UNISON has 1,200 branches in the UK. A branch is made up of all its members. Activists are members who are elected either as branch officers or as local reps. Everybody who takes on an activist role is offered training, which is provided by the South West UNISON Education and Equalities Team.
Current activist roles:
Branch Chair: Alison Robinson
Chairs branch and committee meetings
Branch Secretary: John Abbott
The main contact person with the wider union who handles Branch administration.
Branch Treasurer: Michael Hunt
Responsible for managing Branch finances, including keeping accounts.
Young Members Officer: Vacant – volunteer opportunity available
Advises and helps recruit young members while ensuring their voices have an influence across the union.
Equalities Officer: Jeanette Baxter
Works on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian and gay issues (there may be up to four per Branch).
Women’s Officer: Nicky Bree
Works on women’s issues, and aims to increase the participation of women in the branch and the wider union.
Health & Safety Officer: Vacant – volunteer opportunity available
Campaigns around Health & Safety issues for the Branch
Education Co-ordinator: Eva Langrock-Bircher
Organises training courses and education programmes for members and activists.
Communications Officer: Mohammed Patel
Co-ordinates Branch newsletters, websites and other media.
International Relations Officer: Vacant – volunteer opportunity available
Develops and leads on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinning with sister unions and support for projects abroad.
Welfare Officer: Vacant – volunteer opportunity available
Assists members to access support from UNISON’s welfare charity, “There for You”.
Retired Members Secretary: Stephen McDonnell
Acts as contact point and co-ordinates social events for retired members.
Labour Link Officer: Peter Clark
Co-ordinates activities of UNISON Labour Link members
Stewards – Organise members in individual workplaces, advise and represent members in formal meetings, negotiate with employers on local issues. Stewards have a statutory entitlement to reasonable time off to carry out their duties.
Convenors – These are lead representatives, or senior stewards, who co-ordinate UNISON work in main employers.
Health and Safety Reps – Campaign for better working conditions and maintain safe workplaces. H & S reps have a statutory entitlement to reasonable time off to carry out their duties.
Union Learning Reps – help members to access learning and develop skills. ULRs have a statutory entitlement to reasonable time off to carry out their duties.