National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters

About us

NUBSLI is a branch of Unite the union, the UK’s second largest union with more than 1.45 million members. It was established at its first branch meeting on 25 June 2014.

Unlike most other branches of Unite the union, the National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters is made up of both employed and self-employed interpreters and translators.

There were fewer than 10 interpreters when NUBSLI was established but since then NUBSLI has grown rapidly and now represents around 40% of the profession. We continue to grow and our work has made an impact in the time we have been running.

NUBSLI is a democratic organisation and decisions are made democratically by members who elect a Chair, Branch Secretary, Equalities Officer and Treasurer . Together with other members they form a committee who volunteer their time to undertake the work that the union does.

The committee is supported by other members who prefer to be involved in specific areas of work. If you would like to be involved in any of the work that NUBSLI does then contact us for more information.

Professional Interpreters for Justice (PI4J)

NUBSLI is a member of Professional Interpreters for Justice (PI4J), an umbrella group of partner organisations that represents the interests of professional interpreters and translators.

PI4J is committed to a sustainable interpreting and translation service in public services, including the justice system. It exists to promote the highest standards in professional interpreting and translation and to foster positive relations between those it represents and the users of their services.