I am proud that Unison nationally is one the unions that has actively promoted Equality and Fair representation. So they have, in my books, walked the walk on this one.
The rules on proportionality which were disliked by some at the start, mean that all have access to positions of responsibility and the real membership is represented at all levels.
But it is obvious that the national rules have not been adopted by many branches and you often see situations where the principle is not observed. So I think it is about time that National Conference looks at this anomaly and that action is taken to help branches implement the rules which were introduced, after all, to achieve real Equality? The SOG's are the right place to start this movement I think!