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Protection when needed, criminal justice workers union, together we can!

An independent professional trade union for all staff working within the criminal justice sector.  

It's worrying and stressful when you have a workplace issue.

When faced with challenging situations in the workplace, such as disciplinary investigations/hearings, grievances against the employer, absence review meetings, and meetings with management, it is common to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed. These situations can cause significant stress and concern, as you may not know how to effectively address the issues at hand or understand your available options.

How We Help Criminal Justice Workers Find Peace of Mind

Membership Benefits

We have a lot of membership benefits but when it comes to workplace issues our comprehensive understanding of company policies and procedures, helps us effectively navigate challenges and guarantee the most favourable resolution for you.

Legal Services Covered

There is obviously a lot of worry when it comes to legal situations, but we have you covered, our membership offers comprehensive legal support, ensuring you’re covered when you need it most. Rest assured that our award-winning panel of national legal practices will provide you with best-in-class support and guidance.

Criminal Justice Workers Union Benefits

Full Representation

Supporting you through any workplace issue.

Full Legal Cover

24-hour direct contact line for work related issues.

Death Benefit

5,500 paid to your family in the event of your death.


A supportive community of individuals facing similar challenges.

Low-Cost Membership

Only £7.50/pm lower than any of our competitors.

Why Join CJW Union?

We understand the fear and frustration that can arise from work-related issues. Whether you are being treated unfairly, involved in a legal situation, or off work due to illness, we are here to provide support and guidance, ensuring you achieve the best possible outcome.

As an independent professional trade union, we represent all staff working within the criminal justice sector. Our team consists of highly motivated individuals with extensive experience in both the criminal justice sector and trade unions. With their inside knowledge and wealth of expertise, we are well-equipped to assist you.

Who do we represent?

We are the union that represents all employees in the criminal justice sector, regardless of their grade or band. Our union is built by the people within the sector, for the people within the sector. Join us and be a part of a union that truly represents you.

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What people say about us?

What can I say about the CJWU? The normal stuff? Were there when I needed them? Answered my prayers? Got me off my disciplinary? Yes, to all of the above but in a way that didn’t make me feel like I was a bad person. They did it without a second thought.

I’m an inherent worrier that beats themselves up harder than anyone in a governor’s position. I have a theory that if I don’t try to find a better way of doing something, then I’m the one who’s failing.

I contacted Mike (Rolfe), told him what was happening, he contacted Aaron (Stowe) our area rep, he contacted me immediately and I gave him the bare bones. My history, my feelings, everything laid bare. Between those two amazing people, they did more for me in 48 hours than the previous union had done in 2 months.

My previous rep was on shielding. Not one of the other reps or chairman, secretary asked me if I needed help. They didn’t ask how I was. The area rep emailed me after the date of my taped investigation asking me how it went. I didn’t need to reply. I had Aaron with me. Whilst awaiting a decision he messaged me many times asking if I was ok, (knowing I stressed), if he could do anything and to contact him if I needed him.

He’s been amazing and luckily for me, the fact he asked the right questions in the taped interview, I’m sure progressed the case to the right result. The only thing I would say to you is, these staff, knowledgeable staff will assist you and progress you with the right intentions and information. It will without a doubt be the best change you can make.

They made my life a lot easier and less stressful knowing they were there beside me not behind me.
It will be the best decision you make.

from HMP Usk

"We believe that everyone deserves clarity and confidence when navigating work- related situations, eliminating any uncertainty or fear about their available options."

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