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What is UNISON?

UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare trade union, but what can it do for you?

UNISON is you and me

UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare trade union - over 400,000 people who work in the NHS and for private contractors providing NHS services are UNISON members.

Over half our health members are nurses or student nurses, but we represent a range of other staff including midwives, healthcare assistants, health visitors, paramedics, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff.

And that’s not all of us!

UNISON is a powerful voice for working people in the United Kingdom. We have over 1.3 million members working in public services, the community and voluntary sector and for private companies.

Looking after people at work

We represent our members in many ways, whether it’s working with an individual like UNISON head of nursing Gail Adams, offering help and advice at work or raising your professional/local concerns – we have been campaigning to minimise the risk of needlestick injuries - or by raising issues that will affect all health workers at a national level. We work together to make sure our members concerns are heard – whether it’s about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of our NHS.

Looking after the NHS

But there is more to UNISON than looking after people at work. We are passionate about the future of the NHS as a publicly-funded service, free at the point of delivery. This makes campaigning against increasing private sector involvement in health care a priority for us.