Once you leave employment this does not have to be an end to your participation in UNISON. Retired members can have a vital role to play in passing on knowledge to younger branch officers and acting as members as well as campaigning with UNISON on matters such as the NHS or Welfare and Pensions issues.
Retired member groups have representation at Branch Committee meetings, can send representatives to National Delegate Conference and also have their own National Retired Members Conference.
In North Tyneside we have a very healthy retired members section with over 900 members. They meet quarterly, have an AGM and a very popular Christmas social event.
To be eligible to join the retired members section you need to have been in membership for a minimum of 2 years upon the date of retirement. Membership costs a one off payment of £15.
For more information on the North Tyneside Branch Retired Members Section contact Val Nisbet at the branch office on 0191 6438953.