Community launches equalities strategy

Community has launched a new booklet setting out the union’s plans around the equalities agenda.

Entitled A Strategy for Equalities, it has been distributed by email to all Community members. Hard copies will be distributed over the coming weeks.

Community general secretary Roy Rickhuss said: “We are proud of the diversity of our membership. We represent and welcome members and their families across all industries, sectors and regions of the UK. Striving for equality and fairness for our members at work and in wider society is at the heart of what we do.

“Our brand new A strategy for equalities document outlines how we will create change for our members through the work of equalities at every level of the union. Whether negotiating for equal pay and reasonable adjustments or representing members in a discrimination case or a sexual harassment complaint, our strategy outlines how we aim to support our members and ensure nobody gets left behind.

“This is not something we can do individually. It’s a plan for how every one of us can work collectively, no matter where your workplace is or to which sector you belong, to create a more equal and fairer world of work.”

Community’s Head of Equalities Lauren Crowley says in the introduction to the strategy: “The landscape of work in the UK is changing and the challenge for trade unions to stay relevant is as urgent now as ever. More women are entering the workforce, younger workers expect to work flexibly and in new forms of employment, technology is changing the nature of work. If we don’t modernise, identify and develop future leaders; if we look visibly and significantly different from our membership and the wider workforce then we risk losing effectiveness, relevance and purpose.

“We know we’ll need to test new ways of working and engagement to reach beyond our traditional membership and learn from what does or does not work. So in partnership with our membership, our staff and our National Executive Council we have written this strategic plan and committed to its contents. Key to creating this change for our members is the work of equalities at every level of the union.”

The equalities strategy sets out what Community aims to achieve across a range of areas in terms of its equalities bargaining agenda, increasing the diversity of its members and activists, championing equalities issues and being an inclusive employer.

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