Equalities

Community is a union for everyone. We are delivering a more equal and fairer world of work. Our equalities activity helps us to do this.

To view our strategy for equalities, just click here.

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We're looking for members to become equalities reps

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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.

Our equalities groups are made up of:

  • Women
  • Disabled workers
  • LGBT+ workers
  • BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) workers.

We organise with these groups because we know discrimination still exists at work and in society. If you identify with one of the above groups, you are likely to be paid less, more likely to be harassed and less likely to be promoted. When bad times hit, these groups of people are the ones most likely to be affected. That’s why equality work is so important to trade unions and goes to the heart of our purpose.

We organise in a number of ways by working with employers nationally and at a local branch level to represent members’ needs, negotiate reasonable adjustments and advise members on issues of importance. This happens through national officers, regional teams and local branch equalities reps.

On this page you’ll find resources and updates – to get involved email equalities@community-tu.org.

Our events and training courses are on hold during the Coronavirus lockdown. Please get in touch if you need support or advice.

Women members

Our women members campaign for equality and for women's rights. Click here to find out more and get involved.

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Disabled members

Community and the NLBD have a long tradition of fighting prejudice and for equality. Click here to find out what we are working on right now.

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BAME members

This section is about the work our BAME members do to fight racism and discrimination.

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LGBT+ members

Community's LGBT+ section work to campaign for equality in workplaces and wider society. Find out more here and how to get involved.

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Equalities news and updates

Lauren Crowley - May 29th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Click straight through to the new resources here. Today on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Equal Pay Act, we remember the struggle [...]
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Anna Mowbray - May 29th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
On 29th May, the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Equal Pay Act, members of Community’s equalities team attended a virtual conference hosted by [...]
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Community - May 24th, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
  Many Muslim Community members will be celebrating Eid ul Fitr this weekend, having observed Ramadan in very unusual circumstances. We want to wish all [...]
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Anna Mowbray - May 13th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
In my last post I talked about the importance of reps keeping up their work to represent members in this challenging time. At times like [...]
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Community - May 4th, 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
The TUC Women’s conference took place ahead of International Women’s Day in March. A delegation of Community activists from across the union’s sectors and regions [...]
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Community - April 25th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
On the centenary of the ‘Blind March’ arriving in Trafalgar Square to call for legislation to improve blind people’s rights, Community’s former president, Robert Mooney, [...]
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Roy Rickhuss - April 22nd, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
I was pleased to have an exclusive column for the Huffington Post published today about the importance of Stephen Lawrence Day and how the Coronavirus [...]
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Community - March 13th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community recently recently held an event for its young workers at the Quorn Grange in Loughborough. Offering young members the opportunity to share their stories [...]
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Community - March 7th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
The menopause is still a taboo subject for many women, but it’s not a women’s issue. Menopause is a workplace issue. The menopause is normal, [...]
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Community - February 21st, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Striving for equality is at the heart of what we do…” This week Community has launched its equalities strategy. A new booklet A Strategy for [...]
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