Equal Opportunities at tecwork

This document has been prepared to set out tecwork’s
commitment and as a statement of its intent.

The Policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure effective implementation.

tecwork is an Equal Opportunities Organisation. It is
committed to the development of policies to provide for equality of opportunity
in all aspects of its work. We will work to ensure that all our services are
provided in a way that promotes awareness of the rights and needs of people
from minority groups and enables all people to access to them.

tecwork will take whatever steps are necessary including, if
appropriate, use of the disciplinary mechanisms laid out in the code of
conduct, to enforce the Policy. In addition, anyone connected to our
organisation, helper, staff member or volunteer who considers that he/she is
suffering from unequal treatment on any grounds may use this policy to bring
it to the committee’s attention for action.

Equal Opportunities Policies

The Management Team will bring to the attention of all members, staff
and volunteers the provisions of the policy and will provide such training as is
necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the Policy.

The Management Team shall have responsibility for the operation of the
Policy. However, all staff, volunteers and members have a duty to do
everything they can to ensure that the Policy operates in practice.

People will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race,
nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age.

At all times people’s feelings will be valued and respected. Language
or humour that people find offensive will not be used, e.g. sexist or
racist jokes or terminology that is deemed derogatory.

No one will be harassed, abused, excluded or intimidated on the
grounds of their race, sex, age, nationality, disability, religion or sexual

Foul, insulting, abusive or racist remarks will not be tolerated from
anyone associated with the organisation and behaviour of this type may
lead to expulsion from the organisation. Incidents of harassment will be
taken seriously. If the matter cannot be resolved by way of an
acceptable apology and an undertaking that the offence will not be
repeated, the following action will be taken:

1. The person in question will be requested to attend a meeting of
the full Management Team to explain their actions
2. In the case of a helper/volunteer, action may be taken as
appropriate and if deemed necessary their involvement with the
organisation may cease.
3. In a case involving a team member of tecwork, membership to
the organisation may be withdrawn.

Any directly involved person has the right to appeal against a decision made
by the management team who will consider that appeal before a
decision is made and that decision will be final.

Further information about Equal Opportunities can be found by going to
www.equalityhumanrights.com, the website for the Equality and Human
Rights Commission – Equality Commission, Equality Act.