The award celebrates Iona’s tireless advocacy for fairness within the industry, including her work to promote the Scots language, and against misogyny and sexism in the music industry.
The award was presented by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and is one of five union rep awards presented each year by the STUC.
Fighting for fairness and equality in the Scottish music scene
Accepting the award, Iona said:
“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.”
“The pandemic has highlighted the continued exploitation that occurs within the industry, disproportionally impacting female artists. No one should experience or fear sexual harassment, abuse, bullying or discrimination at work".
“That’s precisely why I’m a proud member of the Musicians’ Union. We’re seeking to root out discrimination and abuse in all its forms within the sector, leaving no stone unturned in our collective fight for fairness and equality throughout the Scottish music scene.”
Celebrating the members who make the trade union movement
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“Right across Scotland, in every sector of the economy, our reps and shop stewards are the face of our trade union movement in our workplaces and in our communities. Our annual Union Rep Awards celebrate these stalwarts and all those who have gone above and beyond this past year. This year was no exception and Iona thoroughly deserves her recognition as the recipient of the Equality Award for 2022".
“She has fearlessly held to account rogue employers who sought to exploit and abuse people within the music industry. Her bravery in speaking out, especially on her own experiences, empowers people throughout our movement to seek positive change in their workplaces, free from harassment and coercion".
“Our reps are the lifeblood of our movement; an incredible force for good in helping others in need. Every single one of them deserves an award for the amazing work that they do and they have my utmost praise as they ingrain trade union values throughout their workplaces.”