Membership / Join Us

If you are already a UNISON member and would like to update your details then please click here to fill in an online form that will be sent to the branch and manually amended. Alternatively, you can now sign in to My UNISON and change your details yourself. Quickly easily online.
You can also access member-only content, including unrestricted access to UNISON Knowledge, Manage your subscriptions, Access favourite articles, Rate and comment on content, Access benefits and entitlements and Stay up to date.
All you need to sign up is your membership number.

Not a member yet! Want to Join?

Membership of UNISON gives you essential cover, wherever you work. Every member receives our full range of member benefits which includes: advice, support and help when you need it at work a help line that is open until midnight during the week and 4pm on Saturdays, legal help for you at work and you and your family at home, financial assistance and debt advice in times of need compensation for accidents and injuries at work, a range of exclusive member discounts that can save you and your family money when you are shopping, buying insurance or looking for a holiday, education and training advice and courses, leading to vocational and professional qualifications. These are just some of the reasons to join UNISON and get essential cover.
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Download an Application Form

This is the most common method of joining and allows you to pay your subscriptions direct from your salary.

Request a Form

Not got access to a printer?
You can either fill in our online enquiry form or speak to your local rep who will be happy to give you a form.

Join Online

Joining online is now so easy at Applying shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes.
You will need to have the following information before you begin:

  • Bank sort code
  • Bank account number
  • Details about the account holder

You can also download the mobile app and join on your mobile!

Join over the Phone

Just Call 0800 171 2193 and join instantly!

Why should I join UNISON?

Because together we’re stronger!
With more than 1.3 million members working across the public services, being part of UNISON means you have the full weight of Britain’s biggest public sector trade union behind you.
We have more workplace reps than any other union in the country – backed up by experienced full-time regional and national officers.
UNISON offers a raft of unrivalled benefits including legal protection, welfare services, pensions advice, education and training, health and safety guidance, special deals on holidays and insurance and a hotline for help and advice on workplace issues, plus we are the only union in the LAS that has set up a dedicated web site to keep it’s members informed.
You can join UNISON for as little as £1.30 per month.
Click here to read more about UNISON’s benefits and offers.

Ten good reasons – Why UNISON is right for you

With more than 1.3 million members working across the public services, being part of UNISON means you have the full weight of the UK’s leading trade union behind you.

You can earn more

Year on year, UNISON wins pay rises for its members. Average earnings are around eight per cent higher in unionised workplaces.

You’re more likely to get equal pay

UNISON is campaigning to bring women’s pay into line with men’s. Workplaces with union recognition are 20 per cent more likely to have an equal opportunities policy.

You get more holiday

UNISON has won increased leave for many of its members wherever they work.

You get more and better training

UNISON provides courses to help you learn new skills, improve existing ones and develop your career. Since 1994 UNISON has won agreements with employers to pay for courses and provide time off for employees to attend them.

You get more maternity leave or parental leave

If you belong to UNISON, your employer is more likely to have parental leave policies which are more generous than the statutory minimum.

You’re less likely to be injured at work

UNISON health and safety stewards are trained to minimise the risk of workplace injuries and ensure that employers meet their legal obligations.

If you do get injured at work, you’ll get better compensation

UNISON wins millions in legal compensation for people who are injured or become ill at work. We won over £37 million in 2004 for members and their families.

LAS UNISON members have received over £3 Million in compensation since 1999

You’re less likely to be discriminated against

UNISON campaigns for tougher laws to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, disability or sexual orientation. Black and Asian trade unionists earn 32 per cent more than non-unionised colleagues.

You can help keep our public services public

UNISON campaigns against all forms of privatisation, including PFI and foundation hospitals. Where our members have been transferred to the private sector we have won them pay and employment protections.

You’re less likely to be sacked

Trade union members are only half as likely to be sacked as non members.

UNISON benefits

Being a UNISON member gives you a huge range of benefits, including:

  • Unrivalled protection and representation at work
  • Help with pay and conditions of service
  • Health and safety guidance and support
  • Confidential welfare services for you and your dependents in difficult times
  • Excellent legal services including free help with work problems and legal support for members and their families
  • Pensions advice
  • A special hotline, Unison direct, for help and advice on workplace issues
  • Online employment and workplace advice
  • Education and training advice and courses, leading to vocational and professional qualifications
  • Cash benefits for accidents and injuries at work
  • A colour magazine sent to your home four times a year, a monthly magazine for our stewards and activists and a full range of publicity
  • Special deals on everything from computers, tax returns, holidays, mortgages, car breakdown services, insurance and credit cards
  • Our own holiday centre for members and families at the Devon seaside

Exclusive LAS Branch Benefits

  • £50 Book Grant – up to £100 for new members!
  • Las Unison e-mail service
  • Credit Union