UNISON recognises the importance of its LGBT members and its responsibility for paying particular attention to our needs: that LGBT rights are trade union issues. UNISON’s commitment to equality and to tackling discrimination is written into the union’s rules. UNISON’s support for LGBT rights has not come out of thin air. It is the consequence of many years of work and lobbying by our activists. Members meet as a self-organised group at branch, regional and national level.
There is a developing network of branch LGBT groups which meet to discuss local terms and conditions, build a support network for members facing problems at work, provide a forum for the debate of issues, and assist members in gaining the confidence to get involved in other levels of the union. Branches join together and feed into:
Each of UNISON’s 12 regions has a group which meets regularly. Regional groups are involved in a whole range of activities – taking up places on the regional structures to represent our members, organising training courses for activists, supporting the formation of branch groups, working closely with the other self-organised groups in UNISON. Regional groups each elect two representatives to the national level.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members – stronger together
In UNISON, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members work together to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and build equality for us all. We believe we are stronger together. But we also recognise it’s important to make room for the distinctive voice of bisexual members and transgender members. These groups have reserved seats on the national committee, to ensure they are well represented, elected at annual national bi and Tran’s network days.
NUH&AS branch feel that this is the way forward and would like to set up a SOG within the branch but we need to know weather LGBT staff within the trust are willing to support us in this venture.
Q: Will the people I work with or my employer know?
A: NO the group will be totally confidential and no one within the trust will be told.
Q: Will the meeting be in work time?
A: NO the aim of the SOG is to be done out of work time and would be set up as a social gathering where people can come chat have a drink and get to know other people and chat about issues .
If you would like more information, please contact:
Our LGBT Officer