Reasons for social care professionals to join UNISON

UNISON is the union for people working in social care.

You support people through difficult times – and we support you

UNISON is the union for people working in social care.

More than 350,00 of our 1.3 million strong membership work in social care – and more than 40,000 are social workers.

We speak up for professionals in social care and the people you help.

Joining UNISON means you have the full weight of the UK’s leading public sector trade union behind you.

And in times like these – when the public sector is threatened with large-scale and wide-ranging cuts – the benefits of joining UNISON are clear:

You can earn more: Average earnings are around eight per cent higher in unionised workplaces.

You’re less likely to be sacked: Trade union members are only half as likely to be sacked as non members.

You’re more likely to get equal pay: Workplaces with union recognition are 20% more likely to have an equal opportunities policy.

You get more holiday: UNISON has won increased leave for many of its members wherever they work.

You get more and better training: UNISON provides courses to help you learn new skills, improve existing ones and develop your career.

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.

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 employers meet their legal obligations.

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.

You’re less likely to be discriminated against: Black and Asian trade unionists earn 32 per cent more than non-unionised colleagues.

You can help keep our public services public: where our members have been transferred to the private sector we have won them pay and employment protections.

Join UNISON today

Did you know students can join for just £10 a year?

Occupational Therapists and OT Assistants – Join UNISON and your professional association at the same time

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants working in social care can enjoy full membership of UNISON by joining the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). All BAOT members are also UNISON members, other than those working overseas or self-employed in private practice. Members can access the wide range of industrial relations support and benefits of belonging to UNISON, as well as the full range of member and professional services offered by BAOT and the College of Occupational Therapists. Professional advice and resources for social care professionals who work in occupational therapy are available from the BAOT website at:




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