Unite the Union Offers Free Membership for Members who Lose Their Jobs

Britain’s largest union is offering free membership for two years for members who have lost their job due the pandemic as part of their Here to Help membership package.

It is estimated that by the end of the year 2.2 million people will be out of work due to the effect of COVID-19 on the UK economy. With support for those out of work being extremely poor in the form of Universal Credit and New-Style JSA, millions of people will need to make tough choices with their finances. To ensure that those out of work still remain members of Unite, the union have launched their Here to Help membership package—which is completely free to existing members.

On this package, members will not have to pay their union fees for up to two years, whilst still accessing a range of Unite the Union services. The package provides (amongst a host of other things) access to:

  • Online education including CV writing and interview technique workshops
  • Support on dealing with debt
  • Financial review
  • Unite energy switch
  • Wellbeing services
  • Guides on the benefits system
  • Alerts about jobs in your area
  • Legal advice including on redundancy and severance payments or non-work related matters

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, said:

“We know the cost of unemployment in terms of lost income, worry over bills and expenses, concerns for your family and your own mental and physical well-being.

This is why we have devised a membership package that will keep you in Unite at no cost to you.

You will keep your membership for the foreseeable future at no cost, and we will work to help you back into employment. Crucially, you will still be a member of the Unite family and a member of your industrial branch”

Daniel Hall is the chair of the Local Employers Branch of Unite the Union in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. He spoke to Worcestershire Transformed about the importance of the scheme:

“This is a great offer from Unite. Every penny saved when you lose your job is really important. So we’re pleased that we can support our members by not only waving membership fees but also by providing a range of services that can really make a difference in a time of need. 

We’re here to back our members when they face problems in work, and it’s important that we can continue to offer support when they’re out of work too.”

If you are a Unite member and interested in learning more about the scheme, please get in contact with your regional Unite the Union office. To find out what a Unite the Union membership gets you, go to https://www.unitetheunion.org/why-join/member-services. If you are not yet a member of a union then please go to https://findyourunion.tuc.org.uk.

Disclaimer: The author of this article is the Treasurer of a Unite the Union Branch and Unite the Union Branch WM/6070 pay an affiliation fee to Worcestershire Transformed to support our work.

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