RMT to Include Sexual Orientation Option on Membership Form

Council of Executives decision:

We instruct the General Secretary to make the following amendments to the draft membership form.

  1. Number the new section ‘Sexual Orientation’ ‘5’, and renumber subsequent sections 5 and 6 as 6 and 7 respectively.
  2. Replace the sentence ‘If you wish for the RMT to contact you with information about union LGBT activities, then please tick here’ with ‘If you wish RMT to contact you with information about union activities for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender members, please tick here’

With these amendments, we endorse this new membership form, and instruct the General Secretary to ensure that all membership forms produced from now onwards use this format, and that the online membership form is amended similarly.

Further, we confirm that information given by members in this section of the form will be kept confidential, being used only for statistical monitoring and for sending information to those who request it. In particular, it will not be visible to branch officers or others accessing the membership database, and will not be included on leavers/joiners or other printouts provided to branches.

We instruct the General Secretary to include an article in RMT News informing members about the inclusion of this new section and the reasons for it, and advising existing members that they can amend their membership details to include this information if they wish to, and how to do so.

Regional Councils, branches and LGBT Advisory Committee members to be advised.

What is a National Executive Committee decision?

This article is an 'executive decision' which has been written by the RMT National Executive Committee. The National Executive is the union's governing body in between AGMs. Its decisions set out what the union will do on a particular issue.

These decisions can often be brief, and may be one of several passed over a period of time. To get a better understanding or find out more information about what the RMT is doing, speak to your rep or attend your branch or Regional Council meeting.