UNISON is the largest union in the community and voluntary sector with more than 30,000 members working in non-profit organisations ranging from large national charities with hundreds of employees to small-grant aided projects employing one part-timer.

New legal requirements such as the minimum wage, working time regulations, health and safety, as well as union recognition rights are prompting many employers to reach voluntary union recognition agreements. The improved conditions, staff participation and training opportunities which come with union recognition help attract and keep a high quality workforce.