This motion was passed by the conference and is subsequently in the process of being implemented
London Region Equality Monitoring Motion (Motion 20)
The 2011 TUC Equality Audit asked unions for the first time whether they have an Equality Action Plan in place. Thirteen unions (27 per cent) said they did have such plans. Amongst those affirming they did have an Equality Action Plan in place was our sister union, Equity. The others were ASLEF, CSP, GMB, napo, NASUWT, NGSU, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Prospect, TSSA, UCU, UNISON and Unite. Sadly, the Musicians Union was not one of them. The TUC organises five annual statutory conferences, one for each of the Equality Groups – Women, Black Workers, Disability, LGBT and Youth. Sadly of those five Equality Groups, the Musicians Union currently only has data concerning membership numbers of two: Women and Youth.
Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC says, “At the present time when public spending cuts, public service reform and cuts to welfare benefits are likely to widen Equality gaps, it is important for unions to be reaching out, recruiting from and representing the most vulnerable groups.”
It is simply not possible for any organisation to do that without knowing how near or off the mark they are already in their recruitment processes. That’s why accurate equalities monitoring is vital in the running of any 21st Century organisation. We need accurate membership data in order to know how well we are doing in that regard.
This conference calls on the EC to put into place a cohesive system to gather that information from the membership and put together an Equality Action Plan based on those statistics.