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UNISON: Always with you

Whatever you’re going through – we can help. We’re the UK’s largest union, with over 1.4 million members. Join now and you’ll receive our support – with membership costing less than you might think.

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7 reasons to join UNISON

3 reasons to join UNISON

Each of our 1.4 million members has their own reasons for joining UNISON.

But every one receives our help and support.

Legal Help

For you at work and your family at home

Financial Assistance

And debt advice in times of need


for you and your family


including money off cars and holidays


Our helpline is open until midnight weekdays, and 4pm on Saturdays, closed on Sundays


to help develop your career


we’ll be with you when you need it most

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Join UNISON in just 3 minutes - all you need is your bank details and you’re set.

Got questions?

You can use our live chat to speak directly to us from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or you can use our contact form outside those hours and we’ll get back to you.

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How much does it cost to join?

Northern Ireland membership rates do not have contributions towards political funds and start from £1.22 a month.
We also offer membership for just £10 a year to students and apprentices.*

Annual salary Monthly cost
Up to £2,000 £1.30
£2,001 - £5,000 £3.50
£5,001 - £8,000 £5.30
£8,001 - £11,000 £6.60
£11,001 - £14,000 £7.85
£14,001 - £17,000 £9.70
£17,001 - £20,000 £11.50
£20,001 - £25,000 £14.00
£25,001 - £30,000 £17.25
£30,001 - £35,000 £20.30
Over £35,000 £22.50

* You can join UNISON for just £10 a year if you are earning the minimum wage for apprentices, or are in the following categories:

  • intermediate (England)
  • modern apprenticeship (Scotland)
  • foundation apprenticeship (Cymru/Wales)
All other apprentices will pay the standard pay-related UNISON subscription rates.