Essential cover if you work in public services

Most people join and stay in UNISON to get the best representation and support at work when they need it.

With cuts, redundancies, restructuring and outsourcing, now is the time to join UNISON.
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Member Discounts

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DW Fitness First exclusive offer to UNISON LG members
£6 a month off membership for UNISON LG members at any of their Gyms
Simply take your UNISON card to any DW Fitness First Centre or speak to the staff at DW reception and sign up for an exclusive discount.
Gym membership from only £19 a month - that’s a yearly saving of £72!
Middlesbrough LG UNISON

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

Need legal advice? Then get in contact with us today: Telephone: 08000 224 224 | Text Message: CLAIM to 82010
Quality legal services for employment-related and non-work issues

Did you know?

As a UNISON Member you can receive free legal advice and representation on:

Personal Injury at work (including assaults)
Personal injury away from work
Road traffic accident injury
Holiday injury
Slips and trips
Industrial disease or illness
Employment law accessed through your UNISON branch
Landlord disputes
Neighbourhood disputes
Matrimonial matters
Consumer issues
Free Wills
Criminal law representation (for work-related matters)

For UNISON Members and their families we offer free legal advice and representation on:

Personal injury away from work
Road traffic accident injury
Holiday injury
Slips and trips away from work
Industrial disease or illness incurred away from work
Special terms for clinical negligence cases
Reduced rates for conveyancing and family member Wills

About Thompsons

Thompsons Solicitors is the largest national specialist personal injury practice in the country with over 1200 staff in a network of offices nationwide.
We secure over £150m compensation each year for people who have been injured and suffered loss as a result of accidents caused by the carelessness of others.

Thompsons only works for injured people, never for insurance companies or employers.

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We're the UK's largest public service union, with over 1.4 million members. Join today and you'll receive our support with membership costing less than you might think.
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Reasons UNISON is right for you

With more than 1.4 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.

With membership costing from as little as £1.30 a month.

Ten reasons to join UNISON:

  • 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 holidays:
    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 more than £28 million in 2009 for members and their families.
  • 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.

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