Isle of Wight UNISON support reforms to the Gender Recognition Act

UNISON IOW members are very concerned that the long promised reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) may not be going ahead, despite their importance to the well-being of trans people and widespread public support. A protest was organised on Saturday 11 July by branch Equalities Officer Yve White BEM and Sydney Cardew, LGBT+ Officer […]

Taking it’s toll on our members

As a union, we are in a strong position right now, but we need to maintain our strength and visibility for the undoubtedly rocky road ahead

Pride month – during a pandemic

June usually represents a time when we come together to celebrate Pride in a spirit of love, acceptance and inclusion; a time when we honour the memory of the original Stonewall activists and organise to face the challenges still ahead. Sadly, the devastating effects of the coronavirus have meant the cancellation of over one hundred […]

Black Lives Matter: Black Members Matter

For any members of our community feeling angry, sad, scared, or frustrated we are here to support you

COVID-19: Black and female workers – more impacted than the rest

Anyone can be infected by COVID-19. But it’s increasingly clear that that’s where the equality ends

Then and now, International Women’s Day

Women trade unionists in New York. Photo: The Kheel Center On March 8, 1857, women garment workers in New York City demonstrated against their inhumane working conditions and low wages. They were attacked by the police and dispersed. Two years later, the first female trade union in the US was formed by these women to […]

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past and present and this year will be particularly important as it marks 100 years since the day was honoured for the first time. For more info: www.internationalwomensday.com Women’s history has been long overlooked. During the month […]

A Million Women in UNISON – 2020 National Women’s Conference

With the UK having just started its first full year under a Boris Johnson government, one of the dominant themes at conference was continuing austerity – because, aside from the announcement of a rise in the national minimum wage to come in the spring, election campaign promises to end austerity have yet to be realized. […]

LGBT+ History Month – Eastleigh UNISON launches LGBT+ staff network

Eastleigh UNISON were delighted to celebrate LGBT History Month by launching a new staff network for members of the LGBT+ community. The network was created with the following objectives in mind: To provide a safe platform for discussing issues affecting LGBT+ staff within the workplace and the wider community To encourage the council to recognise […]

A win-win opportunity

UNISON learning reps from across the South East region gathered in Guildford for a network day earlier this month. Vicki Gibbs, Area Organiser for education and equalities, organised the event, and spoke about the ‘many joys’ of lifelong learning. The learning reps discussed their experiences so far.  Presenting learning as a ‘win-win’ opportunity for employers […]

South East motions successful at UNISON National Retired Members Conference 2019

South East Retired Members were well represented at the 2019 UNISON National Retired Members Conference in October. The South East Region Retired Members Committee proposed two motions, “Universal Credit and the effect on pensioners in mixed age couples” which was composited with motion 21 Southwest Region “Universal Credit and Pensioners” as amended by City of […]

Let’s get Equalities on the Agenda!

UNISON has a proud track record on tackling equalities issues and ensuring that equality is at the heart of our union. In order to do so, we need to ensure that equalities is discussed in our branches and our committees. We know that in each of our workplaces, and in each of our service groups, […]

February is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Currently, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to the United States and the United Kingdom. LGBT History Month was initiated in the UK by Sue Sanders, […]

World AIDS Day: 1st December

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide.

It’s Young Workers’ Month!

November is young workers’ month! We will be aiming to raise the profile of young workers and young UNISON members by recruiting and organising them to help us win better working conditions and build an even stronger union.