Equality Legislation & Policy Guidance (pdf)

  • This is a useful document giving information on legislation that deals with equality with a particular slant on Employment Law areas.  It contains guidance on negotiation and formulation of an Equality & Diversity Policy in your workplace.

Public Sector Equality Duty Factsheet – The general equality duty means that public sector employers must give “due regard” to the need to:

  • Stop unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Promote equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Have you had enough of sexual harassment?
It seems that sexual harassment is endemic in workplaces. Perhaps we’re only hearing so much about it in the news at the moment because some brave women have decided to finally speak out and say, enough is enough!

Employers, employees and trade unions together need to tackle the issue and ensure that such behaviour is never tolerated, whilst ensuring that employees are fully aware of what steps they can take if they are victims of harassment.

Check out the TUC guidance

Femicide Census – Profiles of women killed by men
Women’s Aid published a report on femicide last year. This report reveals the number of women killed by men in England and Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016. Collating the femicides together in one report shows that the killings are not isolated incidents; too many of them follow a similar pattern of male violence against women.

Violence against women is a major campaigning issue for UNISON and we are opposed to all violence, whatever the gender or age of the perpetrator or victim. Branches and regions are encouraged to continue to campaign against all forms of violence.

Download the full report

Getting the balance right – A toolkit for achieving proportionality in UNISON
The purpose of this toolkit is to help in achieving proportionality in UNISON. More women than men are joining trade unions now as they are the most vulnerable members of the workforce and have borne the brunt of austerity in the UK. It is vital to facilitate women’s participation, support and actively encourage them.

The chances of achieving equality, improving the lives of women and breaking down gendered barriers are far higher if we involve more women in trade union activity and if we mainstream ‘women’s issues’.

Download the toolkit