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Information for UNISON Members

Christina McAnea speaking at FDA conference 2018


If you’re a UNISON member who is employed in the NHS on Agenda for Change Band 8a or above and you have line management responsibility, you will be eligible to be a member of MiP. If you work outside the NHS in health or social care and earn £40,000 or more and have line management responsibility, you are also eligible for membership. 

Our links with UNISON are strong: MiP is a national branch of UNISON and you are still a full UNISON member  – so you’re entitled to all of its benefits and services. Your membership start date will remain unchanged. 

Managers, executive leaders and senior professionals face a specific set of challenges: as the specialist union for senior staff in our health and care services, we have the skills, experience and resources to best meet your needs. 

If a UNISON health branch or region is currently representing you on an existing issue with your employer, UNISON staff will typically continue to do so until the case is completed – after which you will be able to transfer to MiP. 

As a member of UNISON as well as MiP, you can continue to exercise your option to contribute to UNISON’s campaign or affiliated political funds. You may also vote in elections for UNISON’s general secretary. 

We are a partnership organisation with UNISON and FDA. MiP members are also members of the FDA, which serves senior civil service professionals. You are entitled to vote in elections for its general secretary and executive committee, and to enjoy all the benefits of membership such as access to training and discounts on services. 

If you have any questions about your MiP membership, please contact our head office through info@miphealth.org.uk. You can also download our leaflet with more detailed information about MiP and UNISON. 

Working with UNISON staff and volunteers

MiP staff and reps work in close partnership with UNISON branches across the UK, frequently campaigning, recruiting and negotiating together; and we coordinate our work on national forums, such as the NHS Staff Council and the Joint Negotiation Consultative Committees. 

We are always keen to strengthen our links with UNISON staff and reps at the local level, combining our forces to strengthen the voice of health and care staff. If you’re a UNISON representative interested in working more closely with MiP, please look at the contacts in this leaflet

Picture: Christina McAnea, UNISON general secretary since January 2021. Photo by Graham Martin.

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