Millennials: Avocados, flat whites and Instagram – right? Not quite. The hipster characterisation masks a much starker reality for the houseless generation. Most young workers are contending with low wages, insecure jobs and no voice at work. They need trade unions more than ever.

This is why UNISON has voted to make 2019 the year of young workers. Considering the working conditions young workers face and the need to secure protection at work for future generations, it is a moral imperative. But it’s not all doom and gloom – young members are one of UNISON’s fastest growing demographics. We are already reaching out in new and innovative ways and demonstrating the practical impact we can bring to young people’s lives.

Events

South West Young Members Annual General Meeting

13 April 2019 11:00am–3:00pm

The Station (Creative Youth Network), Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

If you are a UNISON member under the age of 27 (as of 13 April 2018) you are eligible to attend – so why not come along? You will meet other young members from the South West Region Find out more about what UNISON does for Young Members, nationally, regionally and at branch level You […]

Regional Young Members Weekend (Bristol)

2 – 3 November 2019

Bristol

This residential weekend of workshops, speakers and training events is open to all UNISON Young Members who want to develop their skills and knowledge in campaigning and organising around the issues they face. There has never been a more important time for young people to join, and become active, in UNISON. The issues facing young […]

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Apprentices acknowledged with regional award

Nick Hillman and Freya Kendall, apprentices at Poole Borough council have been recognised by their trade union, UNISON, at a regional awards ceremony. The Young Members of the Year Award was presented by Kendal Bromley at UNISON’s Get Active event in Taunton last night. This comes on the back of their brilliant campaign work for […]

Making 2019 the year for young workers

“Research shows that you don’t join a union by the time you’re 25, you’re much less likely to join one later in life,” UNISON national young members forum chair Kendal Bromley-Bewes told delegates at the union’s national delegate conference this morning. She was introducing a motion on making 2019 the year of young workers, after […]

award for bristol apprentice

Young member award for Bristol apprentice

A campaign for fair wages and affordable homes won UNISON’s Young Member Award for Bristol Apprentice Kath Pittman. Kath produced an advice pamphlet, Support with Housing and Pay. UNISON SW Young Members are campaigning for a real living wage and affordable homes. With house prices in Bristol rising faster than anywhere else in the UK […]