Government launches a survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK.  UNISON is encouraging members to complete the survey:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-lgbt-survey

Branches and Prides in the South West

In the summer edition of Out in UNISON there is an article (attached) about the importance of branches being involved in Prides.  In this region branches have increasingly taken responsibility for our stall at Prides and have enjoyed supporting our LGBT members – particularly Bristol, Swindon, Plymouth and Gloucester.  It’s a great way to keep equality a reality, to recruit and spend relaxed time with members.  Cornwall Pride is on 26 August, Totnes Pride, 2 September and Salisbury Pride provisionally 16th September – I’m sure the branches will be there too.

At the TUC Black Workers Conference a motion was passed to support Black Mental Health UK’s current campaign.

UNISON Black members are encouraging members to sign the petition calling for a ban on Taser firearms against patients detained on locked psychiatric wards. The link is:  BMH UKs National Taser SurveyThe deadline is 10 September 2017

Right to Remain for EU citizens – Lobby 13 September

message from Katia Widlak, Assistant National Officer, Organising unit

UNISON is backing a new lobby for the ‘right to remain’ for EU citizens in the UK on September 13th and wants to  ensure that we have a large and visible UNISON presence. We are one of the main partners alongside the 3Million, Global Justice and the Migrant rights Network  –https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2017/07/eu-lobby/

The lobby coincides with the second reading of EU Withdrawal Bill (originally called the Great Repeal Bill).  This is going to be much larger than the previous lobby in February and there are plans for a rally afterwards.

Some of our EU activists, branches and regions are already doing some promotional work and are organising coaches on the day to take members and their family to London.

South West Disabled Members Meeting – 23 September

The Disabled Members meeting will be held on Saturday 23 September at the UNISON office, Taunton.

This meeting is open to all disabled members, if you are a UNISON member who identifies as disabled and would like to come along then please emailequalityunisonsw@unison.co.uk