ARE WE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE?
How successful is UNISON when it comes to promoting and winning equality in the workplace?
That is the question the union’s 2016 online equality survey aims to answer.
Aimed at all UNISON members, the survey asks unison members about their experience of equality and discrimination where they work.
UNISON is urging all members to take part in the survey, as the answers will help the union identify where things are going well, and where we can do better.
The survey is for UNISON members and can be completed anonymously, although members do have the option to include contact details in case the union needs to follow something up.
It will also include some specific questions about pressure at work, stress, and mental health, as this is of significant and growing concern.
The survey takes about five minutes to complete and can be found online atsurveymonkey.co.uk/r/78NXJ5F.
NatCen - Social Research
Subject:Equal Opportunities Committee – Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill, Stage 1
Equal Opportunities Committee
The Equal Opportunities Committee has launched a call for written views to help with its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill. The Committee wishes to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to submit their views and, to facilitate the submission of views, a form is available on our website at—
The Bill would introduce same-sex marriage and also make various general changes to marriage law. This would include putting belief celebrants on the same footing as religious celebrants, allowing civil marriage ceremonies to take place anywhere, other than religious premises, and allowing transgender people to stay married when obtaining the full Gender Recognition Certificate.
The call for evidence will run until 23 August 2013. More information about the Committee’s Stage 1 inquiry can be found at—
Convener, Equal Opportunities Committee
Promoting equality and human rights across the Highlands & Islands of Scotland
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Review of Highland's 'deprived' areas to take place
Highland Council are to undertake a review of areas considered to be 'deprived' and therefore eligible to access a share of the £416,000 Deprived Area Fund aimed at creating jobs. This comes at a time of particular concern over the effects welfare cuts will have on communities across Highland. Find out more
Barra community challenge council's budget cuts
Around 60 people challenged council representatives on budget cuts at a recent consultation meeting in Barra. During the three hour meeting anger was expressed at how budget savings risked affecting the vulnerable, the aged, the disabled and "people not able to defend themselves", with added concern that the cuts are not being equally shared across the islands. Find out more
Island fuel prices highlighted
The high cost of fuel in the islands has been raised with the Office of Fair Trading by MSPs. This has been prompted by continuing debate over the effect fuel prices have on businesses, drivers and tourists in the area. Find out more
Scottish Living Wage commitment
The Scottish Government has announced a new living wage of £7.45 for employees working in certain parts of the public sector, and is urging employers in the private, public and third sectors to follow suit. The new rate will come into force as of 1 April 2013. Find out more
SHRC launch human rights report
The Scottish Human Rights Commission recently launched its 'Getting it Right?' report which looks at the realisation of human rights in Scotland. SHRC and SCVO are encouraging third sector organisations to get involved in the development of Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights. Find out more
Human rights event success
HIEF teamed up with the British Institute of Human Rights to hold a successful event in Inverness last month as part of BIHR's Human Rights Tour. The event gave an informative overview of human rights and how they can make a difference in our communities. BIHR have developed guidance and resources on human rights for voluntary and community organisations. Find out more
Shelter Scotland calls for action
A report by Shelter Scotland shows 5,300 children are currently living in unsuitable temporary accommodation with many facing health problems due to poorly maintained premises, the cold and poor hygiene. The charity fears the number of homeless children will rise as unemployment continues and families struggle to pay bills. Find out more
Women win equal pay battle
Over 170 women who worked in low paid jobs for Birmingham City Council have won the right to have their equal pay discrimination cases heard in the civil courts, and not just employment tribunals, following a ruling by the Supreme Court last month. The ruling has effectively extended the time available to bring a case to court from six months to six years. Find out more
Food waste roadshow in Inverness
The Food Waste Prevention roadshow will be at Tesco Inshes Retail Park, Inverness on Monday 26th November. This is part of a national project run by the Scottish Government offering shoppers advice on how to save on their food shopping. Find out more
World AIDS Day
Waverely Care are holding community events across Scotland on 1st December 2012 with the theme of 'Tackling HIV Together'. The Highlands and Islands event will be held in Inverness. Find out more
International Women's Day
The Scottish Women's Convention will be holding an event for International Women's Day in the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 9th March 2013 and are encouraging registrations of interest. Find out more
Voluntary Action Fund's Community Grants Programme deadline announced
The final deadline for applications to the Community Grant Fund has been announced as January 14th 2013. Applications for grants of up to £1,000 can be applied for, with groups working with health and disability issues, people excluded due to ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation, families and young people, and older people being considered priorities. Find out more
Nesta Investment Management seeking innovation
Nesta are looking to invest in social ventures that have a positive impact on some the UK's most pressing challenges, including the wellbeing of our ageing population, support of children and young people and the sustainability of our communities. Find out more
Comic Relief 'Local Communities' Programme deadline 11th January 2012
Small local groups or communities in areas of disadvantage can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000. Comic Relief will delivering the programme in conjunction with the Community Foundation Network. Find out more
Shared Care Scotland: Better Breaks
One year grants of up to £50,000 are being offered to third sector organisations in Scotland to develop additional, responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children and their families. The application deadline is 12th December 2012. Find out more
Family Holiday Association funding open
Funding for breaks for disadvantaged families in the UK is now available. Applications will only be accepted through referring agents such as social workers, health visitors and schools. Find out more
VOLANT Charitable Trust funding for charities and community groups
The VOLANT Charitable Trust, through the Scottish Community Foundation, will provide awards of up to £10,000 per year. The fund's primary focus is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. Find out more
Moray autism plan
Moray Council is helping to develop a Moray Autism Partnership Board which will be aimed at connecting adults with autism, parents, carers, council staff, the NHS and service providers. Find out more
New plans for islands fire service
Following the controversial closure of fire stations in the islands, the head of Scotland's new national fire service visited Orkney and Shetland last week to discuss the issues facing communities. Find out more
Moray and Highland Children's Panel plan
Councillors have voted for a controversial move that will see the Moray Children's Panel support team amalgamated with Highland Councils. Find out more
Highland Public Services Partnership Equality and Diversity Strategy Group
HIEF, along with the Highland Third Sector Partnership, is represented on this group to provide a voice for third sector organisations and community groups as part of the partnership's work to promote equality and diversity in Highland and eliminate unlawful discrimination. Find out more
HIEF is represented alongside other third sector organisations, community groups and individuals as part of Inclusive Cairngorms, the advisory group to the Cairngorm's National Park Authority, to support the group's aims to promote social inclusion and involvement in the Park. Find out more
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