On average, union members get
higher pay than non-members. They are also likely to get better sickness and
pension benefits, more paid holiday and more control over things like shifts
and working hours. This is because workers join together to negotiate pay and
conditions rather than leaving them up to managers.
- Unions make sure working people are treated with respect –
for example, opposing managers closing pensions schemes and stopping new
workers being employed on worse terms and conditions.
- Unions push managers to make workplaces more inclusive for
women, LGBT workers, Black and minority ethnic workers, older workers and
disabled workers. When there’s a strong trade union, women are far less
likely to face problems at work while pregnant, on maternity leave or when
they return to work.
- Workplaces where there are unions are safer workplaces. Every
year, unions train 10,000 reps to spot unsafe working practices and cut
accident rates. That’s why workplaces with union representation have
significantly lower injury rates.
- If you run into problems at work, your union has got your
back. The union’s legal team can make sure you are treated fairly –
without you having to worry about paying. Every year, unions win millions
in compensation for members who suffer injuries or are treated unfairly at
- Unions help our members get on in life. Every year, unions
help more than 200,000 working people get the skills they need to get
better-paid jobs. And we push employers to make sure ordinary working
people get chances for training and promotion.
- Unions make sure working people get a voice at work.
Companies where workers are involved in decisions have better training
opportunities, are fairly rewarded and can help companies survive bad
When a group of workers act and
speak together, their employer has to listen. That’s how unions make things
better at work.
So why not find out which union
is the right one for you, get a group of mates together in your workplace, and join
More than 5.5 million people are
in 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.
Isn’t it time you joined a
Things to note:
- You have a legal right to join a union. It’s illegal for an
employer to disadvantage you because you are a union member.
- Some unions may have restrictions on who can join. This is
usually because they represent people in specialist jobs.
- Generally, unions can’t help people with a problem that
happened before they joined the union.