Equal Opportunities Monitoring
The NASUWT has been collecting equality information when members join since 2003. It is recognised that, in order for the Union to ensure that it is delivering its services equitably and effectively, equality information is needed and, therefore, on receipt of an application members are asked to complete the monitoring form.
Members who join on-line are asked to complete the equality monitoring form as part of this process. The Union also continually updates its records by getting equalities information at events such as consultation conferences and when members seek access to casework services. The Union also conducted a members census in Greater London. Members can update their details after registering on this website.
The Union collects equality information for casework to ensure that it is dealing equitably, or even at all, with cases for those in minority groups within the Union membership.
The equal opportunity monitoring form is a standard form used across the Union for gathering this information. It is also an integral part of the Union's membership form.
Information given is confidential and will not be forwarded to a third party. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, such information is deemed to be sensitive personal information and it can only be collected, stored and used in ways expressed in the Union's Data Protection Notice, if the individual gives their consent. The Union does not use third party classification. That is, it will not classfiy members in terms of their identity without their consent.
The National Executive identified equality monitoring as a priority in the Union's response to the TUC Equality Audit in 2003 and 2005 and as part of the Union's ongoing work. The data has informed the Union's biennial submissions to the TUC Equality Audit.
The collection of equalities data has had a positive impact on the services provided to all members and in particular, those from under-represented groups.