Sexual harassment is no laughing matter

Sisters and Brothers

This is a reminder of the meeting today at 12.30pm to 1.30pm in the Montague Room Senate House Room G26, sandwich lunch and refreshments provided.

The first part of the meeting will include a discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace led by Helen Carr followed by the AGM and election of Officers and Committee.

Helen is the UCU National Head of Equality and Participation and has led UCU’s work on this and was also involved in the TUC project Still just a bit of banter?

Earlier this year, the TUC commissioned polling to provide a snapshot of women’s experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace, the polling showed us that sexual harassment of varying degrees and severity is alive and well in the modern workplace and that over half of women in work had experienced some form of sexual harassment.

This should be of interest to all of us as trade unionists, because we believe that we should be at the forefront of preventing and combatting all forms of discrimination, harassment and violence in the workplace – the onus to challenge harassment should not all be on individuals to take grievances.

I look forward to seeing you later.


LGBT Equality Project

On the back of our successful equality and participation films, we are now embarking on a further film project looking at the issues faced by our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members at work and I am inviting LGBT members’ to participate in this project and to share with other UCU members’ your experiences at work.

This project is in two parts.  The first part is a film, the second part a short publication of member experiences.  The film and publication will be launched to coincide with LGBT History Month (February) and will be made available to all members via the UCU website, for branches to use in raising awareness, training or campaigning events/activities.  This film will also be accessible to the wider public.

Part 1: Film

LGBT Equality: Removing the barriers toward inclusion, visibility and voice, will hear from UCU LGBT members covering themes to include:

  • Working lives of LGBT people, pre and post 2003 when protection against discrimination in employment became enshrined in legislation
  • The lesbian feminist perspective
  • Experience of Trans members at work
  • Round table discussion where LGBT members will speak about the challenges they face at work and the achievements they (and their branch) have made in making workplaces inclusive in terms of the voice and visibility of LGBT members

Filming will commence in late June until December 2016.

Part 2: Publication

If you would like to share your experiences of being LGBT at work, the issues, obstacles and success you have gained at work but do not want to be filmed, there is an opportunity for you to submit a written testimonial.  This will be produced in a short publication to accompany the film.

If you would like to be involved or would like to discuss either part of this project, please contact Seth Atkin ( or Sharon Russell ( for further information.   We want to ensure the project includes a range of voices so the experiences of lesbian members, gay members, bisexual members and Trans members are included as well as other sexual and gender identities.