We represent members, negotiate and bargain on their behalf, campaign for better working conditions and pay and for public services. And more besides.
UNISON members are automatically members of one of our 1,200 branches. Branches locally organised groups of members. Like most branches, we cover members working for a number of employers in the Blackpool Area. Our larger employers include Blackpool Council, Fylde Council, Blackpool Coastal Housing, Blackpool Housing Company, ENVECO and local schools and academies such as FCAT, BEBCMAT and council maintained schools in Blackpool. We also have members in many local private sector employers in the care sector, catering and cleaning providing services to the public sector.
Representing our members is a key part of UNISON’s work. Our reps form the vital links between members and the union as a whole and are volunteers, trained by UNISON to support members at work.
Negotiation and bargaining is the process of talking to employers and making agreements with employers when workers are unhappy with pay or working conditions.
Campaigning is a vital part of our work. It is one method we use to raise awareness of issues, fight for employment rights and gather support for local, national and international issues.
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.
UNISON offers learning and training covering a wide variety of subjects. Many of the courses are subsidised or free and you may be entitled to time off work to attend them.
UNISON works with individual unions and global union federations around the world to defend public services, fight against austerity and defend human and trade union rights wherever they are under attack.