LGBT+ workers forum and an update on equalities

Council workers recently established an LGBT+ forum to help empower staff that identify as LGBT+ and create a space for mutual support and guidance. The forum is the second employee forum to help ensure the rights of workers with protected characteristics, joining the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) forum for workers in health and social care, which has been running for over a decade.

Further employee networks are in the pipeline and the Council’s diversity and inclusion framework, which looks to be released soon, is looking at understanding the diversity of the workforce and ensuring this reflects the diversity of the city. Continue reading “LGBT+ workers forum and an update on equalities”

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – 17 May

Tomorrow is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), a time to highlight the injustices and bigotry faced by LGBT people across the world and to celebrate the diversity in our society.

Labour MP Peter Kyle will table a special debate in Parliament tomorrow to honour the day.

Unite are committed to ensuring justice and fair treatment for everyone at work and in the community. Read about equalities on the Unite the Union website. Continue reading “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – 17 May”

Stand Up to Racism Conference Scotland Conference 2019

On Saturday 2 February 2018 12 to 5pm at Unison Glasgow City Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1 1LQ.

Tickets are

  • £10
  • £5 for unwaged or students
  • free for refugees.

Book tickets for the SUTR Scotland Conference

Join the discussion and organise

Racism is on the rise—and the far right is seeking to take advantage. In Britain, UKIP, the ‘Football Lads’ and Tommy Robinson are trying to capitalise on the ‘hostile environment’ created by politicians and much of the media. How can we organise to challenge racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and the growth of the far right on the streets and in our communities?

February is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Macpherson Report in 1999. This followed the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in London. The report provoked a debate about institutional racism in the police but also in wider society. Yet two decades on, institutional racism and Islamophobia remain deeply entrenched.

How can we organise to challenge racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and the growth of the far right on the streets and in our communities?

Themes

  • Confronting the rise in racism
  • Islamophobia and antisemitism
  • Mobilising against the far right
  • Justice for Sheku Bayou
  • Defend freedom of movement
  • Solidarity with the Stansfield 15
  • Migration is not a crime
  • Refugees are welcome here

Speakers include

  • Talat Ahmed – Stand Up To Racism Scotland
  • Aamer Anwar – human rights lawyer
  • Sandra White – SNP MSP
  • Stephen Smellie – Unison Scotland vice convenor
  • Anas Sarwar – Labour MSP
  • Melanie Strickland – one of the Stansted 15
  • Gordon Martin – RMT union Scotland organiser
  • Shafiq Mohammed – Asylum Seeker Housing Project

Other events

National march against racism in Glasgow on Saturday 16 March 2019.