Get active in UNISON and your Branch

Fancy becoming a rep or steward in your workplace within Bridgend County?

UNISON workplace representatives (reps), stewards and other activists work together to protect the interest of all our members.

The work that reps do in recruiting, organising and supporting members is key to the strength of UNISON.

The levels of involvement and participation can be rewarded by personal fulfillment and satisfaction with knowing the union is growing stronger.

From redundancies to changes in job role, bullying or any other type of issue that arises in your workplace which you may need advice on, our reps are here for you.

Two of the key roles of all reps and Branch officials are organising and recruiting new members.

Organising means working with members to solve problems together, listening to members’ views and promoting democracy and participation. Recruiting is vital because the greater the proportion of workers who are members of UNISON, the stronger we are when it comes to having our voice heard, and the more likely we are to win campaigns.

Our activist roles are vital to us, and UNISON will provide you with all the training you need.

UNISON reps receive complete support from the union, and there is even a dedicated online resource called the ‘Organising Space’.

Learning for you

Our courses are friendly and informal, and involve practical activities and working with groups of other UNISON members and activists.

Get active in your workplace

Join UNISON’s large network of people across the UK who tackle problems at work and improve conditions for themselves and their colleagues through their UNISON branch.

Branch Steward

The branch steward is the members’ first point of contact with the union. 

Stewards engage in different levels of activity depending on their experience, skills and time they are able to commit.

A UNISON steward should seek to:

  • be the first and main point of contact with the union for members;
  • recruit and organise new members;
  • work with members to establish an organised workplace;
  • support and advise members on workplace issues, both individual and collective;
  • act as a spokesperson for the members they represent and inform and involve members in branch activity;
  • represent members with the employer, depending on their experience and confidence;
  • represent members within the branch committee;
  • be answerable to the members they represent.

Health and Safety Representative

Safety representatives are appointed by UNISON, not the employer. Your UNISON branch will decide on the arrangements.

Once a safety representative is appointed, the employer must be notified in writing of that appointment.

Learning Representative

The union learning rep is a fairly new position.

People in this role are likely to be members who have recently completed a learning programme and are enthusiasts and advocates for learning in their own workplaces.

Workplace Contact

Members do not need to hold an election but should find some way of agreeing on who the contact should be.

Stewards may wish to encourage a colleague to become a contact, either to assist with stewards’ work or to encourage them to become more active at a later date.

Challenge inequality and discrimination

Equality is at the heart of UNISON. We challenge discrimination and win equality in the workplace and beyond.

Help grow the union movement

You too can be part of the movement that gave the world weekends off, the national minimum wage, workplace pensions, the right not to be sacked for being pregnant or sick and many more legal rights. Oh, and ended child labour.

Campaign for change

UNISON members change lives by campaigning on local and national issues. It’s a great way to get involved, make a difference and introduce your friends and colleagues to UNISON.

What to do next?

For more information, please contact the branch

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or UNISON Direct 0800 0857 857