Latest Equalities News

The TUC is running some introductory courses for Black union members which are free, online, open to any Black member of a TUC affiliated union.

Gatelodge talks to Oana Coman about her time at the POA Supporting Women in the Workplace Workshop


Jackie Marshall, NEC reports on the POA’s second Supporting Women in the Workplace Workshop, 28-30 November2023


Maternity Action

The POA are proud to be affiliated with Maternity Action. Maternity Action is the UK’s maternity rights charity dedicated to promoting, protecting and enhancing the rights of all pregnant women, new mothers and their families to employment, social security and health care.


Each year maternity discrimination costs women £112 million in lost wages and maternity pay. 75% of working women have suffered negative experiences due to being pregnant or taking maternity leave. Helping pregnant women, new parents, trade unions and advisors with this complex and complicated area of the law is at the heart of what Maternity Action do..

To find out more click here to access the Maternity Action website.


We’d like to remind people of the PiPP recognition scheme, which is a way of recognising the work of those advancing LGBTI+ inclusion and/or PiPP aims within HMPPS. Below are details of the recognition scheme, along with this years role models & allies pack profiling LGBTI+ role models & allies in service.


HMPPS is hoping to achieve the recruitment of local leads at every establishment across the country. Anyone can apply to be a PiPP local lead including allies, as long as someone is passionate about LGBTI+ equality there are no barriers.

To view the HMPPS LGBTI+ role models & allies pack click here to access the file in the Members area

Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010

You're disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

“Our employer normally considers substantial and long term as having lasted or likely to last for more than 12 months