February was LGBT history month – a celebration of the lives and achievements of our diverse LGBT community. Nationally, UNISON uses the month to push forward its work for LGBT equality and to encourage LGBT workers to join UNISON. Trade unions exist to improve the working lives of their members. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers face harassment and discrimination. It’s hard to deal with on your own. Being a member of UNISON gives you a voice in the UK’s largest public service union, committed to working for LGBT rights.
During February, Hackney Council ran a series of events for employees including an exclusive screening of The Devotion Project at Hackney Museum (a series of short documentaries by Tony Osso, that celebrate LGBTQ couples and families); and an LGBT History Month quiz with prizes. Earlier this year, the Council also received confirmation that it has retained a position on the 2013 Stonewall Top 100 employer list (even improving its ranking from last year).
Hackney Unison recognises the Council’s commitment to being a good place for employees to be LGBT, and encourages its members to participate in the ‘Out and About’ staff forum. You can find out more about ‘Out and About’ by contacting one of the joint chairs Nick Coker (ext 5016) or Monica Mathias (ext 6207)
If you are a Unison member with views on increasing the voice of Hackney’s LGBT members, please contact Claire Bunker on 0208 356 4702
If you are not a Unison member and would like to join please contact the branch office on 0208 356 4062 or join online at www.unison.org.uk/membership