Retired Members

UNISON retired members in the South East have a wealth of experience and knowledge that make them a valuable part of UNISON campaigns. They also work closely with other member groups on almost every issue that affects workers in the UK, as well as fighting for quality public services, on which many older people rely. 

UNISON is the only British trade union with a retired members' group. Becoming a retired member means that you stay actively involved in issues that affect you and your peers.

The latest government figures show that 27% of pensioners live below the poverty line. UNISON's retired members play an active role to improve the lives of pensioners and to help create a fairer society. UNISON South East retired members campaign:

  • to improve legislation and rights for retired people

  • for decent income in older age and proper pension provision

  • against discrimination, including age discrimination

  • for quality public services for all.

Get involved

Many South East branches have active retired members sections and are responsible for leading campaigns on issues for retired members. They also get together socially for outings and events.

Speak to your local UNISON representative if you would like more information about becoming a retired member or joining your local retired members' section.

Benefits of membership

If you have been a UNISON member for at least two years on the day you retire from employment (in an area of work in which UNISON organises) and are receiving a pension and are not in other paid employment, you can become a retired member. UNISON retired members continue to be entitled to a wide range of benefits including:

  • legal advice

  • welfare support

  • discounts and offers on a wide range of products and services.

If you are struggling in any way you may wish to speak to a local UNISON representative. Your UNISON rep can help you if you are a UNISON member.

Alternatively you can call UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857 or contact us.

South East Retired Members Committee

The South East Retired Members Committee is elected by retired members in the region and coordinates the various retired members sections across the South East. The committee has a voice on other regional committees [link to regional democracy page] and elects representatives onto a number of outside bodies including the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) and Southern & Eastern Trades Union Congress (SERTUC).   

Regional Retired Members Committee Chair

Ginny Eaton

If you have any questions about our regional Retired Members group, please contact Vanessa Baquer on

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