UNISON celebrates becoming the UK’s biggest trade union

UNISON has marked becoming the UK’s biggest union by launching a month of recruitment activity to reach out to every worker in the country providing public services.

Figure released by the Certification Officer show at the end of last year UNISON had 1,377,006 members. Unite was the second largest with 1,310,508 members and GMB was third with 614,494.

The union has now more than 1.3 million people in its membership who work in education, local government, the NHS, the police service and the energy sector. Members work in both the public and private sectors.

But there are still tens of thousands of public sector workers who aren’t part of a union. During the month of November – renamed Grovember in UNISON – the union’s reps will be working hard to attract new recruits in every town and city across the UK.

Throughout the month UNISON reps will be out and about in workplaces, telling employees all about the benefits of becoming – and staying – part of the UK’s biggest union.

UNISON is also rolling out its new online tool, which will help reps recruit new members using their mobile phones in two quick and easy steps.

More members means the union will be better able to protect public services and the workers who provide them, stop discrimination, and campaign for equal opportunities, as well as better pay and conditions of service, says UNISON.

 UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “I’m proud that UNISON is now officially the UK’s biggest union. Despite almost a decade of austerity, which has decimated public service jobs, UNISON is a strong and growing union.

“We’re the union that’s proud to lead the campaign against low pay, that fights privatisation and cuts to public services, and that won a historic legal victory on employment tribunal fees.

“Public service workers know that together, they’re better off in UNISON. That’s why thousands are joining each week.

“Nor is UNISON going rest on its achievements. The union intends to keep on growing, and be bigger, better and bolder in the years ahead. A modern, confident and ambitious union that’s shaping the future of the UK’s workplaces, and its communities.”

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