Equality

2021 New Equality Learning Offers for Branch Officers

Our equality program for quarter two has something for every equality activist in UNISON South West!  
Learning and networking sessions for Branch officers in equality rolesan opportunity to share ideas and best practice between branches and Self Organised Groups.  
  • A national course for LGBT+ Branch Officers and Contacts. 
  • Disabled Members General Meeting open to all UNISON South West Disabled Activists and Members. 
Please check the description in each session to see who it is intended for and use the relevant link to register.  

Branch Black Members Officers and Black Members SOG – UNISON South West Strategy for Challenging Racism – Friday 23 April, 12:00 – 13:30 

South West Equality and Education Team are developing a range of revised, enhanced and new education activities to address concerns raised by UNISON South West Black Members. These will cover the Race Equality Claims Protocolsupport for Black Members being active within the union at all levels and ensure that all branches and activists in our region undertake Race Equality training and understand their role in promoting Race Equality in the union, their workplaces and wider society 

In this session we want to introduce this plan to Branch Black Members Officers and the regional Black Members Self Organised Group at an early stage to enable you to influence its development.  

Who is this for: This session is for Branch Black Members Officers, Black Members Self Organised Group and Branch Officers in other roles who identify with the Black Members Group.  

 Register here 


LGBT+ Branch Officers and Contacts Training

Thursday 29 April 

 This course is being run nationally and will cover:-  

  • LGBT+ community in UNISON 
  • Role of branch LGBT+ officers or contacts
  • Transgender issues in focus 
  • LGBT+ campaigning and organising in your Branch 
  • Where to find support and resources 
  • Sharing success. 

Who is this for: Branch LGBT+ Officers and Contacts

If you have any questions, or would like to register for a place, please contact us at: out@unison.co.uk. You can call us in confidence on 07961 089665 or 07983 636555. 


 Branch Women’s Officers  Understanding UNISON Structures  Thursday 6 May 2021, 1.30 – 3pm  

Throughout UNISON’s democratic structures there are opportunities for Women’s representation to ensure the priorities of Women are raised at all levels. But Women are still underrepresented, and Women’s seats, particularly Low Paid Women’s seats, remain vacant. Branch Womens Officers have requested this session to develop a better understanding of UNISON’s structures to support more Women in these roles 

 Who is this for: This session is for Branch Women’s Officers, but it is also open to other Women Branch Officers working towards recruiting Women to be more active within UNISON.

Register here  


All Branch Equality Activists – Equality and Mental Health – Wednesday 19 May 2021 - 1.30 – 3pm   

 17 – 22 May is Mental Health awareness week. In this workshop we will cover:- 

 The link between Equality and Mental Health  

  • How employers can support good mental health at work in a diverse workforce 
  • Share examples of good practice and guidance for bargaining from UNISON’s Self Organised Groups 
  • Sources of Mental Health support for UNISON members    

Who is this for: This session open to all Branch Equality Coordinators, Self Organised Group Officers and Equality Representatives.

Register here 

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.