Women in UNISON

Women in UNISONWomen form the majority of UNISON members in Scotland. UNISON structures like ‘proportionality’ attempt to make sure that the women are represented at all levels in the union, at least at a level that reflects their proportion of the membership. If the membership is 65% women, then the leadership should be at least 65% women.

Women’s Organisation in UNISONScotland addresses the discrimination women face and provides a forum and structures to promote issues that particularly affect women in the workplace and in society in general. Family care, low pay and domestic violence are just some examples of our campaigns. See also the UK Women’s pages.

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Urgent need to tackle domestic abuse and empower women

Women’s conference highlighted that domestic abuse is a workplace issue and backed a wide-ranging composite that set out a number ... Read More

Workplace policies on sexual harassment essential to protect women

Women’s conference heard powerful testimony in support of City of Edinburgh’s call for workplace policies on sexual harassment, to protect ... Read More

Gender pay justice for women

Women’s conference backed Scotland’s call for all bargaining structures in our union to have gender pay justice right at the ... Read More

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Events and Publications

Pregnancy: UNISON’s Your Rights at Work guide

UNISON Pregnancy Rights Guide
Pregnancy: Your Rights at Work guide has been updated. It is available to download from the UNISON UK website at https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2016/05/23815.pdf ...
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Right to choose is a class issue

Davena Rankin
#STUC16 The last business in a rushed afternoon was the emergency motion on abortion. Because of the time restriction, UNISON’s ...
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Time to make equal pay a reality for women

Davena Rankin
#STUC16 The STUC is calling for equal pay to be a manifesto commitment for all parties ahead of the Scottish  ...
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Increasing women’s participation – Davena Rankin’s speech to TUC Women’s Conference

Davena Rankin
As the Chair of the STUC Women’s committee, UNISON's Davena Rankin was invited to make the sororal address to the 2016 ...
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Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015

Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015
UNISON Scotland is publishing today Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015. It shows ...
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Violence against women is a gendered issue

Helen Duddy
UNISON will campaign to educate and improve understanding of violence against women as a gendered issue, providing guidance, sharing good ...
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May 2012: The Coalition Government are apparently proposing to reduce current maternity leave. Click here for what you can do…

Supporting Palestinian Women – the STUC Womens Committee have completed a briefing and have developed a link with women in Gaza and Bethlehem (please click here for more details PDF)

More on the archived UNISON Scotland website