Staying safe online

If you’re posting on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram or any other social platform – chances are you’ve received unwanted or even abusive comments – often from complete strangers.

Welcoming members join UNISON online

We think that our workplace reps are one of UNISON’s greatest assets. The support they give members is invaluable – partly because they’re available for members to talk to face-to-face. When a new member joins, workplace reps are around to introduce them to the union. They can answer questions on everything from disciplinary hearings to […]

Improving the experience of joining UNISON online: day one of our design sprint

For five days eight UNISON staff are working together to decide what a future experience for joining UNISON online should look like. Day one focused on a review of how online joining works at the moment for UNISON members and what kind of vision and goals we might set for a new online join experience.

What’s it like being a digital data analyst at UNISON?

I’ve been in post as Digital Data Analyst for 12 weeks now. In that time, over half a million people visited and 1.6 million pages have been viewed on the UNISON website. We’ve had over 33,000 people join UNISON online. Our social media posts have reached over 3 million timelines. We’ve received thousands of responses to […]

Vote for UNISON as a digital leader

Exciting news! UNISON has been recognised in a very prestigious UK wide list of ‘the leading champions of digital transformation‘. And now we need your votes!

Roll up, roll up! We’re taking bets on how well you know our members…

Membership organisations like UNISON have long struggled to make sure their members read their communications. And since the digital revolution the problem has only got bigger.

Women Byte Back – inspiring women

Recently, Digital UNISON and UNISONlearning teamed up on a training day for UNISON’s women members at Bletchley Park. Here are some of the highlights of the day.

Building great things together: the inaugural branch websites ‘hackday’

In June we plan to launch a new branch website platform. We hope this will offer powerful features and great design, while still being simple for activists to use. Can we live up to our hopes? Not unless we include branches in the development process… which is what our first ‘HackDay’ set out to do.

South East website build to-do list

A change is gonna come

Building a new South East region website makes me hopeful for the region’s digital future – and that of UNISON more broadly.

New on the UNISON website: a searchable database of policy decisions

A searchable and browsable view of UNISON policy motions going back more than 10 years. Every year, UNISON holds a number of conferences to decide on the direction of the union. The motions discussed and voted upon, if carried, become UNISON policy and outline work to be undertaken by the relevant democratically-elected committees – the […]

Setting up a UNISON branch Facebook page

Engage with your members, get people along to your events, build a community. Nearly two-thirds of UNISON members are on Facebook, so how do you get started?

UNISON’s digital strategy: the only thing that is certain is change

“For over two years now, I’ve been developing UNISON’s digital strategy. It is, as all strategies tend to be, a work in progress. However we’re now stepping up a gear with the launch of a two-year digital work programme.”

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3 lessons learned from leading digital engagement at UNISON

Last January I joined UNISON, the UK’s biggest social movement with 1.3 million members, as Digital Engagement Lead in their London offices. I remember being surprised how lucky I felt to be helping this talented team to remain relevant to all their members. Together, we’ve worked on multichannel member engagement programmes – including recruitment, welcome journeys, member […]

Digital change at UNISON: it’s a matter of principles

How will UNISON get change to happen in a massively decentralised organisation with lots of internal politics? Our six principles for digital work aim to help us in getting tangible and achievable progress.

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Challenges for unions in a digital world

Do trade unions remain immune from the changes digital is wreaking on other organisations and other industries?