Beta testing the new online catalogue

Well, it’s finally happened. Our old online catalogue just can’t stagger on any longer. As a result, we’ve had to develop a replacement in just two months! While we’re confident eventually it will be a much better experience than before, we need your feedback to make sure we get it right.

Speak up for schools – all you need, on your phone

We’re trying something new for the schools campaign and ballot. It’s a new engagement tool for your phone to help you maximise recruitment and ballot participation.

Unions and digital transformation

Digital transformation is not about doing the same things we’ve always done but just doing more of it with new technology. It’s not building an app that replicates your traditional website. It means stripping right back to look at what trade unions look like in the 21st century, and asking what does belonging to a trade union mean?

Getting digital – union organising

Work patterns have changed, and unions also have to change – if we’re going to organise and support the workers of the future.

Using WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging application with over a billion users. It’s a great way to share information quickly and securely around groups of friends and colleagues.

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.

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.

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?

Twitter and the Labour Leadership

The Labour leadership campaign is on. For the next couple of months there will be memes, blogs, twibbons, and hashtags all over Twitter, but how can you manage a UNISON related account during the campaign?

Listen up – talking to followers on Facebook

If you’re running a Facebook page, your followers expect to be able to contact you on Facebook. This doesn’t mean you have to respond to all comments and messages immediately, but messaging is a helpful way to manage your pages and provide a good service to your followers.

How to: Facebook live

Use Facebook live video to engage with your page followers, hold Q&A sessions, or just stream an indoor or outdoor event. You can now stream live events easily on your Facebook page.

How to set community guidelines

If you’re setting up a Facebook page or group, or any kind of discussion forum, it’s useful to have ground rules that everyone can agree to. Feel free to adapt these guidelines for your own use, but try and keep them friendly and encouraging – we don’t want to scare nervous members off!

Lights, selfies, action!

From I ♡unions week to fighting the trade union bill, it’s been a busy few months for UNISON members. We’ve collected just some of the highlights of what you have been doing online.