Your Equalities Officer is Dawn Ward.  Branch Office 02920 748280

Race for Equality

It’s time for a serious conversation about racism in the NHS. Our Race for Equality campaign is equipping UNISON branches to get active and tackle racism in the workplace.

More than 70 years after it was founded the NHS continues to rely on staff from all round the world, and generations of Black staff have made the NHS what it is today.

Yet many Black staff in the NHS still face the injustice of racism and inequality at work every day.

“If you ask most black people the honest truth is we experience this everyday –  there is nothing we can do about it. We can’t complain everyday you just get on with it.”

We want to help staff recognise and challenge racism in the workplace. We will support staff, and help them support each other as we work together to take on racism and deliver an NHS that respects and values all staff.

In UNISON, equality is part of our DNA. Challenging discrimination and winning equality are fundamental to everything we do.

NHS staff are there to help everyone in every community and treat them with respect, dignity and fairness. UNISON believes they should expect the same treatment in return.

We will not stand by while Black staff in the NHS continue to face the injustice of racism and inequality at work. Racial discrimination is not only wrong – it is against the law. It wastes talent, damages staff, hurts patients, and holds the NHS back.

“If you say someone is being racist, immediately you are the problem”

Racism in numbers

  • 19% of the workforce are Black* but only 7% of senior managers are Black
  • White applicants are 1.45 times more likely to be appointed from shortlisting than Black applicants
  • Black staff are 1.24 times more likely to enter formal disciplinary process
  • 28% of Black staff experienced harassment bullying or abuse from other staff in last 12 months, compared with 23% of white staff
  • Only 72% of Black staff believe their employer provides equal opportunities for career progression/promotion, compared with 87% of white staff.

(Figures from the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) 2018. The WRES data uses Black and Minority Ethnic (BME). UNISON uses the more political and inclusive term Black.)

These figures are for England – this data is not collected in the same way in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but there is no reason to think the pattern would be significantly different in any country.

“Overly supervised; micromanaged, what I was doing always had a problem with it”

What you can do

  • Don’t suffer in silence – if you think it might be racism it probably is – talk to your UNISON branch about what’s been happening
  • Get involved in UNISON’s Black members network
  • Challenge anything that you experience or witness makes you feel uncomfortable (eg abusive language, name calling, ‘banter’/’jokes’, mimicry etc)
  • Challenge racist posts on social media
  • Talk to your branch about organising training or workshops on how best to tackle racism
  • Be part of the conversation about racism – listen to others or tell your own story

Download our Race for Equality branch briefing and leaflet below. You can order hard copies of the leaflet from our shop.

Read one branch’s story about how they tackled racism in the workplace

Download our Race for Equality branch briefing and leaflet in the Resources section below. You will also find guides to help you plan work on particular topics such as tackling racism within disciplinary processes; recruitment and career progression; and racial bullying and harassment. You can order hard copies of the leaflet from our shop.

Watch Show Racism the Red Card‘s film Challenging Racism in the Workplace.

 

UNISON Cymru Wales Equalities Calendar 2019

Date

Event

Venue

 

September

14/09/19

Black Members SOG

Swansea UNISON Office

27/9/19

Regional Women’s Meeting

Venue TBA

27-29/9/19

Women’s Development Weekend

Venue TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

 

 

 

11/10/19

International Day of the Girl Child

18/10/19

World Menopause Day

25-27/10/19

BMSOG AGM & Development Weekend

Holiday Inn, Newport

 

 

 

November

 

 

 

 

 

 

20/11/19

Transgender Day of Rememberance

25/11/19

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women

30/11/19

Black Members SOG

Cardiff UNISON Office

 

 

 

December

7/12/19

Regional Women’s AGM

Venue TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNISON HEALTHCARE - BRANCH UPDATE
From: Sara Gorton, UNISON National Secretary - Health

Survey on racism in the workplaceWho needs to know?

 All health branches

Summary:

Nursing Times and UNISON have launched a survey on racism in the work place for all those working in health and social care.

In full:

Nursing Times and UNISON have launched a survey on racism in the work place for all those working in health and social care. This will provide valuable learning andalso form the basis of a news story and a discussion at Nursing Times’ Workforce Summit later this month.

The survey explores how employers deal with the issue, plus any personal experience that respondents have of it.The first few questions are about the respondent’s ownpersonal experiences, the second section is aimed at those in line management roles and the final part is for everyone again.

It is open to everyone working in health and social care, not just members, so please ensure that you share it as widely as possible:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S8YNPM6

Action for branches:

 Use the survey as an opportunity to encage with non-members
 Cascade information about the survey to members and non members,

encouraging them to take the survey

Author: Email:
Val Johnston 
v.johnston@unison.co.uk

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Contact UNISON on 0800 0 857 857 or visit www.unison.org.uk

Earlier this year Sunil Patel from Show Racism the Red Card attended a meeting of the Equalities forum to provide more information about the charity and to let us know how UNISON branches can support their good work.

 

Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity and was established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools, their workplaces and at events held in football stadiums. Across Britain, Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals per year. I have attached a leaflet with more information about who they are and what they do.

 

In Wales, the charity delivers workshops to over 13,000 pupils a year, as well as providing training for teachers. Despite our efforts, young people continue to be victims of racial abuse every day in Wales. Our own consultations have found that 3/4 teachers have dealt with racism in their school without receiving proper training or support.

 

Following the EU referendum result in Wales, reported incidents of hate crime have risen by 28% and hate crimes against Muslim women has risen by an estimate of 300%. 

 

Each October Show Racism the Red Card holds its annual Wear Red Day! This year the 3rd annual Wear Red Day takes place in Wales on the 20th October 2017.

 

Wear Red Day is a national day of action which encourages schools, businesses & individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland & Wales. Last year, in Wales £5,000 was raised. This money went back into the work SRtRC conducts in Wales and has enabled us to work with even more schools. 

 

We would encourage branches to consider supporting the Wear Red Day by promoting this within your workplaces and employers. Every penny counts and the charity would really appreciate your support.

 

It would be great if you could tweet photos of yourselves wearing red to @UNISONWales so we can retweet. If you’re not a ‘tweeter’ then you can send pictures to Alastair Gittins at A.Gittins@unison.co.uk

 

If you want more information the 2017 Wear Red day fundraising guides are attached in both English and Welsh.

 

Many thanks,

Helen

 

Helen Huelin

Area Organiser

 

UNISON Cymru Wales

The Courtyard

Wind Street

Swansea

SA1 1DP

 

Mobile: 07957 505756

Tel: 01792 483909

 

Government urged to stem the tide of ‘uncertainty and confusion’

13 September 2017 2:00pm–6:00pm

Palace of Westminster London SW1A 0AA

On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals. UNISON believes that EU citizens currently living in the UK make a major contribution to society and should be allowed to stay here after the UK leaves the EU. We are calling on the government […]

Three of UNISON’s Polish migrant members share their stories and their thoughts on a post Brexit Britain

Neurodiversity: Autism Awareness in the Workplace Seminars for Trade Union Reps

Register now via Eventbrite:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neurodiversity-autism-awareness-in-the-workplace-seminars-tickets-33148546194?ref=elink

 

South Wales event (Nantgarw) - Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Venue: Central South Consortium (Ty Dysgu Conference Centre) Cefn Coed, Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff, CF15 7QQ

 

North Wales event (Bangor) - Friday 28th April 2017 -Venue: The Management Centre, Bangor Business School, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG

 

Both events will start at 9:30 am and finish no later than 4 pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

What are the seminars about?

These events are for union reps and officers and aim to create greater awareness of autism spectrum conditions and 'neurodiversity' in the workplace. The events will include a mixture of speakers, discussions and workshops to help reps:

·       understand autism spectrum conditions

·       recognise and address workplace barriers that may negatively affect workers with autism and workers who are parents/carers of people with autism

·       understand the legal rights of workers with autism and the rights of workers who are parents and carers of people with autism

·       consider best practice for unions in addressing practices and environments within the workplace

·       find out more about support, resources and training available in Wales

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Workplace diversity survey

 

The Wales TUC is promoting its latest survey investigating diversity/equality at work.  The results will form a very important part of the Wales TUC’s  work on this issue and your voice and experiences in Welsh workplaces would be much appreciated.  The survey is bilingual and completely confidential although we will use broad trends to influence any future reports or documents on this issue.  Respondents don’t have to be union members and the survey is very short.

 

Please fill in the survey and pass it on to your contacts: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wtucdiversity

 

Mae gennym arolwg newydd sy’n ymchwilio i amrywiaeth/cydraddoldeb yn y gwaith. Bydd y canlyniadau’n rhan bwysig iawn o’n gwaith ar y mater hwn a byddem yn gwerthfawrogi’n fawr eich barn a’ch profiadau o fod mewn gweithfannau yng Nghymru.  Mae’r arolwg yn ddwyieithog ac yn gwbl gyfrinachol er y byddwn yn defnyddio tueddiadau cyffredinol i ddylanwadu ar unrhyw ddogfennau neu adroddiadau ar y mater hwn yn y dyfodol. Nid oes angen i’r sawl sy’n ymateb fod yn aelodau o undeb ac mae’r arolwg yn fyr iawn. 

 

A fyddech cystal â chwblhau’r arolwg hwn a’i anfon ymlaen at eich cysylltiadau.  

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WTUCamrywiaeth

If you would like to know more about how we will protect your data: www.tuc.org.uk/terms-and-conditionsSurvey

 

This survey can be made available for dyslexic or visually impaired readers in an agreed accessible format. Please contact jrees@tuc.org.uk

 

 

Wales TUC Equality Forums

Want to get more involved in the equality work of the Wales TUC?

The Wales TUC disability forum is open to new members. The forum exists to help promote disability equality through the trade union movement in Wales, and gets involved in activities such as helping to plan trade union events, surveys, resources and campaigns to raise awareness and advance disability equality in the workplace. The forum works on the Social Model of Disability and is run by disabled union members. It is primarily for disabled members and activists but any member with an interest in disability matters is also able to attend and take part in the meetings.

It meets around four times per year and is due to meet on the following dates this year:

·       25th May

·       13th September.

Meetings are held in the Unite Building at 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD.

If you’d like to find out more about the disability forum contact Terry Mills terrymills1@aol.com

The Wales TUC also has Women’s, LGBT, BME and Youth forums. Contact jrees@tuc.org.uk for more information on how to get involved or join a forum.

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Workers’ Memorial Day- Remember the Dead - Fight for the Living

·       Workers’ Memorial Day reception

·       Friday 28th April 2017, Unite Building, 1 Catherdral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD

Workers’ Memorial Day is held on the 28th April each year. This special day commemorates the many thousands of people who have died as a result of their work.

To mark Workers’ Memorial Day the Wales TUC is organising a reception to remember all of those who have lost their lives at work and those who are still fighting for justice. The reception will take place in the foyer of the Unite Building at 11 am on Friday 28th April and will finish no later than 12.30 pm.

The event will include a keynote speech by the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales and speakers from the Wales TUC. A wreath laying ceremony will also take place at the permanent workers’ memorial outside the building.

If you would like to attend, please email wtuc@tuc.org.uk  with the subject “Workers’ Memorial Day”.

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1 in 3 BAME people have witnessed or experienced racist abuse since Brexit vote, finds TUC poll

Over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found.

The ICM/TUC poll of over 1,000 BAME working adults also found that since the referendum:

1 in 5 BAME people (19%) have suffered or witnessed racial assault

2 in 5 (41%) have heard racist remarks or opinions

2 in 5 people (38%) have seen racist material online

1 in 4 (27%) have seen racist graffiti, posters or leaflets

The poll is part of a major TUC project to combat racism in the workplace, which will document the British BAME experience of racism and harassment, and set out ways to tackle it.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Brexit has given racism a new lease of life. Discrimination has never gone away, but since the referendum racism has been on the rise.

“The scale of abuse is shocking. We have to come together and draw a line in the sand about what is acceptable in modern Britain in 2017 – and the government has to take a lead. It’s unacceptable that shop workers, bus drivers and street cleaners face abuse from members of the public – and their employers don’t have to do anything to protect them. 

“Anyone who has been harassed or mistreated at work should talk to their union rep or join a trade union. And we all have a responsibility to call out racist harassment wherever we see it.”

Read more: www.tuc.org.uk/equality-issues/black-workers/1-3-bame-people-have-witnessed-or-experienced-racist-abuse-brexit-vote

 

TUC launches major new survey into experience of LGBT people at work

The TUC has launched a major new survey into how lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people find working life in the UK.

Despite changes in the law that should have brought an end to discrimination and prejudice, the TUC is concerned that LGBT people are still experiencing difficulties at work:

In 2013 Stonewall reported that 1 in 4 (26%) LGBT employees were not at all open with colleagues about their sexual orientation.

More than half (53%) of trans workers have also felt the need to hide their status from colleagues, according to Totaljobs.

And if you’re a lesbian or bisexual woman you may be at risk of sexual harassment as well as homophobic abuse. TUC research into sexual harassment found that more than half (52%) of women said they have experienced sexual harassment at work.

As a result the TUC wants to carry out a thorough investigation into the experiences of LGBT people at work, and will use the findings to:

Campaign on the issues most affecting LGBT people in the UK right now.

Produce training material for union reps to ensure they can best protect and represent their members.

Help employers create a more inclusive work environment – including training for staff, getting the correct policies in place to prevent discrimination, and supporting LGBT staff if things go wrong.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We hope that this comprehensive research will let us shine a light on the range of issues faced by LGBT workers across the UK – many of whom may be experiencing bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace and have no one to turn to.

“It’s vital we understand what modern working life is like for LGBT workers, so we can challenge prejudice and have a zero-tolerance policy to homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. We know that getting these policies right makes business sense because employers retain experienced staff from all backgrounds.

“Please take part in our survey and help us campaign for a better working life for LGBT people.”

You can complete the TUC survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LGBTworker

The deadline is Friday 5 May 2017.

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New package of information and advice for employers from Mind Cymru

 

Mind Cymru believes that the way mental health issues are managed by employers can make a massive difference to outcomes – which obviously benefits both employer and employee, but employers often don’t know how to tackle mental health issues – leaving employees isolated and employers facing absence management challenges.

 

Mind Cymru have now teamed up with Time to Change Wales to offer businesses in Wales a package of information and advice to help promote better employee mental health and tackle mental health stigma in the workplace.  Welsh employers are now able to access:

·       A free workplace wellbeing pack full of information and resources.

·       The chance to sign the Time to Change Wales organisational pledge and make a commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace

·       Support from a Time to Change Wales champion who can share their experience of dealing with a mental health problem and help start the conversation with your employees.

·       Access to Mind’s extensive range of mental health training courses.

 

Resources in English and Welsh

Employers can download copies of the four Wales-focused resources listed below (in both English and Welsh) from www.mind.org.uk/workplace-wellbeing-wales

1.      Introduction to mentally healthy workplaces

2.      Taking stock of mental health in your workplace

3.      Promoting wellbeing and tackling the causes of work-related mental health problems

4.      Supporting staff who are experiencing a mental health problem

This project is funded by Welsh Government and Comic Relief, and employers can also request a pack containing the booklets, along with some other useful information, from the site, or by contacting Mind Cymru on 029 2039 5123 or at digitalwales@mind.org.uk.

 

These resources may also be useful for reps supporting members in the workplace.

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From the Guardian: The bullying and fear at the heart of zero-hour contracts

Lacking the protections of staff on contracts, victims of bullying in the gig economy risk everything if they speak up.

 

The TUC’s Hannah Reed said: “People on zero-hours contracts don’t have the basic protections the rest of us enjoy, to be able to challenge mistreatment such as bullying.”

 

Read more:

www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/mar/27/the-bullying-and-fear-at-the-heart-of-zero-hour-contracts

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News from Abortion Rights Cardiff

The Wales International Documentary Festival is to be held in Blackwood from April 5th-7th. A programme is available here: http://www.widf.info/programme/

This year, they are premiering a film is of particular interest because of the issues it raises surrounding abortion and women's rights.

‘Let Women Choose’ is a film that follows Maria, a Spanish physician working in a maternity hospital in Ecuador. Abortion is illegal in Ecuador, and sexual violence and abuse is all too common. Maria meets two women: Yanina, a mother of two with an unwanted pregnancy, and Mishel, a teenager who has been sexually abused by her father. Let Women Choose tells their stories.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmx8bx45ZNI


The organisers are hoping to offer panel discussions after the films. They have particularly contacted Abortion Rights Cardiff after introducing themselves at the WOW film festival.

 

Hoping some of you may be able to attend.

Sincerely,

Eleanor (Secretary, Abortion Rights Cardiff)

 

 

UK in the relegation zone for decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, warns TUC

New mums in UK receive just  6 weeks of decently-paid maternity leave
- Only mothers in Ireland and Slovakia have worse decently-paid entitlement
- Croatia tops table with 6 months’ decently-paid leave

UK mums get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC analysis published ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday (26 March).

 

The UK ranks 22 out of 24 amongst European countries that offer statutory maternity leave. While mums in the UK only get six weeks’ decently-paid maternity leave, most European countries offer three months or more:

·       6 months: Croatia

·       More than 4 months: Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic

·       More than 3 months: Estonia, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Malta and Switzerland.

The only European countries offering less decently-paid maternity leave than the UK are Ireland and Slovakia, where mums do not get any decently-paid time off.

 

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The UK is in the relegation zone when it comes to decently-paid maternity leave.

 

“Many Europeans countries offer decent support to new mums. But lots of parents here are forced back to work early to pay the bills.

 

“My advice to all new mums is to join a union. It is the best way to improve your pay and conditions.”

Director of Maternity Action Ros Bragg said: “Without adequate maternity pay, women’s choices are limited and many cannot afford to take their leave entitlements. We should be investing in support for pregnant women and new families.”

 

Read more: www.tuc.org.uk/equality-issues/gender-equality/pregnancy-discrimination/uk-relegation-zone-decently-paid-maternity

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Women work for free for a fifth of the year, says TUC

- Women’s Pay Day – the day the average woman starts getting paid compared to the average man – was on Tuesday (7 March)


- Women effectively work for free for 66 days compared to men
- But in some jobs women  have to wait until April or even May for their Women’s Pay Day

New analysis by the TUC published today (Friday) reveals that the average woman has to wait nearly a fifth of a year (66 days) before she starts to get paid, compared to the average man.

The current gender pay gap for all full-time and part-time male and female employees stands at 18%. This pay gap means that across the board women effectively work for free for the first 66 days of the year, until Women’s Pay Day on Tuesday (7 March).

In a number of key industries – even in jobs dominated by female workers – women have to wait until even later in the year for their Women’s Pay Day:

In education, the gender pay gap is currently 27%, so the average woman effectively works for free for more than a quarter of the year (97 days) and has to wait until the 7 April before she starts earning the same as the average man.

In health and social work, the average woman waits 69 days for her Women’s Pay Day on 10 March.

The longest wait for Women’s Pay Day comes in finance and insurance. There the gender pay gap is the equivalent of 137 days – more than a third of the year – before Women’s Pay Day kicks in on 17 May.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The UK has one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe. Even in industries where women dominate, like education, they get paid far less than men.

“Paying lip service to the problem is not good enough. Companies that don’t pay women the same as men for work of equal value are breaking the law. But with Employment Tribunal fees of £1,200, too few women can afford to access justice when bad bosses break the law.

“We also need to remove the barriers that stop women going into better paid, male-dominated professions. And we must improve pay for vital, but undervalued, jobs that are predominantly done by women, like social care.

“Employers must do more to help mums and dads to share out caring responsibilities more equally.

“By joining a union, working women can have their voices heard at work, and can work together to win equal pay and fair treatment.”

Read more: www.tuc.org.uk/equality-issues/gender-equality/equal-pay/women-work-free-fifth-year-says-tuc

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Minimum wage for younger workers worth less than a decade ago, finds TUC

 

The national minimum wage for workers aged 16-20 is worth less in real terms than it was in 2008, TUC analysis has revealed, as the new minimum wage rates kick in today (Saturday).

 

16-17 year olds working a 40 hour week on the minimum wage are £300 worse off a year in real terms since 2008. 18-20 year olds are £250 worse off a year.

 

In the same period, rates for those over 20 have exceeded inflation, resulting in real gains in their incomes.

 

Today the minimum wage for over 25s will increase by 4.2%, while the rates for younger workers will increase by only 0.9% to 1.4%.

 

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

 

“Young workers are getting a raw deal, especially those stuck on the minimum wage. As prices rise, their pay simply hasn’t kept up.

 

“More and more people rely on the minimum wage, but the pay rates aren’t increasing fast enough. The government’s target of £9 by 2020 now seems a fantasy. The minimum wage needs a serious boost in the coming years, especially for younger workers.

 

“I’d also encourage more employers to adopt the real Living Wage standard. Not only will it be good for their workers, but to help attract and retain talent.”

 

Read more: www.tuc.org.uk/industrial-issues/minimum-wage-younger-workers-worth-less-decade-ago-finds-tuc

 

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UK Pride dates

The dates for 2017 Pride events taking place across the UK can be found here. The TUC says “we want as many LGBT+ activists and allies at Pride events to demonstrate the trade union commitment - and continued fight - for LGBT+ equality.” 

Save the date: Pride Cymru in Cardiff will be taking place on 25-27 August 2017 http://www.pridecymru.co.uk/

 

Ends.

 

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Jo Rees

Equality Reps Network Project Officer (Maternity Cover)

Wales TUC, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD

TUC Cymru, 1 Heol yr Eglwys Gadeiriol, Caerdydd CF11 9SD

 

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Empowering Women in Uncertain Times – A Wales TUC Women’s Forum event

Saturday 11th March 2017, Unite Building

There is still chance to book a place on this free event which includes sessions on: women and Brexit, menopause in the workplace, sexual "banter" in the workplace, mindfulness, flexible working and the law, the manifesto for girls' rights.

For further information and booking:

www.eventbrite.com/e/empowering-women-in-uncertain-times-tickets-31934519006?aff=affiliate1

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UN day against racism rally

Saturday 18th March Cardiff

The Wales TUC Equalities Committee is supporting this march to mark the UN day against racism. Come and join us at the march: assemble at 11am at Grange Gardens, Cardiff. Full details and leaflets (available in Welsh and English)for distribution can be printed via the link below:

www.wtuclearn.org.uk/resource/leaflets-un-day-against-racism-event-18th-march-cardiff

 

 

Workplace diversity survey

 

The Wales TUC is promoting its latest survey investigating diversity/equality at work.  The results will form a very important part of the Wales TUC’s  work on this issue and your voice and experiences in Welsh workplaces would be much appreciated.  The survey is bilingual and completely confidential although we will use broad trends to influence any future reports or documents on this issue.  Respondents don’t have to be union members and the survey is very short.

 

Please fill in the survey and pass it on to your contacts: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wtucdiversity

 

Mae gennym arolwg newydd sy’n ymchwilio i amrywiaeth/cydraddoldeb yn y gwaith. Bydd y canlyniadau’n rhan bwysig iawn o’n gwaith ar y mater hwn a byddem yn gwerthfawrogi’n fawr eich barn a’ch profiadau o fod mewn gweithfannau yng Nghymru.  Mae’r arolwg yn ddwyieithog ac yn gwbl gyfrinachol er y byddwn yn defnyddio tueddiadau cyffredinol i ddylanwadu ar unrhyw ddogfennau neu adroddiadau ar y mater hwn yn y dyfodol. Nid oes angen i’r sawl sy’n ymateb fod yn aelodau o undeb ac mae’r arolwg yn fyr iawn. 

 

A fyddech cystal â chwblhau’r arolwg hwn a’i anfon ymlaen at eich cysylltiadau.  

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WTUCamrywiaeth

If you would like to know more about how we will protect your data: www.tuc.org.uk/terms-and-conditionsSurvey

 

 

Wales TUC Equality Forums

Want to get more involved in the equality work of the Wales TUC?

The Wales TUC disability forum is open to new members. The forum exists to help promote disability equality through the trade union movement in Wales, and gets involved in activities such as helping to plan trade union events, surveys, resources and campaigns to raise awareness and advance disability equality in the workplace. The forum works on the Social Model of Disability and is run by disabled union members. It is primarily for disabled members and activists but any member with an interest in disability matters is also able to attend and take part in the meetings.

It meets around four times per year and is due to meet on the following dates this year:

·       20th March

·       25th May

·       13th September.

Meetings are held in the Unite Building at 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD.

If you’d like to find out more about the disability forum contact Terry Mills terrymills1@aol.com

The Wales TUC also has Women’s, LGBT, BME and Youth forums. Contact jrees@tuc.org.uk for more information on how to get involved or join a forum.

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Wales TUC residential school for experienced women union representatives

Thursday 6th April -  Friday 7th April 2017, Llanelli

The Wales TUC is offering 20 places on a 2 day residential school to experienced women workplace union representatives.  The school aims to provide participants with opportunity to build knowledge and skills, identify tools to cope with the increasing demands of the role of the union workplace rep and to develop union support networks.  The school is a fantastic development opportunity for those women active within their union for a number of years or who hold union roles with in their branches.

Sessions to include: sexual harassment, equality law, dealing with stress at work, menopause and work, Trade Union (Wales) Bill update, confidence building and networking.

If you would like any further information about the event, please contact gpearce@tuc.org.uk

 

Dying to Work Campaign

Neath Port Talbot council has become the first organisation in Wales to sign a charter to help terminally ill workers. The voluntary charter is part of the TUC’s “Dying to Work” campaign www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-39032061

Find out more about the campaign here: http://www.dyingtowork.co.uk/

 

 

Women are making trade unions relevant again, says Rachel Holmes of The Guardian

Forget the idea of blokes and beer. With a majority of its members female, the movement is primed to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination. Wales TUC menopause survey mentioned…

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/22/women-trade-unions-gender-pay-gap-discrimination

 

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Campaign news from Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign (WASPI)

The campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality is organising a march outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster to coincide with budget day, 8th March. There are places available on a bus going from South Wales for those who would like to join the march. If you would like to get in touch regarding the bus seats, please contact Anne Meacock of Usdaw (please contact via jrees@tuc.org.uk to get in touch with Anne).

 

 

International Women’s Day 8th March: Will you #BeBoldForChange?

 

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.  Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity.

How will you #BeBoldForChange?

 

Find out more at www.internationalwomensday.com

 

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News from WEN Wales: International Women's Day programme of events

 

International Women’s Day worldwide is a celebration of the achievements and contribution of women and the women’s movement. In line with the UN’s theme for this year, ‘Be Bold For Change’, the Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales and Fizzi Productions are designing an inclusive programme of events in both Cardiff and Swansea, focussed on the theme ‘Creating An Equal Future.’ View details of events here: us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6e5ee9551ab72b3e504505e3f&id=9731b03be0&e=a478948233

www.wenwales.org.uk

 

The motherhood pay penalty

 

By the age of 42, mothers who are in full-time work are earning 11 per cent less than full-time women without children. New report published by the TUC this week:

www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/MotherhoodPayPenalty.pdf

 

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“You don’t look disabled” – TUC guidance on ‘invisible’ impairments  -  bit.ly/1LR9guq

 

 

Trade unions and disabled members: Why the Social Model matters:

 

www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/socialmodel.pdf

 

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Autism Awareness in the Workplace

The Wales TUC’s new Autism Awareness in the Workplace Wales Toolkit for union reps and officers will be published shortly and is now available to pre-order: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AAiWToolkitPreOrder

Autism Awareness in the Workplace course for union reps and officers will be offered in South Wales in late May and North Wales in early June – details to be circulated once confirmed.

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Neurodiversity seminars – diary markers 26th and 28th April

The Wales TUC is organising 2 x one day neurodiversity seminars to be held in late April. These are planned to take place on 26th April in South Wales and 28th April in North Wales (tbc – more details to be circulated once confirmed).

“Neurodiversity” is a relatively new term that refers to the diversity of the human brain and people’s “neurocognitive functioning”. This means there is a wide range of difference in how people’s brains work and not everyone is “neuro-typical” - a term describing those without neurological conditions. “Neurodiversity” recognises that some people’s brains are ‘wired’ differently.

The seminars will look at how union reps can help support neurodiversity in the workplace with a particular focus on autism awareness. The events will include the launch of the new Autism Awareness in the Workplace Wales Toolkit for union reps and officers.

The union Prospect has some excellent online resources on neurodiversity which can be found here www.prospect.org.uk/at-work/neurodiversity/index?_ts=2947

 

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Racism at Work

Racism is on the rise. For many Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) workers, racism at work is part of their everyday life.

The TUC has launched an online survey to expose the everyday reality of racism. Racism at Work is the first survey of its kind in the trade union movement.

Racism at Work can take many forms, from facing racial harassment at a work to being denied access to promotion or training. We are asking non-unionised as well as unionised workers to complete the survey. We are also keen to hear from anyone who has witnessed any form of racial harassment or discrimination.

This is your chance to share your experience about racism at work by completing the survey:

Racism at Work survey - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RacismAtWork

 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Wilf Sullivan wsullivan@tuc.org.uk or Natasha Owusu nowusu@tuc.org.uk.

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Update on the Wales TUC menopause in the workplace survey report and resources

The Wales TUC’s menopause survey is now closed and the report is being worked on at the moment, work is expected to be completed in late March. A big thank you to everyone who helped by circulating or completing the survey – it was the biggest response the Wales TUC has ever received to a survey. More news on the report and resources to follow soon.

 

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Still just a bit of banter? Sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016

TUC report : www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/SexualHarassmentreport2016.pdf

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Government must ‘up its game’ to stamp out gender pay gap, says TUC

Commenting on the government’s response to the Women and Equality Select Committee’s report on the gender pay gap, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 
“The government needs to up its game and tackle the root causes of the gender pay gap – not ignore them.
“This means removing the barriers that stop women getting better-paid jobs. And helping parents to share out caring responsibilities more equally.
“Ministers need to stop dragging their heels and challenge workplace discrimination full on.”

www.tuc.org.uk/equality-issues/gender-equality/equal-pay/government-must-%E2%80%98-its-game%E2%80%99-stamp-out-gender-pay-gap-says

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UK Pride dates

The dates for 2017 Pride events taking place across the UK can be found here. The TUC says “we want as many LGBT+ activists and allies at Pride events to demonstrate the trade union commitment - and continued fight - for LGBT+ equality.” 

Save the date: Pride Cymru in Cardiff will be taking place on 25-27 August 2017 http://www.pridecymru.co.uk/

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Scrap tribunal fees to help fight dress code discrimination

www.tuc.org.uk/equality-issues/scrap-tribunal-fees-help-fight-dress-code-discrimination

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New government pregnancy discrimination plans don’t go far enough, says TUC

Commenting on a report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

 

“We are pleased the government has finally published its plans for tackling pregnancy discrimination. However Ministers are still not confronting the elephant in the room – the impact of employment tribunal fees.

 

“Bad bosses will continue to get away with discriminating against new mums as long as it costs up to £1,200 to take a pregnancy discrimination claim.

“It’s also very disappointing that the government has not extended the time women have to bring a claim.

 

“My advice to women is to join a union. As the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlighted pregnant women and new mums are treated better in workplaces that recognise trade unions.”

www.tuc.org.uk/equality-issues/new-government-pregnancy-discrimination-plans-don%E2%80%99t-go-far-enough-says-tuc

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We was there!

 

STAND UP TO RACISM

 

Join us in Cardiff on March 18

 

Join the worldwide marches for Anti-racism Day

 

 

Hello All,

 

Great to see more people involved in the monthly meeting. The importance of Mar 18 Demo on UN Anti-Racism Day was well established. Following which we have come up with following campaign to raise awareness about the demo

 

Demo Name: 

 

Solidarity March

 

Key Issues: 

 

1. Islamophobia

2. Refugees

3. Bigotry/Sexism

4. Tradition

5. Freedom Of Movement

 

 

How are we going to run the campaign?

 

One Key issue will be addressed for a week, which would mean next 5 weeks will set us up nicely for the Mar 18 Demo

 

02/02/2017 - 10/02/2017 : Islamophobia

11/02/2017 - 12/02/2017 : Refugees

18/02/2017 - 24/02/2017 : Bigotry/Sexism

25/02/2017 - 03/03/2017 : Tradition

04/03/2017 - 10/03/2017 : Freedom Of Movement

11/03/2017 - 17/03/2017 : Back Logs

 

What are we going to do? (Content Generation)

 

1. We will be running stories from local communities

2. Getting endorsement from Celebrities, Politicians, Businesses (Video or Quote) and getting them involved.

3. Q & A session

4. Memes

5. Witty Twitter engagement 

6. Viral Challenge

7. PR

 

What happens to Content?

 

1. Videos & Quotes will be shared on Facebook & Twitter

2. Stories will be shared on Facebook & Twitter

3. Q & A Session will be more of Live streaming

4. Memes is to keep the campaign lively & engaging

 

 

What & Who do we need now?

 

1. We need everyone to reach out to their friends, family, community to find out stories for every respective key issue listed above.

2. Reach out to local businesses and see if they are interested to have our leaflets left at their reception and get involved

3. Reach out to Global brands who have openly condemned Trump and get them involved

4. Anyone who can make a Documentary video to cover the stories. 

5. Anyone who can make a promo video for the demo

6. Anyone who can do Memes

7. Anyone who is willing to handle twitter account

8. Ideas about silly challenge for social media that might go viral

9. Anyone who is available to talk on Radio, TV, English & Welsh Speakers

10. If you anyone else has any other idea arts, performance, gigs, fund raisers, anything to contribute and raise awareness let us know

 

Contact Krishna to let us know how you can help and for more details 

 

phone: 07456506291

email: srikrishna.katari@gmail.com

 

You can also join the what's app group via this link:

 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/97Q64Zlq1wCKPXu5rhNxcB

 

Best Regards,

 

Krishna

 

 

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Hi all,

 

Please find attached the notes from the meeting held in April. If you have not already responded but would like to attend the next meeting which is due to take place on Monday 21st September please let me know ASAP. I have to finalise numbers for refreshments at the start of next week. The meeting will be held in the Plas Antaron Hotel in Aberystwyth. An agenda will be sent out next week.

 

Many thanks,

Helen

 

Helen Huelin

Area Organiser

 

UNISON Cymru Wales

The Courtyard

Wind Street

Swansea

SA1 1DP

 

Mobile: 07957 505756

Tel: 01792 483909

 

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Wales TUC Equality Briefing

                                                                                  

Book now for your chance to attend the Wales TUC Equality Briefing. The event will include updates on key equality issues for trade unionists in Wales and an opportunity to find out the latest information in the equality field from experts. Delegates will have a chance to attend presentations and take part in discussions and workshops on a diverse range of topics including:

Shared parental leave - domestic violence - autism awareness in the workplace - mental health - the gender pay gap - hate crime and other topics.

Date: Thursday 16th April 2015

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AZ 

Cost: Free

Who should attend: Trade union equality reps, equality officers, union reps/shop stewards, branch officials, health and safety reps, union learning reps, union professional officers and any union activists with an interest in equality issues.                                                                            




Time off, travel and expenses: All attendees should speak to their own union in advance to discuss permission to claim back travel and expenses from their union and for advise regarding securing time off to attend.

 

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided - please advise us in advance of any dietary or access requirements on the online booking form.

 

 

Food bank collection: There is no obligation, but if you are able, please bring an item of non-perishable food to donate to the local food bank.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

 

Nicola Savage

WTUC Equality Representative Network Officer

 

Wales TUC Education Team
Wales TUC Cymru
Tel: 029 2034 7010
Email
:
 nsavage@tuc.org.uk

 
 
     

2015 Workplace Equality Index

As part of the submission for the Workplace Equality Index, we need to give staff access to Stonewall’ feedback questionnaire.

Ordinarily it is only distributed to LGBT staff, but we have been instructed to distribute to all staff from this year on.

 

It takes about 5 minutes to fill in following the link below you have to enter the 3 digit code provided below.  We would appreciate as many people filling in the questionnaire a possible and do appreciate your time.  It goes directly to Stonewall and is totally anonymous apart from the 3 digit code we will all use.

 

Please see below.

 

Kind regards

 

Thank you for your interest in the 2015 Workplace Equality Index. All organisations participating in the Index are asked to invite their employees to fill in a questionnaire giving feedback directly to Stonewall on their experiences working in that organisation. The questionnaire is open to heterosexual as well as lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. It is worth five per cent of the overall marks in the assessment.

 

To participate, you will need to distribute the following to ALL staff:

 

The link to the questionnaire: www.stonewall.org.uk/wei2015/survey

Your organisation's unique three digit code: 188

 

Responses submitted online will go directly to Stonewall

 

 

 

Reg Fish

 

Renal Systems Analyst

Nephrology& Transplant

UHW    

Tel:     029 2074 6791

Fax:     029 2074 3525

 

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National Disabled Members Conference 2012

National Disabled Members Conference 2012

The ballot results and decisons from the Disabled Members Conference held 27th - 29th October 2012 in Brighton are attached. 
Link to a PDF document on this site

 

 

UNISON equality scheme - making it happen

 

 

Equality matters in UNISON. We've have a tailormade equality scheme to give us the tools to embed equality in everything we do, systematically and consistently.

There was extensive consultation on our draft scheme and our equality action plans. The scheme was revised following the consultation and remains a living document.

Equality matters

UNISON's equality scheme is a tool to help us make sure equality is promoted in everything we do. The equality strands in UNISON's scheme are age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion/belief and sexual orientation - plus low paid members and other groups facing discrimination, for example migrant workers. It includes detailed equality action plans for every head office unit and region. 

We are now at the end of the first year of the three year scheme. Regions and head office units are completing reports on what they have achieved in year one and any revision to their plans for years two and three. 

Equality makes sense

The equality scheme:

  • demonstrates that UNISON is a best practice organisation
  • brings new members into the union
  • builds the skills that activists and staff need to integrate equality into our work
  • assists us equality-proof our organising, negotiations and campaigns
  • sets smart targets so we can measure progress and communicate achievements.

Members in the driving seat

UNISON's lay member committees, UNISON staff and their trade unions have all been involved in the development of the equality scheme. 

A new guide for UNISON branches sets out how they can make sure equality is part of everything they do. It introduces the equality scheme and explains how it can be put into practice locally. 

Making equality happen in UNISON branches

Guide setting out how branches can make sure equality is part of everything they do. 
Link to a PDF document on this siteAcrobat PDF (2503369 bytes)

For more information, email: 
equality@unison.co.uk or write to us at

UNISON Means Equality, 1 Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9AJ.

 

Developing self-organised groups

(26/08/11) UNISON is reviewing how its self-organised groups work – and aims to makes them work even better

 

Going local with UNISON's online print service

(26/08/11) UNISON'S online print service can help branches and regions create campaign materials customised for local use

 

Equalities

Select the links below

Black Members

Disabled Members

LGBT

Retired Members

Women

Young members