Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. The ability to live and work without prejudice is a fundamental right.

One of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of everything UNISON does.

Besides the right not to be discriminated against or bullied, fair treatment also includes equal working conditions and pay.


Self-Organised Groups (SOGs)

Pre-conference Training    


Are you going to a SOG National Conference for the first time and wondering what you have to do, what it is like and how it works? 

Or maybe you’ve been before and want a refresher; a chance to discuss the agenda and meet the other delegates. 

Pre-conference training is available for all National SOG Conferences and is arranged in consultation with each Regional Committee.  Dates for each of the SOG pre-conference training events that have been arranged are listed below: 

  Use the links below to register your interest:

Black Members 8 January 2022 

Black members pre-conference training

Womens 5 February 2022 

Women’s pre-conference training

Disabled Members 24 September 2022 

Disabled members pre-conference training 

LGBT+ 1 November 2022 

LGBT+ pre-conference training

Venues to be agreed


National Conferences 2022

Black Members

21 – 23 January 2022 – Liverpool




17 – 19 February 2022 – Edinburgh



Self-organised groups

Self-organised groups (SOGs) operate at all levels of the union. 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 committees for each SOG that are elected annually from its membership.

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.