Why I got active

Every day UNISON members choose to get active in the union. They do it because they know that by helping us help members the union becomes stronger – which is better for everyone.

There are many ways to get involved, but every member who steps up makes a positive difference where they work.

Speak to your branch. They will welcome you with open arms and help you decide how you can make that difference.

Manjula Kumari – Employment officer

What do you enjoy about being active?
“Supporting members by giving them the encouragement, giving them the support whether it’s in the branch or in the region, encouraging them to get up and speak and being told, ‘You know what, I wouldn’t have done that if you hadn’t asked me to.’”

Sandra Charles – Hate crime caseworker

What do you think is the biggest benefit?
“I think it’s the networking, because to me it’s very lonely where I am, doing what I’m doing but I know, now I’m on regional and national committees I have got other people out there who I can reach out to.”

Pat Heron – Clinical support worker

What is your proudest moment being active in UNISON?
“My proudest moment has to be the fact that this whole union nominated me for the TUC Women’s Gold Badge award, in 2019, and I’ve got to say when I accepted it, I accepted in on behalf of every single woman.”

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My proudest moment in UNISON was sitting on the national women’s committee I was asked to stand for the chair, which I won, but to be a black member and an Asian woman who’s got disabilities to stand in that seat and guide the women’s committee was absolutely amazing.

My proudest moment in UNISON was in 2019 and travelling to Brighton to collect the award from the TUC for the organisation of the equal pay strike in Glasgow on behalf of the 8000 strikers.

My proudest moment, I think in UNISON is when I was nominated by my branch for an award on International women’s day which I won.


Each of our 1.4 million members has their own reasons for joining UNISON.

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