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To make sure all our members have a voice in the union, UNISON members have set up 'self-organised groups' to provide a voice for people who are traditionally under represented. UNISON has groups at national, regional and local level for women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, black members and disabled members. These groups are designed to be self-organising but also integral to the union's structures.

No one should be denied opportunities because of their race or ethnicity, their disability, their gender or sexual orientation, their age or religion. This principle underpins all the work of the Scottish Government.

Public Sector Equality Duty

The public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 came into force in April 2011 – this is often referred to as the general duty. Scottish public authorities must have 'due regard' to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.

Scottish Ministers made regulations in May 2012 placing specific duties on Scottish public authorities to enable the better performance of the public sector equality duty. These are also known as the Scottish Specific Duties