No one should experience unfair treatment at work or in society because of who they are. That’s why UNISON members are taking a lead fighting for equal conditions. Together in the union, workers gain strength to stand up for each other so that everyone can do better.
To support members who are subject to particular discrimination, UNISON has “self-organised groups”. These are independent structures for women, black members, LGBT and disabled members. Members in these groups lead the union’s work making sure that pay and conditions are equal, stopping prejudice, and campaigning for change in wider society.
At work there are now laws, partly thanks to campaigning from trade unions, requiring employers to prevent discrimination and ensure equal pay and working conditions. UNISON supports our members to uphold and extend these laws so that everyone gets a fair deal at work.
In the South West
Self-organised groups operate at all levels of the union – from workplace and branch right up to UK-wide (and international!). If you’re in one or more of the SOGs, this can be a great way to get involved in UNISON and start making a difference in your workplace.
In the region we have a steering committee for each SOG that is elected yearly at one of the Regional Council meetings.
UNISON members in the South West set the priorities for the campaigns and education work of our regional self-organised groups, as well as making sure we are living up to our values as a union.