Without stewards there would be no one there to act as the link between members and the union and to organise and support people in the workplace.
What rights do you get as a steward?
In workplaces where UNISON is recognized by the employer stewards have rights to time off for training and to carry out their work. This includes:
- Meetings with members and management
- Preparation and research
- Keeping members informed
You will be entitled to training and mentoring.
All new stewards are encouraged to take advantage of the courses unison offers. There are a wide range of courses many of which are provided on a local level.
Support and advice are readily available.
Colleagues, workplace contacts and more experienced stewards, health and safety reps and branch officers will all help you. Most branches will make sure that reps have details of local union officers who can give prompt advice and guidance. Your regional organiser, regional education officer, women's officer and branch support teams are based in the regional office and can be approached for assistance through your branch secretary.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to your local steward for more information
Stewards are the backbone