PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

UNISON private contractor members include hospital cleaners, care workers, administration officers, school meals staff and call centre workers.

For more than 20 years, UNISON’s private contractors unit has been campaigning for equal pay and fair conditions for workers in private companies working in the public sector.

The majority of UNISON members work in the public sector, but after more than 20 years of privatisation and outsourcing, more and more of our members are employed by private sector organisations. Approximately 130,000 of our members now work for private companies that deliver public services.

A growing number of multinational companies operate in the public sector, including Capita, Compass, Four Seasons, ISS, Serco, Sodexo and Veolia, but UNISON represents members in more than 13,000 individual private employers. Our private contractor members include hospital cleaners, care workers, administration officers, school meals staff and call centre workers.

If you work for a private contractor that delivers public services, you are likely to be eligible to join UNISON.

UNISON’s Private Contractors Unit provides a co-ordinated approach to the union’s work in the private sector at a national level.

We negotiate national recognition agreements with private sector employers and support our private sector members in bargaining at a local level. We are currently exploring ways of providing members in the private sector with better representation within UNISON’s democratic structures.

The unit also offers general advice and support to regions and branches on matters relating to private contractors.

Contact private.contractors@unison.co.uk for more information.

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.

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