Whether you're on the job or outside the workplace, UNISON has a lot to offer its members. That's UNISON benefits - the added value of membership!UNISON Welfare 'There For You' (registered charity 1023552)
A unique service providing support exclusively for UNISON members and dependants at times of special need. There is also a free and confidential debt advice referral scheme.Legal advice
UNISON provides expert legal advice and services, including free assistance with problems at work and an extended package of legal services for members and their families.UNISONPlus membership benefits.
Special offers and discounts for UNISON members and their families on insurance, mortgages, motoring, holidays & travel, financial services and much more.Learning and Organising Services (LAOS)
offers a wide range of learning opportunities, which range from basic skills through to professional level qualifications for UNISON activists and members.Rule book benefits
Full members are entitled to benefits paid out on: death, accident, fatal accident. Education and training grants are also available.
Many UNISON members often overlook the additional benefits that their membership of the trade union can provide them with, details of the services available to members are to be found below and at www.unison.org.uk
The latest offers for members appear towards the top of this page, with a full list of members general offers listed below..
*************************************************************************************************UNISON MEMBERS IN CYMRU/WALES –
DISCOUNTED HOLIDAYS EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU!
Club provides a superior travel service
and a more individual
to all your travel needs. Not only will you get the
best deals, but you will have your holiday designed around you, with the
personal touch of your own UNISON Travel Club Advisor. There are some truly
exceptional offers available on all types of holidays, in the UK and worldwide
- Choose from low cost holidays or fully inclusive itineraries.
Special offers are available on departures from any UK regional airport,
including local airports such as Liverpool. All holidays are fully protected by ABTA and
ATOL for your peace of mind.
The average saving is just over £100 for UNISON members but you could save up
to 50% on the cost of your holiday by taking advantage of exclusive offers,
which are only available to UNISON members.
Don’t pay over the odds for your next holiday - Take advantage of this
fantastic benefit as part of your UNISON membership and save yourself time and
Ensure you hear about the best deals departing from Cardiff, Birmingham,
Bristol and Liverpool first - by registering to receive the weekly email alerts
Sign up for free today at www.unisontravelclub.co.uk
UNISON Travel Club with your holiday enquiry on 0800 021 7737
...................................................................................UIA InsuranceWe Guarantee to beat your current Home Insurance premium*
It’s easy to take advantage of our best ever offer for UNISON members. Simply give us a call, tell us a few details about your home and what you’re currently paying, and we’ll offer you cheaper cover guaranteed*.
Just one phone call to us today could cut the cost of your home insurance, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call now on0800 66 88 55
(01438 761790 for mobile users).Great Value
· Interest-free monthly payments
· Extra 10% discount on Combined Buildings & Content policies
· Get up to £50 towards any switching costs your current insurer might chargeQuality levels of service
90% of people would recommend us**
100% UK-based call centres
A dedicated, highly experienced Claims Team from the start to finish of any claimJust call 0800 66 88 55 quoting ref. ‘UNISON BDM’ (Mobile users can call 01438 761790) for a quote or to find out more visit www.unisoninsurance.co.uk
As a mutual company, we are owned by our policyholders, which helps us to keep premiums low, provide excellent products and employ highly trained staff to give you the best service possible.
In addition to the above, if you’re planning a holiday why not click on Travel Insurance
to receive a 5% online discount.
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UNISON is an Introducer Appointed Representative of UIA (Insurance) Ltd and UIA (Insurance Services) Ltd.
*Price guarantee is an introductory offer and applies to new customers only for the first 12 months of the policy. Minimum premiums apply. Maximum discount £150. This offer is available if you have been claim-free for five years or more, is subject to our usual acceptance and underwriting criteria, and is only available when you call us on 0800 66 88 55 (or 01438 761790) . We reserve the right to verify your home insurance renewal premium. To be eligible for this offer, a quote must be requested by 30.09.15. Quotes are valid for 45 days. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.
**Research carried out by UIA, January 2015.
UIA Travel insurance is provided by a third party, see www.uia.co.uk/terms--conditions
for details. UIA (Insurance) Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. UIA (Insurance Services) Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Offer available until 30th
UIA offers a range of competitively priced insurance products to members of UNISON and have a history of supporting trade union members for over 100 years. We are a mutual company so there are no shareholders expecting a share of any profits which are re-invested in the company to help keep our premiums low for members.
please visit our website http://www.uia.co.uk/About-Us/Partners/
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Membership of UNISON comes with many benefits, from free legal services and statutory rulebook benefits to discounted stays at our holiday village and a range of exclusive financial deals.Free Wills - phone UnisonDirect on 08000 857 857
Thompsons are UNISONS appointed solicitors and this Branch is supported by the legal team at Thompsons Liverpool offices. In order to access any of their services you must have been a member of UNISON for 4 weeks and be up-to-date with your membership subscriptions. In order to access any of the services you should have your membership number available and either contact the Branch Office 01352 704300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Or you can contact UNISON direct on 08000 857 857
Did you know that your UNISON membership entitles you and your family to an extensive package of free legal services?
UNISON not only provides you with the wide ranging benefits associated with being a member of the UK’s largest trades union: it also gives members the security of free specialist legal services from lawyers with historic links and a long partnership with UNISON and the trades union movement.
Thompsons solicitors are the UK’s largest personal injury law firm with 23 offices and over 800 staff across Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The firm has been established for over 80 years and during that time has been actively involved in the expansion and protection of the trades union movement’s rights, taking a direct part in helping UNISON to promote and protect the interests of its members.
Thompsons has a reputation for taking aggressive legal action to defend the interests of UNISON members. They have, over the years, extended the boundaries of legal protection for working people by winning landmark and groundbreaking cases where the health and safety of members and their families have been affected.What makes UNISON’s lawyers so different?
Most solicitors (including many who act for Trades Unions), also act for insurance companies and employers as well. Thompsons only ever acts on behalf of injured people. Thompsons knows whose side it’s on.
UNISON, through Thompsons, protect you from the many pitfalls and well publicised risks of pursuing your personal injury case with unregulated claims management companies who advertise so widely on the television and radio with their boasts of “no win no fee”.
Some UNISON members in Wales for example, have already found to their detriment, the real cost of taking their claims through claims farmers. They have ended up paying back most of their compensation to the claims company because they had to sign up to credit agreements that funded the fees payable to doctors and the court on their case. They could have kept every single penny of their compensation by getting their legal advice and representation through UNISON.“But I’ve got legal expenses insurance on my car insurance”
Many UNISON members are paying every year for legal expenses insurance through their motor, household and contents insurance policies when they don’t need to. UNISON membership provides legal expenses cover for members and family if they are injured and need to make personal injury claims.
New financial services regulations require all insurance companies who sell insurance, to ask their prospective client what insurance cover they already have so that duplicate policies are not sold to people who don’t need them. So when you ring for an insurance quote, you should be asked whether you are a member of a Trades Union and if you don’t get asked, tell the insurer yourself. You can save yourself money in the process.What legal services are available?
UNISON membership means that if you have an accident at work or you suffer an industrial disease, then Thompsons will represent and advise you free of charge.
If you or any member of your family are hurt in a road traffic accident, on holiday or in the street, again, your UNISON membership entitles you and your family to free representation and advice.
There are time limits for taking court proceedings for compensation for injury or disease. The time limit is three years from the date of the injury or, if you have developed an industrial disease, the date that you first became aware of your condition. The longer you leave it to seek advice about your injury or condition, the more difficult it is to build up a strong case for you.
If your injury happens when you are abroad, or on the way to your holiday destination either at the airport, or when you’re already on a plane or ship, then there are different (and shorter) time limits for starting court proceedings. So the message is, don’t delay in getting advice.
Accessing UNISON’s legal services is very easy. Ring UNISON Direct
on 0845 355 0845 or textphone 0800 0 967 968
. You’ll need your membership number to hand.How does my case get dealt with?
Thompsons’ lawyers will investigate your case and advise you about its strengths (and any weaknesses) as quickly as possible. We work to agreed standards of service required by UNISON and we are audited and judged against those standards.
Our teams have many years’ experience between them acting for injured UNISON members and their families and so you can be reassured that your case is looked after by a specialist who not only understands your situation, but works in a law firm with a commitment to the Trades Union movement and its aims.
We use plain English and try to avoid legal jargon wherever we can.
If the evidence in your case means that there is a reasonable chance of success, our job is to try to obtain as much compensation for you as we can, as quickly as we can.
We will also advise you about any benefits that you may be entitled to as a result of your injury or condition as well as the effect that receipt of those benefits (and any other benefits such as NHS Injury Benefit) will have on your claim.Advice and Representation at the Police Station and Courts
If you need advice and representation at the Police Station, or in the Magistrates or Crown Court on matters relating to your work, then UNISON will arrange for Thompsons to help you.
Thompsons provide a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service for Police Station advice and representation and have successfully represented many UNISON members in a wide range of cases over many years.
If you need help during the day, you can telephone UNISON Direct.
You will need to complete a CR form too, which you can obtain from your branch office. You will be referred straight away to a specialist lawyer for advice.If you need emergency help out of hours then call the dedicated emergency helpline number 0800 587 7530 .
Emergency advice and representation will be immediately arranged for you.
You might be asked to attend an interview with the Health & Safety Executive, or the NHS Counter Fraud Team, or give evidence at an inquest. Again, as a UNISON member, you can access free legal advice and representation for help in these situations from Thompsons’ specialist criminal law team.Free Initial Advice on Other Matters
UNISON membership means that you can obtain 30 minutes of free initial advice from Thompsons on any other matter, such as consumer issues, debt, neighbour disputes and family difficulties.
All you need to do to access this service is ring UNISON Direct
UNISON has an extensive network of very experienced full time officials who will help you and your branch officials with employment rights problems.
Where UNISON consider that your case requires legal input, they will instruct Thompsons to advise and, where appropriate, represent you.
Thompsons’ Employment Rights Unit is renowned throughout the UK for its leading work on behalf of Trades Union members and has fought cases at local Tribunals right through to the European Court to protect existing workers’ rights and to secure additional rights for workers in every area of employment law.Low Cost Conveyancing
Thompsons offer a low cost conveyancing service for UNISON members for both selling and buying your home. This includes an special extra discounted rate for first time buyers and you can find out more and access the service through UNISON Direct.Free Wills
In 2004, Thompsons drafted more wills than any other law firm in Europe.
UNISON membership enables you to have a will prepared free of charge and if you and your partner both want to make a will, again, this can be done at no cost. Just ring UNISON Direct
to access this service, 08000 857 857Clinical Negligence
If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of clinical negligence then you will need specialist advice. This is a very complex area of law and the costs of pursuing cases often significant and so the Legal Services Commission, which provides some public funding for clinical negligence cases, will only allow solicitors who are accredited as specialists by the Law Society to take on cases that they fund.
UNISON provides some assistance to members who need advice about a issues of possible clinical negligence. Thompsons have specialist clinical negligence solicitors on the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel able to give you specialist advice.
You can access advice through UNISON Direct
.For more information
If you would like to find out more about Thompsons, what we do and our nearest office to where you live or work, then please visit our website at www.thompsons.law.co.uk
Tell your friends and colleagues about the extensive package of legal services that your UNISON membership gives you and your family. They may join up with UNISON too.