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
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.
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.