Communications Officer

Tasks relating to the post of branch communications officer:

  • To explain UNISON’s policies and to provide the information members need to play an active role in their union
  • To assist with efforts to recruit new members
  • To help support UNISON’s national and regional campaigns
  • To help create a positive image for the branch among members, potential members and the public
  • To produce news-sheets or bulletins for distribution to branch members.
  • To lead on the development of electronic communication with members’ email, web, etc
  • To ensure branch communications are in the accessible formats members need – audit for any particular requirements such as large print / Braille etc
  • To ensure that nationally and regionally produced publicity and campaign materials are distributed, as appropriate, to stewards and onward to members and non-members
  • To monitor local media for stories which affect the branch and take appropriate action

To help ensure that the branch makes effective contact with the media whenever necessary by:

  • Creating and maintaining mailing lists to media outlets and contacts
  • Writing press releases
  • Ensuring that appropriate individuals within the branch are available for comments, interviews, etc
  • Writing ‘letters to the editor’

Click here for details about training to help undertake this role.