I will put equality and openness at the heart of Unite, with no tolerance of bullying or discrimination
I am committed to transparency throughout Unite. This means in our internal recruitment and representation, in how we make decisions as a union, and how we behave to each other. There will be a zero tolerance approach to bullying or discrimination of any kind if I am elected as your General Secretary.
We must be in the vanguard of the fight for fairness, equality and respect. I am angry that our country is so unequal, but I’m also angry that as a union we have not done more for our members on this front. Women still receive only 80 pence for every pound a man is paid. Black and ethnic minority people still struggle to get promoted. Many of our members face harassment and discrimination in their workplace, and they need our support.
As a major union we need to do much more to advance the causes of fairness, equality and respect. As a first step I will introduce Integrated Workplace Equality Committees to bring together large and smaller employers so we can tackle the issues in both large companies and through their supply chain.
If we’re going to improve equality in the workplace, we must lead by example as a union, and we are not doing that today. Just one in four of our members are women, and we have many fewer black and ethnic minority members than there are in the wider workforce. Many Unite members have told me they feel excluded from internal decision making, and this must change.
I am determined that we will practice what we preach: fairness, respect and equality for all.
What will I do?
- Ensure our union has a zero tolerance approach to bullying or discrimination of any kind
- Introduce Integrated Workplace Equality Committees
- Commit our union to lead by example