Join a union

Join a union

Unions are the voice of Britain at work. More than 6 million people have joined a union – from nurses to checkout assistants to lorry drivers to airline pilots.

Unions help workers get together, stop people being treated unfairly and get a better deal from their employers.

They’re there when times are tough – providing free legal advice if you need it. There are lots of discounts and offers for union members too. And every year they help more than 200,000 people get the training and learning opportunities they need to move on in their career.

Isn’t it time you joined a union?

Things to note

You have a legal right to join a union if you wish. It’s illegal for an employer to disadvantage you in any way just because you are a union member.

Sometimes there may be restrictions on who unions will accept as members, mainly around specialist professions ?Some unions represent workers in one profession (e.g. journalists, physiotherapists or airline pilots) or those who work for a specific employer. They may only accept applications from people already employed in those jobs. If you are looking to get into a profession at some point, talk to them as they may have associate membership schemes or advice that would be helpful. or where people already have a problem at work they need help with right now ?A union might not be able to help you if you require immediate legal assistance or representation. It’s a bit like insurance: you generally need to be a member before a problem happens. It’s still often worth talking to a union, though, as they may have advice or helpful pointers. If you’re the only potential member in your workplace, just be aware they might not be able to give more expensive practical assistance this time round. . But generally, you are free to join a union of your choice and most have options for joining online.

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