UNISON Northern Ireland

What We Do

We are a trade union that represents and acts for members working in a range of public services and utilities, whether they’re employed by private companies, public authorities or in the community and voluntary sector.

We represent members, negotiate and bargain on their behalf, campaign for better working conditions and pay and for public services. And more besides.

UNISON Northern Ireland Annual Report

UNISON is one of the UK's largest trade unions serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent 40,000 members in Northern Ireland.
Our members are full time and part time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors.

You can read our Annual Report for 2018/2019 here.


What is a trade union?

A trade union is a group of employees who join together to maintain and improve their conditions of employment. Trade unions bargain for better pay and conditions and provide assistance and services to their members.
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Representing members

Representing our members is a key part of UNISON’s work. Our reps form the vital links between members and the union as a whole and are volunteers, trained by UNISON to support members at work.
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Negotiating and bargaining

Negotiation and bargaining is the process of talking to employers and making agreements with employers when workers are unhappy with pay or working conditions.
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Campaigning

Campaigning is a vital part of our work. It is one method we use to raise awareness of issues, fight for employment rights and gather support for local, national and international issues.
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Fighting for fairness and equality

One of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of everything UNISON does.
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Learning and training

UNISON offers learning and training covering a wide variety of subjects. Many of the courses are subsidised or free and you may be entitled to time off work to attend them.
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Working internationally

UNISON works with individual unions and global union federations around the world to defend public services, fight against austerity and defend human and trade union rights wherever they are under attack.

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