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

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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My experience as a trans person
Dr Finn Ballard - December 8th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
This is a blog by Dr Finn Ballard on their experiences as a transgender person.  To undertake a gender transition, or a process of affirmation [...]
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Looking out for each other
Steven McGurk - December 7th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Working at RSBi (Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries) in Glasgow – Europe’s largest supported business – we provide essential goods and services to Glasgow City Council [...]
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Building back better – disabled people and COVID-19
Emily Brothers - December 3rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Today marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Emily Brothers considers the opportunities and threats having resonance in this year’s theme: Building Back Better [...]
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Coronavirus has shown why young workers need unions
Jack Whiston - November 19th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Coronavirus has had a massive cascading impact across all walks of life, and especially on young workers. The impacts that we have suffered not only [...]
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Why having a menopause policy at work is important
Jennifer Dean - November 11th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
When my employer Community recently put in place a menopause policy, I was delighted.  Around the same time that I started working at Community, I [...]
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Community members mark menopause awareness day
Community - October 22nd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Last week Community members across the UK marked menopause awareness day in different workplaces across the country. We wanted to highlight just one of those [...]
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