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

STUC Youth Conference – open to all young trade unionists

STUC Youth Conference - open to all young trade unionists
Are you aged 27 or under and a UNISON (or other trade union) member? If so, you might be interested ... Read More

Talking compassionately about mental health challenges: Ending stigma, developing healthy relationships – 9th June at 6pm

Talking compassionately about mental health challenges: Ending stigma, developing healthy relationships - 9th June at 6pm
The branch is hosting an online event on mental health and challenging the stigma around it. Organised by Disabled Members' ... Read More

Join the North East celebration of IDAHOBIT Day on 17th May 7-8.30pm

Join the North East celebration of IDAHOBIT Day on 17th May 7-8.30pm
North East Scotland LGBT+ Group is hosting an online event for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) ... Read More

Please come along to our next women’s group meeting 11th May at 6pm

Please come along to our next women's group meeting 11th May at 6pm
The branch is holding an online woman's event on Tuesday 11th May at 6-7pm. Kate Ramsden, branch co-chair and NEC ... Read More

Fighting racism in the workplace – UN Anti-racism day event

Fighting racism in the workplace - UN Anti-racism day event
The branch hosted a very successful and well-attended online event, "Fighting Racism in the Workplace" on the eve of UN ... Read More

UNISON & CPAG information guide on £500 ‘bonus’ payment for health and social care workers

UNISON & CPAG information guide on £500 ‘bonus’ payment for health and social care workers
UNISON Scotland has launched a guide for health and social care members who have concerns over how the £500 one-off ... Read More

Branch disabled members meeting Thursday 15th April at 6pm

Branch disabled members meeting Thursday 15th April at 6pm
Are you a member with a long term illness, do you have a disability, do you need reasonable adjustments? If ... Read More

Branch Equalities Newsletter – Equality Matters – March 2021 issue out now

Branch Equalities Newsletter - Equality Matters - March 2021 issue out now
Here is the third issue of the Branch Equalities Newsletter, Equality Matters, edited by Kathleen Kennedy, Equalities Coordinator. In this ... 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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