employed by West Berkshire Council and pay for your UNISON subscription through a salary deduction, as shown on your payslips, you will need to switch to paying by a Direct Debit to remain a UNISON member. This will be a regular payment from your bank account, and the amount you pay remains […]

Digital tips and tricks for campaigning

More and more campaigning activity is taking place online, and it’s really important to us that our campaigns feature as many UNISON members as possible. The ongoing restrictions due to the pandemic mean that we can’t visit workplaces, so we need your help with creating great digital content for campaigns, like NHS pay or the […]

Resources for healthcare students

UNISON has a wealth of information for healthcare students. Click on the links below to find out more Student nurses newsletter autumn 2021 UNISON – the union for healthcare students Making the most of your placement NMC revalidation ODPs – making a real difference to patients UNISON – the union for nursing associates UNISON guide […]

Health Care Students – Frequently asked Questions

I am already a UNISON member? You can convert your current membership to student membership (£10 per year) if you are a student nurse or apprentice (earning the minimum wage for apprentices studying at any level, or apprentices studying at an intermediate level in England). All other Health Care student prospective members in paid employment need […]

Giving members a voice: join us for a series of equality officer webinars

The Covid-19 crisis has forced us to change the way we run our education programme this year. As all our usual courses move into an online format, we’re planning a series of webinars for new branch officers to enable you to get going in your roles. We’d like to invite all new and recently elected […]

Resources for new activists

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many workers to join a union, and many union members to step forward to take a more active role in their branch. If you’re one of those people – thank you! The more UNISON members who are confident being visible and active in the workplace, the more power we have […]

Digital and hybrid meetings information and guidelines

Ensuring accessible digital and hybrid meetings and events UNISON is committed to removing or reducing all barriers to participation. The South East Region has the led the way in this through our Working Together Guidelines, Access Standards and Disability Access Passport. It’s vitally important that we continue to ensure all our on-line meetings are accessible […]

Lay-offs, short-term working and redundancy | Your Rights at Work

The current Covid-19 outbreak is causing lots of people to ask about their employment rights. Our main page on your rights at work during this time deals with sick-pay and what happens if you need to self isolate. Below is more detailed information in the event your employer wants to initiate temporary lay-offs or short-term […]

Regional Secretary passionately calls for a South East Labour vision on housing

Steve Torrance, UNISON South East Regional Secretary told delegates to the South East Labour Party Conference that thousands of council homes needed to be built and the broken private rented sector needed to be fixed to help public sector workers find decent homes for them and their families. The Regional Secretary was moving a UNISON […]

Contact information

Louise Barter - Regional Political Officer
UNISON South East
130 Euston Road