The following statement was written by Bradford College’s UCU Equality Officer and with the agreement of Unison submitted to the college for their support. The college have forwarded this statement to all staff.
The 8th Bradford Pride will take place on Saturday 1 June 2013. This is going to be the highlight of Bradford LGBT community’s calendar.
Gay pride or LGBT pride is a worldwide movement and advocates that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals should be proud of their sexual orientation and their identity. Gay pride promotes and campaigns for equal rights and benefits for LGBT people.
In recent years hate crimes against LGBT communities have been highlighted in the media and the recent tragic death of a transgender school teacher in Accrington showed that discrimination against LGBT people is still with us.
Gay pride is a day of accepting and celebrating diversity in our communities. It also recognises the impact Gay, Lesbian and Transgender people have in the world.
We believe that promoting and campaigning for diversity and equality for all is a duty for both employers and trade unions.
The management and trade unions at Bradford College give their full support to Gay Pride in Bradford. We congratulate the organisers and encourage staff and students to celebrate Bradford’s diversity with our LGBT communities on June 1 in Centenary Square.
Bradford College, UCU and Unison are committed to opposing all form of discrimination, harassment or bullying on the basis of sexual orientation.
Dear Geraint and all at Bradford College
We are shocked to hear about the attacks on your contracts at Bradford College. We stand with you as you fight these threats to your working conditions.
We are in a similar situation at Lambeth College where management have just announced not only 30-40 compulsories, as well as axing A level provision but also ominously laying out plans to cut our contract conditions and our annual leave for next year.
As individual college managements attempt to exploit this crisis by pushing through cuts to courses, eliminating union reps and slashing our contracts which they have always wanted to do, we need to stand together and fight them every step of the way.
Please let us know how we can support you further.
UCU Branch Sec
UCU’s 2013 National Congress is taking place soon, this issue and others will be being discussed please take time to read this document.
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How does the law protect me against bullying and harassment at work?
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Follow this link for more information :http://www.ucu.org.uk/6585