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UNISON Membership for Blackpool Council Staff

UNISON is the largest recognised union in Blackpool Council. We negotiate on behalf of our members on pay, terms and conditions, restructures and pay scale evaluation of jobs, to name but a few. We provide our members with help, advice, support and representation on wide ranging employment issues, including disciplinary and attendance management matters. In short, we're here to support you as a UNISON member.

We are the voice of our members but, without you, our voice is weaker. So, join us today and help us to shout louder on your behalf.

UNISON membership subscriptions at Blackpool Council

As a Blackpool Council Employee, you can pay your membership fees via your salary or via Direct Debit.

Membership via Blackpool Council Salary/Wages

This is also known as DOCAS payment. It's easier for you as the correct subscription band is calculated for you and any changes in your salary are reflected automatically. However, we do ask that you let us know when your job role changes so that we can update your membership details. This enables us to keep you updated on issues relevant to your current role rather than your previous one.

We will need your signature on a membership form for us to be able to collect your membership directly from your salary. You can either contact us or your workplace steward/rep for a DOCAS membership form or download one here. Please return it directly to the branch via the freepost address for us to process or you can pop it in the internal post:

Freepost RTLR-LALU-REJJ
UNISON Blackpool LG Branch
Coastal House
17 -19 Abingdon Street
Blackpool
FY1 1DG

Or you can scan the completed from and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership via Direct Debit

Working for the council doesn’t mean you have to pay your membership subscriptions via your salary. You can also pay via Direct Debit from your bank, but it will be your responsibility to notify us of any changes to your subscription band as this will not be automatic reflected. You will also need to let us know if you change bank. As with payment via your salary, we also ask that you let us know when your job role changes so that we can update your membership details. This enables us to keep you updated on issues relevant to your current role rather than your previous one.

We will need your signature on a membership form for us to be able to collect your membership directly from your bank or building society. You can either download the Direct Debit membership form here or sign-up online (only Direct Debit can be done this way). If you use the form, please return it directly to the branch via the freepost address above for us to process or you can pop it in the internal post.

Or you can scan the completed from to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Apprentices and Students

We are able to offer Apprentice and Student membership.  Find out more here.

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Membership for Apprentices and Students

Apprentice and Student (without employment with an eligible employer) membership is just £10 per year whilst you remain an Apprentice or Student. You will need to complete the correct Direct Debit form and return it to us, or signup online. However, it is your responsibility to ensure payments continue to be entitled to full Apprentice/Student membership benefits.

N.B If your bank fails to make a membership payment, UNISON will not attempt to take payment again. This is to prevent putting our members into hardship through bank charges.

N.B. You cannot be discriminated against for Trade Union membership - this is a protected right in law and your employer must permit UNISON to support you in statutory meetings (e.g. disciplinary and grievance hearings) and those permitted by recognition agreements.

"Ok, I'm in. What do I need to do?"

We will need your signature on an Apprentice or Student membership form for us to be able to collect your membership directly from your bank or building society. You can either contact us for the correct Direct Debit membership form or download the Apprenticeship one here or the Student one here. Please return it directly to the branch for us to process:

Freepost RTLR-LALU-REJJ
UNISON Blackpool LG Branch
Coastal House
17 -19 Abingdon Street
Blackpool
FY1 1DG

Or you can scan the completed from to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also sign-up online.

 

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Membership via Direct Debit

The simplest method of maintaining your membership of UNISON is to pay direct from your salary/wages. This is also known as DOCAS payment. It's easier for you as the correct subscription band is calculated for you and any changes in your salary are reflected automatically. But not all employers are able to offer this method of paying your membership and some members don’t want to pay directly from their salary/wages. If you work for an employer who cannot do this, or you don’t want to, then your will need to pay by Direct Debit.

"I need/want to pay via Direct Debit. What do I need to do?"

You will need to complete the Direct Debit form and return it to us, or signup online. However, it is your responsibility to ensure you are paying the correct subscription level and ensure payments continue. If your payments are incorrect you will not be entitled to full membership benefits such as legal support for both employment-related and non-employment related issues.

N.B If your bank fails to make a membership payment, UNISON will not attempt to take payment again. This is to prevent hardship for our members through bank charges.

"Does paying via Direct Debit let my employer know I'm in a Union?"

Although your employer will know you’re in a Trade Union if you pay your membership through your wages/salary, they do not have this information if you pay via Direct Debit and will only become aware if you inform them, if consultation involving you as a member takes place and your require our support in meetings or you require our support in other meetings with your employer. We will not inform your employer unless absolutely necessary.

Paying via your salary/wages shows the employer how many staff are members or a Trade Union; the more we have the less likely the employer will make changes without full and meaningful consultation and negotiation. Direct Debit does not offer this advantage.

N.B. You cannot be discriminated against for Trade Union membership - this is a protected right in law and your employer must permit UNISON to support you in statutory meetings (e.g. disciplinary and grievance hearings) and those permitted by recognition agreements.

"Ok, I'm in. What do I need to do?"

We will need your signature on a membership form for us to be able to collect your membership directly from your bank or building society. You can either contact us or your workplace steward/rep for a Direct Debit membership form or download one here. Please return it directly to the branch for us to process. If you work for Blackpool Council or Blackpool Coastal Housing, you can pop it in the internal post:

Freepost RTLR-LALU-REJJ
UNISON Blackpool LG Branch
Coastal House
17 -19 Abingdon Street
Blackpool
FY1 1DG

Or you can scan the completed from to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also sign-up online (Direct Debit only).

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Membership via Salary/Wages

The simplest method of becoming a member of UNISON is to pay direct from your salary/wages.  This is also known as DOCAS payment.  It's easier for you as the correct subscription band is calculated for you and any changes in your salary are reflected automatically.  Some of the employers covered by our branch allow this type of membership payment.

"I work for... Can I pay from my wages?"

Currently you can pay your membership via your salary/wages if you work for:

  • Blackpool Council
  • Blackpool Coastal Housing
  • Most Blackpool Schools:
    • If your salary is administered by Blackpool Council, you can usually pay your membership via your salary/wages
    • If you work at an FCAT school
    • check with your school Business Manager or contact us if you're unsure
  • Some other employers - contact us if you are unsure
"Does this mean my employer will know I'm in a Union?"

Although your employer will know you're in a Trade Union if you pay your membership through your wages/salary, only employers who have full Trade Union recognition offer this method.  You cannot be discriminated against for Trade Union membership - this is a protected right in law.  Paying via your salary/wages also shows the employer how many members of staff are members; the more we have the less likely the employer will make changes without proper and full consultation and negotiation. 

 "What if my employer doesn't offer the ability to pay via my salary/wages?"

You can still be a member of UNISON if you cannot pay via your salary/wages by paying your membership via Direct Debit.  You can do this directly through the branch or online.

"Ok, I'm in.  What do I need to do?"

We will need your signature on a membership form for us to be able to collect your membership directly from your employer. You can either contact us or your workplace steward/rep for a DOCAS membership form or download one here. Please return it directly to the branch for us to process. If you work for Blackpool Council or Blackpool Coastal Housing, you can pop it in the internal post:

Freepost RTLR-LALU-REJJ
UNISON Blackpool LG Branch
Coastal House
17 -19 Abingdon Street
Blackpool
FY1 1DG

Or you can scan the completed from and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Why join a union?

When a group of workers act and speak together, their employer has to listen. That’s how unions make things better at work.

On average, union members get higher pay than non-members. They are also likely to get better sickness and pension benefits, more paid holiday and more control over things like shifts and working hours. This is because workers join together to negotiate pay and conditions rather than leaving them up to managers.

Unions make sure working people are treated with respect – for example, opposing managers closing pensions schemes and stopping new workers being employed on worse terms and conditions.

Unions push managers to make workplaces more inclusive for women, LGBT workers, Black and minority ethnic workers, older workers and disabled workers. When there’s a strong trade union, women are far less likely to face problems at work while pregnant, on maternity leave or when they return to work.

Workplaces where there are unions are safer workplaces. Every year, unions train 10,000 reps to spot unsafe working practices and cut accident rates. That’s why workplaces with union representation have significantly lower injury rates.

If you run into problems at work, your union has got your back. The union’s legal team can make sure you are treated fairly – without you having to worry about paying. Every year, unions win millions in compensation for members who suffer injuries or are treated unfairly at work.

Unions help our members get on in life. Every year, unions help more than 200,000 working people get the skills they need to get better-paid jobs. And we push employers to make sure ordinary working people get chances for training and promotion.

Unions make sure working people get a voice at work. Companies where workers are involved in decisions have better training opportunities, are fairly rewarded and can help companies survive bad times.

Why should I choose UNISON?

Each of our 1.3 million members has their own reasons for joining UNISON. But every one receives our help and support. Join today, and you can too.

Advice, support and help when you need it at work

We have a network of trained local advisors and negotiators who will provide you with help at work when you need it most, as well as professional legal advisors and experts when appropriate.

Legal services for you at work and your family at home

Our legal support includes free help with most work problems that you may have. This can either be from our specialist in-house lawyers and a team of trade union solicitors that are on hand to help, or by local union reps, branches and officers in the UK. But our help doesn’t just stop when you leave work. We offer free initial legal advice on any matter not related to work, plus a range of other legal help for you and your family. To be eligible for our legal assistance scheme you must have been a member for at least four weeks prior to the incident that led you to seek this help. You must also be up to date with your subscriptions. Legal help is provided at the discretion of the union’s national executive council. Find out more.

Financial assistance and debt advice in times of need

We’re here for you when you need us most. Our confidential service (and registered charity) There for You, is your safety net when times get tough. We can help with sorting out finances and advise on benefits. We offer grants to help with household bills, ease debts or help with the cost of a much needed break. To be eligible for our financial assistance scheme you must have been a member for at least four weeks prior to the incident that led you to seek this help

Helpline open until midnight

In these uncertain times it’s easy to lose sleep over job security. But don’t lie awake worrying, our helpline is open from 6am to midnight Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays closed on Sunday. Your call will be dealt with by a professional who will ensure that the person who can best help will ring you back at a time that is convenient for you.

Compensation for accidents and injuries at work

If the unexpected happens you can count on our support. If you have an accident or are injured at work our specialist lawyers are there to help when appropriate. You are covered for things like assault, accidents, industrial diseases and accidents on your way to or from work. Our experts have got you covered and will do their best to get compensation for you.

Member discounts – including up to 50% off holidays

Join today and you’ll have access to a wide range of exclusive member discounts and offers which could save you up to £250 – more than the cost of your membership. Savings on holidays through the UNISON travel club, plus discounts on home, car, pet and travel insurance, dental and health plans, cashback on mortgages all add up to a great deal for UNISON members.

Education, training and support

Whatever work you do, we are here to help you learn more – whether you are facing change at work, want to develop your career or want to learn something new for your own benefit. UNISON offers a range of courses and short workshops that are free to members, so whether it’s brushing up on computer skills, professional development or finding out more about the union, learning through UNISON can help you develop your confidence, skills and knowledge.

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