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Now you've got a new job with an MP, you should think about joining a union. Unite, the largest trade union in the UK, is the only union recognised as representing MPs' staff and they warmly invite you to join.
Take a look at our new website: http://unitepsbranch.org/
You can also follow the Parliamentary branch on Twitter: @unitepsbranch
Working for an MP is an exciting and rewarding job, but at some point you may face exactly the same difficulties as you would in any other workplace – a dispute over your job description, a grievance against your employer or simply the need to put a collective case for improvements in working conditions.
Unite represents staff of MPs and MEPs, in Parliament and the constituency.
The Unite Parliamentary Branch is based in Region 1 of the union (London and the South East) but includes staff from all over England, Scotland and Wales. It has members who work for MPs of all the major political parties and most of the smaller ones.
Unite is the only union recognised by the Parliamentary Labour Party and is regularly consulted by the Houses of Parliament authorities on issues affecting staff. We hope that, if you have not already done so, you will wish to join.
The branch has been representing staff of MPs for 25 years – to coincide with this a branch history document has been produced and was launched at a parliamentary reception in June this year (2009).
You can also find us on Facebook where you will receive regular updates and invites.
Louise Haigh, secretary of the Unite parliamentary staff branch, spoke at the ePolitix.com researchers reception on November 4th 2010.