Don’t Just Join – Join In!!
We currently have branch officer vacancies:
If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Branch Office for further information.
Stewards and branch officers are volunteers and play a vital role in recruiting new members and organising your branch.
Every workplace should have a contact or steward:
- A contact is not an onerous job – mainly passing on information to colleagues. They do not however represent members. more…
- The role of the steward can be very rewarding for individuals. As well as offering support to colleagues, the personal advantages can be significant in terms of training, confidence building and providing variety from the usual work routine. We would be delighted if some people would volunteer to act as stewards, who have a more responsible role, but who are entitled to time off work to carry out their duties and who receive full training. more…
There are also other ways that you can join in:
- A UNISON Health and Safety Rep is an elected rep who helps helps ensure that the workplace is safe, identifying hazards and working together to solve problems. more…
- We are training a network of lifelong learning advisers whose role is to encourage and support members and potential members into learning. more…
The Branch is always looking for new and enthusiastic members to take up the role of Steward in their workplace. A workplace steward actively represents members and takes on cases. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the branch office for further information.
STEWARDS: Supports and Benefits
- training by UNISON
- access to UNISON advice and support from branch officers and the Regional Officer.
- paid time off for meetings, training and administrative duties with access to telephone, internal mail system, photocopying facilities and lockable filing cabinet.
- recognition as a union representative.
STEWARDS: Job Description
- first point of contact for members – liaise with members who are contacts.
- recruit new members
- work with members to establish organised workplace.
- support and advise members, both individually and collectively
- act as spokesperson for members, inform and involve in branch activities.
- represent members with employers, dependent upon experience, in liaison with Service Condition Officers.
- represent members within the branch committee and to be answerable to the members they represent.
- undertake relevant training for the role (with paid time-off)
- attend branch committee meetings
- have access to noticeboard for UNISON flyers/information sheets in workplace.
- attendance at, and encouragement of other members to attend, the Annual General Meeting.
We are also introducing a Contacts Network which consists of members who are willing to act as a point of contact and relay information, eg displaying UNISON information on noticeboards and distributing any UNISON material in their workplace. However, they do not represent members. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the branch office for further information.
CONTACTS: Supports and Benefits
- receiving regular UNISON mailings
- access to UNISON support and advice.
CONTACTS: Job Description
- first point of contact for members – advise member of whom to contact in branch.
- distribution of information to workplace members
- access to noticeboard for UNISON flyers / information sheets in workplace.
- attendance at, and encourage of other members to attend, the Annual General Meeting.