why you should join Unite.


Unite is dedicated to serving the best interests of its members and will seek to improve their standard of living and the quality of their lives through effective relationships with employers and government.

Unite’s Community membership also means those not in employment are welcomed into the union family.

Members of Unite are entitled to a range of legal and member services with representation services covering a range of issues, both inside and outside the workplace.

We can help with personal injury claims, employment matters, wills, conveyancing and many other legal issues.

You never know when you might need advice with a problem at work. So it’s good to know Unite is here to help. If you know who your local branch rep is, contact them in the first instance. Or you can contact yourUnite regional office for more information. Unite also has a wide network of district offices, one of which may be closer to where you live.

Unite organises and represents teaching assistants, technicians, caretakers, school meals workers and many others who support teaching and learning. Our union has networks across schools, nurseries and in the expanding groups of academy chains. We have a strong voice at local level and are represented in national negotiations on all aspects of pay and conditions.

Unite is the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland with around 1.42 million members across 20 different private, public and voluntary sectors including manufacturing, public services, transport, food, finance and construction.

Check out below 10 good reasons why you should join Unite.


Join Unite – have a voice, take action and play a part…Unite the union – the union for all.

  1. You can earn more – trade union members earn, on average 10 percent more than non-members.
  2. You could get more holiday – Unions are the people that brought you the weekend. Unite campaigns to protect your holiday entitlements.
  3. You can get a better deal – Unite negotiates terms of maternity or paternity leave, pensions, and redundancy winning you more than the legal minimum.

  4. You are less likely to be injured there are 50 percent fewer accidents in unionised workplaces. Unite works to ensure employers protect employees from risks to their health and safety.

  5. Support whenever you need it – Without the backing of a union you could face £1,200 in fees should you need to take your employer to a tribunal. Unite gives free advice, support and legal representation to all its members so they never have to face problems alone.

  6. In or out of work, there is a place for you – Unite Community offers a place for all those out of work, studying or retired – meaning that you are always part of something bigger.

  7. You get more – and better – training – union members are more likely to get on with better training and development. Unite has fully trained learning reps to help you update your skills. 

  8. You can get better compensation – in 2013, a record £330 million was won for union members and their families through legal help, and £1 million in equal pay claims – an average of £15,000 per member.

  9. Better job security – trade union members are more likely to stay in their jobs longer – on average, five years more than non-members.

  10. Being part of the fight for fairness – from defending our NHS to fighting for decent homes to campaigning against discrimination.

1) going online at http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/joinunite/

2) Send completed application form to:

The Barn, Hankridge Way,Taunton,Somerset,TA1 2LR

or N Behan, c/0 Traffic and Transport Development, C5 (PP502C),

Your UNITE Workplace Representative for County Hall is:

Nigel Behan



Phone Number Extension: 8187
Or Mobile 07580066822

Click on the course to view the dates

Workplace Reps Introductory Certificate – Module 1
Workplace Reps Introductory Certificate – Module 2
Workplace Reps Introductory Certificate – Module 2
Workplace Reps Introductory Certificate – Module 2
Pensions – Stage 1
Pensions – Stage 2



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