South East Region: Regional Organiser x 2, West Team (covering Thames Valley, Hampshire & Isle of Wight)

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UNISON is Britain’s leading public sector trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public services, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ 1200 staff, approximately 370 at our national centre in Euston, central London and the remainder in our twelve regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.
South East
Regionally based
Starting salary
£48,726 per annum including Annual Subsistence Allowance plus Car
Closing date
1 December 2020
Contract type
Full time, permanent
R9/10, R9/24

About this job

Are you ready to make a difference as one of our Regional Organisers?

The Role

The Regional Organiser is the key generic organising role in the region, with responsibility for recruitment, retention and organisation of members.

A powerful advocate of organising and building branch and membership organisation, you will:

  • Provide leadership to a group of branches within a locality, service group or work area to ensure that branches have the strongest possible workplace organisation.
  • Support, guide and develop branches and activists through major periods of change in the delivery of public services.
  • Build branch organisation and performance, identifying training and development needs of activists and providing ongoing support through coaching and mentoring of stewards and branch officers.
  • Lead collective negotiations across the range of sectors which UNISON organises at local, regional or national level.
  • Represent members individually and collectively, assisting branches to develop systems and processes for managing and undertaking their casework effectively.
  • Manage a small team of area and/or local organisers or team support workers.

The Person

 You will have skills and experience that include:

  • Demonstrable leadership and motivational skills.
  • A track record of using initiative and independence over a broad area of activity.
  • Considerable knowledge of an industrial relations environment and a track record of high level negotiation and representation.
  • Experience of advocacy in difficult situations.
  • Ability to develop strategies, plans and solutions to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to work on and manage projects.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and experience of influencing people at all levels.

While our Regional Organisers are regionally based they are required to be able to work in any team or location across the region. The initial focus of the work for this post will be as part of our West Organising Team working mainly in Thames Valley, Hampshire & Isle of Wight.

Work will include strategic responsibility for work with branches and employers, leading negotiations and undertaking complex casework including representation at final stage appeals.

The Regional Organiser will manage a small team of organising staff and oversee the development and delivery of projects with branches and employers to build UNISON organisation and implement the unions bargaining and organising strategies.

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, please download and complete the General application form and see job description and person specification (under “documents”)

Please note that only the General application form will be accepted.

Applications should be sent to  quoting Ref: R9/10, R9/24.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 1st December 2020.

Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on 16th and 17th December 2020.


UNISON is the UK’s leading public services trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ approximately 1,200 staff, with around 370 at our national centre in Euston in central London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

UNISON is a dynamic, progressive union, committed to equality. We encourage men and women of all ages, Black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to work with us.

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