Welcome to Essex County UNISON


The There for You Winter Fuel Grant for UNISON members on low incomes was launched on 2 December 2019.

The application form is here and Q & As for members about the scheme is here. You do not have to get Branch Approval for an application but contact us if we can help (e.g. if you have mislaid your UNISON membership number – which you will need to complete the form.

Please note the following important information:

  • We are unable to process incomplete applications, so to stand the best chance of successfully qualifying for the grant, please make sure members are aware of the importance of filling in the form correctly and sending all documents with the application.
  • This programme officially closes on 14 February 2020.


The Branch AGM will be held on on 25 March 2020 at the Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford.

Another AGM meeting (with the same agenda) will be held at Essex Fire & Rescue HQ, Kelvedon on another date during March. Due to security measures at the building only Fire & Rescue members are invited to this.


In 2016 UNISON branches in Essex were restructured and the Essex County Branch now covers only three groups of members:

  • Members directly employed by Essex County Council.
  • Members employed by Essex Fire & Rescue Service.
  • Members employed in LEA maintained (Community or Voluntary Controlled ) schools.

If your employer is one of those above the office telephone number remains 01245 354044. If all our lines are busy, email unison@essex.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

NOTE -If you work for other employers (including voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and academies) contact the UNISON Essex branch tel. 01245 608949 email unisoninessex@gmail.com



We always need new Unison reps in a number of roles – do you think you could help?


Elected by UNISON members to represent members in a workplace or department (or part of one.) Stewards have full rights to represent their members by meeting management, attending the branch committee etc. There is a full range of training for stewards, and the branch appoints a mentor from amongst experienced activists to advise you.


Elected by UNISON members to represent employees in a workplace or department (or part of one) on health and safety issues specifically. There is clear legal protection and definition of what H&S reps can do. We particularly need people to do this job within Essex County Council departments but volunteers from any workplace would be welcome.


If you don’t feel able to do either of the other jobs we can always use people to act as named contacts between the branch and a workplace/ department. We can email or post you useful information and from time to time we may ask you to find out the feeling amongst members on specific issues for us.

If you are interested in doing any of these jobs or helping UNISON in some other way, please contact the branch office (see below).


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