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 to change working conditions and culture for the better.
This is a strange time to be beginning your journey as a UNISON rep, and we’re having to find new ways to deliver the training and support that you need in your role.
We’ve collated some resources for you to read, which will help you understand more about UNISON, your role as a rep and where to get advice and support.
Check out the ‘Resources’ section at the bottom of this page.
Are you a new rep?
- Make sure you sign up for stewards’ training – visit our education pages to find out more.
- Make sure your branch knows you’ve been elected as a rep.
- Make sure the membership system has an email address for you. This will allow you to receive regular email bulletins from the region and the wider union.
Try some e-learning
Our e-learning site has plenty of online learning activities to get you started. To access this:
Join the Organising Space
The Organising Space is a dedicated microsite for UNISON activists to share and discuss the issues and strategies affecting their duties in the workplace.
Look out for Activist communications
UNISON sends out a weekly email bulletin, called activist, which is sent to all reps and activists who have registered an email address with the union.
In the South East, we send out a fortnightly email bulletin, SE Activist, with news from around the region. Make sure your email details are correct, so you don’t miss out on these important updates. You can check and update your details using your My.UNISON account.