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“I would just like to say, a big THANK YOU for all the help and support you have provided me during this difficult time. I do not know how I would have coped with everything without your help. I recommend anyone going through any difficulties in the workplace to become a member, enabling them to have people like yourself on their side.”
Ms N. Wiltshire

"Thank you for all your time and advice, not just in our success at Tribunal, but over the course of the last ten months. Without your assistance I wouldn't have had the confidence or the experience to bring this case to tribunal and it was at a fraction of the cost of a solicitor! I will never forget the value of my UFS membership."
Mr K.

“I am so glad that I joined UFS, as at the time I had no idea I would be put in this position and thought, as many people do, “that this will never happen to me.  I am so grateful to all the staff at UFS and Thompsons Solicitors for all the help during this difficult time.I would recommend joining UFS to anyone. What’s £7 a month compared to a year and a half without wages? It’s been well worth it.”
Ms L. Mid Glamorgan

"I felt lucky in a very competitive market to pass an interview, tough assessment and then be selected for a new job in February 2009, working for a multi-national Company. Little did I know that medical assessments and tests conducted several months previously would result, shortly thereafter, in me having to be hospitalised, undergo two major operations and have several weeks enforced sickness absence.

My new employer understood my situation, however there were policies in place, particularly as I had such short service, and I had to undertake a capability interview. I was understandably extremely nervous about this.

UFS was hugely supportive and one of the Full Time Officials travelled from Cheltenham to Hampshire in order to accompany me to the interview, take notes and offer advice. To anybody thinking about joining UFS, I would say – DON’T HESITATE – join ! Based on my own experience, you won’t find a more helpful bunch, and you never know when you might need their invaluable services.”
Ms M.

I contacted the Unionand they were totally professional in their dealings with me but at the same time showing compassion and understanding for my situation which helped enormously.

We had several lengthy telephone calls to discuss my situation. At no time was it intimated that I was taking up too much of their day; in fact quite the opposite. UFS was able to understand and empathise with my position.  

I was directed to a firm of solicitors who specialise in the type of work where action is taken against companies where there may have been a breach of Health & Safety procedures. This was at no cost to myself as the UFS have an agreement in place with the solicitors concerned. I therefore had no worries about any costs incurred at the time of being off work and on reduced income.

I have to say how pleased I was that soon after we were outsourced, I decided to join the UFS. The union’s support through this difficult period has been invaluable and I would encourage anyone to join as soon as possible.

I never expected to be in this position –next time it could be you? - Although I sincerely hope not.

MR C. Wiltshire

Wanted to say thank you for all the support I had from UFS during my graduated return to work in 2012 and holding my hand in what was unchartered territory for me.  The time spend and the advice given by the UFS representatives helped enormously and I would encourage staff to join the union as you never know what life may throw at you and when you might need that professional support and reassurance.

Mrs P 


 I just wished to express my gratitude to UFS for the help that I have received during my redundancy.

In all my dealings with the company, the union has been there to support me, primarily through my UFS Rep.  Numerous pitfalls have been pointed out and I have also been made aware of various other opportunities to increase my final payment from the company.  I have never felt alone during the process and have always felt as if there is someone there, fighting my corner.  It has made sure that I have felt all the years of Union membership have been worthwhile.  I cannot commend the input of my UFS Rep highly enough

As I search for a new job, I have every intention of maintaining my membership and fully expect to remain a member of UFS even when I find new employment.

Thanks again

Mr O 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both of you for all the hard work that you have done to kickstart my brain cells!!
If it was not for the Learning project I would not be facing redundancy with a positive frame of mind.
Thanks again,