Equal Opportunities Links

Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC)


This organisation gives advice and guidance on rights, responsibilities and good practice, based on equality law and human rights.


England - 0845 604 6610
Scotland - 0845 604 5510
Wales - 0845 604 8810

Guidance on Employment Rights
www..direct.gov.uk - Department of Trade and Industry site giving guidance and information on UK employment law. Sections on employment relations, National Mimimum Wage and maternity rights.

Community Legal Service
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/UsefulContactsByCategory/Governmentcitizensandrightscontacts/DG_195356 - Legal help and information in England and Wales

Law Centres
- Provides a free and independent legal advice on childcare and flexible working.
Labour Research Department

LRD's work-life booklet is available here www.lrd.org.uk/issue.php3?pagid=5&issueid=498 .
An article on work-life balance appeared in Labour Research, Nov.01, is available here www.lrd.org.uk/issue.php3?pagid=4&issueid=504.
78 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8HF Tel: 020 7928 3649 info@lrd.org.uk

Employers for Work-Life Balance is an alliance of 22 leading companies committed to working to promote good practice in work-life balance. They can be contacted at: Celcon House, 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HU

New Ways to Work is an independent educational charity which has promoted job sharing and other flexible working arrangements since 1980. They can be contacted at: Level 4, 26 Shackwell Lane, London E8 2EZ Tel: 020 7503 3283 Information/Advice line: 020 7503 3578 info@new-ways.co.uk www.new-ways.co.uk

The Work Foundation Information and resources about work-life balance.
Peter Runge House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG Tel: 0870 1656700

Carers National Association (CNA)
Information and support for carers. 20-25 Glasshouse Yard, London EC1A 4JS
Tel: 020 7490 8818 CarersLine: 0808 808 7777 www.cna.org.uk

Working Families

Parents and Carers Helpline - 0300 012 0312 For advice on rights at work. Visit Working Families for more information.

DayCare Trust Information and advice on childcare. 21 St Georges Road, London SE1 6ES Tel: 020 7840 3350 info@daycaretrust.org.uk www.daycaretrust.org.uk

Kids Club Network Information and advice on school aged childcare.
Bellerive House, 3 Muirfield Crescent, London E14 9SZ Tel: 020 7512 2100

Maternity Alliance 45 Beech Street, London EC2P 2LX Tel: 020 7588 8582

Women Returners Network (WRN)
Helps women returners to access work or training. Their website provides details of relevant college courses in UK. They also advise employers and colleges on family friendly policies. Chelmsford College, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0JQ Tel: 01245 263796 Fax: 01245 491712 wrn@grow.org.uk www.womenreturners.co.uk

Information and advice, including case studies on flexible working.
6 Wrights Lane, London W8 6T Tel: 020 7376 0618 www.flametree.co.uk

Information and advice about working from home, including case studies and jobs.
c/o Knowledge Computing 9 Ashdown Drive, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 4LZ
info@homeworking.com www.homeworking.com

National Group on Homeworking
Campaigning group on homeworking issues. Office 26, 30-38 Dock Street, Leeds LS10 1JF Tel: 0113 245 4273 www.gn.apc.org/homeworking

Higher Education Funding Council for England
Central Government Beacon Scheme www.cgbs.org.uk/cgbs_db_search/beacon_details.asp?HstCde=HE

Work+Life Strategies
Work+Life Strategies in Australia is a global management consultancy on creating and sustaining flexibility and diversity issues for men and women. They have a regular e-newsletter that you can sign up to for regular bulletins on diversity and flexibility at work.
126 Evans Street (PO Box 681), Rozelle 2039, Sydney, Australia

Working closely with employers, Enterprise-village is developing sustainable ways for office staff to give up commuting without working from home or changing employer.

Hazards Magazine: 'Get a Life!'
Union tools to ensure your job doesn't take over your life www.hazards.org/getalife

For training videos on work-life balance which have discounts for trade unions, visit www.angelproductions.co.uk or email admin@angelproductions.co.uk. Please note that the TUC and the Industrial Society have made a joint video on work-life balance. See above for details (special trade union rates available).

Disability Advice Centre (DAC)
This site is provided by Royal Mail who provide the following introduction:
'The Disability Advice Centre has been established since 1993 to provide help and advice on disability-related issues to all employees. We are now acknowledged as being in the forefront of disability advice and this website is the next step in sharing disability information with as large a number of people as possible and in as wide a variety of formats as possible. I do hope you enjoy the site.' Allan Leighton, Chairman, Royal Mail, 2003. Web address: www.royalmailgroup.com/DAC/about.html
Email - DAC@royalmail.com

If you require any of the information in an alternative format, please contact:

Telephone: 01252 528 509
Textphone: - 01252 528 713
Fax - 01252 528 382"

It provides extensive factsheets on a multitude of disability related topics and as such can be of use to anybody trying to discover information about disability issues. It is of course of particular use to our members in Royal Mail, and particularly when a manager needs to be given something official as all their downloadable fact sheets carry an official mark.

Your local Job Centre will have a Disability Advisor whose job it is to advise on disability employment and equipment to assist with employment. If your local management are claiming problems in getting equipment for your members with a disability, then check they have spoken to the local Job Centre Advisor.

The Government also has a web site, which is very useful on http://www.open.gov.uk/. It Includes all legislation since 1996 and the Disability Discrimination Act, Benefits Agency, The Inland Revenue, the Disability Task Force and much, much more.

www.hmso.gov.uk/ will take you directly to the Stationery Office site for legislation, which you can read on line or download. The direct address for the Department of Trade and Industry is www.dti.gov.uk/

The TUC publishes a number of useful publications. Sometimes these are notified to or reproduced in the Briefing, but the TUC also publishes books and educational material. The TUC have an Equality Department, and in parallel with the relevant Conferences, they have a Women's Committee, a Race Equality Committee and a Lesbian and Gay Advisory Committee.

Their address is:
Trades Union Congress
Congress House
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LS
Telephone: 020 7636 4030
Fax: 020 7636 0632
www.tuc.org.uk/ including on-line reports of Congress and advice, leaflets plus some other good stuff.

There may be a Trades Council to cover your area, which is in effect the local organisation of the TUC. It is virtually certain that the Trades Council will have a Women's Committee and likely that they will have a Committee to deal with race issues. Effective Trades Councils can be very useful for collective action on issues in a locality and as sources of information and contacts with local organisations working in the equality field. It is useful for your Branch to affiliate, even if the Branch cannot fully participate, simply in order to get their mailing.

The Labour Research Department publishes a number of different types of pamphlets from their monthly and weekly reports on a whole range of issues of concern to workers, to their Bargaining Reports, which often include equality issues. In addition, they publish booklets on a whole range of issues, including all the equality Issues. Many Branches are affiliated or subscribe to the LRD and affiliation will not cost a great deal of money.
Their address is:

LRD Publications Ltd
78 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8HF
Telephone: 020 7928 3649

If any of your members or their families have problems with the Immigration Service then you should contact HQ for advice or information on who to put them in contact with.

However the JCWI is a very good campaigning organisation on the issues involved with immigration and do publish a newsletter which would keep you in touch with current events.

Their address is:
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
115 Old Street
Telephone: 020 7251 8706


GENPROM is pleased to announce the launch of a new website and CD (in English) on gender equality in employment, entitled e.quality@work: An Information Base on Equal Employment Opportunities for Women and Men.

The following eight main sections of the website cover laws, initiatives, strategies, projects and programmes on equal employment opportunities for women and men:

· ILO and UN Instruments
· International Guidelines
· European Union (EU) Instruments
· National Legal Frameworks
· National Guidelines
· Government Programmes
· Company Policies
· Trade Union Policies


LAGER provides support and advice for lesbians and gays in respect of employment.
Unit 1G Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London N1 3QP Telephone and Minicom: 020 7704 8066(Lesbians), 020 7704 6066(Gay Men) Fax: 020 7704 6067 www.lager.dircon.co.uk/

Institute of Race Relations,
2-6 Leeke Street,
King's Cross Road,
London WC1X 9HS.
Telephone: 020 7833 2010 or 020 7837 0041
Fax: 020 7278 0623
E-Mail: info@homebeats.co.uk



19-23 Featherstone Street
Helpline: 0808 808 0123 (freephone)
Textphone: 0808 808 9000 (freephone)

The RNIB's remit also covers partially sighted and they can give advice on benefits, equipment, employment and support.


Helpline: 0303 123 9999

The main publication is the annual Disability Rights Handbook, which costs £11 for the 1998-9 edition. It contains advice, the addresses of most useful organisations in the field and is an indispensable source of information.

Their address is: Disability Alliance ERA, Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth Street
London E1 7SA Telephone(Minicomm available): 020 7247 8776 Fax: 020 7247 8765
Rights Advice Line: 020 7247 8673 (Minicomm Available)

We carry a copy of this at HQ together with a summary on the detail of disabling illnesses and conditions. You should telephone 020 8971 7205 if you need advice or an extract from it.

PRESS FOR CHANGE (the pressure group for transsexuals) do not have a phone number but they do have one of the most user friendly web sites. The site also contains a downloadable version of the Sex Discrimination Act. The site address is www.pfc.org.uk/

We provide most of the information needed to deal with harassment cases in the businesses. If you do not have a copy of the instructions and procedures in the businesses you operate within then contact the Equal Opportunities Department. Members can also ring the "Harassment Line" at CWU HQ on 020 8971 7205 if they have a particular need.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in your area will have leaflets, advice and Advice Workers. A number of areas have Women's Aid or Rape Crisis Centres and if you want further assistance with a member's problem, we may be able to advise or point you in the right direction. In some areas there are Racial Equality Councils who provide Advice Workers, legal advice and assistance. They are not officially local arms of the CRE but independent organisations. It is often worth making contact with them so they know they can talk to you and vice versa if either of you needs to resolve misunderstandings and problems.

National Domestic Violence Helpline; 08457 023 468
Address PO Box 391 Bristol BS99 7WS England
Telephone number (administration) 0117 944 4411
Telephone number (training team) 0117 942 1396
Fax 0117 924 1703
E mail wafe@wafe.co.uk

European Commission:

Employment Appeals Tribunal

Stonewall Lesbian and Gay:

Equality Commission in Northern Ireland

CWU Disability and Special Needs Advisory

CWU Lesbian and Gay Advisory Committee

European Anti-racism:

Information giving advice on computing and disability: AbilityNet
General Enquiries:
Tel: 0800 269545 (if you call from home)
or 01926 312847 (if you call from work).
Fax: 01926 407425
Email: enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk

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