UNISON Northern Ireland

Retired Members’ Forum

UNISON’s retired members play an active role in creating a fairer society.

Retired members campaign to improve:

  • legislation
  • pension provision
  • action against discrimination, including age discrimination.

Retired members have a wealth of experience and knowledge that make them a valuable part of UNISON campaigns.

They also work closely with other member groups on almost every issue that affects workers in the UK, as well as fighting for quality public services, on which many older people rely.

If you have been a UNISON member for at least two years on the day you retire from employment (in an area of work in which UNISON organises) and are receiving a pension and are not in other paid employment, you can become a retired member. UNISON retired members continue to be entitled to a wide range of benefits including:

  • legal advice
  • welfare support
  • discounts and offers on a wide range of products and services.

Retired Members Newsletter 

Retired members show their support for workers on strike 

The UNISON retired members committee showed their support for the workers on strike at their AGM meeting on Thursday 5th December.
The retired members expressed their gratitude for those workers standing up to save our health service and wished them good luck in their fight for fair pay.


Retired members protest at BBC 

On 25th June 2019, UNISON NI retired members gathered outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Belfast to protest against TV licence fees for over-75s.

UNISON NI was joined by members of the Northern Ireland National Pensioners Convention and Unite in taking a stand against these cuts.


Retired member issues

The latest government figures show that 27% of pensioners live below the poverty line.

UNISON’s retired members campaign for better rights for retired workers in terms of a decent income in older age and better public services. More Info HERE 

If you are struggling in any way you may wish to speak to a UNISON representative (rep). Your UNISON rep can help you if you are a UNISON member.




May 2020

June 2019

February 2019

December 2018

June 2018

February 2018

December 2017

May 2017

January 2017 

December 2016