Equality Bulletin – No 4 29 May 2008

  • Keeping Mum
  • STUC Black Workers Network
  • Close the Gap – Legal Update Seminar
  • Amendments to Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Rape Crisis Scotland – Helpline
  • Diary Dates

Keeping Mum
Unite is supporting the Fawcett’s “Keeping Mum” Campaign highlighting the links between women’s inequality and child poverty calling for better rights and fair pay for women. Please take a couple of minutes to look at the web-site and Support the campaign by sending a postcard to Gordon Brown.

Further details on the campaign can be found here.

STUC Black Workers’ Network
The STUC produces a regular E-Brief, with trade union news, events, consultations and information. If you want to receive the E-Brief from the STUC, please send an email to Kevin Buchanan.

2008 Dates for your diary:

Black Workers’ Network Autumn Meeting – Saturday 6 September 10.30am – 1.00pm. STUC Centre, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow.

2008 STUC Black Workers Conference – Saturday/Sunday 4-5 October 2008, Salutation Hotel, Perth.

St Andrew’s Day Anti Racism March and Rally, Glasgow. – Saturday 29 November 2008.

For further details on all of these events please contact the STUC: Telephone: 0141 337 8100 or email: H. Carson

Close the Gap – Legal Update Seminar
Close the Gap are running a seminar on Thursday 19 June 2008 at 10.30 am to 15.15 pm at the Menzies Hotel, Glasgow, G3 8AZ.

This interesting and timely seminar will explore some of the key issues for trade union reps around equal pay, equal value and job evaluation schemes. The trade union movement has been at the forefront of the campaign for equal pay, and it is vital that reps continue to battle for equality.

This day will provide an opportunity for activists to get practical information and guidance from the most skilled and experienced lawyers working on equal pay, job evaluation experts, and senior trade union officials.

To register for this event, please contact your Full Time Officer

Amendments to Sex Discrimination Act 1975
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Amendment) Regulations 2008 have now finally been published. These new regulations come into force on the 6th April 2008. The regulations make various changes to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 so that this now complies with the Equal Treatment Directive (76/207/EEC).

For further information or a copy of the Regulations please go to the website.

Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline
Rape Crisis Scotland has a helpline number open daily from 6pm to 12 midnight. This is a free telephone number and is here to support anyone aged 13 and over who has experienced sexual violence. They also support family, friends and workers of survivors to help them in their supportive role.

This is a free and confidential service offering support and information. For further information please contact Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline on 08088 01 03 02

Diary Dates – June

  • 7 June – Scottish Border and Plymouth Pride
  • 15 June – Father’s Day
  • 21 June – Summer Solstice
  • 27-29 June – Glastonbury Festival
  • 28 June – Workers’ Memorial Day
  • 28-29 June – STUC Youth Conference

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