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Essential cover at work

One of the most reassuring things about being a member of UNISON is knowing that there are people out there who will help you if you find yourself facing a problem.

You never know when you might encounter a problem at work.  What you do know is that by joining UNISON, you don’t have to face it alone.

If you are having problems, our Branch network of trained workplace representatives are there to help. They will give you advice, support or represent you if needed and if necessary refer your case to the Regional Office to make sure you get the most appropriate legal help.

In addition to the individual support we offer to members, the union also negotiates with employers on issues like pay, holidays and all other terms & conditions including pension schemes.

We strive to protect the services that our members provide by opposing cuts and campaigning on a range of local, regional and national issues because we recognise the important work our members do in enhancing, enriching and protecting lives.

Essential cover outside work

UNISON members can access free initial legal advice on non-work related issues and get support for members of their family, for personal injury cases outside work, motor vehicle accidents, a free wills service for you and for your partner if you have mirror wills, low-cost conveyancing and even help with immigration issues.

To be eligible for our legal assistance scheme, you must have been a member for at least four weeks prior to the incident that led you to seek that assistance. You must also be up to date with your subscriptions.

Help for non work-related issues can be accessed via UNISON’s legal helpline on 0800 0 857 857.  For work-related issues members must contact their local branch in the first instance.

For you and your family

UNISON members and their families are entitled to a whole range of benefits and services:

• Exclusive deals and offers

UNISON members have access to a range of exclusive deals and discounts that we have negotiated with a number of suppliers. We choose reputable companies that provide value and good customer service.  Our UNISON Plus deals add real value to UNISON membership: members can save the cost of their UNISON contributions many times over.

• Other benefits

Membership benefits include; winter fuel grants, school uniform grants, professional indemnity insurance of up to £1 million for NHS staff, book grants, various financial support grants and a quarterly members’ magazine.  We are the only Trade Union which has a charity offering support and assistance for members in their hour of need, it is called There For You.

• Croyde Bay Holiday Village

Croyde Bay Holiday Village is situated on the north Devon coast and has been owned and operated by UNISON for more than 80 years. It is a popular addition to the benefits of UNISON membership, offering competitive rates, with special discounts for UNISON members and families. There are additional discounts for low-paid UNISON members.  Croyde Bay

Training and new skills

UNISON runs a broad range of education and training courses that are open to all members.

Some of our courses are aimed at helping members to improve their general skills, for example using computers or building their confidence. Our education courses includes the award winning Return to Learn programme available to all members interested in getting back into learning.

Other courses are designed to help members play a more active role in UNISON through our comprehensive training programme for workplace representatives and branch officers, including health and safety, equalities or learning reps. We also offer taster courses on key issues.  Read more about our courses for reps and activists

All of our courses are free to members.

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We still have spaces on our education course - Basic IT (SQA Workplace Core Skills Unit ) - (5 Mondays ) which is taking plave on 6th 13th 20th 27th November at 4th December at Cargen Towers Dumfries .

If you are a Dumfries and Galloway Council employee you are entitled to time off to attend subject to line manager approval .

Based outside Dumfries and want to attend? You will be allowed access to a pool car if available to attend.

For more information or an application form please email - info@unisondumfries.org.uk.

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Always take a Union Steward.....

Trade union members have big issues to address and fight on at the moment including resisting cuts to public services, opposing government austerity , battling overwork, fighting for equal pay and demanding a fair wage rise for all public services workers in 2018. These issues have a huge affect on our working lives and set the context for everything else.

In the middle of all that members still face the day to day matters of individual absence management, grievances, investigations, disciplinary hearings, etc.

So remember....always take a union steward!
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Free Dementia Awareness course

Through out new lifelong learning partnership we are able to offer this course which is is taking place on 14/11/2017 09:00 -16:30 at CDU Cargen Towers, Dumfries.

If you are an employee of Dumfries and Galloway Council you are entitled subject to availblity a pool car to attend the course if required and paid time off to attend subject to line managers approval .

Should you have difficulty getting approval fron your line please let us know and we can see what we can do .

The course is an interactive & practical workshop and delegates will gain an understanding of dementia and how it affects people.

The course is aimed at everyone and suitable for anyone regardless of their job role .

Finally should you wish to attend this course please message this page or email sean.skelton@dumgal.gov.uk .

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As an organisation and as a branch we support #WorldMentalHealthDay

Mental health issues are not something that people should be ashamed to speak about .

UNISON nationally is campaigning for more funding for mental health services so people can get the support they need when they need it .

Locally as a branch we are about to start engaging with our members and the wider work force to conduct a large scale mental health survey so that we can highlight issues to our employers and start working with them to improve support available to people suffering with mental health issues .

#breakthesigma #mentalhealthmatters
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