Challenge inequality

UNISON members who share common concerns come together in groups to discuss, campaign and organise events around the specific issues that affect them.

These ‘self-organised’ groups operate at both national level and within the region. Every one of these groups has a structure with a region and a regional committee.

Find out more about how to get involved in the region by contacting the regional office

Member groups work for change in many different ways:

  • by raising awareness of topical issues that affect members;
  • by campaigning to change legislation;
  • by using the bargaining power of their collective voice.

Black members

Black members are a core part of UNISON and come together to promote equality in the workplace and campaign against discrimination.

Find out more about the benefits of joining the Black members’ group


Two-thirds of UNISON members are women. Important issues for the women’s group include health, childcare, flexible working and equal rights.

Find out more about the benefits of joining the women members’ group

Young members (27 years old or younger)

Join our 75,000 young members who get involved in campaigns to make a positive difference to pay, working conditions and rights.

Find out how joining the young members’ group can help you

Retired members

As a retired member you can benefit from regular meetings and social outings, as well as the option to join UNISON campaigns.

Learn more about the benefits of being part of the retired members’ group

Disabled members

Disabled members benefit from a range of national and regional events such as information, discussion and policy-making meetings, as well as training and social events.

Find out how being in the disabled members’ group can benefit you


UNISON’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members get support and advice regarding discrimination and equality in the workplace.

Find out more about becoming part of the LGBT members’ group