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Find out more about Accord membership and the benefits we offer, including how to get support if you need it.

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What does Accord do?

When you join Accord, you're joining more than just a union - you're joining an extended family with 24,000 other members!

Accord has over 500 trained workplace representatives who compliment our professional officers across the country who are there to help when things aren't going so well. Reps are the beating heart of the union, and often the first port of call offering advice, guidance, information and representation.

Accord is a grown-up, modern trade union that believes there’s a right way to achieve results - and that's through constructive relationships with employers and other unions. By keeping the lines of communication open, even when we disagree, we can find a way to make the situation better.

With so many members, Accord already has an important seat at the table. But we believe we can do better to influence employers and that's one of the reasons why it's important to join and strengthen our voice. The more members we have, the stronger we are when negotiating about the things that really matter to you.

Our members trust us with two main tasks:

  • Collective representation of members' views in negotiations with their employer. The most obvious of these negotiations occurs annually. Yes, we're talking about the annual pay & reward review.
  • Individual representation of members with workplace issues and formal procedures such as at grievance, health wellbeing & attendance, performance or disciplinary meetings.

There are many other benefits to Accord membership too - check out the benefits section on this page.

How much does it cost?

Membership is excellent value for money, starting from as little as £5.25 per month. Subscription is via monthly direct debit at the following rates:

Subscriptions per month

Description

£10.50

For members who work full time

£7.50

For members working full time, but who are agency staff or on a short-term contract. Or for retired members.

£7.50

For members who work part-time (16-34 hours per week)

£5.25

For members who work under 16 hours per week

£5.25

For members under the age 21

£5.25

For members who are ‘on call’

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Can Accord represent me?

Yes, if you work for one of the following employers:

  • Lloyds Banking Group (including MBNA staff)
  • TSB
  • Schroders Personal Wealth
  • Communisis
  • Diligenta
  • E.Surv
  • Sainsbury's Bank
  • Utmost

If you don't work for one of the employers listed above and you're an existing Accord member (through associate membership), you're also covered.

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How do I join?

You can join Accord online in just 5 minutes – all you need is your bank details and you’re set.

Complete the form online

Alternatively, give our membership team a call and sign up over the phone: 0118 934 1808.

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How do I get support?

There are many ways that we can support you, and it's easy to get in touch with us:

  • For simple queries or if you haven't got much time, you can use the quick contact form at the bottom of any page on the website
  • For more general or urgent queries, we operate a helpline Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00. Outside of these hours, we operate a 24hr emergency helpline for issues that can't wait until the next working day. Call 0118 934 1808.
  • Been invited to a meeting? Complete a representation request
  • If you need support at work, find someone in your area to support you:

I have an existing issue, can I still join?

Of course you can, but bear in mind we can only offer new members who join with an existing issue telephone advice - we can’t offer representation for that particular issue. 

If anything new arises during your membership, you'll be entitled to full support and representation, as long as you’re a fully paid member.

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Become a rep

Accord has over 500 trained workplace representatives across the country who are there to help when things aren't going so well. Reps are the beating heart of the union, and often the first port of call offering advice, guidance, information and representation.

There are many benefits to being a rep. As well as receiving excellent training, reps often find their union work helps their career path.

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