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.

Resources

Higher Education

UNISON represents more education staff than any other trade union in the UK. Our 350,000 members in education give us a powerful voice to campaign against inequalities, challenge unfair pay practices and speak out on issues that affect our working lives and the quality of public services. Our Higher Education Committee meets four times a […]

Health care

Nearly half a million UNISON members work in the NHS and for organisations providing NHS services across the UK. UNISON’s health service group for health and care workers has been set up to best represent the employment needs of our members working in the health sector. The South East Regional Healthcare Committee meets four times […]

Local Government

The Local Government Service Group brings together members who face similar employment issues and welcomes members who are employed or contracted by organisations including councils, schools, further education and the Care Quality Commission. The Committee meets four times a year and works to improve pay and conditions, campaigns to keep jobs and quality public services, […]

Jobs

Branch Officer Training

Every year, UNISON South East runs a weekend residential training course for all newly appointed or untrained Branch Officers. This year, the Branch Officer Training weekend is taking place at the Hilton at  Ageas Bowl in Southampton and the following courses will be taking place: Branch Officer Training Branch Secretary: This course is designed to […]

    Women’s Officer Passport

    UNISON has a proud history of providing quality training and education courses for all elected Branch Officers and union members. We have put together a16-day programme of training which we recommend to all new Branch Women’s Officers, to help you understand your role and help you acquire the knowledge and skills to support and advise members and your […]

    Additional courses

    In addition to our main programme of activist education courses, the UNISON South East also runs additional courses throughout the year. Some are programmed, some are demand-driven, but all help equip our activists for the roles they undertake. Additional Regional Courses Branch Officer Training This is an annual residential weekend training event that covers all the key branch […]

      Health and Safety Reps

      If you have recently been elected as a UNISON Health and Safety rep, you are probably feeling slightly anxious about what you have let yourself in for. Don’t panic! UNISON South East have put together a 14-day programme of training which we recommend for all new Health and Safety reps, and for which your employer should give you […]

      Organising Steward

      If you have recently become a UNISON Steward or workplace representative, you are probably feeling slightly anxious about what you have let yourself in for. Don’t panic! UNISON South East have put together a 17-day programme of training, which we recommend for all new Stewards, and for which your employer should give you paid time off work […]

      Retired members

      UNISON retired members in the South East have a wealth of experience and knowledge that make them a valuable part of UNISON campaigns. Our retired members work closely with other member groups on almost every issue that affects workers in the UK, as well as fighting for quality public services, on which many older people rely. […]

      LGBT+ Members

      UNISON South East LGBT+ group fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members. We organise through an elected regional committee who meet three times a year to plan our campaigns. We are very high profile at many pride events in the South East talking our messages […]

      Disabled Members

      UNISON is committed to achieving equality for all by fighting disability discrimination and campaigning to remove barriers to employment in the workplace. Through self organisation disabled members help the Union to identify and challenge discrimination. This helps build equality throughout the work of the Union. It can also be a valuable way for members to […]

      Black members

      Black members in UNISON work to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination. Black members have many of the same concerns as other members regarding access to employment, pay, promotion and training. However, race discrimination can deepen the impact of problems faced in the workplace. UNISON South East’s Black members’ committee (known as […]

      Young Members

      UNISON has almost 5,000 young members in the South East. If you are a UNISON member and under 27 years of age you are automatically entitled to participate as a young member. Young members’ groups work to: encourage recruitment, organisation and participation of young workers provide a powerful voice for young members give young members […]

      Women’s Group

      UNISON has almost one million women members – more than two thirds of our union. Women still earn a lot less than men and face sex discrimination and harassment at work. Our members also juggle work and home commitments. Many have caring responsibilities and almost half work part-time. This is why UNISON takes a lead […]

      Contact information

      Ryan Slaughter - Regional Political Officer
      UNISON South East
      Ranger House
      Guildford
      Surrey
      GU1 4UL
      r.slaughter@unison.co.uk