Welcome to the University of Warwick UNISON Branch
UNISON, the Public Service Union
With more than 1.3 million members, UNISON is one of the UK’s largest trade unions and Europe’s largest public service union. Our members work in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and for utility companies. UNISON represents and acts for members working in a range of public services and utilities. We represent members, negotiate and bargain on their behalf, campaign for better working conditions and pay and for public services.
UNISON is one of the largest unions in the higher education sector, supporting 50,000 members working in universities. We represent higher education members employed by universities directly, or who work for a contractor supplying services. These roles include:
- administration and IT;
- cleaning, catering and facilities maintenance;
- technical and laboratory services;
- library and sports centre services; and
- student union services.
We negotiate nationally and locally to protect pay, terms and conditions and to prevent members from being outsourced to private companies. UNISON representatives help to ensure a safe working environment.
UNISON campaigns for decent pay in universities – including a living wage for the lowest paid – as well as an eradication of the gender pay gap and to stop the use of zero hour contracts and the casualisation of work.
People like you
The Warwick branch brings you together with other employees who face common issues in the workplace and enables you to get support from the union, as well as work with your colleagues to make your views felt.
You may already know your UNISON branch officers, workplace steward, or health and safety representatives who are the core of the branch. If not, then you can find their details on the Officers page. Local stewards are there to represent you at work and help find the answers to your problems. They are volunteers and play a vital role in recruiting new members and organising the branch. We are always grateful to hear from members who are interested in becoming a steward.
Anyone can face problems at work sometimes but if you are a member of UNISON, you don't have to face them alone. We can provide advice or representation on things like pay, rotas, leave and sickness procedures. We are also there to help you make sure your workplace is inclusive, healthy and safe, as well as support you in case of disciplinary action, dismissals or redundancy.
The branch is run by a committee which consists of volunteers elected to take on different roles in support of our members. We hold regular meetings, including an annual general meeting (where elections to the branch committee take place).
To find out more about how UNISON works at different levels:
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