Self Organised Groups

UNISON is committed to achieving equality for all. One of the ways we promote equality is through self-organisation. Self-organisation brings together members from certain under represented groups - women members, black members, disabled members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members. Self-organisation helps the union identify and challenge discrimination and build equality. It can be a way for members to get involved in the union, developing skills, expertise and confidence.

Why does UNISON promote self-organisation?

Trade unionism is all about organising workers around a common experience. We organise members in a number of different ways, such as by employer, by occupational group (home care workers, police staff, teaching assistants and so on) and by geography.

Self-organisation is members organising around their experience of prejudice and discrimination. Because prejudice and discrimination are deep-rooted in our society, women members, black members, disabled members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members have traditionally been less visible in trade unions and under-represented in democratic structures. Self-organisation offers a way to address this.

It is sometimes thought that because the members of self-organised groups meet separately, self-organisation is separatism. It is not. UNISON's self-organised groups are a well-established part of our organisation. They are actively involved in all the union's mainstream work. They have a valuable role in ensuring that the union identifies and takes up equality issues, actively challenges discrimination and that our democratic structures reflect the whole membership.

Self-organisation strengthens UNISON. Self-organised groups may be the first point of contact with the union for members and potential members. Many members who become involved via a self-organised group go on to hold senior positions at branch, regional and national level. Self-organisation can and should be a vibrant and dynamic part of UNISON: welcoming new activists, encouraging participation and helping members take on other roles in the union.

Nottingham City UNISON – Self Organised Groups

Within the Branch we encourage all groups to meet regularly and report back to Branch Executive Committee. We also encourage attendance at the annual National Conferences:-

  • Black Members' Conference 18 - 20 January 2019, Llandudno
  • Women's Conference 14 -16  February 2019, Bournemouth
  • Disabled Members' Conference - date to be announced
  • LGBT Member's Conference - date to be announced

We also have equality groups for retired members and young members.

  • National Pensioners Parliament 11 - 13 June 2019, Blackpool   
  • Retired Members' Conference - date to be announced
  • Young Members' Weekend 10 - 12 May 2019, Belfast

Further details of the conferences can be found on the UNISON National website

If you would like to become more involved, or are interested in attending conference please contact the relevant Officer below. Alternatively you may contact the Branch Office and ask to be put on the appropriate SOG mailing list.

Equalities Officer - Najeeb Nazir - 8762174 
Women's SOG Officer - Clare Copeland, Donna Rebouse, Carla Williams
Disabled Members SOG Officer - Vacant
Black Members SOG Officer - Vacant
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Members SOG Officer - Vacant
Retired Members Secretary - Clive Norris - via Branch Office on 8762441
Young Members Officer - Vacant  

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