Equality Statement

In June 2010, ACTRA’s National Council unanimously adopted the Equality Statement below, on the initiative of the ACTRA Women’s Committee. This inspiring document affirms ACTRA’s commitment to zero tolerance of harassment.

Union solidarity is based on the principle that all union members are equal. Mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We embrace an open and inclusive environment, and encourage respectful behaviour that affirms the dignity of all individuals.

We neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Discriminatory speech or conduct, based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, age, class, language, religion, ethnic origin, membership, region or work category, or family status hurts and divides us.

Discrimination can take the form of harassment, defined as using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue, or humiliate.

Discrimination and harassment weaken our solidarity, reducing our capacity to work together on shared concerns, such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice for all.

ACTRA’s Constitution, By-Laws, practices, and collective agreements reflect our commitment to equality and respect. Complaints of harassment and discrimination are taken seriously by ACTRA, and should be directed to the President, or their designate. All will be investigated and those substantiated will result in action by the Union.

ACTRA activities are to be harassment-free zones where our members’ dignity and equality are respected.