UNISON's membership is made up of individuals from all walks of life and all parts of the world. Every one of them is entitled to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.
Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of UNISON's policies. Because we recognise that equality is an inseparable part of all trade union issues, we actively campaign for equality in the workplace and in the wider world.
As the UK's major public sector trade union, UNISON also recognises its responsibility to harness the skills and knowledge of its membership. This is achieved by giving voice to public service workers on how public services are best provided and promoting equality in their delivery.
UNISON is proud of its record in winning equality, but we are not complacent. We will continue to promote equality and campaign to eliminate discrimination wherever we encounter it.
Latest equality updates
(22/4/13) UNISON has submitted evidence to the review of the public sector equality duty in England, emphasising how important the duty is as a tool for effective and fair service delivery.
(5/2/13) UNISONís equality scheme has been developed to help us meet our equality objectives, within a framework that allows us to be consistent and inclusive in our equality actions. This is an update on recent work.
(31/1/13) The Equality and Human Rights Commission has had its budget slashed and its duties and functions reduced. As the new chair and board meet for the first time, a joint letter from unions and VCS organisations sets out our concerns about the reform programme and hopes for the future.
(15/1/13) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to equality minister Maria Miller expressing his concern about the timing and nature of the government's review of the public sector equality duty.
(09/05/12) This guidance is designed to help branches negotiate and organise around the Public Sector Equality Duty. This guidance also offers advice on how branches can use the duty to organise, recruit and represent members.
(18/01/12) Guide giving an overview of UNISON's agenda for promoting equality and tackling discrimination in employment, in public services, across society and in our union.