STUC Equality Award

The objective of the STUC Equality Award is to highlight the positive difference union reps can make in the workplace. We aim to recognise an individual or group who has made a difference, and who brings energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to promoting equality and tackling discrimination.

All STUC affiliated trade union organisations are invited to make nominations. The Award is presented to a Scottish trade union rep or a group of members working together, and multiple applications from each STUC affiliated trade union organisation are welcome.

Equality Award 2024

Award recipients with First Minister Humza Yousaf.

The recipients of the 2024 STUC Equality Award are three women who, with the full backing of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU), are breaking new ground in the battle to rid the Fire and Rescue Service of discrimination and creating a work culture which is open to all, irrespective of gender or race. Working in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), FBU reps Rachel Rogers, Kerry McCrone and Seona Hart are campaigning for lasting change.

This year the award was sponsored by TUC Education in Scotland and presented by First Minister Humza Yousaf at the 2024 STUC Congress Dundee on 16th April. 



Equality Award 2023

Pharmacy student and union activist, Soh Xi Ken of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA), received the STUC Equality Award at the STUC Annual Congress in Dundee. The award recognised Xi Ken’s tireless advocacy for furthering the rights of members of the LGBT+ and Black and Minority Ethnic members of the PDA.

Xi Ken was integral to the launch of an Equality network within the PDA, with the main goal of the committee being to increase levels of diversity and inclusion within the pharmaceutical industry. Xi Ken is keen to increase knowledge and awareness of the fact that LGBT+ patients may have their own unique needs or their own specific health inequalities whilst under pharmacy care. Xi Ken has also been open about the racial discrimination he faced during his time as a pharmacy student at university.

Equality Award 2022

Iona Fyfe being presented the STUC Equality Award 2022 by the First Minister at STUC Congress

Scots’ folk singer and union activist, Iona Fyfe of the Musicians' Union, received the STUC Equality Award at the STUC Annual Congress in Aberdeen. The award recognised Iona’s tireless advocacy for fairness within the industry, highlighting her personal experience of exploitation and sexual harassment.

Speaking bravely about her experiences, Iona works hard to encourage women and men in the music industry to also stand up and call out discriminatory behaviours which are prevalent within the sector.

Commenting, Iona added “It’s a great privilege to have received the STUC Equality Award with all praise and gratitude going to my colleagues within the Musicians’ Union”

Equality Award 2020

Kate SangThe recipient of the 2020 STUC Equality Award is Kate Sang, UCU. Kate is UCU Equality Rep at Heriot Watt University and Professor of Gender and Employment Studies at Edinburgh Business School.

Kate’s tireless commitment to equity and equality has had a major impact on her own workplace, her union and other workforces. She has been particularly effective in advocating for disability awareness and inclusivity and has written prolifically with an intersectional approach to explore the experiences of disabled women.

Equality Award 2019

Khadija Mohammed with Grahame Smith and Nicola Sturgeon MSPThe recipient of the 2019 STUC Equality Award is Khadija Mohammed, EIS, who is a Lecturer in Education at the University of the West of Scotland.

The Award, which is sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, was presented by the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party, at the STUC Congress in Dundee on Wednesday, 17 April 2019.