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

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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We can’t let the pandemic turn back the clock for women in the workplace
Lauren Crowley - March 8th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Three in ten of women members reported that they are working more hours now than before the pandemic, compared to three in twenty men. 62% [...]
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Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation partners with Community to support teachers promoting racial equality
Community - February 25th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The partnership will work to support teachers to deliver lessons around the story of Stephen’s life to teach young people about tolerance and anti-discrimination. Community [...]
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How my apprenticeship opened up opportunities
Megan Edwards - February 11th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
For National Apprenticeships Week I thought that I would share my own experience of what it was like to be an apprentice, why I applied [...]
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LGBT+ History Month 2021
Melantha Chittenden - February 1st, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today marks the first day of LGBT History Month. It is a time when LGBT people and their allies celebrate the lives and legacies of [...]
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The difference equalities policies can make
Lisa Francis - January 28th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Equality is something that I have been passionate about for some time. Before Community I worked in a residential unit for people with mental health [...]
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