LGBT conference applauds recruitment award winners

Vice president Carol Sewell hands out awards and urges delegates to continue the excellent work

UNISON’s LGBT group celebrated this year’s Recruitment and Organising Award winners this afternoon, when the annual conference handed out the trophies in Llandudno.

Delegates from the Yorkshire and Humberside region (pictured above), the Scottish Environment and Protection Agency and the North West region were handed their awards – sponsored for the first time by UNISON Living – by union vice president Carol Sewell.

Earlier, Ms Sewell had urged delegates to continue recruiting and organising, saying that both were crucial for the future of the union.

And she complimented the conference on being a “well-gelled group” and indicative of “a movement that anyone would want to be a part of.

Stressing that she was “absolutely committed to inclusiveness” in the UNISON – it is the union’s “superpower,” she added.

And UNISON would continue to hold the government to account on what it did to the country’s public services, said Ms Sewell, adding that, in June’s EU referendum, nobody had voted for a continuation or hardening of austerity.

In the context of defending public services, she took the opportunity to point delegates toward the union’s Public Service Champions campaign that is engaging the public in the defence of services.