Branch AGM 2022—the nominees

Join the branch AGM on Thursday 24 March

Your branch AGM will be held on Thursday 24 March from 4pm to 6:30pm—email graeme.smith2@unitetheunion.org to get your invite to come along.

Nominations closed on 28 February, please find the list of nominees and some comments on these below.

The nominations

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International Women’s Day on 8 March

This International Women’s Day, our branch would like to draw attention to the historical successes women have achieved within the union movement.

In the past, as now, women within the workforce have struggled with low, sometimes poverty wages and insecure terms and conditions.

Take our survey on women and trade unions in the Council

Cradley Heath chainmakers’ fight for a fair wage

In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath won a battle to establish the right to a fair wage following a 10-week strike. This landmark victory changed the lives of thousands of workers who were earning little more than ‘starvation wages’.

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LGBT+ history month

Throughout February we are celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + (LGBT+) history month, a time to remember the struggles, key figures and events in the fight for rights and against discrimination, a fight that continues to this day in society and the workplace.

The theme for this year is politics in art: ‘the arc is long’, taken from Martin Luther King’s quote “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”.

Visit the LGBT+ history month site for resources and events, including an event on 9 February hosted by the University of Edinburgh—’From the 1969 Stonewall Riots to Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners Group: a history or revolt, defiance and solidarity.’

Read how the Council are marking LGBT+ history month on Newsbeat.

Fight for LGBT+ rights and equality in the Council

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Race Equality Week is 7 to 13 February

This year, from 7 to 13 February, we celebrate the second Race Equality Week. The week is a UK-wide event by Race Equality Matters, a group founded following the Black Lives Matter movement, that challenges organisations to seriously address issues of race in the workplace.

Learn about Race Equality Week.

See how the Council is marking the week on Newsbeat.

What you can do to fight for racial equality in the Council

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International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January

27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Holocaust Memorial Day encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides such as those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

HMD is a time for collective reflection and learning about genocide and persecution across the globe. It is a time to vow that never again shall the world see the evils of fascism.

Learn about Holocaust Memorial Day.
See how the Council is marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Newsbeat.

LGBT+ workers forum and an update on equalities

Council workers recently established an LGBT+ forum to help empower staff that identify as LGBT+ and create a space for mutual support and guidance. The forum is the second employee forum to help ensure the rights of workers with protected characteristics, joining the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) forum for workers in health and social care, which has been running for over a decade.

Further employee networks are in the pipeline and the Council’s diversity and inclusion framework, which looks to be released soon, is looking at understanding the diversity of the workforce and ensuring this reflects the diversity of the city. Continue reading “LGBT+ workers forum and an update on equalities”

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – 17 May

Tomorrow is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), a time to highlight the injustices and bigotry faced by LGBT people across the world and to celebrate the diversity in our society.

Labour MP Peter Kyle will table a special debate in Parliament tomorrow to honour the day.

Unite are committed to ensuring justice and fair treatment for everyone at work and in the community. Read about equalities on the Unite the Union website. Continue reading “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – 17 May”