During this pandemic, support services that are vital may have been moved online, postponed or cancelled and the impact can be devastating. We’ve created a guide on some of the issues faced by LGBT+ people in Wales and what workplaces can do to make work better.
Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides workers with the right to withdraw from and refuse to return to a workplace that is unsafe.
There have been several examples of union branches walking off the job citing this law.
If you feel your workplace is unsafe due to Covid-19, you should contact your union's legal team for urgent advice.
The Equality Act 2010 is the key piece of legislation dealing with workplace discrimination. It protects workers from discrimination based on age, sex, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, or gender reassignment.
The Equality Act 2010 defines sexual orientation as a person's sexual orientation towards—
(a) persons of the same sex,
(b) persons of the opposite sex, or
(c) persons of either sex.
It defines gender reassignment as—
proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person's sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex.
Union representatives have a key role to play in:
For more information on how the Equality Act can protect workers visit the EHRC website.
If you are pregnant and working, then your employer has a legal obligation to assess the workplace risks for pregnant employees and their unborn children, and breastfeeding mothers who have returned to work. The TUC has published this blog for pregnant workers which gives more information.
We recommend that Welsh government:
We recommend that UK government:
This action must be part of a broader strategy to protect the health and safety of people at work, including stronger government guidance (underpinned by regulation) on the safety measures all employers must give consideration to now and new powers (via a tripartite network, involving employers, unions and the HSE) for government to compel employers who do not follow these steps to close.
Are you worried about not being able to stay safe from coronavirus at your workplace? Please tell us your experiences using our whistle blowing form.
We will anonymously share the information about your health and safety concern with Welsh Government and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). If you tell us it’s OK to pass on your details, we will also report the issue to your trade union for you.
Fill in our health and safety whistleblowing form.
Unions help workers get together, stop people being treated unfairly and get a better deal from their employers.
They’re there when times are tough – providing free legal advice if you need it. There are lots of discounts and offers for union members too. And every year they help more than 200,000 people get the training and learning opportunities they need to move on in their career.
Isn’t it time you joined a union?