Equal Opportunities Statement

All people in the committee should be able to participate in the work of the committee. No person should suffer disadvantage or discrimination by reason of their race, colour, ethnic or national origin, or because of their religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, age, disability, neurodiversity or marital status.

Conduct during Meetings:
1. The Committee resolves to behave in a courteous manner. Behaviour and language that is discriminatory and/or aggressive will not be tolerated in meetings or at any time where members are representing the committee.
2. Committee members will only engage in respectful and professional dialogue, and will seek to engage positively with other points of view, and other perspectives. Committee members will speak and act in ways that respects others’ integrity, and behave in a manner that fosters inclusivity.
3. The Committee recognises that new voices to the committee may not be as experienced, and that an appropriate and professional tone and tenor are needed in order to build capacity. The committee recognises that it can take neuro-diverse members more time to process material, and sufficient time will be permitted for full discussion. Items which cannot be discussed can be rolled over to the next meeting. The committee also recognises that for members to do their union work fully and efficiently, they may need time to reflect upon issues.
4. Committee members will speak and act in ways that upholds and affirms the integrity and professionalism of colleagues. Committee members will express themselves calmly and will professionally, both in words and actions / body language. A union meeting will meet the defined principles of collegiality, and a respectful and open exchange of ideas.

Complaints about Conduct:
1. Complaints about the conduct of committee members can be made to the committee as a whole, or to the Chair and/or the Secretary.

1. The Chair shall allow issues to be properly debated which are on the agenda, but should seek the agreement of the meeting for lengthy discussion on items that have not been allowed, for example, a matter arising from a minute, an item of any other business. The Chair has the right to cut short contributions that unnecessarily prolong debate or because the meeting will not have enough time for other items on the agenda.
2. The Chair will ensure that all committee members are explicitly invited to offer their opinions on each agenda item, to ensure that all voices are heard.