Equalities strategy

We want to deliver a more equal and fairer world of work. We want Community to be a union where everyone feels welcome and we represent every member. Our equalities activity helps us to do this.

To view our strategy for equalities, Just click here.

Stand up for equality!

We're looking for members to become equalities reps

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Join the conversation

Join members on our equalities facebook group to get involved in our work

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Equalities training

Courses that may help you when it comes to mental health, diversity or building your confidence.

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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.

Yet this doesn’t come without challenges. 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.

Key to creating this change for our members is the work of equalities at every level of the union. Equalities issues are not something that belong only to people who define into underrepresented groups. They are workplace issues that affect everyone.

But all 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.

View the full strategy here.
To get involved email equalities@community-tu.org.

Equalities news and updates

Let’s invest in the skills of our young workers
Kate Dearden - July 15th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Young workers today are growing up in a unique environment. Economic shifts – brought on both by rapidly developing technology, globalisation and the looming threat [...]
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A difficult Pride month
Joe Vinson - June 28th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
It’s been a difficult Pride month. For another year, Covid has seen our usual celebrations cancelled and our fantastic pride marches postponed, separating those of [...]
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A better deal for LGBT+ workers
Melantha Chittenden - June 9th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Pride month means different things to different people – that’s one of the many things that’s so great about it. For some it’s a protest, [...]
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Creating more equal workplaces
Lauren Crowley - May 21st, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
The business need to demonstrate inclusivity has never been higher as consumer expectation of companies, employers and organisations are changing rapidly. A vital role for [...]
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IDAHOBIT Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing
Lauren Crowley - May 17th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Trade unions, and trade union activists, have a long history of supporting LGBT+ communities. As trade unionists we have a responsibility to support all of [...]
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For equal workplaces, we need to be allies to the deaf community
Lauren Crowley - May 6th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
This week has been Deaf Awareness Week, an opportunity to raise awareness and challenge perceptions of hearing loss and deafness, promoting the positive aspects of living [...]
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Racism is a trade union issue
Christopher Knight - April 21st, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The last twelve months has brought issues of race and structural racism to the forefront of public discussion in ways not seen for decades. From [...]
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A long way to go: Community responds to Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
Community - March 31st, 2021 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
Responding to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, Deborah Lawson, Assistant General Secretary of Community (Voice section) said: “We welcome the report’s recognition of [...]
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Stephen Lawrence Foundation partnership with Community
Community - March 30th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
We are immensely proud to be partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation to promote racial equality in our members’ schools and workplaces. Working together, [...]
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A message of solidarity
Community - March 11th, 2021 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
Nobody should feel unsafe in the streets. Nobody should feel that they are unable to walk home alone at night. There should be no climate [...]
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