Fighting against the cuts

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2015 National LGBT Conference
23 July 2015

Conference notes the election results in May and that the Tories will take the opportunity to push through ideological cuts to public services.

Over the last five years, branches have seen that training budgets and funding for equality and diversity are amongst the first to be cut. This means that employees have less training or get cheaper online training and teams dealing with equality in workplaces have their number drastically reduced with equality being seen as an add on in other job descriptions.

Conference has concerns that cuts to specialist services will mean that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers will feel less safe at work or less confident in reporting incidences of bullying and harassment.

Conference calls on the national LGBT committee to:

1. Work with regions and branches to ensure that there are self-organised groups to support LGBT members;

2. Work with appropriate bodies, including in the service groups to signpost members to appropriate specialist services;

3. Work with regions and branches to raise the profile and awareness within the entire workplace of work carried out by UNISON for their LGBT members and colleagues.