Thousands of UNISON members work in the energy sector, carrying out vital jobs in both the electricity and gas industries.

Our energy service group supports members facing issues at work and works to improve pay and conditions. We also campaign on energy related matters which impact the wider community, such as fuel poverty, sustainable and renewable supply and environmental safeguards.

Since privatisation, UNISON’s support for people working in the electricity industry covers members working for a variety of companies, many of which have moved into new areas such as water and telecommunications.

UNISON and gas industry members

Much like its members in the electricity industry, UNISON’s support for people working in the gas industry covers members working for a range of different companies, some of which trade in other areas. We cover all grades of staff from clerical to senior management, except for manual and industrial workers.

Our members cover a huge variety of jobs, from call centre work to billing and data processing, finance, payroll, human resources, facilities management, procurement and logistics, meter reading, debt collection, inspection services, administration, network management and systems. We also support a large number of qualified engineers.

Getting involved

As the biggest union in the utilities, we work to raise employment standards and promote best practice in partnership with employers. We also campaign for a more sustainable future with affordable energy for all sections of society.

One way to get involved is to get elected onto our energy service group, the body that helps decide policies and activities and helps UNISON staff support members.

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

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