About Your Branch

Cumbria & North Lancashire Health Branch of UNISON is made up of over 6,000 Members working for the two main NHS Trusts in Cumbria; North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

However, 40% of our members are employed in the Private Sector within the following employers and many more:-

  • Mitie Facilities Management
  • West House
  • Creative Support
  • North Cumbria Primary Care
  • BUPA
  • GP Practices
  • Private Care Provider such as Four Seasons, Elysium, Walsingham, Brancaster Care etc

UNISON is the biggest Public Services Union in the UK with over 1.3 million Members.  UNISON is divided into 12 Regions (Our Branch falls within the North West Region) and then into 1,200 Branches and Branches are divided between 7 Service Groups (Our Branch falls within Health)

Over 6.5 million workers in the UK belong to a Trade Union with over 118,000 joining in 2020.  However, only 23.7% of workers are Trade Union Members.

Trade Union’s aim to protect and advance the interests of its members in the workplace by:

  • negotiating agreements with employers on pay and conditions
  • discussing major changes to the workplace such as redundancies
  • discussing members’ concerns with employers
  • accompanying members in disciplinary and grievance meetings
  • providing members with legal and financial advice
  • providing education facilities and certain consumer benefits such as discounted insurance, travel, motoring and shopping.