Self Organised Groups

What are Self Organised Groups?

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

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.

Being a member of UNISON means you get the support and collective bargaining power of 1.3 million other members. When members gather together and act as one they can often achieve greater good than individuals working alone.

Disabled Members

UNISON’s priorities on disability are led by the union’s own disabled members. We help disabled members by fighting discrimination and campaigning and organising at workplace, regional and national levels.


UNISON women campaign in a self-organised group for equality in the workplace and for improvements to women’s rights in the workplace and in the wider community.

Black Members

Black members in UNISON play a key role in winning equality in the workplace, actively challenge racism wherever it is found, and are at the forefront of UNISON’s organising work. As black members in UNISON we work together to win positive change in the workplace. The more of us that are actively involved the stronger we become.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + members

UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. We work together in local and national groups of LGBT members to campaign and provide support for our members.

Young Members

Young members are very important to the Branch and the group will cover all issues affecting Young Members and any information you might need to know such as when meetings will be held.

Retired Members

The Group is affiliated to the West Midlands Pensioners Convention. The Group actively campaigns and takes part in public consultation exercises on a wide range of issues of concern to retired members. Examples of this are campaigns to Save the NHS, to protect Ring and Ride transport services, for the rights of retired members as benefit claimants and to get a decent pension.