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UNISON West Sussex is a local government branch of 5,350 members who work within the county of West Sussex delivering public services. We have members in over 300 employers. These include West Sussex County Council, schools and academies, further education colleges, home and social care providers, charities and voluntary groups, outsourcing giants like Capita, and many more.

It’s simple to join UNISON and get essential cover wherever you work in West Sussex:

  1. Download an application form. Return completed forms to our Chichester office at: UNISON West Sussex, County Hall, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ.
  2.  Join online at join.unison.org.uk
  3.  For any enquiries about membership, call 01243 777636 or email office.unison@westsussex.gov.uk

Membership of UNISON costs a monthly subscription, which can be paid for by direct debit or directly from your payroll if your employer has this facility.

Subscriptions are based on a sliding scale according to your gross, annual take home pay. Sometimes your payslip will tell you what this amount is if you are not sure. This means that if you are part-time, you pay less, as subscriptions are based on what you take home, not your full-time equivalent salary.

Subscription bands

Annual salary and monthly cost
Up to £2,000 £1.30
£2,001-£5,000 £3.50
£5,001-£8,000 £5.30
£8,001-£11,000 £6.60
£11,001-£14,000 £7.85
£14,001-£17,000 £9.70
£17,001-£20,000 £11.50
£20,001-£25,000 £14.00
£25,001-£30,000 £17.25
£30,001-£35,000 £20.30
over £35,000 £22.50

Don’t delay, join today!

UNISON influences the collective aspects of your working life, particularly where we are ‘recognised’ by the employer. For example, your pay and allowances, how good the pension is you receive, your sickness policy and how it is applied, your employer’s redundancy policy, and so on. We achieve more for you if you are inside the union, as employers have to listen to us if we are strong.

Other reasons to join include the individual support you can receive: such as representation in meetings, support from solicitors, and payment of tribunal fees. But UNISON has rules about what support we can give members who join with issues  which pre-date their membership, or occur within 4 weeks of joining. Support is much more limited in those circumstances, so don’t wait for a problem – join today!