The branch equalities officer is supported
by a committee made up of reps from each stewards
committee, branch officers and reps from the
self organised groups. Ideally there would be
self organised groups for Women,
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Disabled
Members and Black Members.
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The committee's role is to work in consultation
with self organised groups to promote improvements
in conditions for disadvantaged groups and to
ensure equality is an issue considered in any
negotiations. The equalities officer is a member
of the service conditions team.
Self organised groups exist as parallel but
integral parts of the branch, where self-identified
structurally disadvantaged groups can, as the
title says, self organise to promote equality
of opportunity both in the workplace and within
the branch structures.
Significant achievements recently, in conjunction
with the service conditions team, have been
City of Edinburgh Council agreements on equal
employment opportunities and recruitment and
selection, which outlaw discrimination on grounds
of gender, sexuality, disability, age, religion,
marital status, responsibility for dependants
etc. Also recently negotiated are agreements
on leave for family care purposes and improvements
to maternity leave.
Many of these agreements also apply to the
1,000 or so members who work for related bodies.