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Your union will be able to provide advice on your rights and employers responsibilities. If you aren't a member yet find a rep in your workplace and ask to join. If your workplace does not have a union use the list below to make cotact with a union, or email info@stuc.org.uk

or contact our Better than Zero campaign.

The STUC continues to work with Government and other stakeholders to support an effective resposne to the pandemic and to support the rights of workers. Our asks of government and links to advice bodies are here.

The following unions are affiliated to the STUC. Links to affiliates' websites are provided.

ACCORD : Areas covered: All staff within HBOS plc, including the retail network, Intelligent Finance, HBOS Card Services, Halifax Direct, Clerical Medical, Halifax Estate Agents, HBOS Life and Pensions.

Aegis : Areas covered: Staff within the finance sector, including Aegon UK, Atos, Computershare Loan Services, Yorkshire Building Society, Skipton Building Society.

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) : Areas covered: railways (drivers, operational supervisors and staff)

Association of Educational Psychologists Areas covered: Educational Psychologists in the United Kingdom

Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union(BFAWU) Areas covered: throughout the food sector from production to retail.

British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA) Areas covered: pilots, winchmen and flight engineers

British Dietetic Association (BDA) : Areas covered: the science of dietetics in the private and public sector

British & Irish Orthoptic Society (BOS) : Areas covered: orthoptists

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy [CSP] : Areas covered: physiotherapy and health service

Communication Workers Union [CWU] : Areas covered: posts and telecommunications in Post Office, British Telecom, Cable and Wireless, Cable TV, National Girobank and related industries

COMMUNITY : Community was formed in 2004 following the merger of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) and the National Union of Knitwear, Footwear & Apparel Trades (KFAT)

Educational Institute of Scotland [EIS] : Areas covered: teachers, lecturers, associated educational personnel (Scotland)

EQUITY : Areas covered: performance workers in theatre, film television, radio and variety

FDA : Areas covered: civil service, public bodies and NHS

Fire Brigades Union [FBU] : Areas covered: local authority fire brigades

GMB : Areas covered: civil air transport, security, AA, aerospace, defence, clothing, textiles, food production and distribution, retail, hotel, catering, chemicals and process, construction, building supplies, furniture and timber, local government, NHS, care, education, engineering, offshore, shipbuilding, energy, utilities

Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association : Areas covered: hospital consultants, associate specialists, specialist registrars (within 2 years of CCT) and staff grades.

Musicians' Union [MU] : Areas covered: performers engaged in the music profession including music writers and instrumental music teachers

National Association of Racing Staff [NAORS] : Racecourse staff

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers [NASUWT] : Areas covered: education

National Union of Journalists [NUJ] : Areas covered: journalism Glasgow Branch, Dundee Branch

National Union of Mineworkers : Areas covered: Mining

National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers [RMT] : Areas covered: railways and shipping, underground, road transport

Nautilus International : Areas covered: Maritime professionals at sea and ashore.

Prison Officers Association [Scotland] : Areas covered: persons employed in any penal or secure establishment or special hospital as a prison officer, a nursing grade, a non-industrial stores grade and special hospitals staff

Prospect : Areas covered: engineering, scientific, managerial, telecommunications, information technology and related industries, film and stage production

Public and Commercial Services Union [PCS] : Areas covered: government departments and agencies, public bodies, private sector information technology and other service companies

The Royal College of Midwives Area covered: midwifery

Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association Area covered: education

Scottish Artists Union Area covered: artists

Scottish Society of Playwrights : The Scottish Society of Playwrights represent the interests of playwrights in Scotland and Scottish playwrights abroad

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists [SCP]

Society of Radiographers [SoR] : Areas covered: National Health Service

Transport Salaried Staffs' Association [TSSA] : Areas covered: administrative, clerical, supervisory, managerial, professional and technical employees of railways, London Underground, buses, road haulage, port authorities and waterways in Great Britain and Ireland. Also employees in the travel trade, hotel and catering industries

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers [USDAW] : Areas covered: retail, distributive, food processing and manufacturing, laundries, catering, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, football pools, home shopping, warehouses, insurance agents, clerical, milkround and dairy process, call centres

UNISON Scotland : Areas covered: local government, health care, the water, gas and electricity industries, further and higher education, schools, transport, voluntary sector, housing associations, police support staff

Unite the Union : Areas covered: manufacturing, engineering, energy, construction, IT, defence aerospace, motor industry, civil aviation, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, steel and metals, shipbuilding, scientists, technologists, professional and managerial staff, electronics and telecommunications, tobacco, food and drink, textiles, ceramics, paper, professional staff in universities, commercial sales, the voluntary sector, financial services, and the National Health Service

United Road Transport Union (URTU) Areas covered: HGV, LGV, lorry, truck drivers and warehouse staff

University & Colleges Union [Scotland] : Areas covered: academic and related staff in higher education