Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I join UNISON?

    Because of resource constraints we are not currently able to accept applications at Branch level so please use the national portal at https://join.unison.org.uk/

  • If I join today can you represent me straight away?

    You will need to have been a member for at least four weeks to qualify for some of our benefits and help. This means that we cannot represent a very new member and even if we did so, if the matter were to escalate to the extent that a union official (or solicitor) needed to become involved, the following rule is strictly applied. Section K 2 (i) of the UNISON Rule Book says “The member must have been in membership of the union for at least 4 weeks prior to the incident or occurrence that leads to her/him seeking legal assistance from the Union.“. The rule also applies to members who have 4 weeks, or more, arrears of subscriptions.

  • How much are the UNISON subscription fees?

    How much you pay for your UNISON membership depends on how much you earn… but all members get the same benefits, support and exclusive offers.* Membership costs start at just £1.30 a month and you can see the full table here, showing the fees based on the salary band you fall within: https://joining.unison.org.uk/membership-rates

  • What does the branch spend the subs on?

    Member subscriptions fund UNISON’s activities across the UK, in all sectors of the economy. This includes national campaigns, training, and so on with a percentage (less than one-quarter) remitted back to this Branch. This is in line with a nationally agreed formula.

    We spend those funds on member benefits and welfare, training, meeting costs, publications and reference materials, plus small amounts for overheads like stationery. We have the use of an office within Rutherford College and are not asked to contribute any space charges for this. Heat and light and telephone costs are also waived. (Access has been very limited in 2020 on safety grounds, however.)

    The Branch reimburses reps/officers for travel and subsistence but they receive no pay for their work. Some officers (mainly JSNCC reps) have part of their University salary met by HR (‘remission time’) in order to ensure that they can devote an agreed percentage of their time to core UNISON duties.

    We account for income and expenditure each year at our Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM).

  • Last updated: 25/11/2020