Welcome to our new members

Dear colleague

Welcome to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Congratulations on choosing an exciting and worthwhile career.

The career you have chosen is rewarding but challenging. It is vital that you are supported by a proactive and effective union. UNISON is Britain's biggest trade union with more than 1.3 million members. UNISON is also the largest union to represent ambulance staff. This means that when there's a problem at work, you have the backing of a strong organisation. We can give you legal assistance, help with workplace injuries or support during a disciplinary action.

UNISON is the only TUC-approved union active across South Western Ambulance Service region and the only union that was recognised before the merger by both GWAS & SWAST for collective bargaining and representation.

UNISON has played an important role in improving pay, terms and conditions in the ambulance service, both nationally and locally. When we represent you, it is our aim to do so in a constructive, supportive and professional manner.

The benefits of joining UNISON include:

- Unrivalled protection and representation at work
- Help with pay and conditions of service
- Health and safety guidance and support
- Confidential welfare services for you and your dependents in difficult times
- Excellent legal services including free help with work problems and legal support for you and your family
- Pensions advice
- A special hotline, UNISONdirect, for help and advice on workplace issues
- Online employment and workplace advice
- Education and training advice and courses, leading to vocational and professional qualifications
- Cash benefits for accidents and injuries at work
- A colour magazine sent to your home four times a year
- Special deals on everything from computers, tax returns, holidays, mortgages, car breakdown services, insurance and credit cards
- Our own holiday centre for you and your family at the Devon seaside!

You can learn more about UNISON's work at www.unison.org.uk and www.unison.org.uk/healthcare/ambulance/

Best wishes for the future.

Yours sincerely

Jo Fowles
Branch Secretary
Your voice in SWAST across Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire