Ending Low Pay

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2002 National Lesbian & Gay Conference
27 September 2002

Conference welcomes the statement in May last year by the Minister for Equalities and Women that “pink pounds” have created a more tolerant society towards lesbians and gay men.

Conference agrees that whether one is treated with dignity and respect depends largely on whether you have money to spend.

Conference therefore congratulates negotiators throughout the service group on achieving the Trades Union Congress (TUC) collective bargaining target of five pounds an hour throughout the service group with effect from April 2002.

Conference endorses the TUC’s new target of achieving a minimum of six pounds an hour in all collective agreements by the end of 2004. It urges negotiators throughout the service group to adopt this aim.

Conference instructs the Service Group Executive:

1.to mount a campaign to popularise this aim among members;

2.to urge the National Executive Council and the General Political Fund to mount a campaign to win the support of the general public; and

3.to co-operate with the self-organised groups to develop and promote the argument that achieving UNISON’s equality aims depends upon ending the scandal of low pay.