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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
UNISON South East supports branches, service groups and self organised groups across the region to deliver priority campaigns and activity. Central to our campaigning activity is that our activity is member led and driven. In the South East members are elected annually to our Publicity and Campaigning Committee which overseas a number of campaign funding […]
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 […]
With 1 million women members in UNISON, these course are designed to inspire, inform and build the confidence of women. Our courses are designed to help support more women to become active in their branches, and to work together to campaign for change. Courses for women Women’s Officer Passport If you have recently been elected as […]
Democracy is at the heart of everything we do in UNISON, from what we campaign on, to the rules governing membership of our organisation. All members in UNISON belong to a local branch. Almost 100,000 members in 110 local branches form UNISON South East. Our members are our strength and our democracy is how members […]
UNISON members work in many different sectors across our public services and for private companies. Members in similar workplaces can best support each other by bringing specialist help and experience to their co-workers and UNISON members nationally. Local Government UNISON represents people employed in all areas of local government. We make sure the needs and […]
Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. The ability to live and work without prejudice is a fundamental right, regardless of your background, colour or sexual orientation. One of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is […]