Why join UNISON?

Why should you join UNISON?

There are a lot of reasons for you to become a member of the largest UK Trade Union and the union that has continuously gone above and beyond for our members, inside and outside of work.

It is even more important to join a Trade Union as things continue to change within the business and industry.  From pension discussions to future pay talks, the more of us there are the louder our voice will be.

UNISON has always been at the forefront of discussions, and it is especially important to have a strong unified voice now as we support members and the future ways in which we will be working, be this from home, remotely or in the office.  Without you, without our members, we would not be able to have those conversations and improve what is on offer.

Take a moment to view some of the great things we offer our members, and should you have any questions don’t hesitate to Contact Us via the site or via Email.

Exceptional Representation

UNISON’s Stewards are fully accredited and extensively trained.  We offer our members a sound and friendly service during a most stressful time if you need us.

We support our members thoroughly during any formal meetings, and ensure everything is done within the accordance of company policy, ACAS Guidance and the Law.

You can feel assured that you are in the best hands should you ever need representation.

Already a member and need representation?

Email: UNISON Doxford
Tel: 07507699904

Refer a Friend!

UNISON Doxford runs a refer a friend scheme for all current and new members.

Join UNISON today and get a £10 voucher after your first payment.

Should you refer a friend to join UNISON, they will get their £10 but you will get £15, and there is no limit on the amount of people you can refer to join us!

Want to know more then get in touch!

UNISON offers a huge range of discounts and benefits to our members and their families.  Here are a few of the most common benefits that members make the most of.

Shopping Discounts
UNISON members can shop online with UNISONrewards.com and earn cash back savings.

Health & Dental Plans
We care about your health, and we know that health is vital for a good work and personal life.

Dental Plan

Health Plan

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As a member you are entitled to free eye-tests from Vision Express, simply click the link on the image and submit your details.

We’ll allow a friend or family member to benefit from every one of these discounts as well, so let those closest to you receive the expert eye care they deserve.

Our member learning programme may be UNISON’s best-kept secret. But providing learning opportunities for our members has been part of our work since the union was founded.

Member learning courses are organised regionally – and also within branches, by UNISON learning reps and lifelong learning co-ordinators. To find out what’s going on near you contact us!

Email: UNISON Doxford
Tel: 07507699904

All our member learning opportunities have moved online. Since the start of the pandemic, we are delighted to have been able to offer workshops and webinars from providers including The Open University, Cruse Bereavement Care, the WEA, and YGAM.

Take a look at our Events page to see what’s coming up.

You can see a full range of courses and updated information at our Member Learning page.

Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. The ability to live and work without prejudice is a fundamental right, regardless of your background, identity and experiences.

One of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of everything UNISON does.

Besides the right not to be discriminated against or bullied, fair treatment also includes dignity at work, access to opportunities and equal working conditions and pay.

Women in UNISON

Around three-quarters of UNISON members are women.

UNISON’s women’s member group (known as a self-organised group) campaigns for equality in the workplace and for improvements to women’s rights in the workplace and in the wider community.

Black Members

Black members in UNISON work to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination.

They have many of the same concerns as other members regarding access to employment, pay, promotion and training. However, racist discrimination can deepen the impact of problems faced in the workplace

Disabled Members

UNISON’s disabled members’ group fights discrimination and campaigns for improved workplace accessibility and other issues. Find out how we campaign and organise at workplace, regional and national levels.


UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) members. We work together in local and national groups of LGBT+ members to campaign and provide support for our members.

Young Members

UNISON has around 63,000 young members. If you are a UNISON member and under 27 years of age you are automatically entitled to participate as a young member. Why not get involved and help us campaign for the issues affecting young workers.

Our young members group works to encourage recruitment, organisation and participation of young workers. The group also provides a powerful voice for young members and the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge.

Members experiencing emotional and financial difficulties can contact our welfare charity, There for You, which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependants.

While you can contact There for You directly, you can also discuss any concerns you have in full confidence withour own fully trained Welfare Officers (Allison Chisnall & Anne Woods).

UNISON and There for You can help in a vast array of ways, here are some of the things that we can support our members and their families with;

Financial assistance
If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support.

Check your benefits
Make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to with the UNISON Benefits Calculator, and see what help is available from benefits if you’re affected by coronavirus.

Wellbeing breaks
Wellbeing breaks can provide welcome relief from stress and respite from difficult circumstances. We can help you towards the costs of a break, depending on your financial situation.

General advice
There for You provides a confidential service for members over the phone or in person if you are experiencing personal difficulties.

Help with debt
Peace of mind is closer than you might think. Turn to UNISON Debtline, a debt advice service for UNISON members offering free and confidential advice to help you clear your debts and manage your money for the future.

Support There for You
There for You relies on the help and support of volunteers like you to give vital assistance to people in need in the form of debt advice, listening and support, financial assistance, breaks and holidays, and personal advice.

Credit unions
There for You Credit Union Service offers UNISON members access to low interest loans and a range of savings products through our UK network of partner credit unions.

Membership costs in England, Scotland and Wales/Cymru

UNISON membership costs less than you might think. How much you pay for your UNISON membership depends on how much you earn. But all our members get the same benefits, support and exclusive offers.

Our membership rates never increase year on year, unlike other trade unions.

Annual salaryMonthly cost
Up to £2,000£1.30
over £35,000£22.50