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Resources for reps

You'll find all the resources you need to help you in your role as a union rep. Need something else? Let us know at [email protected]
About Accord

Accord's financial statements

Accord aims to be transparent and accountable. Read our annual financial statements to members in compliance with Section 32A of Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

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Accord's rules

The union is governed by a set of rules. Find out more about the union’s objectives, our purpose, and how we organise.

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Accord's values & campaigns

Find out more about Accord, our values, and our current campaigns.

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Membership rates

Need help explaining our membership categories and rates to potential members? Find out everything you need to know.

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Principal Executive Council (PEC)

The Principal Executive Council (PEC) is elected by the membership every two years, in the January before the union’s biennial conference. It is led by the president and two vice presidents. All PEC members are employed by businesses the union negotiates with and are directly elected by Accord members.

The PEC oversees negotiations between Accord and its principal employers. It’s also the union’s governing body.

Meet your Principal Executive Council.

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Rep structure

Accord has a number of different types of reps, and their responsibilities differ. Find out about the activities our different types of reps get involved in.

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Guidance and support

Bank Workers Charity (BWC)

The Bank Workers Charity exist to support the health and wellbeing of the banking community. Existing and former bank employees can access the BWC's many services, support and information. It's free, confidential, and completely independent from your employer.

Contact the BWC through their website below, online chat or by phone on 0800 0234 834.

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Bereavement toolkit

The bereavement toolkit was launched to coincide with International Workers' Memorial Day 2021.

Produced in collaboration with Cruse, the national experts on bereavement, the toolkit is a comprehensive digital resource that covers all aspects of bereavement. It provides practical information, advice and guidance for organisations, HR teams, line managers and individuals, whether they are directly affected, or supporting a colleague through the loss of a loved one, friend or co-worker.

Contents include:

  • A FAQ section.
  • A best practice template Bereavement Policy.
  • Guidance on how to interact with a bereaved person.
  • Ensuring equality and diversity is considered.
  • Signposting to additional support mechanisms.

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Covid-19: Support centre

Looking for information about covid-19? Visit our covid-19 support centre for more general information about the pandemic and guidance on isolation.

We're regularly keeping members up to date through our email newsflashes and newsletters. Missed one? Take a look on the news & blog site.

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Guidance

Looking for guidance on a workplace issue or your rights at work? We’ve got a page dedicated to the most frequently raised issues.

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Health & safety risk assessment: 5 steps

A handy guide to help you approach H&S risk assessments in your workplace in 5 easy steps.

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TUC: Covid-19 guidance for unions (updated 04 Jan 2021)

This guide is for trade union reps, designed to give you an understanding of the workplace issues in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, and to provide support in being effective at negotiating steps to best protect the health and safety of the workforce.

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Leaflets and other downloads

Accord background for Microsoft Teams (green)

Brighten up your next Teams meeting and promote Accord at the same time by using our green background.

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Accord background for Microsoft Teams (navy blue)

Brighten up your next Teams meeting and promote Accord at the same time by using our navy blue background.

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Accord membership application form

The easiest way to join Accord is by joining online. However, if you'd prefer, you can download, fill in and send back this application form - either scan and send by email to [email protected] or send via post to: Freepost ACCORD UNION

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Associate membership leaflet

Lots of our members who move to another employer or retire choose to stay with us as an associate member. It costs just £7.50 per month and means you’ll still be able to access advice, support, guidance and use the benefit schemes. This leaflet details more on associate membership and how you can make the switch.

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Covid risk assessment checklist (branches)

Involved in covid risk assessments in your branch? This checklist will help to make sure you’ve got everything covered to keep members in your workplace safe.

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Covid risk assessment checklist (sites)

Involved in covid risk assessments in your workplace? This checklist will help to make sure you’ve got everything covered to keep members in your workplace safe.

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Digital meetings

Make sure you get the most out of online meetings. Take a look at our top tips.

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Direct debit mandate

You can update your direct debit details once you’ve logged in to the website. Or, if you'd prefer, you can download and send back this direct debit form - either scan and send by email to [email protected] or send via post to: Freepost ACCORD UNION

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Health & safety concerns

This handy guide will help you to consider the different types of H&S risks that may exist in your workplace.

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Recruitment leaflet

Share a copy of this recruitment leaflet with colleagues who aren't yet members of Accord. It explains all about the union, what we do and the benefits of joining. Pop a copy on your workplace noticeboard or share electronically.

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Online forms

Casework report

Supported a member with an issue at work? Complete the casework form to let us know.

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Expenses claim

Attended a union meeting or supported a member? Claim your expenses online now.

You’ll need to submit copies of your receipts along with your claim.

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Rep election form

Once you’ve completed the election process in your workplace, let us know that you’re the new rep by completing this form

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Posters

Abuse is not part of the job

Raise awareness in your workplace about reporting incidents of abuse from customers. Any Accord members who suffer abuse at the hands of angry customers should report it to management. If nothing gets done, contact the union.

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Member benefits

An overview of all the exclusive benefits available to Accord members. Including free legal and tax advice, cashback schemes, a travel club, Will writing and more.

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Private healthcare cashback scheme (BUPA / AXA / Mayfair Worldwide etc)

A poster advertising one of our most popular member benefits - the Accord private healthcare cashback scheme. If your employer provides private healthcare, you can claim 50% of the excess you pay out (up to a maximum of £100 cashback in any rolling 12 months’ period). Terms and conditions apply.

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Reasons to join Accord

Pop this poster on your workplace noticeboard to remind your colleagues who haven't yet joined Accord, why they should.

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Publications

MyAccord magazines

View all the MyAccord magazines on our news and blog page

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Newsletters

View all of our members newsletters on our news & blog page

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Templates

Accord PowerPoint presentation template

Want to make a presentation to your fellow members, colleagues, or managers? We've created a standard Accord template which will give all your presentations that professional feel.

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Disciplinary appeal letter template

Unhappy with the outcome of a disciplinary investigation? Our appeal letter template will help you to think through the points of unfairness you're wishing to raise and to structure your appeal arguments.

If you need further help, talk with your local rep or contact your local Accord officer.

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Dismissal appeal letter template

Been dismissed but feel that the outcome was unfair? We've got an appeal letter template tailored to challenging dismissals. It will help you to think about the points of unfairness you're wishing to raise and to structure your appeal arguments.

If you need further help, talk with your local rep or contact your local Accord officer.

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Grievance appeal letter template

Not satisfied with the outcome of your grievance? We've created an appeal letter template to help you consider and structure your appeal arguments.

If you need further help, talk with your local rep or contact your local Accord officer.

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Grievance letter template

Need help to write a grievance, or want guidance on what to include? We've created a grievance letter template to help you structure your arguments and think about the key points you wish to raise.

If you need further help, talk with your local rep or contact your local Accord officer.

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Redundancy selection appeal letter template

Been advised you're being made redundant and feel this is unfair? We've got an appeal letter template tailored to helping you challenge the decision. You'll find useful prompts and guidance to help you structure your arguments.

If you need further help, talk with your local rep or contact your local Accord officer.

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Training

Accord Reps training

We have a number of online eBites for Reps which will help you in your role.

Looking for classroom training, check out our events & training

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Online webinars

The TUC, Unionlearn and Unions21 offer a number of webinars that we think are useful for our reps and members. This page offers a curated list, and details where you can find more.

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TUC training & education

The TUC offer many resources and training courses for union reps. Take a look at what's available and see how they can help you in supporting our members.

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Accord's 2020 virtual conference

We held our first ever virtual conference on Wednesday 11th November. Find out all about what went on during the event, including:
  • Accord's objectives going forward
  • Recordings from break-out sessions with business speakers
  • Keynote speeches
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