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

Check out our searchable and browsable view of UNISON policy motions going back more than 10 years.

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

Sadly I have to say goodbye to my friends here at UNISON HQ, but before I go here’s a rundown of some crucial things I’ve learnt.

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?

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6 amazing reasons you should apply to join the team

UNISON is embarking on a major digital work programme over the next two years. We can only deliver it if we have people who have the vision, skills and experience on board…. which is why we’re hiring! Here are 6 amazing reasons you shouldn’t let this opportunity pass you by!

3 steps to promoting union work online

Discover how UNISON East Midlands are using social media and high quality videos to engage with members and the wider public

If life gives you lemons: digital engagement around the Labour leadership

We tested a number of new approaches in running a digital member consultation and registration process. This case study looks at which worked and which didn’t…

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What do our members look like?

How can we better know what types of people are UNISON members to make sure we engage them better?

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It’s all about how you tell a story

We’re trying out different ways of telling members’ stories using digital tools, and we’ll write about them here so you can see if they’ll be useful for you too…

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?

UNISON’s digital workers away day

On 20 July 2016 we brought together 35 UNISON staff from many different regions and teams to reflect, plan, and prioritise our bright digital future. As always, we were keen to learn more about how UNISON staff are using digital in their everyday work.