Members Groups

Retired Members

As UNISON Member when you reach retirement age, do not give up your membership you can become a Retired Member.
Our Branch has a retired members group that has meetings on a regular basis. You can enjoy social events and outings, keep up to date with UNISON campaigns and support issues of concern for older people. We have a retired members secretary Joan Beswick who can be contacted via the branch.

At regional level there is a Regional Retired Members Committee from which there are reps on the National Retired Members Committee, National Conference, Regional Committee, Regional Council, Regional Welfare and Women’s Forum. Each year there is a Retired Members’ Conference to which or branch sends a delegate.

UNISON retired members enjoy all the benefits of UNISON membership including: Legal advice Welfare support Special discounts and offers on a wide range of financial and other services, such as house & contents insurance from UIA, car insurance from Frizzell and special interest rates with Britannia for savings accounts and mortgages. 10% reduction on holidays at Croyde Bay on the North Devon Coast.

In order to become a Life Retired Member, please contact your Branch for an application form. The cost is a one-off fee of £15.

Trafford UNISON offers support for for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members (LGBT).

Workers face prejudice and discrimination when seeking work and once they are in a job. Every trade unionist has a responsibility to challenge this discrimination. It is part of UNISON’s core agenda for workers’ rights.

UNISON is an organisation that does not allow homophobia, biphobia or transphobia and actively campaigns for laws to be changed with regards to the provision of services to LGBT people.

In addition UNISON national office produces a quarterly Out in Unison Newsletter on LGBT equality in UNISON.

The LGBT Convenor can offer individual support for those members who are experiencing a workplace problem or need general support on an LGBT issue see the contact details below.

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.

Young Members

Unison has a large group of young members. If you are a Unison member & under 27 years of age you are automatically entitled to participate as a young member.

Unison encourages young members to get involved in every level. Regional young members can get together to plan an organise campaigns and discuss experiences.

We currently have a vacancy for a young members officer.

To find information about young people within Unison, click the link below


More than two thirds of Unison’s members are women and as such we campaign for workplace equality and for the rights of women out in the community.

We support campaigns that improve women’s lives and as a union we support women with issues such as maternity rights, equal pay as well as providing information and legal advice.

At Trafford UNISON we have our own Women’s officer Robina Sheikh and she can be contacted via the branch.

For more information about women’s groups with Unison please click on the link below.