Get Active

Get involved with your union

The branch brings you together with other employees who face common issues in the workplace and enable you to get support from the union, work with your colleagues and make your views felt in UNISON.

The Sandwell General branch of UNISON is run by a committee which consists of members elected to take on different roles. The branch holds regular meetings, including an annual general meeting.

Branch roles

Stewards           A UNISON steward is an elected rep who helps organise, recruit and represent members in their workplace.

Health and Safety reps           A UNISON health and safety rep helps to make sure that people’s jobs and their workplaces do not cause injury or ill-health.


Branch Chair     Someone who facilitates branch and committee meetings.

Branch Secretary       The main contact person with the wider union who handles branch admin.

Branch Treasurer       Responsible for managing branch finances, including keeping accounts.

Branch Young Members Officer       Advises and helps recruit young members while ensuring their voices have an influence across the union.

Equalities Officers       Work on equal rights issues including sex, race, disability and lesbian and gay issues.

Branch Education Co-ordinator       Helps arrange training courses and education programmes for members, stewards, health and safety reps and branch officers.

Branch Publicity Officer       Co-ordinates branch newsletters and other media.

Branch International Officers       Develop and lead on international solidarity activities including campaigns, twinnings and support for projects abroad.

Retired Members Officer       Supports UNISON retired members by campaigning on their behalf and organising local activities.

APF Political Officer       Liases with the local Labour Party and makes sure the views of UNISON members who pay the APF levy are heard.


Officers are elected at our Annual General Meeting, where you can stand for any of the above positions. Contact the branch for more information of how to get involved on 0121 569 5996 or email

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