Who We Are
UNISON UWE is a local branch of the national union UNISON, with its own executive committee elected directly by its members every year. This exec work towards improving the pay and working conditions of colleagues at the University.
Staff usually join a union because they want protection at work such as help with pay and conditions of service, legal or health and safety advice or representation in case things go wrong at work. That’s what we’re here for. UNISON negotiates on pay and working conditions at every level – local, regional and national. But we also do a lot more. Being a UNISON member gives you a range of benefits and unbeatable deals.
What UNISON does
UNISON-UWE has signed a recognition agreement with the university management which enables it to negotiate and act on behalf of its members about issues that affect your work. These include health and safety, pension, pay equality, child care, car parking, transport and any many other issues. Our elected and fully trained union stewards are there to represent you at work and help find the answers to your problems. UNISON stewards are all volunteers and play a vital role in conducting the affairs of the branch. Because all branch stewards and officers are elected members of staff at UWE, they have daily contact with the management and have a good insight into the structure and workings of the organisation. If members have an employment issue, they raise it with their stewards first who take the appropriate action to resolve it.
What we believe in
We believe that no one can represent your interests better than yourself. Therefore empowering you to stand up and be counted is at the heart of our philosophy. We realise that to achieve this, members need the support of a solid and democratic organisation which shares similar interests as its individual members and can provide the best advice and support.
The branch itself fully supported by the regional and national UNISON which is a powerful voice for working people. In the workplace, through its campaigning work, and in its input into to decision-making at national level, UNISON expresses the democratically agreed views of its members.
These views are agreed at UNISON’s annual delegate conference, which brings together more than 2,000 representatives for four days every summer.