UNISON members who share common concerns come together in groups to discuss, campaign and organise events around the specific issues that affect them.

These ‘self-organised’ groups operate at both national level and within the region. Every one of these groups has a structure with a region and a regional committee.

Member groups work for change in many different ways:

  • by raising awareness of topical issues that affect members
  • by campaigning to change legislation
  • by using the bargaining power of their collective voice

UNISON is committed to the principle of self organisation with the following active groups:

Young members (27 years old or younger)
Join our young members who get involved in campaigns to make a positive difference to pay, working conditions and rights.

Disabled members
Disabled members benefit from a range of national and regional events such as information, discussion and policy-making meetings, as well as training and social events.

Black members
Black members are a core part of UNISON and come together to promote equality in the workplace and campaign against discrimination.

LGBT members
UNISON’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members get support and advice regarding discrimination and equality in the workplace.

Women in UNISON
Two-thirds of UNISON members are women. Important issues for the women’s group include health, childcare, flexible working and equal rights.

Retired members
As a retired member you can benefit from regular meetings and social outings, as well as the option to join UNISON campaigns.

Find out more about how to get involved in the region by contacting the regional office:

West Midlands regional centre

East Midlands regional centre