Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Accessing trade union democracy

UNISON rightly takes equality very seriously. Although trade unions are not subject to the equality duty imposed upon public service organisations, UNISON aspires to attain similar standards.



Hence we have an equality scheme (http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/18146.pdf) which - although it needs updating - seeks to promote equality in every area of our Union's operation.



One of the important equality actions in that scheme commits us to have reviewed meeting rooms for their accessibility and to have an accessibility checklist for new venues.



This is vitally important because trade union democracy (which should be the lifeblood of a member-led union) requires that meetings are accessible and inclusive.



I'm quick enough to be critical of my own trade union when the occasion demands - and am therefore pleased to be able to say something that is simply, and entirely, positive.



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