Equality is the bedrock of Unison and as such one of its main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond.
It is the only union that has self organisation at its core to ensure that challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of everything we do.
Self Organised Groups at a national and regional level exist for the following groups of members;
Women members make up 70% of Unisons Membership.
The Women’s Network works hard to raise the profile of the role of women in the workplace and society in order to tackle the continued inequality that women still face.
Trade unions exist to improve the working lives of their members. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers continue to face harassment and discrimination which can be hard to deal with on your own. As a UNISON member you have a voice in the UK’s largest public service union that is committed to working for LGBT rights.
The Northern Region Disabled Members Self Organised Group is a group where members who self identify as disabled are welcomed and encouraged to participate in a supportive environment.
Black members in UNISON work to improve equality in the workplace and challenge racism and discrimination.
UNISON encourages young members to get involved in every level of the organisation. Nationally there are 63,000 young members and at regional level there are over 4,900. To be a young member you simply need to be under the age of 27.
Once you leave employment this does not have to be an end to your participation in UNISON. Retired members can have a vital role to play in passing on knowledge to younger branch officers and acting as members as well as campaigning with UNISON on matters such as the NHS or Welfare and Pensions issues.