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

Please join the online St Andrew’s Day Rally against racism and fascism on Saturday 28th November

Please join the online St Andrew’s Day Rally against racism and fascism on Saturday 28th November
We are calling on all our members and their families and friends to join Aberdeen Trade Union Council's (ATUC) St ... Read More

Please join us to celebrate Disability History Month with launch of our Fascinating Facts booklet

Please join us to celebrate Disability History Month with launch of our Fascinating Facts booklet
The branch is inviting all our members, colleagues, friends and families to join us on 3rd December to celebrate Disability ... Read More

Branch Black History Month events – We must challenge racism and value diversity for the benefit of all.

Branch Black History Month events - We must challenge racism and value diversity for the benefit of all.
Aberdeenshire UNISON celebrated Black History Month (BHM) with two virtual events on 30th and 31st October. Organised by Benson Mugyenyi ... Read More

Join us to celebrate Disability History Month 18th November to 18th December

Join us to celebrate Disability History Month 18th November to 18th December
As part of our active equalities agenda, spearheaded by our Equalities Officer, Kathleen Kennedy, the branch is supporting Disability History ... Read More

World Menopause Day 18th October – UNISON ensuring women are supported in the workplace

World Menopause Day 18th October - UNISON ensuring women are supported in the workplace
This Sunday, 18 October, is World Menopause Day. This day is to raise awareness of the health issues women face ... Read More

Branch celebrates Black History Month with two virtual events 30 and 31 October

Branch celebrates Black History Month with two virtual events 30 and 31 October
October is Black History Month - a celebration of the contributions Black People have made to the communities of this ... Read More

North East, Orkney and Shetland Equalities Newsletter – First issue

North East, Orkney and Shetland Equalities Newsletter - First issue
Here is the first issue of the North East of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland equalities newsletter, NEqualities, edited by branch ... Read More

Branch to join Challenge Poverty Week and calls for a Covid recovery to end poverty

Challenge poverty
#ChallengePoverty Challenge Poverty Week, from 5-11 October, aims to highlight the growing problem of poverty in Scotland and showcase the ... 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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