Welcome to Homerton Hospital & Community Services Branch.

Your branch is run by people like you. 

Your branch brings you together with other employees who face common issues in the workplace. 

Homerton Unison Branch is run by a committee which consists of members elected to take on different roles.

It's people like your local UNISON Branch Stewards & Representatives who build the Union and work to win everyone a better deal.

Homerton Unison Branch holds regular monthly branch committee meetings.  Members can attend part of these meetings if they let us know in advance.  We hold an annual general meeting. This is how people get elected to the branch committee and other UNISON structures.  We also hold meetings throughout the year as issues arise.

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Stewards.

A UNISON Steward is an elected representative whose role includes organising, recruiting and representing members. Stewards have rights to time off for training and to carry out their work.

Stewards have a right to be involved in how their branch is run and attend the Branch Executive.They are the most important link between the members and the union.

UNISON aims to have at least one Steward in each workplace and department, more in larger departments. 

Stewards are elected each year by the group of members that they represent and the post is open to job share.

A UNISON Steward should seek to be the first and main point of contact with the union for members.They will also recruit and organise new members and work with members to establish an organised workplace.

He or she will support and advise members on workplace issues, both individual and collective. They will act as a spokesperson for the members they represent and inform and involve members in branch activity.
 
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Health & Safety Reps. 

A Health & Safety representative has the right to training and to raise issues which affect the health and safety of members. UNISON aims to have at least one health and safety representative in every workplace where we have members.

In some cases, the H&S representative and Steward are the same person but they have two separate roles.

H&S Representatives have specific duties and responsibilities and also have important legal rights.

The Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations of 1977 spell out in detail the rights and functions of safety representatives. 

These include making representations to the employer on behalf of members on any health, safety and welfare matter. A health and safety rep can represent members in consultation with Health and Safety Executive inspectors or other enforcing authorities. 

They can inspect designated workplace areas at least every three months, investigate potential hazards, complaints by members and causes of accidents, dangerous occurrences and diseases. They have facilities and support from the employer to carry out inspections and receive legal and technical information, and paid time off to carry out the role and undergo either TUC or union-approved training.

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