Page last updated: 21 February 2020
Representatives are members that are elected by their UNISON colleagues to act as a local contact on UNISON matters. There are four types of representative within UNISON:
- Steward: who organises, recruits and represents members
- Health & Safety representative: who raises issues which affect the health and safety of members
- Union Learning representative: who is an enthusiast and advocate for learning in their own workplace
- Workplace contact: who distributes information or supports a steward
Training for UNISON representatives
Formal training is provided by UNISON for those members wishing to become stewards, health & safety reps, and union learning reps. For stewards, this involves a 5-day course provided either in two parts (3-days and 2-days) or running on a given day over five weeks.
Further information on training for:
Remember: all representatives are volunteers and continue to pay their subscriptions like all other members. Any member can put her/himself forward as a representative and the branch would always welcome a member who wished to find out a little more about representation. Once elected, stewards are given the opportunity (and time off) for all appropriate training.
Join today if you're not a member!
You can approach one of the stewards listed here or on your organisation's intranet page. Alternatively, please see UNISON's website to join on-line and receive an immediate membership number.