Contact Richard Davies
My name is Richard Davies and I am from Maesteg originally (a former mining community) and am a proud trade unionist who is committed to achieving equality, justice and fairness for all. I joined the union NALGO union on my first day of employment (too many years ago to mention) and then became a proud member of Unison in 1993, following the merger of the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO), National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE
Over the years I have filled many trade union roles such as – Branch Chairperson, Assistant Secretary, Health & Safety Officer, Publicity Officer (now known as Communications Officer) and currently I am a Senior Steward and also the LGBT+ Officer for Unison Bridgend County Branch.
Being involved in the trade union movement has probably been the best experience of my live making lots of friends throughout the home nations and further afield as well. Unison is like one big family where despite the occasional differences of option we always look after each other.
As the Branch LGBT+ Officer my main tasks are visibly championing UNISON’s commitment to LGBT+ equality and encouraging LGBT+ workers to join UNISON. I keep members informed and involved by organising branch LGBT+ meetings and events, such as LGBT+ History Month. I am the link between LGBT+ members and the committee, representing views of branch members and share regional and national UNISON LGBT+ information within the branch.
The Unison LGBT+ self-organised group is one of the groups that brings together members from under-represented groups – women members, Black members, disabled members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ (LGBT+) members.
I work with any employer staff LGBT+ network, building and improving links with local LGBT+ community groups and prides and participate in regional LGBT+ groups, organise branch participation in the annual national LGBT+ conference and report on LGBT+ work at the branch AGM.
My key tasks as Branch LGBT+ Officer are
• Being out and visible
• Championing UNISON’s commitment to LGBT+ equality
• Encouraging LGBT+ workers to join UNISON
• Keeping LGBT+ members informed and getting them involved
• Organising branch LGBT+ meetings and events eg LGBT+ History Month
• Being the two-way link between LGBT+ members and the branch committee
• Representing the views of branch LGBT+ members
• Sharing regional and national UNISON LGBT+ information in the branch
• Working with any employer staff LGBT+ network
• Building and improving links with local LGBT+ community groups and prides
• Participating in the regional LGBT+ group
• Organising branch participation in the annual national LGBT+ conference
• Reporting on LGBT+ work at the branch AGM.
Please feel free to contact me directly for more information on any of this.