The Lancs and Cumbria Branch follow the ethos that all people should be treated equally.
To back up this statement, the Branch has designated officers to ensure parity. Jacqui Stewart is the Equality Officer.
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
- Disability and Special Needs
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
CWU Equality Officer's Seminar 2016
Jacqui Stewart attended the seminar on behalf of the Branch. Her report is a comprehensive overview of the sessions that took place. Also available is LTB 458 and the attachments EQUALITY ACT 2010 UPDATE, Mental Health at Work and UPDATE ON EQUALITY LAW.
A major convoy of aid vehicles will be making their way to the refugee camps based in Calais on Saturday 18th June 2016. More information can be found in LTB336.
WASPI - Women Against State Pension Inequality
LTB 004 was issued by Head Office in 2016 asking for members to support a Petition to overturn the draconian measures introduced in 1995 to increase the age at which women get their state pension. The changes affected women born on or after 6th April 1951. There were a group of women born around 1953/4 that were treated exceptionally badly.
After reaching the required number in the Petition, it was debated in Parliament but it was found that due notice had been given for the changes. In other words, the Tory government were not sympathetic and no changes were to be made. The transcript of the debate can be found HERE
On 24th February, Labour forced another debate, and again the Tory government defended the position. They issued a statement "State Pension age changes were first made in 1995. All women affected have been directly contacted following the changes. There are no plans to alter State Pension age arrangements for this group.". The full transcript can be found HERE.