New Offer for UNISON ACTIVISTS – Equality Webinars

UNISON South West Equality Webinars

Through September – December Karen Williams Regional Organiser ( Womens & Equalities) will be hosting a selection of webinars for activists. More information on each webinar can be seen below. Please use the booking link to register your interest.

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Hate Crime Awareness

Date: 15 October 2020 Time: 14:30 – 15:30
During Hate Crime Awareness Week this one hour webinar is provided for all UNISON Stewards to consider the impact of Hate Crime and how to address it in the workplace.
We can tackle hate crime by raising awareness, encouraging reporting, supporting our members and negotiating workplace policies which promote zero tolerance and provide support for staff affected.


Menopause Awareness in the time of Covid-19

Date: 16 October 2020 Time: 14:30 – 15:30
A one hour webinar to consider the impact of Covid – 19 on members going through the Menopause. This webinar is aimed at UNISON Branch Womens Officers and Women Stewards.
In the week of World Menopause Day this webinar is aimed at supporting Branch Women’s Officers to consider the impact of changing working practices due to Covid – 19 on health, safety and wellbeing for Women experiencing the Menopause.


What is Unconscious Bias?

Date: 27 October 2020 Time: 14:30 – 15:30
Unconscious bias is a very real issue and there are a wide range of views about it in society, but what is it? This one hour webinar is aimed at all UNISON Stewards.
We will cover:
· Raising awareness of unconscious bias (what it is/is not)
· Explore personal unconscious bias and how to avoid unconscious bias in everyday practice
· Explore the impact of unconscious bias on decision making
· Effectively challenge unconscious bias in policies, processes and procedures in the workplace.


Challenging Racism at Work

Date: 30 October 2020 Time: 11:00-12:00
A one hour webinar aimed at supporting UNISON stewards who want to learn more about how to challenge racism in the workplace and support members who experience racism at work.
We will cover:
· The issues affecting Black UNISON members at work today, particularly in the wake of Covid 19 and the influence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
· How to support Black members facing racism and discrimination in the workplace
· Using the UNISON Race Discrimination Claims Protocol
· Identifying signs of systemic racism and consider how to tackle it
· Exploring ways of increasing UNISON activism amongst Black members


Pregnancy and Maternity Rights in the wake of Covid – 19

Date: 3 November 2020 Time: 14:30 – 15:30
A one hour webinar about Pregnancy and Maternity Rights with particular focus on the issues Pregnant Women have been facing during the Covid – 19 crisis. This webinar is aimed at UNISON Branch Womens Officers and Women Stewards.
We will cover:
· Guidance on pregnancy and Coronavirus
· Health and Safety adjustments at work during the Covid – 19 Pandemic
· Maternity Rights and Pay
· Maternity Leave and Return to work


Flexible Homeworking – the impact on Women

Date: 10 November 2020 Time: 14:30 – 15:30
The Covid – 19 crisis has led to a significant change in working practice with many more Women UNISON members working from home. While this has provided a springboard to enable access to flexible working for many, it has also presented Women with a range of challenges juggling work and family life.
This interactive webinar is aimed at UNISON Branch Womens Officers and Women Stewards and will discuss the impact on Women both positive and negative.

Transgender Day of Remembrance – being a Trans Ally

Date: 20 November 2020 Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annually observed on November 20 to honour the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Every non-trans person can be an ally for trans equality, but not everyone feels confident doing this.
This Webinar is for all UNISON Stewards who want to raise trans awareness in their branch and workplace


Dealing with Domestic Abuse as a Workplace issue

Date: 26 November 2020 Time: 14:30 – 15:30
A one hour webinar to consider Domestic Abuse as a workplace issue and the impact of Covid – 19. This webinar is suitable for all UNISON Stewards, particularly UNISON Branch Womens Officers.
In the week of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women this webinar is aimed at equipping activists with information and confidence when responding to members issues around Domestic Abuse.
We will cover
· Understanding Domestic Abuse
· Consider how it can affect members at work
· Consider the impact of more home working
· Identify ways to provide information, advice and guidance


Dealing with HIV in the Workplace

Date: 1 December 2020 Time: 11:00-12:00
#WorldAidsDay. This one hour webinar is aimed at all activists and it is being run by UNISON South East and UNISON South West in partnership. Topics include:
· What are HIV and AIDS?
· Fighting Discrimination
· Representing Members with HIV
· Impact of Employer Policies
· Health, Safety and Training


Access and Homeworking – the impact on Disabled Members

Date: 3 December 2020 Time: 14:30 – 15:30
Barriers to homeworking have disappeared in many workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic. Homeworking is set to become the new normal for many UNISON members. Many Disabled UNISON members are now working from home, and hope to continue to do so, but we still need to ensure Disabled members have the right equipment and support while at work when home has become the workplace.
This webinar is aimed at all UNISON activists, in particular Branch Disabled Members Officers and we will cover the following as they apply to Disabled workers.
· Homeworking as an access adjustment
· Risk Assessment and Health and Safety
· Mental Health and the impact of isolation
· Including the needs of Disabled workers in Homeworking policies
· Maintaining inclusivity for remote working Disabled Members in UNISON Branches


International Human Rights Day

Date: 10 December 2020 Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day. Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values. Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace. Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.
International Human Rights Day provides an opportunity for us to remind ourselves of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how we need to stand up for our rights and those of others.
This Webinar is for all UNISON activists.


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

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.