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Ten good reasons - Why UNISON is right for you


With more than 1.3 million members working across the public services, being part of UNISON means you have the full weight of the UK's leading trade union behind you.

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You can earn more
Year on year, UNISON wins pay rises for its members. Average earnings are around eight per cent higher in unionised workplaces.
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You're more likely to get equal pay
UNISON is campaigning to bring women's pay into line with men's. Workplaces with union recognition are 20 per cent more likely to have an equal opportunities policy.
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You get more holiday
UNISON has won increased leave for many of its members wherever they work.
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You get more and better training
UNISON provides courses to help you learn new skills, improve existing ones and develop your career. Since 1994 UNISON has won agreements with employers to pay for courses and provide time off for employees to attend them.
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You get more maternity leave or parental leave
If you belong to UNISON, your employer is more likely to have parental leave policies which are more generous than the statutory minimum.
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You're less likely to be injured at work
UNISON health and safety stewards are trained to minimise the risk of workplace injuries and ensure that employers meet their legal obligations.
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If you do get injured at work, you'll get better compensation
UNISON wins millions in legal compensation for people who are injured or become ill at work. We won more than £28 million in 2009 for members and their families.
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You're less likely to be discriminated against
UNISON campaigns for tougher laws to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, disability or sexual orientation. Black and Asian trade unionists earn 32 per cent more than non-unionised colleagues.
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You can help keep our public services public
UNISON campaigns against all forms of privatisation, including PFI and foundation hospitals. Where our members have been transferred to the private sector we have won them pay and employment protections.
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You're less likely to be sacked
Trade union members are only half as likely to be sacked as non members.

What you will pay?

Weekly pay Annual pay Per week Per month Band
Up to £38.47 Up to £2,000 £0.30 £1.30 A
£38.48 - £96.16 £2,001-£5,000 £0.81 £3.50 B
£96.17 - £153.84 £5,001-£8,000 £1.22 £5.30 C
£153.85 - £211.53 £8,001-£11,000 £1.52 £6.60 D
£211.54 - £269.23 £11,001-£14,000 £1.81 £7.85 E
£269.24 - £326.92 £14,001-£17,000 £2.24 £9.70 F
£326.93 - £384.61 £17,001-£20,000 £2.65 £11.50 G
£384.62 - £480.76 £20,001-£25,000 £3.23 £14.00 H
£480.77 - £576.92 £25,001-£30,000 £3.98 £17.25 I
£576.93 - £673.08 £30,001-£35,000 £4.68 £20.30 J
£673.08+ over £35,000 £5.19 £22.50 K

Cardiff and Vale UNISON Health Branch


Why join UNISON?


Most people join a union because they want protection at work - help with pay and conditions of service, legal or health and safety advice or representation in case things go wrong at work. That's what we're here for. UNISON negotiates on pay and working conditions at every level - local, regional and national.

UNISON also offers you:

  • Excellent legal services at work and in the home.
  • Education and training advice and courses leading to vocational and professional qualifications.
  • A colour magazine sent to your home four times a year; a fortnightly newspaper for our stewards and activists and a full range of publicity.
  • Pensions advice and welfare services as well as certain benefits guaranteed by our rulebook.

To Join


Contact your local rep

Download and fill in the application form below then give it to your local rep or post it to:


University Hospital of Wales

Residential Road

Heath Park





phone: 02920748280

Membership Application Form.pdf
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