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

Community - July 30th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
To show continued support for new and expectant mothers, Community are backing the “Pregnancy & Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill”. Joining a group of other organisations [...]
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Community - July 17th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
As part of ongoing work to tackle racial discrimination and inequality, Community has become the first trade union to sign up to Business In The [...]
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Community - July 8th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community inputs to review of impact of COVID-19 on BAME workers Community has shared our findings and recommendations on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME [...]
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Christopher Knight - June 30th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
I’m sure that all members will join me to express deep distress at the death of George Floyd, and their support for all those affected [...]
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Abi Sesay - June 25th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Incidents of the past fortnight, following the murder of George Floyd in America, have made landmark histories with a rippling effect across continents. In the [...]
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Anna Mowbray - June 25th, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
This June 2020 would have been a month of Pride celebrations. However, this year, large scale parades and celebrations will not be possible.    To mark the month in these more [...]
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Community - June 24th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss CBE, yesterday hosted a live zoom call for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) members. The call was an opportunity [...]
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Community - June 24th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Yesterday, Henpicked Menopause In The Workplace, the UK’s leading menopause experts, led an insightful webinar for Community members and friends, about making our workplaces menopause [...]
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Community - June 23rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
INWED is an international awareness campaign which raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls [...]
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Roy Rickhuss - June 19th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
In light of recent protests that are taking place in the UK and across the world I wanted to write and tell you about the [...]
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