Equalities and young members

Equality is at the heart of UNISON. We challenge discrimination and win quality in the workplace and beyond.

Everyone shares responsibility for equality in UNISON. But our equality work includes groups for members who experience particular types of prejudice and discrimination. These groups meet locally and nationally to discuss, campaign and organise around the specific issues that affect them. They help UNISON understand equality and meet our equality aims.

Our four self-organised groups are for Black members; disabled members; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members; and women members. We also have equality groups for young members and retired members.


Do you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender? Trade unions exist to improve the working lives of their members. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers face harassment and discrimination. It’s hard to deal with on your own. As a UNISON member you  have a voice in the UK’s largest public service union, committed to […]

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Women members

Women’s self-organisation in UNISON exists to ensure that women have the opportunity to meet together to discuss issues of common concern and link into the main agenda and priorities of the Union as a whole. In the Northern Region, women organise through the Regional Women’s Network. Want to get involved? Contact: Hollie Pinder, Regional Women’s […]

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Young members

UNISON in the Northern Region has an active Young Members Group which meets regularly to discuss issues of common concern and interest to young members (aged 30 or under). Meetings are friendly and informal; attending the meetings gives you the opportunity to be involved in shaping your union and making sure young members have their […]

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Anti-Racism and Community Cohesion

We celebrate Black History Month in October where we remember the valuable contributions of black people to the UK over centuries. UNISON has a long history of challenging inequality and tackling racism in the workplace and in wider society. The prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement throughout 2020 has shown that there is still […]

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Black members

UNISON is committed to fighting racism and discrimination for its members at work and in their communities. Through the UNISON self organised Black Members Group black members have a voice, an opportunity to come together and work on key issues for themselves. Black workers are over represented in low paid, temporary or casual employment and […]

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Disabled members

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. The Group meets four times a year (including an Annual General Meeting) in different venues across the Northern Region and aims; to raise the profile of disabled […]

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