Johann Lamont MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party will present this year’s One Workplace Equality Award 2012 to recognise the role of Scottish trade union members in promoting equality (14:00 hrs. Monday 23th April 2012) at the STUC Annual Congress in Inverness.
This year’s recipient is Lud Ramsay a Fire Brigades Union Equality Rep. Lud works as a Fire and Education Officer with Lothian and Borders Fire Service (LBFS) based at the Risk Factory in Edinburgh.
Lud has made an exceptional impact in challenging racism and promoting equality by working with his union and local community.
After joining the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) in 1988, Lud became their first Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) fire fighter. In 2004, he led on a successful campaign against BNP membership in the Fire and Rescue Service and developed a number of good practice measures to attract more underrepresented groups to join the fire and rescue service.
Following on from his work in Hampshire, Lud was invited to join the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service (LBFRS) in 2008 to address the lack of BME people in Scotland’s Fire Service. Working with both his union and the fire service, Lud developed a Recruitment Outreach Volunteer Team to ensure that the LBFRS take part in activities around equalities in their area. This involved open days, community events and other methods to help the Fire and Rescue Service become more transparent in their recruitment process for underrepresented groups.
In addition, Lud has assisted LBFS develop equality training for all workers in the area by assisting in both the development and delivery of equality training for all workers. He was also instrumental in developing a DVD about the Fire and Rescue Service in Scotland to help the fire brigade attract more members from underrepresented groups. This work has ensured that progress is being made in equality issues despite cuts in funding for equality work within the Fire and Rescue Service.
In the short space of time Lud has been in Scotland, he has highlighted a number of issues that need to be addressed in relation to BME members. His work has resulted in Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service having the highest figures for BMEs in their fire service and has encouraged all Fire and Rescue Services across the country to take equality issues more seriously.
Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary commented:
“Lud has made great strides to improve diversity and his work shows how equality reps can make a real difference in both the workplace and in the local community.”
“I hope that winning this award is a reminder to the Fire and Rescue Service and the wider public sector that there is still effort to made in challenging racism wherever and however it manifests itself, keeping us all on track with that aspiration of a society free from all types of discrimination”
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For more information contact Zaffir Hakim, One Workplace Project Manager 075909 27576 or Ann Henderson, STUC Assistant Secretary 07875 208 167.