Community is proud of its diversity and equality. We represent members and their families across all industries and sectors in the UK. Unlike many other unions that specialise in specific job markets, Community is proud to be an inclusive organisation; welcoming anyone as a member, regardless of the sector they work in, how they work, or where they live. In this section we talk about some of the sectors we currently support.

Hundreds of our members joined the union when they first started work and retained their membership through their whole working life. Retaining your Community membership can help give you peace of mind. Our advisors are just a phone call away to talk to you about pensions support, benefits or legal issues at home.

Given your change in circumstances, you might want to take advantage of free initial advice from our recommended independent financial advisor. And if you were a workplace rep, maybe you’d be interested in joining our network of regional representatives?

When you do choose to retire, you should think about how you want to do it; you have the right to request a phased retirement, which may include reduced hours, or flexible working. (You have to have been working for the same employer for at least 26 weeks in order to make this request.) Your employer doesn’t have to agree to your request, but they do have to seriously consider it, and give sound business reasons for its refusal.

When you start your retirement you may have lots of questions about the future.

Retirement age is not the same as the State Pension age, which can be between 61 and 68, depending on gender and birthdate. At State Pension age, you begin to receive a weekly income from the government, as long as you have made National Insurance contributions (or have credits) during your working life. The amount you will receive will vary, but the most you can receive is £115.95 per week for a single person on a basic pension. To work out how much you will receive, you can use a State Pension calculator.

Retirement is an exciting time, but also a confusing one. You have a lot of options when it comes to how you retire, as well as how you draw down your pension. If you have a problem with your pension or retirement plan and believe that you’re being treated unfairly, call our Service Centre  on 0800 389 6332 to see how we can help.

Your workforce

Community recognises the importance of working with employers to secure a safe and happy workforce. If you’d like union representation for your workforce Community can help.

Full and part-time workers

Community is here for your whole working life, and we’re always just a phone call or email away. We can help to protect and represent your interests at work, and offer professional advice whenever you need it.

Contracted and agency workers

The world of work is changing. And with that change there is a growing number of contract and agency workers here in the UK. Community has a great deal of experience in helping contracted workers secure a fair deal.

Freelancers and the self-employed

The biggest growing group of workers is in the UK is the self-employed market. We understand what you need to know and offer professional advice – from the day you set up through the employment maze and beyond.