Terms & Conditions

I apply to join Usdaw. As a member of Usdaw I undertake to abide by the rules and regulations of the Union and to pay contributions regularly. I hereby authorise my employers for the time being, or their representatives, to deduct from my salary or wages the amount of contributions payable by me under the Union’s Rules, as amended from time to time. I also authorise the deduction of any arrears which may accrue during my employment and agree where appropriate that my employers, or their representatives, shall notify the Union of any future changes in my home address to enable the Union to maintain a register of the names and proper addresses of its members. The home address you give is the address that Usdaw will use for balloting purposes. I give my explicit consent to the processing of data under the Data Protection Act 1998 as specified below. The responsibility for keeping payments up to date rests with the member.

By applying to join Usdaw online I (the applicant) am confirming that I am the owner of the specified bank account.  I (the applicant) consent that Usdaw may undertake a search with Experian for the purposes of verifying my identity. To do so Experian may check the details I supply against any particulars on any database (public or otherwise) to which they have access. They may also use my details in the future to assist other companies for verification purposes. A record of the search will be retained. 

Direct Debit Guarantee

  • This Guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that accept instructions to pay Direct Debits.
  • If there are any changes to the amount, date or frequency of your Direct Debit Usdaw will notify you 10 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If you request Usdaw to collect a payment, confirmation of the amount and date will be given to you at the time of the request.
  • If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit by Usdaw or your bank or building society you are entitled to a full and immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank or building society.
    –    If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, you must pay it back when Usdaw asks you to.
  • You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by simply contacting your bank or building society. Written confirmation may be required. Please also notify us.

Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992

Every member of the Union who does not object to contribute to the separate fund for payments in furtherance of political objects within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, will contribute to that fund. Every member of the Union has the right to be exempt from contributing to it. A form of exemption notice may be obtained by or on behalf of any member either by application at, or by post from, the Central Office or any branch office of the Union. Copies may also be obtained on request from the Certification Office for Trade Union’s and Employer’s Associations. Such form, when filled in, should be handed or sent to the secretary of the branch to which the member belongs. An exemption notice given within one month after the date on which a new member is admitted to the Union will take effect as from the date on which it is given. Should a notice be given AFTER one month from that date it will operate as from the following 1st January.

Data Protection Act Notice

Usdaw collects and maintains personal information in order to carry out its functions as a Trade Union, provide membership services and comply with certain statutory obligations. All personal information is treated with the utmost confidentiality and with appropriate levels of security. By joining Usdaw you agree that we may use the information about you which we hold on our records for the purposes of the Union's business as set out below; this is called processing and includes what is classed as sensitive personal information on such as the fact that you are a Trade Union member. The personal data will be used for a range of Union-based activities relating to the running of the Union, including the maintenance of records, monitoring for equal opportunity purposes, assisting with employment disputes, ballots, injury claims, etc and other services and benefits. All information (updated as appropriate) will be kept throughout membership and, to the extent necessary, for such reasonable period after membership as may be necessary to enable the member to access any post-membership benefits. It will be available to our employees, officers and officials, both at Headquarters and branch regional offices and other associations all associated with the Union, including agents, contractors and other service providers. Where, occasionally, the Union uses the services of such organisations, they are contractually obliged to process your data on behalf of the Union as data processor and in a secure and confidential manner under our strict instructions. From time to time we may wish to use the information together with any other for analysis and/or marketing purposes. In particular, this may benefit you as the Union can use its collective bargaining strength to negotiate attractive terms and the provision of a wide range of additional member benefits and to contact you with details of any that we feel may be of particular interest. Members have the right to object to and stop direct marketing in any form by organisations contacting them on behalf of the Union. If they wish to exercise their right to object to stop such direct marketing then they should write to Central Treasurer requesting that such mailings be stopped, or alternatively, write to the organisation in question direct. Please, however, understand that this may preclude you from receiving details of any of these additional member benefits and offers in the future. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you also have the right to ask for a copy of your information (for which a small fee can be charged of £10) and to request correction of any incorrect information held.

This notice will be amended from time to time and will be regularly published by the Union in Arena, Network and the Usdaw website.

Usdaw website

The Usdaw website uses Google Analytics tracking and cookies to ensure a better user experience. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored, by your browser, on your computer.

A cookie does NOT give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

The information collected may be analysed to help us understand more about how the website is used by our visitors, and may be used by us to develop and enhance our website and services.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. For more information on how to manage your cookies visit: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
Please note that certain features of the Usdaw website will not be available once cookies are disabled. To ensure visitors get the best from our website, we advise that users keep cookies active on their machine.
We have added videos and photo galleries to our website, which are stored on external sites e.g. YouTube and Flickr who also use cookies to generate a better user experience. If you have a YouTube or Flickr account you may find that this information is used to recommend other videos that you might be interested in. Social networking tools that are available on the Usdaw website, e.g. Twitter and Facebook use cookies in a similar way.
Our website also uses Google’s remarketing technology and the Facebook Pixel. This enables users who have already visited our website to receive targeted advertising on the websites of the Google partner network and across the Facebook Audience Network.
More information about how Google uses the information sent by your browser can be found here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/
If you would prefer to not receive any targeted advertising, you can deactivate the use of cookies for these purposes through Google by visiting the website:https://www.google.com/settings/ads/ and through Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads

Images on the Usdaw website are subject to copyright and not normally available for reuse without permission.

By sharing images, video or any other content with us, you grant us permission to use it in our marketing material.

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Contact form

It is possible to email Usdaw using the link above. If, however, your issue is personal or you wish to be assured of a direct response to your query it may be better to write to Usdaw using the postal address 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6LJ or telephone our Helpline 0800 030 80 30.

Usdaw Member Offers

Usdaw provides www.usdaw.org.uk/offers as a benefit to Usdaw members (and in some cases Usdaw member’s family and friends). Usdaw is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance to any information contained within the www.usdaw.org.uk/offers area of the website. While the information contained within www.usdaw.org.uk/offers is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this area is correct, complete and up to date. Although the Usdaw website may include links providing direct access to other internet resources, including websites, Usdaw is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in these sites. Links from Usdaw to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by Usdaw of the parties or their products and services. The appearance on the Usdaw website of advertisements and products or service information does not constitute an endorsement by Usdaw and Usdaw has not investigated the claims made by any advertiser. Product information is based solely on material received from suppliers. Usdaw recommends you thoroughly research the offers before purchase to ensure it is the best deal for you. Some offers may differ or not be available depending on your location.

Social Media

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Google Translate Disclaimer

  • Translations of pages on the Usdaw website are performed by Google™ Translate, a third party service which Usdaw has no control over. 
  • Translated pages are not part of the Usdaw website.
  • This service is an automated computer translation and we cannot guarantee exact translation. The translation should be used as a rough guide only.
  • If there is a difference between the English version and the translated version, please refer to the English version.
  • Some parts of the Usdaw website cannot be translated, for example images / photos, logos etc.
  • Usdaw in no way accepts liability for the accuracy of these translations.
  • Use of Google™ Translate is at the user's own risk.
  • If you have any questions, we suggest you go to the Google™ Translate Frequently Asked Questions http://translate.google.com/support/

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