LGBT

Welcome to the Ceredigion Branch’s LGBT page.

Your LGBT Contact is : Vacancy exists


The latest edition of the LGBT History Month bulletin is now available, as usual packed-full of news, information, notices of upcoming events and quotations.

To access the latest bulletin please click on one of the links below (or copy and paste it in your browser):

Historical Bulletins

Bulletin 94  Bulletin 91
Bulletin 90 Bulletin 89 Bulletin 88
Home Office Equal Civil Marriage Consultationclick here for details.
Swansea University Research (Over 50’s). Click here – £10 Tesco voucher for winner in a prize draw.

Upcoming Events:

 

 


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Members Officer

Ceredigion UNISON Branch has appointed Annie James, Corporate Health and Safety Advisor, as the new LGBT Officer. Annie is based at the Corporate Health and Safety Unit (CHSU), Canolfan Rheidol, Rheidol Place, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth. Annie has worked for local government since April 1983 commencing with Ceredigion District Council.

As your LGBT Officer, Annie can/will:
1. Organize the branch self-organised groups (SOG) for LGBT members who wish to be active in dealing with LGBT issues in the workplace and in society.
2. Assist, support and advise LGBT members who are having difficulty at work and who are not out.

  • Work with:
    Members who are LGBT, other UNISON LGBT and core structures, equality officers, branch reps and branch officers as necessary, regional and national officers, the employer, external LGBT bodies.
  • Attend:
    Self-organised group meetings that they may organise, UNISON LGBT and other committees and annual conferences to which they may be nominated, branch executive committee, annual general meeting, special general meeting.

 

Please help eliminate the final discriminations against LGBT people by signing the Government E – Petition removing the discrimination banning the recognition of same sex marriage

Show your support for same sex marriage.

To sign, log on to
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2797

“We the people petition the Government to amend the current marriage laws so that marriage is legal irrespective of the gender of the couple. At the moment a Gay couple may enter into a civil partnership which grants them all the same rights as a married Heterosexual couple but they cannot be married, this is pointless discrimination rooted in age old bigotry “

Unfortunately there is a counter epetition to ban us from religious premises and marriage which is not far behind the epetition calling for same sex marriage!

Petition against the registration of civil partnerships on religious premises :

“This petition initiated by the Protestant Truth Society (PTS) calls upon HM Government not to pass any legislation to allow the registration of civil partnerships on religious premises. It affirms the biblical teaching that marriage can only be between one man and one woman, and that any civil partnership registration has no place in any church building or on any other religious premises. It calls upon HM Government to do everything in its power to support the uniqueness of traditional marriage.”

There is also a petition trying to ban same sex marriage just recently set up by Christian Voice (Stephen Green)

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/defendmarriage/

Thanks for your help

Vince LLewelyn

EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

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.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members organise locally and nationally to support each other, to identify and challenge discrimination, to increase awareness of LGBT rights and to campaign for change. Every year UNISON organise a national conference: in 2007, it will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow from 16-18 November.

Your health – your say

Stonewall are conducting an anonymous survey of the health and well-being of women who sleep with women. Not a lot is known about our health needs and the findings of this survey will help make sure that services meet our needs. Have your say at:
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/health

Ending discrimination in service provision – the work begins here

(04/05/2007) UNISON welcomes new laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination in service provision which came into force on 30 April 2007. UNISON has long called for such protection. Far too often, the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people or transgender people are not even considered in the design or delivery of services, including healthcare, education and local authority services. UNISON will use the regulations to further our campaign for public services that meet the needs of all service users.

Getting involved

Contact Annie or come along to your regional group to find out about events and get involved in organising for the future. The region can support you in setting up or reinvigorating a group in your branch. It will put you in touch with other members who share your concerns.

Go to Regional Officers for more information.

Cymru/Wales

Lynne Hackett
UNISON House, Custom House Street, Cardiff CF11 9SB
Tel: 02920 729 004 (voice) 01792 470 233 (text)
Email: l.hackett@unison.co.uk

Further help and advice

Contact Us

If you need help and are a member of the Ceredigion UNISON Branch, then you should first of all talk to your local workplace representative. If you are unsure of who your representative is you can open a word document containing a list of workplace representatives. Alternatively, contact us using any of the following methods:

Write to Us

Official Unison Branch Address:
Unison Secretary,
5 Maes Clettwr,
Tre’r Ddol,
Machynllaeth,
Powys,
SY20 8QB

Internal mail can also be sent to the following address:
Unison Secretary,
Canolfan Rheidol,
Rhodfa Padarn,
Llanbadarn Fawr,
Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion
SY23 3UE

Email: secretary@ceredigionunison.org.uk

Phone: 07971 811189 (branch mobile)

Fax: 01970 633229

National Enquiries

You can also call our national helpline, UNISON direct, on 0845 355 0845
Lines are open from 6am to midnight on Monday to Friday and from 9 am till 4pm on Saturday.

There is also a textphone number for members with hearing difficulties
0800 0 967 968.

Or please access www.unison.org.uk and follow the links within

The TUC has now published updated guidance for unions taking into account recent legal changes and current good practice: LGBT Equality in the Workplace: a TUC guide for union negotiators on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues can be downloaded from this website.

Its coverage includes advice on monitoring sexual orientation and gender identity as well.  LGB employment rights can also be checked on the TUC easy online guide to gay work rights.

Also on these pages, you will find information on contact with union LGBT networks, that now exist in many trade unions, and contact details for the regional networks for LGBT trade unionists in every TUC region in England and Wales. The TUC also supports the LGBT History Month project. Following the success of this series of events in 2005 and 2006, unions can start planning for activities next year by checking the link (LGBT History Month.)

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I have included in this newsletter various styles of rainbow. Which one do you like the best or not? As above, your views, contribution and ideas are welcome Look forward to working with and for you. Please contact me and let me know.
Many thanks

Annie