Equalities and self organisation

To make sure all our members have a voice in the union, UNISON members have set up ‘self-organised groups’ to provide a voice for people who are traditionally under represented. Kathleen Kennedy is our branch Equalities Officer and is working to integrate equalities into everything we do.  Read more here

Click here for our Equalities Events Calendar

Equalities updates

Kathleen writes in the UNISON UK Blog: When you’re the wrong sort of ‘vulnerable’

Kathleen writes in the UNISON UK Blog: When you’re the wrong sort of ‘vulnerable’
Kathleen Kennedy, branch equalities officer and depute co-chair of UNISON’s national disabled members’ committee, has written in a blog on ... Read More

UNISON Equality Survey 2020 – tell us about your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic

UNISON Equality Survey 2020 – tell us about your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic
Equality is one of UNISON’s core values and since 2016 we have run an annual survey asking members about their ... Read More

Branch launches stewards’ guide on supporting disabled members

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Branch equalities officer, Kathleen Kennedy has drawn up a stewards' guide to supporting disabled members in Aberdeenshire Council. The guide, ... Read More

Black Workers and Covid – Call for action to tackle structural inequality and risk

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UNISON is calling for urgent action from both the Scottish and UK governments to recognise the increased risk of infection ... Read More

Pride memories from the North East

Susan Kennedy at Grampian Pride
We should have been on the streets celebrating Glasgow PRIDE on 27 June. Our Grampian PRIDE event on 16th May ... Read More

Branch Equalities Newsletter – Equality Matters – June issue out now

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Here is the second issue of the branch 's equalities newsletter, Equality Matters, edited by Equalities Officer, Kathleen Kennedy. Articles ... Read More

Branch commemorates Refugee Week and stands in solidarity with all refugees and asylum seekers

Branch commemorates Refugee Week and stands in solidarity with all refugees and asylum seekers
Our branch has a proud history of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers and wants to highlight that this week is ... Read More

Branch condemns George Floyd killing and renews pledge to fight racism

Branch condemns George Floyd killing and renews pledge to fight racism
Aberdeenshire UNISON condemns the killing of George Floyd by police officers in the USA and stands in solidarity with all ... Read More
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Equalities and Self Organisation

Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen Kennedy, Branch Equalities Officer

Kathleen is working to highlight all the different equality strands within the branch and the employers and this page will show the work that the branch is doing to promote equalities.

There is also an Equalities Events calendar which will include key equality days and months and will link to branch and wider activity around these dates.

UNISON has groups at national, regional and local level for women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, black members and disabled members. These groups are designed to be self-organising but also integral to the union’s structures.

The branch has run a Pathways Course to support women to become more active in the branch and in UNISON as a whole.

UNISON also has a young members and a retired members section to ensure that the interests of these particular groups of members also have a voice within the organisation.

For more information on equalities and self organisation at Scottish and UK level, click on the links below.

UNISON UK equalities pages

UNISON Scotland equalities pages

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Equalities Events Calendar

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  • World suicide prevention day
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    10/09/2020
    World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.

    In the UK, men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women.  While there has been a reduction in the number of people completing suicide over the last ten years, the numbers are still worryingly high.  World Suicide Prevention Day aims to start the conversation about suicide and to show that recovery is possible. 

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