Look whats in the Tories First Budget, Have Your Vote Unison Union poster, Northwich town centre, Cheshire, England
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:37.6 MB (1.5 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:3536 x 3712 px | 29.9 x 31.4 cm | 11.8 x 12.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:20 April 2010
Location:Witton Street, Northwich, Cheshire, England, UK
Unison, stylised as UNISON, is the largest trade union in the United Kingdom with almost 1.4 million members. The union was formed in 1993 when three public sector trade unions, the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO), the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) merged. UNISON's current general secretary is Dave Prentis. He was elected on 28 February 2000 and took up the post on 1 January 2001. Members of UNISON are typically from industries within the public sector and generally cover both full-time and part-time support and administrative staff. The majority of people joining UNISON are workers within sectors such as local government, education, the National Health Service Registered Nurses, NHS Managers and Clinical Support Workers. The union also admits ancillary staff such as Health Care Assistants and Assistant Practitioners, including Allied Health Professionals. Probation services, police services, utilities (such as gas, electricity and water), and transport. These 'Service Groups' all have their own national and regional democratic structures within UNISON's constitution. As a trade union, UNISON provides support to members on work related issues, including protection and representation at work, help with pay and conditions of service and legal advice. Each company or organisation will usually be represented by a particular UNISON branch and members within that organisation elect volunteer stewards to represent them. The stewards receive training in workplace issues and are then able to co-ordinate and represent members both on an individual basis and collectively