What are 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.


  • Black Members
  • Disabled Members
  • Women
  • LGBT Members

Black members in UNISON play a key role in winning equality in the workplace,
actively challenge racism wherever it is found, and are at the forefront of UNISON's organising work. As black members in UNISON we work together to win positive change in the workplace. The more of us that are actively involved the stronger we become.

See the Y&H Black Members webpage here...

Get active in the Regional Disabled Members Group

If you identify yourself as a disabled UNISON member, (that is a member who has ‘a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities’) then you can be a part of the regional disabled members group.

We have training, support, and a say in disabled people issues. Every branch in Yorkshire and Humberside can have five disabled members on the Regional Disabled Members Committee. Talk to your branch secretary and ask them to put your name forward, or contact the regional disabilities offi cer at the regional office.

Find out more about national issues here.


Fight Hate Crime Now

UNISON supporting our members with learning difficulties for the right to live without fear of disability hate crime.

What is Hate Crime against Disabled People?

It might be that someone physically hurts you. It can be:

• hitting
• kicking
• pulling hair
• pinching or shaking
• or giving you too much medication so you find things difficult to do.

It can be being made to give away your money, or being forced to pay for other people’s things.

Or it can be that someone is doing things to make you sad, angry, frightened or being touched where you don’t want to be touched, or being made to touch other people in these places.

It can also be people saying bad things to hurt your feelings, or shouting and threatening you. It could be blaming you for things when it’s not your fault or treating you like a child.

People may say or do bad things to you, or treat you unfairly because you’re different. Hate crime can be hurt to your body, your belongings or your emotions and can be face to face or by letter, phone calls, texts or emails.

UNISON is your trade union and it is here to help you. If these things are happening to you where you work, we can help you make it stop.

Contact your local UNISON branch for advice.

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still denied equality in the workplace - too often we face discrimination and harassment instead of a fair deal. Joining UNISON gives you a voice in Britain's biggest union, which is committed to working for LGBT rights. Find out more for the national UNISON website.


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