Training on the new single equality legislation

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2009 National LGBT Conference
2 July 2009
Carried as Amended

Conference welcomes the new Equality Bill and that it has provisions for sexual orientation and gender reassignment groups who experience discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

However, conference is keen to ensure that all activists are updated with the new requirements to be met by employers and public bodies. Conference notes that while the main anti-discrimination provisions of the Bill apply across all sectors, the duty to promote equality applies only to public bodies and private bodies delivering a public function. However, Conference acknowledges that it should be encouraged as good practice across all sectors.

Conference requests the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee to contact UNISON Education to roll out training and awareness raising sessions for members, stewards, and branch officers. The aim to introduce the Equality Bill, negotiating with the Bill as a tool and giving the confidence to members to challenge any discriminatory practices.