Barriers to Attending LGBT Conference

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2009 Energy Service Group Conference
2 March 2009

Conference notes the importance of our union’s conferences, both in their democratic policy making role and also for the way they inform and inspire activists to return, re-energised, to their local union work.

Conference notes with regret that only a minority of Energy branches send delegates to the annual UNISON lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members conference. Conference welcomes the fact that attendance at self-organised group conferences is a core indicator in the new framework for joint branch assessment.

Conference calls on the Energy service group executive to survey branches, and, working with the national LGBT committee, LGBT members, to identify the main barriers to attending LGBT conference.

In the light of the survey results, the Energy SGE, in liaison with the LGBT committee, is asked to issue guidance to energy branches on improving attendance.