What our members say about us

June 2017

I must sincerely thank you for your support as my UNISON rep and your outstanding job in representing me and supporting my return to work and my continued recovery. You really have been a good friend and confidant, and I will always be grateful.

We are so pleased and relieved. Victory for the small people! Just want to say a huge thank you for all your help and assistance and we feel that with your backing and correspondence that has helped massively towards the outcome.

A letter has arrived this morning offering some job shares, it’s a little complicated but it is a big U-turn from where they started… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Ours will be a story to tell to other schools about the importance of union membership and not to lay down!!!

Thank you for giving me some of your valuable time. As mentioned during our discussion, I trust and admire the fact that you are approachable and willing to help where you can. It is one of the main reasons I joined UNISON.

May 2017

I have been waiting for any other complications but there don’t appear to be any! I wish to say a big thanks to you for all your hard work, none of this would have happened without your intervention. So thanks again!

I would just like to add that XXXXXXX has been a very supportive union rep.

Thanks for all your support, it means a lot. Once more thanks to you and your great team.

I just wanted to thank you for all your help with this process.

I would like to thank all of you at UNISON (my Caseworker has been a star!) for your support during this somewhat trying period.

April 2017

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and respect for the role carried out by my Caseworker, she was very supportive throughout, I cannot thank you all enough.

I would like to add that my Caseworker has been amazing in all of this.

I know XXXXXX had already emailed you but I just wanted to pass on my thanks for everything you have done. I’m now madly filling out paperwork but am very happy to be doing it. Thank you.

I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of myself and my colleague, XXXXXX, for putting our representation through – we are now in the pool with the permanent teachers thanks to you!

Many thanks for all the effort and hard work you have done in preparing the proposal for our members at XXXXX School.

The letter from XXXXXXX arrived in the post this morning. Once again, thank you so much for your dogged determination in seeing this through – and I’m sure I speak for the others you were also campaigning for.

Thank you again, so much, for all your support!

I just wanted to give you an update on my case and I am pleased to say that my hub base has been changed to XXXXXX which I am really relieved about. Thank you so much for your help.

x has spoken with me this morning and agreed to my request for change in supervisor, therefore no need to accompany me to any meetings at the moment. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support and guidance, you are the perfect union rep and we are lucky to have you with us.

I hope you’re aware of the difference your support, time and expertise has made to me over the last couple of years, and it has been so appreciated. Joining UNISON has been the best thing I ever did, professionally!

Thank you so much for your help, it was sorted without any worries just a conversation, but regardless it was good to have that backing.

March 2017

Thanks very much for helping to sort out my problem last week it was a big relief to have it resolved. Also for your advice and support through the whole redundancy process which has been very much appreciated.

I spoke to x for some time last night and gave him the background to our situation. I just wanted to say how good it was to have him attend both meetings, I know staff found this really supportive.

Massive thank you for my amazing defence – such a relief it’s finally over.

February 2017

Thank you so much for making the effort to come all the way to see me on Friday. I can’t thank you enough for the support you gave me during my meeting.

Many thanks for the support. My issue has been fully resolved.

December 2016

I wanted to say a very big thank you for coming out and representing me recently. It made such a difference knowing that I had UNISON behind me and your support. It really was very much appreciated.

Thank you for your support regarding my pension. I’m very grateful for all your help.

As Unison members we wanted to express our feelings about the unfairness that these changes are creating within our team and your work portrays that effectively.

I just wanted to send a line to say thank you for all your work on this project.

November 2016

Adur Voluntary Action (AVA), published in their November annual report 2015-16
AVA places on record the valuable support our staff received from West Sussex UNISON over the year of this annual report. This made a huge difference to the stressful and uncertain situation faced by all AVA’s paid staff. AVA recommends that all local charities employing staff encourage trade union membership, and draw up workplace agreements. This is not a paid advertisement. It is simply the voice of AVA’s direct experience.

October 2016

Thank you for this and for everything you do to make life easier. I’m so thankful Im in the union. When this is all over, I’d be very happy to be involved in any promotional information. Everyone should be in the union!

A big thank you to you. I’m very impressed in your efforts to help me.

July 2016

I cannot thank you enough for your kind words, advice and help, you have put me at ease. I know I did nothing wrong and what you said has really helped, I cannot thank you enough, I really appreciate it.

That’s great to know; at least I feel we have been listened to! Thank you so much for all your support on this. I feel UNISON in West Sussex really does support its members and that is down to people like you who really do care and give a damn. I am fine now to be honest – getting there at least. Hope you are too! 

June 2016

Many thanks for letting me know. I have just signed and emailed a copy of the agreement to the solicitor’s and they called me to say this has been received. Many thanks for all your support it really has made such a difference having your advice on all of this.

I know I am a bit late but I would like to say how well my caseworker did for me (she helped me recently over a capabilities matter). Without her knowledge and support I would not have come out of this so well so a big thank you. Best Wishes.  

May 2016

Thank you to the Unison team for recent meetings to discuss pertinent information about retirement policies, and for the Unison pensions seminar.

Thank you ever so much for that. This is a great answer for me. Thank you for your time and support. Kindest. 

I just wanted to thank you for all your support and advice through what has been a very difficult time. I need to draw a line in the sand now and move on with my life. I would also like to wish you all the best for your future plans. 

Please can you convey my gratitude to my caseworker for all his help in the past.

Good news in the end, just surprising that it took as long as it did. My more recent request has also been acknowledged after four weeks. I have been told I should receive it around the end of this month. Many thanks for your help in getting the log-jam moving! 

April 2016

I have re-started work this week. Thank you so much for your input.

Thank you so much for your help throughout this business. I will let you know when the pension kicks in.

Thank you for the help in the meeting. It was refreshing to have the union on my side.

I wanted to say my rep has been a great support throughout, practically and emotionally with a genuinely kind and caring approach. His knowledge and time given has been really appreciated and has led to some really positive steps being made from my management, finally getting the understanding and professional support that had been lacking for too long. I want to thank UNISON for being a great support, making me feel I have a support network in future that I can always turn to. 

Just wanted to thank you for your support and advice last week. I would not have been able to do this without your support, I really appreciate it. 

Thanks for your fantastic helpful help. Brilliant!

I’ve just had a call from the above regarding another member and she mentioned that she couldn’t have got her ill health retirement sorted out last year without you and that you were brilliant. Hopefully she told you at the time but, if not, now you know!

Member has resigned as has left her job but she has asked us to note that her branch rep was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable and would like to pass on her compliments.

I do wish I had joined Unison earlier due to previous difficulties in the workplace, which addressed at the time could have prevented things escalating to the detriment of my health and personal/work life. More awareness for new starters to join Unison would be great. Many have started work here over the past year and did not anticipate needing Unison support until it was too late or can only receive phone support because the issue had already begun. The Unison fee is usually the most likely deterrent but the membership pays dividends; and also the worry that (particularly with younger employees) that approaching Unison for support may cause them further problems in the workplace, which isn’t the case.

March 2016

Thanks loads for your support and advice on this, really helpful 

Thank you for the help UNISON have given me with my Stage 1 Sickness Absence. My rep did a great job and I felt very supported. He gave me some information which I wasn’t aware of and also asked some questions of my manager during the meeting. I was very happy with the support he gave me and should be grateful if you would please pass on my thanks and gratitude for the assistance he provided.  

I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and UNISON for the support you gave me yesterday.  

Thanks for all your support and input over the past months: a very heartfelt and sincere thanks to you, and best wishes.