UNISON membership monitoring

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2014 National LGBT Conference
31 July 2014

Conference notes that the 2013 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Conference wholeheartedly adopted motion 12 about introducing LGBT monitoring for members participating in our structures: committees, conferences and training events.

The motion called for the LGBT committee to seek to ‘Work with the appropriate bodies within the union to introduce sexual orientation and gender identity/gender history monitoring on the standard UNISON monitoring forms’.

Work is underway on adding sexual orientation and gender identity questions to UNISON’s standard anonymous monitoring forms and briefing activists on the purpose and careful use of the resulting data.

UNISON prides itself on being an inclusive union and we know that we have LGBT members and activists throughout the union.

This conference believes the time has now come to consult on whether and how to introduce monitoring for sexual orientation and gender identity/gender history on UNISON’s membership database, ensuring the security of sensitive personal information.

Conference calls on the national LGBT committee, working with the National Executive Council to:

1)Consult widely with LGBT members on these points;

2)Work with the relevant parts of UNISON on best practice on seeking, storing and reporting personal data securely.