Equality Motions

Created on: 27 May 2022 | Last modified: 22 Feb 2023



25. Council

"That this AGM repeats the call for a statutory entitlement to facility time for Equality Representatives and instructs Council to:

  1. Investigate the current arrangements with regards to facility time for Equality Reps working in the public sector, across all four UK jurisdictions;

  2. Raise the matter with the STUC and the TUC, with a view to exploring joint campaigning potential at national and UK levels; and

  3. Contribute to any subsequent campaigning as appropriate."


26. Council

"That this AGM is gravely concerned about the impact of the significant increase in the cost of living on children and families already living in poverty, and on those who will be cast into poverty, as a result of the growing gap between family incomes and the cost of essentials such as food, clothing and fuel.

This AGM, therefore, instruct Council to additionally include focus on the cost of living crisis and fuel poverty within its anti-poverty campaigning and associated publications."


27. Council

"That this AGM call on Council to investigate and report on current practices across Local Authorities in relation to time off for religious observance and to use the findings to develop a briefing for Local Associations with recommendations to seek to remedy any issues identified, in the pursuit of equitable and fair work for all."


28. Dumfries and Galloway Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to campaign to have long COVID classified as a disability."


29. Council

"That this AGM reaffirms the EIS’s absolute opposition to anti-immigrant/refugee/asylum-seeker policies and rhetoric, particularly as constructed and perpetuated by the UK Government and the mainstream media.

Further, in light of the potential for frequent and rapid developments in this area, this AGM instruct Council to create a protocol to enable timeous challenge and resistance by the EIS to any government or media-driven hostility towards immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, arising between AGMs."


30. Inverclyde Local Association

"That this AGM reaffirm the Institute's commitment to 'Welcome Packs' for young people newly arrived in Scotland and calls on Council to further commit to extend the provision of the packs beyond school, college or university into Early Years settings to present a positive and welcoming picture of Scotland as a nation to our youngest learners and their families."


31. Edinburgh Local Association

"That this AGM instruct Council to produce and circulate, after the UNCRC is fully incorporated into Scottish legislation, guidance for members on the implications of the UNCRC's incorporation in relation to school policies, procedures and practices."