YOUNG MEMBERS

UNISON has around 63,000 young members. If you are a UNISON member and under 27 years of age you are automatically entitled to participate as a young member. Why not get involved and help us campaign for the issues affecting young workers.

Our young members group works to encourage recruitment, organisation and participation of young workers. The group also provides a powerful voice for young members and the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge.

ABOUT

Young members’ groups work to:

  • encourage recruitment, organisation and participation of young workers
  • provide a powerful voice for young members
  • give young members the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in the union.

As a young member you are supported by a union of 1.3 million members who can assist you with support, training, advice and guidance.

UNISON encourages young members to get involved in every level of the organisation. At regional level young members get together to plan and organise campaigns and discuss ideas and experiences.

The national young members’ forum includes two representatives from each region, and the young members’ representative on the national executive council. The forum ensures that young members have a strong voice within UNISON and are represented in every tier of the organisation.

Speak to your local representative if you would like to know more about joining UNISON, and how we can help you.

CAMPAIGNING

Young members make a difference in the workplace by campaigning on the issues that affect them directly, such as job security and training, apprenticeships, workplace rights, pay and conditions problems and bullying. As a young member you can take part in all UNISON campaigns.

You can join us and help to organise events for campaigns.

As a young member you also have the power to act against inequality or discrimination in the workplace and improve conditions for all.

Contact your local rep if you’d like more information about joining UNISON.

Member groups

As a young worker, you may find it hard to make a difference at work.

Being a member of UNISON and our vibrant young members’ group means that you are able to make real changes in your workplace.

Young members have groups right across the country. The focus of these groups is to identify and stand up for issues that affect young people.

CAREER PROGRESSION

UNISON can help you develop your career with training, advice and guidance. Being a member of UNISON can help you get training in, for example, communication, IT, problem-solving or interpersonal skills.

Volunteering for UNISON makes a good addition to any CV. There are many opportunities to gain new experience such as event management and people management.

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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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