Fighting for fairness and equality

Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. The ability to live and work without prejudice is a fundamental right, regardless of your background, colour or sexual orientation.

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.

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Black members

This section is for Black members. UNISON’s Black members group works to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination.

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    Disabled members

    This section is for disabled members. Our disabled members’ group fights discrimination and prejudice, and campaigns for improved workplace accessibility.

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      LGBT members

      The LGBT members’ group fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace and provides support for our members.

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        Age discrimination

        Retired members

        This section is for retired members. Our retired members’ group works closely with other member groups on almost every issue that affects workers in the UK, as well as fighting for quality public services, on which many older people rely.

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          Women members

          This section is for women members. UNISON women campaign for equality in the workplace and for improvements to women’s rights in the workplace and in the wider community.

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            Young members

            This section is for members who are under 27. Our young members group works to encourage recruitment, organisation and participation of young workers. The group also provides a powerful voice for young members and the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge.

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              The right to fairness and equality

              Employees are protected against discrimination and unfair treatment by the Equality Act and relevant regulations in Northern Ireland. The Equality Act contains something called the public sector equality duty, which requires public sector organisations to encourage diversity in the workplace.

              If a member has been discriminated against or treated unfairly at work, UNISON negotiates with employers on a member’s behalf, attends tribunals, offers legal help and makes employers aware of the law. The Equality Act  makes it unlawful for employers to treat you unfairly because of your:

              • age;
              • disability;
              • gender reassignment;
              • marriage and civil partnership;
              • pregnancy and maternity;
              • race;
              • religion or belief;
              • sex;
              • sexual orientation.

              It is also unlawful for employers to have a rule, policy or practice that someone is less likely to be able to fulfil than other employees because of one of the reasons above.

              How UNISON fights for fairness and equality

              We let all members join the discussion on how to provide public services and how equality can be promoted when delivering them.

              UNISON has a history of improving equality. We continue to fight against discrimination wherever we encounter it and regularly help members challenge unequal or unfair treatment, including discrimination, racism, bullying and harassment and equal pay.