There are variety of support mechanisms in UK, sometimes they are also called Trade Unions.
Support mechanisms in UK or sometimes called Trade Unions are organised associations of workers in a trade, group of trades, or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests. Each organisation has its own support mechanisms even if it’s private or public sector, such as: unions, federations, associations, legions and other services to represent them to government and the public, improve conditions of work for the members and their families.
Police Federation represents 131 000 police officers and supports their families across England and Wales by promoting their interests such as health and safety, matters of discipline, diversity, welfare and providing support and training to colleagues to achieve professionalism required by the government that set standards. They do this by displaying leadership, listening and reflecting on issues and concerns of the members, make reasonable decisions based on strategies and negotiating to improve the conditions of service and pay of members. Federation also has to make sure that representatives that provide local and national representation (to public and to government) has required skills and abilities to effectively do their role and meet the responsibilities.
Fire Brigades Union is a democratic organisation that provides leading, independent voice for fire-fighters and helps to improve rescue services. Fire Brigade Union supports their members and public by protecting their interests that includes prevention of budget cuts or unfair change of policies that could damage and affect fire and rescue services by that creating unsafe environment for general public. Union also improves working conditions for fire-fighters in terms of: equipment that has to be safe to utilize and in proper working order, diversity – making sure that no one is discriminated against or treated unfairly and policies that are legal requirements set by the government such as Equality act.
Soldiers, Sailors Airmen & Families Association is a charity based association that provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force regardless of their ranks and including soldier family members as well. They provide practical, financial and emotional support which can be health and social services, housing and residential care, mentoring and additional needs. They are flexible and can take soldiers special needs in consideration to make life better for them or for their families. They also work with soldiers overseas if they need any assistance during service.
Royal British Legion is a British charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants. The British Legion was founded in 1921. This charity organises Poppy Appeal and Remembrance services every year to raise funds and help current soldiers that got injured and need help, because government takes little or sometimes no responsibility at all to injured soldiers that gets their life changed, because of injuries. And they also help veterans. The Legion support nearly 36,000 War Disablement Pension cases for war veterans and make around 300,000 welfare and friendship visits every year.
As well as they have representatives like work unions (Fire Brigade Union) or federations (Police Federation) that promote and protect their interests that include concerns such as health and safety, diversity, pay and pensions. They mainly do this to improve conditions of the service for both the members that work in service and the public.