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To join UNISON online, please follow the link to our website:

If you have any specific questions about joining, we will be more than happy to advise. Please get in touch with us at and we will respond as soon as we can.

We also offer membership for just £10 a year to students and apprentices.*

Annual salaryMonthly 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:

  • modern apprenticeship (Scotland)
  • Student working in public services such as student unions, part time University employee. 

All other apprentices will pay the standard pay-related UNISON subscription rates.


Why should I join?

Together we're stronger and UofG UNISON believes in making the University of Glasgow a better place for our members to work.

With more than 1.3 million members working across the public services, being part of UNISON means you have the full weight of Britain's biggest trade union behind you.

We have more workplace reps than any other union in the country - backed up by experienced full-time regional and national officers and one of the best legal teams in the UK.

UNISON offers a raft of unrivaled benefits including legal protection, welfare services, pension advice, education and training, health and safety guidance, special deals on holidays and insurance, and a hotline for help and advice on workplace issues.

In the past few years, our branch has dealt with a number of issues on behalf of our members including:

  • Fixed-term contracts,
  • Capability procedure, pensions,
  • Grievance
  • Sickness & absence
  • Discipline
  • Regrading and job evaluation
  • Redundancies 
  • Maternity/Paternity leave. 

The branch would wish to highlight these issues and invite members who require further information or advice, to get in touch with the Unison Branch Office.



UNISON needs you. Did you know that people in workplaces with union reps statistically earn more, get more holidays, get better training and are less likely to be discriminated against?

As a fast-growing branch, we are always looking for members who are willing to take on responsibilities within our branch, share their expertise and help keep the branch running. For more information on the types of jobs you can do within the branch, take a look at the Job Role Descriptors.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in UNISON but don’t have too much time to commit to an Officer or Steward role, we are always on the lookout for members who will act as area contacts for their building, to receive information from UNISON for noticeboards and for staff areas.

Such members are our eyes and ears for what is happening on the ground within your workplace and help us keep a visible presence on the University of Glasgow campus.

If this is something that you would be happy to do please contact us via email:


10 good reasons to join UNISON

1. Get help if you have a problem at work 
If you feel you've not been treated fairly, or are facing difficulties at work, ask your local UNISON branch for advice. If you're facing a disciplinary hearing or need support at work, we can help. Our local reps draw on the combined knowledge and experience of the whole of UNISON. We can work with you to find a solution.

2. Have a say in how to improve things in your workplace 
UNISON is also there to try to make work a better place. If you have ideas about how to improve work - from better lighting in the car park to more flexible working hours - UNISON gives you a voice. Working together, our collective strength means we can talk with your employer to try to improve things.

3. Make savings on top of this 
Helping you at work is our main concern. But there are lots of other benefits that you are entitled to - cheaper holidays and insurance, financial services, a UNISON credit card, and vehicle breakdown cover. UNISON welfare, our own registered charity provides support for UNISON members and dependants at times of special need.

4. Undervalued? You earn more in a unionised workplace 
Average earnings are higher in unionised workplaces. UNISON stands up for your rights as a higher education worker to a fair wage and a decent standard of living. If you're a member, you'll get a say in the claims we put forward to your employers.

5. Deserve a break?
You get more annual leave in a unionised workplace
The average trade union member in the UK gets over 25% more annual leave a year, compared with a non-unionised worker. This is because trade unions like UNISON have fought a better working life on behalf of members.

6. At risk? You're less likely to be injured in a unionised workplace 
All employers have a legal duty to provide a safe workplace, but the union has trained health and safety officers to make sure employers stick to their legal obligations.

If you get injured at work, UNISON will help you pursue a case for compensation from your employer. Unions won over £321 million in compensation for people who were injured or became ill at work in 2000.

UNISON successfully fought for increased compensation for nursery nurse, Lisa Potts, who was seriously injured while protecting children in her care from a horrific machete attack. "I'd only just become a member. Funny enough one of the other nursery nurses said I should join in case anything ever happens," recalls Lisa, who was only 21 when the attack happened. "I'm so glad I filled in those forms. Without UNISON it would have been very difficult for me, especially legally. I'm always telling people they should join a union."

We've also helped people involved in more commonplace accidents. Only last year Norman Thurrell, an ambulance worker, received £140,000 as compensation when he lost his job as the result of a serious back injury.

7. Moving on? You get more and better training 
Workers in unionised workplaces are more likely to receive job-related training. Since 1994 UNISON has reached agreements with employers to pay for courses and give paid time off for employees to attend them.

"The UNISON leaflet for the Return to Learn course came through my door at the right moment," says Pauline Jones, an Occupational Therapy (OT) Assistant in West Yorkshire. "I've recently become a single parent with young children, and now I'm the main breadwinner I want to set things up for when they're older. Eventually, I want to take on a Senior Clinical OT role in the health service. But it's a bit daunting going back into studying - I left school at 16 and I haven't done any studying since. This course has given me that bit more confidence. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone." As a result of the Return to Learn course, Pauline now feels ready to take the next step on her career path.

8. Time to adjust? You get more maternity leave, paternal and carer leave 
Unionised workplaces are much more likely to have maternity, paternal and carer leave policies in place which are more generous than the statutory minimum. UNISON can negotiate better leave policies at local level and help you achieve a better work/life balance.

9. No respect? You're less likely to be discriminated against in a unionised workplace 
UNISON campaigns against all forms of discrimination - including age, disability, race, gender, and sexual orientation. We have successfully led the campaign for tougher anti-discrimination laws being introduced in the workplace.

10. Keep public services public 
UNISON continues to work to protect all our public services, including schools, colleges and universities from all forms of privatisation, including PFI, cuts and contracting out.

Our members are the people who provide the services the public depends on. We have succeeded in winning pay and employment protections for staff transferred to the private sector. We work to improve the working conditions of our members within the public sector. Join us in our campaign to keep services public and strengthen the voice of public sector workers.