About Unite

Unite is Britain’s biggest union with 1.42 million members across every type of workplace.

Unite is the union for the 21st century, meeting the great challenges facing working people today. It is a democratic and campaigning union which fights back for employees in the workplace, protecting workers’ rights and bringing trade unionism to millions of unorganised workers. It is a union that stands up for equality for all and advances the interests of its members on a political and national level.

Unite is also active on a global scale, building ever stronger links with trade unions around the world to confront the challenges of our globalised economy.

Unite is a union establishing new traditions and structures

A message from the General Secretary

“Unite is a union establishing new traditions and structures relevant to the needs of our members who are currently experiencing life in the modern workplace. Unite is dedicated to serving the best interests of its members and will seek to improve their standard of living and the quality of their lives though effective relationships with employers and government.”

“Unite has been formed to establish new methods of communication between members and those that serve them and also encourages the development of new internal structures that reflect the diversity of views and experience that exist in the modern workplace.”

“Easy access for members to the democratic process of the union is also vital to the success of a modern representative organisation. Unite will encourage and empower members through industrial sectors and special interest groups that are capable of reflecting individual aspirations and enhance the collective strength of workers.”

“It is our aim that no voice in Unite will go unheard and none of our members’ aspirations will be overlooked.”

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary

Unite’s values:

A fighting back union, winning in the workplace

A campaigning union, making our voice heard

A growing union, organising for strength

A members’ union, open and democratic

A progressive union, a force for a fairer society

A united and tolerant union, which treats people with dignity and respect

Unite’s vision is of a prosperous society in which employers and employees work together to build successful businesses and safe, healthy working environments. All those who contribute to their success receive the rewards, respect and recognition they deserve.

The international vision

Unite’s vision is not limited to the United Kingdom. It extends throughout Europe, and Unite has links with unions and governments across the globe. Never afraid to get the best we can out of Europe, Unite has set up more European Works Councils than any other union.

Unite has also forged close alliances with other international unions and was a founder member of Workers Uniting, the new international union established to combat the forces of globalisation.

The education vision

When it comes to education and training, Unite puts its money where its mouth is.

Unite is fully committed to high quality training, enabling our representatives to serve members’ needs at all times. Unite was the first union to open residential training colleges and has two centres training thousands of members each year, and all at no extra cost to Unite activists.

The representation vision

Unite values a modern approach to member representation, and prides itself on being member-led.

Decisions laid out in the Unite rule book give members the opportunity to become involved in decision making at all levels. They can attend policy and industrial conferences, and set the course that the union will follow.

Through Unite, our members play a part in national and European politics too. We are a major political force, with over 100 members in the House of Commons, and further members in the European Parliament.