UNISON is Britain’s and Europe’s biggest public sector union with more than 1.3 million members – around 150,000 of those in Scotland.  See the UNISON UK site ‘About’ pages for more details about our membership, policies, priorities and objectives.

The new government has pledged to introduce legislation to curb trade union activity. With this in mind, we asked some UNISON members what their trade union meant to them.

Good reasons why UNISON is right for you – click here for details.  For a range of member benefits in Scotland and UK wide see our Members Benefits page.

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Contact us

– Offices across Scotland - Branch details and a branch finder are here
– Details on how to get help and advice, to update your details or help with this website are here
– People in UNISON Scotland on the ‘who’s who’ page.

Democracy and structures

– A clickable diagram of UNISON’s democracy and strucures in Scotland is here.  Scotland is one of 12 UNISON Regions but also has some special arrangements to reflect devolution and Scotland’s unique political, legal and media context.
- The UNISON UK national structure is here, with Regions and Branch structures here.


UK pages here offer a range of information and support for activists
– Check out UNISON Scotland’s Resource Portal with links to briefings, responses, news, campaigns, bargaining links and Activists’ Zone.


UNISON is built on equality.  Click here for self organised groups.

Political Fund

Details of UNISON's political affiliations and support are here and the Scottish Labour Link here.


All you need to know about UNISON’s elections - UK election news and details here and Scotland elections details here.


Reasons why workers are better off in a union

If you’re looking for the support of UNISON in uncertain times join us today.  Every one of our 1.3 million members has their own reason for joining, but every single one receives all the benefits, help and support we can offer.
  • We’re the UK’s largest public service union, with more than 1.3 million members. Join today and you’ll receive our support with membership costing less than you might think. If you’re worried about your job in today’s uncertain times, make sure you get our essential cover before you get to work.
  • Membership of UNISON gives you advice, support and assistance in the workplace. Our local teams of advisers, legal experts and experienced negotiators will provide you with help at work when you need it most.
  • Our support doesn’t stop when you leave work. We offer a range of benefits for members and their families outside the workplace too.
  • UNISON runs a range of education and training courses that are open to all members. Some of the courses help members improve their general skills, for example when using computers, others help you get back into learning, or to play a more active role in the union. So, whether you want to progress your career or learn for fun, UNISON offers you the chance.
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