How trade unions help promote workplace E&D
Physio Rachael Machin shares her story on how trade unionism helped her to promote equality and diversity in the workplace.
If you are facing problems at work, the first step is usually to find out what employer policies you are covered by, and then if necessary contact your local steward for advice. CSP stewards have been trained to deal with members' problems, including harassment and discrimination. In complex cases, stewards will be supported by full-time senior negotiating officers and we also have access to professional legal services.
The CSP's Equality & Diversity Toolkit is an accessible and user-friendly resource for key information on equality and diversity issues. It's aimed at all members including clinicians, managers, stewards, safety reps, educators, associates and students. The toolkit guides you through equalities law and best practice in the workplace, and helps provide the confidence to start discussions and raise awareness.
Other relevant CSP publications are listed at the foot of this page.
- NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard - short guide and steward checklist
- Related news
- Publications including the CSP's Equality and Diversity toolkit
- NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
- The 2010 Equality Act 2010
- CSP networks
- NHS Staff Council sub-group
- Physiotherapy treatment of transgender patients
Employees are protected against all forms of discrimination and harassment by comprehensive legislation, which includes religion, age and sexual orientation.
The Labour government passed the Equality Act in April 2010, which harmonises existing discrimination law by consolidating separate discrimination legislation into a single Act. Most of the Act's provisions come into force in October 2010, but the timetable for some of the newer provisions has not yet been agreed by the coalition government.
CSP members working in NHS organisations are also covered by a comprehensive set of agreements outlined in the NHS Terms and Conditions Handbook.
We have set up networks for disabled members, black and minority ethnic members, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.
We also have an Equality and Diversity Group which is a standing committee of the Industrial Relations Committee.
The NHS Staff Council set up this sub-group as part of the Agenda for Change agreement. Membership of the sub-group includes staff side representatives from various trade unions including the CSP. There are also representatives from NHS Employers, Department of Health and various NHS employing organisations in England. There are nominees from the Health Departments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
One of the sub-group's first tasks has been to undertake an equality impact assessment of the implementation of Agenda for Change to assess whether its aims of achieving fair pay and improving equal opportunity and diversity have been met.
The sub-group remit also includes ensuring that the equalities sections of the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions Handbook (covering sections such as maternity leave, paternity leave, special leave etc) are consistent with best practice and developments in equalities legislation. The sub-group makes recommendations to the NHS Staff Council on adjustments and additions to the national agreements where required.
- Equality & diversity toolkit - a practical guide for CSP stewards, managers and members
- Equality and diversity policy for CSP members
- IP30 – Adoption leave
- IP21 – Flexible working – right to request
- IP08 –Maternity leave and pay
- IP 16 – Parental leave
- IP15 – Part-timers’ rights
- IP29 – Paternity leave
We have also produced briefing papers on bullying, harassment and discrimination issues: