Annual hearing tests for contact centre workers in the WETSG

Conference notes the continual increase in the number of UNISON members working on phones in contact centres in employers covered by the Water, Environment & Transport Service Group. Currently, United Utilities only provides audio tests for employees reaching the upper noise limits as recommended by the HSE such as operational employees in hearing protection areas. […]

The Bigots Are Still Out There

Conference notes that since the 27 July, and the deadline for submitting Motions for this Conference, there has been a number of statements and announcements internationally that affect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. 1)The statements from the newly elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, against the Brazilian LGBT population. 2. The announcement […]

Unfair Treatment of Black LGBTQI+ Asylum Seekers

UNISON welcomes the report from the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) Still Falling Short, which highlights the unfair and degrading treatment of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex plus (LGBTQI+) asylum seekers. UKLGIG supports LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration process. Their work includes: • Providing emotional support and immigration advice; […]

Black members and the proposed name change to LGBT+

Conference notes that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) self-organised group (SOG) works with inclusive, umbrella definitions of bisexual and transgender. Its bi network is for all members who feel attraction to more than one gender. Its trans network is for all types of self-identifying trans people and for members whose gender identity does […]

Making our Union Non-binary and Disability inclusive

Conference notes that a growing number of our members, some of whom are disabled members, define as non-binary. For UNISON non-binary disabled members, the existing structures and practices within the union may not acknowledge their identity and may create a feeling of exclusion from the union at all levels, including within disabled members self-organisation as […]

Implement the United Nations Recommendations Now

Conference notes with concern that Disabled Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people are being disenfranchised at the hands of the Tory Government and our human rights and independence are seriously under threat. Disabled LGBT people are facing cuts to benefits, rises in unemployment, disability pay gap, no protection against dual discrimination, reductions in the provision […]

Amendment to UNISON rule B2.3 & D5.1.4

Rule B Aims and Objectives B 2.3 Delete “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members” and insert “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender plus (LGBT+) members” Rule D Structure of the union at national level D 5.1.4 Delete “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members” and insert “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender plus (LGBT+) members”

Towards a more inclusive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) self-organised group

Conference notes that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) self-organised group (SOG) has always sought to be fully representative of its diverse membership, in line with UNISON’s rules. It notes that the LGBT SOG works with inclusive, umbrella definitions of bisexual and transgender. Its bi network is for all members who feel attraction to […]

DECRIMINALISATION FOR SAFETY

Conference notes that UNISON’s policy on sex work, adopted in 2010 on the basis of a motion from women’s conference, is to support proposals which decriminalise the selling of sex acts while introducing a ‘sex buyers law’ criminalising those who purchase sex acts. Conference recognises that the great majority of sex workers are women. Conference […]

National Self-Organised Group Conferences – Representatives of Relevant Retired Members

Conference notes that, since Rule D7.8 was amended in 2014, the National Retired Members’ Organisation has sent two representatives of relevant retired members to each National Self-Organised Group (SOG) Conference. It further notes that the Retired Members’ National Committee (RMNC) has chosen these representatives, in effect substituting itself for the relevant members, but Conference thinks […]

NON-BINARY INCLUSION

Non-Binary Inclusion Conference welcomes the work initiated by our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group to make UNISON’s organisation, events, policies, systems and good practice advice inclusive of non-binary members. Conference notes that the steps taken at national level towards the inclusion of non-binary members in UNISON have included: 1)A factsheet, ‘Gender equality: non-binary […]

Making our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) group fully inclusive

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Self-Organised Group (SOG) has always sought to be fully representative of its diverse membership, in line with UNISON’s rules. Over our 25-year history, our understanding of our membership has developed and changed, along with the wider LGBT community. We work with inclusive, umbrella definitions of bisexual and transgender. […]

Recruitment and Organising and Activism, Pride in our Work

Conference notes that as part of Northern Region’s commitment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organising, recruitment and activism, on the 17th of May 2018 Northern Region was lit up with the colours of the Rainbow to commemorate IDAHOBIT (The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia). This wouldn’t have been possible had it […]

Palestine

Conference condemns Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy to the city. On 14 May, as Israeli and US officials celebrated the embassy’s official opening, Israeli troops fired with live ammunition on unarmed Palestinians taking part in the Great Return March protests in Gaza, […]

Recruiting and increasing the activism of Young and Retired members

With an average members age being 56 UNISON is a middle-aged union. Conference recognises that two key areas of under representation within UNISON’s membership categories are retired and young Members. This is also evident within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Self Organised Group (SOG). The 2017 Retired Members Conference reported that; “UNISON has […]