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Why Join A Trade Union?

The idea that being a trade union member might be frowned upon by management is one that has no place in the public sector.

Lancashire County Council recommends that all its staff regardless of grade, join a trade union.

It conveys this message to all staff through the Personnel Code:

Membership of a Trade Union

This Authority supports the system of collective bargaining in every way, and believes in the principle of solving industrial relations problems by discussion and agreement. For practical purposes this can only be conducted by representatives of the employers and the employees. If collective bargaining of this kind is to continue and improve for the benefit of both, it is essential that the employees’ organisation should be fully representative. The Authority is associated with other local authorities represented on the National and Regional Councils dealing with local authorities’ services. It is equally sensible for all employees to be in membership of a Trade Union representing them on the appropriate negotiating body and all employees are encouraged so to be.

To facilitate working with the trade unions and Unison in particular, the County Council has agreed to provide time off work for trade union activities which includes training. For details of this agreement click here, (this link is only available to those with access to the lccintranet).

Here are 10 reasons to join:

  1. UNISON represents nearly 1.5 million employees across Britain, making us the biggest trade union in Britain. The Lancashire branch currently has 13,500 members and 1,700 retired members.
  2. UNISON has trained representatives who provide free support aand advive on any problem you might have at work.
  3. UNISON Provides professional negotiators to sort out pay and terms of conditions of employment both nationally and locally.
  4. UNISON membership brings free legal representation for accisdents at work and whilst travelling to and from work, and also free representation on other employment related issues.
  5. UNISON has trained Health & Safety representatives who provide free services to make you workplace safer to be in.
  6. UNISON pays benefits to members, including accident & death benefits.
  7. UNISON looks after you – we provide convalescent facilities at reduced rates, offer financial assistance to members suffering unforeseen hardship and give free advice on state & welfare benefits.
  8. UNISON provides a wide range of competitive financial services. These include reduced mortgages, home care and holiday insurance, road rescue, personal loans, credit cards and financial planning advice.
  9. UNISON offers great breakaway holidays both through our travel club and at our family holiday centre in Devon.
  10. UNISON offers a range of education and training courses. These include courses leading to professional qualifications, GCSE’s and vocational qualifications, as well as less form open learning and skillls development services.

If you want to join Unison either:

  • Print out an application form (pdf icon 21kb). We need a signature for subs deductions so we can’t use an online form.Get Acrobat Reader This software can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe Systems, Inc. website for a variety of platforms.
  • .. to join on-line click HERE
  • .. or call 01772 533072
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