The FDA is committed to the promotion of equality for all and actively opposes all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination.
But what is the union doing to promote equality and diversity?
The FDA has reinvigorated its Equality and Diversity Committee (EDC) which co-ordinates the work of the union on matters of equality. The FDA has a national officer with responsibility for equalities issues, who supports and co-ordinates this committee, as well as networks for women, black and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and disabled members.
The FDA frequently comments on equality issues in the public sector, and attends national equality meetings with civil service management, alongside the other civil serice unions.
The FDA also works with Dods to organise networking and professional development events such as the 2013 Women into Leadership Conference which was held on 12 September and the BME into Leadership Conference 2013 which was held on Thursday 24 October.
Black History Month 2013
For Black History Month 2013 the FDA organised a joint event with our sister union Prospect on Thursday 17 October at FDA Head Office, 8 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN from 5.30-7.30 pm. Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote spoke about recent research on the impact of the BME vote at the next General Election and Machel Bogues, spoke about black history and pride in our communities. If you would like to attend the London Black History month event please contact Katie Lazell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scotland TUC (STUC) organised a Black History Month event on Saturday 26th October at STUC Offices, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG. The event included contributions from Black Scottish people who have made an impact in their particular field and in the wider Scottish Community. The event will be sponsored by a number of trade unions, including the FDA. Further details will be available on the STUC website www.stuc.org.uk or from Sandra Walker email@example.com.
UK Disability History Month November 2013
The FDA has organised a 'lunch and learn' session at FDA Head Office on Wednesday 27 November (12.30 to 2pm) to find out more about Sighted Guiding. The session aims to give participants skills to support any blind or visually impaired colleagues, customers and also the wider community. By the end of the session, attendees will:
*Understand what sighted guiding is
*Have practised some basic sighted guiding skills
*Find out how you can support people who are blind or visually impaired.
If you would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited, and will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Read our Equality Plan 2013-14
For FDA equality matters, or to find out more about one of the networks e-mail FDA national officer Caroline Milton