In this section you'll find a collection of e-notes which tell you about some of the ways that you can get involved with UNISON as an activist. 

You can find out more about being

  • a steward (rep)
  • a learning rep
  • a branch welfare officer
  • a branch treasurer

We'll be adding to this with e-notes introducing other UNISON roles, so keep checking back!

Explore your personal attributes, values, and qualities, and discover which UNISON roles might be particularly suited to you - or just jump straight in and find out about the roles that strike you as looking interesting.

Branch treasurers have responsibility for managing finances within the branch.

This e-note will introduce the roles and responsibilities of the branch treasurer, provide you with key information to help you get started in the role, and outline what you can expect from the face-to-face OLBA (online branch accounting) training.

It also seeks to reassure you about taking on the role and address some of the worries that you might have.

This short e-note is aimed at new UNISON stewards and workplace reps. It includes information on getting started in your role and how to sign up for UNISON training. We hope you will find this new resource useful. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact us on learningandorganising@unison.co.uk.

Union learning reps (ULRs) are volunteers who are willing to encourage and support other colleagues with learning in the workplace. Their duties might include:

  • raising awareness of lifelong learning issues in the workplace
  • offering support and encouragement to learners
  • encouraging learners to get involved in the branch
  • working with the branch to promote workplace learning with employers

Find out more about the role in this e-note.

This is an introduction to the branch welfare officer role, and forms the first part of the induction training. Branch welfare officers will then attend a two-day training course, where the tutor will address any concerns that they might have.